Review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules 
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Allie, a tough, troubled, yet loving main character, lives in a world ravaged by a virus that has killed many humans and turned many into Rabids—creatures that I’d describe as vampire zombies. In the beginning of the story, she struggles to survive on the fringes of a vampire city. She hates the fact that vampires have turned humans into their slaves and does all she can to survive in this setting. One thing she does ends up getting her in trouble, life and death trouble. At this point, she decides to become a vampire, a troubling decision for someone who hates vampires. Her mentor advises her to leave her human life, friends, and sensibilities behind, but she can’t quite seem to distance herself from the human world. The rest of the book is the beginning of her journey in this multi-book story.

My Thoughts: Allison’s journey is action-packed and filled with emotional struggles as she tries to understand her new, vampire self; protect a group of humans (including her romantic interest); and keep herself alive. I really didn’t know if I could read another vampire story, but this one pulled me in. It’s another monster, in terms of page number—over 500, but because Kagawa keeps the action and suspense rolling, I never got bored or felt any desire to skip pages just to reach the end. I needed to keep reading to find out what would happen next. I also loved the fact that this book has a big conflict that was resolved by the end of the book, so the author didn’t leave me hanging, but there is a larger, overarching conflict that I can’t wait to continue reading about in her next book.

Final Thoughts: Loved it!