Book One in The Blood of Eden Series
Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
E-ARC from Netgalley
Reviewed by Dawn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Obtained by Publisher via Netgalley
The world has changed and vampires rule as humans become their food supply or human cattle. Allison Sekemoto lives on the fringe as it is called, the outskirts of a vampire town, scavenging for food and trying to stay out of the vampire’s way. There are days where she hates with a passion the vampires and what they do to the humans who are their cattle. Until the day Allie is attacked and given a choice-become a vampire or die. Allie now has to learn the rules at being an Immortal and finding out that is you go long enough without human blood, you can literally go insane. But when she is forced to leave the vampire town and go into the unknown beyond it, she falls into a rebel group searching for a mythical cure, one that will cure the disease that killed most of the humans as well as created the rabids, a group of beings that hunt human and vampires alike. But pretending to be human as a vampire is harder than it looks and when Allie meets the human Zeke, she finds herself drawn to the young man even as she tries to keep hidden she is one of the vampires from the rebels.
Julie Kagawa is one young adult author that I have on auto-buy no matter what. With her trademark writing style, she gives the readers a new series to sink their teeth into. This time she takes the tired vampire genre and turns it inside out and upside down with a new series that will blow you away from the first page. With a fast paced storyline, the reader is drawn into a dystopian world where vampires are the rulers and humans are either blood cattle or rebels hiding from the vampires as they try to survive. This is one story that you won’t want to put down. I know I didn’t, not until the wee hours of the morning as I just had to find out what happens next for Allie and the rest of this amazing cast of characters in THE IMMORTAL RULES.
Meet Allison. A seventeen human, she skulks on the outskirts of vampire town and hopes like mad they don’t notice her. She has days where surviving is the only thing she thinks of and other days hating with a passion the vampires who have turned the last of the humans into their blood source. But Allie’s world changes when she is attacked and given a choice- Die or become one of the vampires. Determined to live, Allie becomes a vampire and her world changes into someplace where the rules are ever changing and if you go long enough without human blood, you can become insane. I really loved Allie. She was a force to be reckoned with and her interactions with her vampire mentor were very intriguing. The world building was phenomenal and quite intriguing. It’s a world where humans are a minority, no laws to govern behavior, no food, shelter and there were much worse hidden in the shadows. The characters grow on you-there is no ‘instant fall in love from page one’ characters….here we get to know them slowly and steadily. This is the author’s perfection besides her fabulous storytelling. The characters are well written, multi-dimensional and downright scary at times-be it a main character or a secondary one.
THE IMMORTAL RULES begins the first chapter in a world gone mad, where rules are tossed out the window, survival is the key and a legendary cure for the disease that killed most of the humans haunts them even as they try to keep out of the shadows and from the vampires. If you have not picked this one up yet, what are you waiting for? I urge you to race to grab it so you can enjoy the world of vampires, dystopian world and a cast of characters that steal your heart without you knowing it. I am eager to see where this author goes in the next book.
If you enjoy a new take on vampires and dystopian fiction then try The Blood of Eden series and settle in for one wild ride from start to finish. Ms. Kagawa is on track of becoming a force to be reckoned with in the young adult fiction world and one author I highly recommend.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement