Monday, April 30, 2012

review: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga
April 24, 2012
Harlequin TEEN
Young Adult | Paranormal/Futuristc
Blood of Eden #1
Pages: 485
Source/Format: Bibliognome/ARC
Rating: ★ 1/2
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Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.


The Immortal Rules is my first Julie Kawaga book, and I loved it! Despite its sized, I read it quickly and actually didn’t want it to end. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and see where Kawaga takes it. My only real problem was the lack of chemistry between Allie and Zeke; I wanted Allie to kiss Kanin, her vampire creator. But other than that, I really did enjoy The Immortal Rules.


Okay, so, here’s the deal: I’m sick and tired of vampire books. I really truly am. And it makes me cringe to see how many vampire books are coming out this year and next year. I can think of three off the top of my head and I’m going “WTF?! Who let these bad boys through the gate?” but the sad thing is I’ve marked them to-read on goodreads because damnit, they sound SO GOOD.

My point is The Immortal Rules was one of those books: I was turned off by the vampire aspect, but I still really wanted to read it. Because I am a weak person when it comes to books. VERY WEAK. But, see, I liked The Immortal Rules a whole lot, with a few bumps in the road and I am so, so glad I read it! You know. Beside the fact it’s a vampire book.

My problem with The Immortal Rules was the characters. I liked Allie, the MC, but she had no chemistry at all with Zeke, a human boy. I wanted Allie to get with Kanin because oh my god, there was SO MUCH chemistry between them and MAN AIVE Kanin was awesome! I loved loved loved him, and that he was Allie’s vampire creator.  I LOVE forbidden romance, and c’mon, doesn’t this sound like a teacher-student forbidden romance type of thing going on? And how flipping awesome would it have been if THEY HAD JUST KISSED?  (I think I mean Kanin and Allie here. I don’t know. I kinda got distracted by forbidden romances.)

My other problem was the length. So, I like long books—if everything inside is absolutely necessary. A lot of what I thought could have been cut was her part of her writing style, I’m guessing. She does character introductions and those are things I tend to skip. Maybe some people like reading a page of background about the characters, but I like living in the moment. When there’s background drop, I’m jerked out of the story and that sucks.

But I loved the world-building and Allie’s “take charge” attitude. And Kanin, but we already know how much I love Kanin. I really hope to see more of him in the sequel. There just wasn’t ENOUGH of him in The Immortal Rules! Which was kinda maddening and sad all at the same time…  I really expected her vampire creator to be in the book more than he actually was. 

I would definitely recommend this book to all readers. It was a unique twist on the saturated vampire market, and I’ll be reading the rest of the series.

What did you think of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kawaga? 

Other Bloggers' Reviews:

Vampire Book Club: 5 Stars
Jess Hearts Books: 4.5 Stars
Sophistikatied Reviews: Loved It


  1. I definitely see what you mean about being sick about vampire books, but I think for me, it's mainly because it's usually about the same things as well. And this one definitely sounds interesting and as it has a very different twist coming. I'm definitely happy to hear you liked it! That's very promising. I'm picking it up next and can't wait to read it and see what it'll bring to the vamp genre.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one despite your aversion to vampires!!! I adored it, and I originally thought Kanin would be the love interest, but I think he sees her more like a daughter. Maybe not though! Julie could throw us for a loop in the next book:)

  3. I love Forbidden Romance and I've heard such good things about this one! I haven't read any of Kawaga's books yet, but I have The Iron Knight on my shelf and I'm planning on starting it this week, I think.

  4. @Rebecca, yeah same here! which kinda sucks because a lot of people are taking on the "humans as blood cattle, vampires rule, etc." premise. THE HUNT, COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN, etc. it sucks. hope you enjoy it!

    @Jenny, ahh! you know, I get that he could see her as a daughter. hopefully not!

    @steph, ooh! can't wait to see what you think of THE IRON KNIGHT!

  5. I'm really excited to read about the guy who turns Allie into a vampire! I was hoping for good chemistry between them, so thanks for pointing that out. I get my copy sometime next week in the mail. Julie is an awesome author. You should read her Iron Fey series!

  6. @Cathy, hope you like it! Kanin is amazing. :) and they're on the tbr list!

  7. Actually love vampires, so I'm not with you on that one I'm afraid :P I didn't think there was much chemistry there either...I did really like their quite sweet, innocent relationship but I did notice the lack of intensity. I didn't really like Zeke's character much anyway. Like you, I also felt it was too long. 500+ pages I think? Def think some of that coulda been edited...

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  8. @Cait, :p we'll just have to agree to disagree re: vampires. I liked the sweet, innocent relationship, too, but it felt like the chemistry could have been fleshed out more. And yes, edited down a lot. The middle was slow and sagged. le sigh. after thinking about it more, I think this feels like a draft NOT QUITE THERE yet. It could have been *really* awesome had she gone through the manuscript another time and really hack into it. oh well.


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