The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa

I don’t think I can convey how much I love Julie Kagawa’s story-telling. I honestly don’t know what it is, but whenever I pick up one of her books, I get sucked right into the story.

She captivated me with her Iron Fey series, writing a world so lush and imaginative that the words disappeared, and for a time, I felt like I actually lived in a hybrid Alice In Wonderland meets Labyrinth landscape. Even when I didn’t agree with the decisions her characters made, I was lost in the fairy tales she wove.

The Immortal Rules is no exception.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a mutated virus creates Rabids that threaten the survival of humans and vampires alike, the vampires step out of their shadowed existence, creating cities where humans are herded and kept like cattle. Humans are registered to each Master Vampire, trading blood for food rations and resources within the city walls. Those who are unregistered with the vampires live in the Fringe, eking out an existence by any means necessary.

One such Fringer is Allison Sekemoto, who dreams of the long ago world without vampires that she’s only read about in books; where humans fought against their oppressors and not merely kowtowed to them. Allie hates vampires, and sees them for the monsters they are, but when she is attacked by Rabids outside the protective city walls, her overdeveloped sense of survival clutches onto the only lifeline offered to her: become a vampire, and live to fight another day.

And fight, she does! This is definitely not one of those “being a vampire will make your life easier” tales. If Allie isn’t slicing through hordes of Rabids, she is battling with her own inner monster that pushes her to feed. (Sidenote to writers: I would recommend this book just for the pacing alone!)

I know that many people may be put off with the vampire theme in this book, but please believe me when I say that vampires (or any other literary theme) don’t have to be “played out” or over done. In fact, this book is a great example of twisting up what’s already out there. Yes I know YA is the “hot” thing to do now. Yes, I know that vampires and dystopian andย  post-apocalyptic themes have been done. But I promise you that The Immortal Rules is much, much more than the sum total of all those labels.

Moreover, it’s a great example of the power of storytelling. This book simply has It: that je ne sais quoi that elevates it from its various labels to create a compelling story.

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As you know, I believe that good books are meant to be shared, and the authors who wrote the books (and took the time and care to craft these wonderful worlds) should be appreciated and supported. So, I’m giving away a copy of this book.

The Immortal Rules releases Tuesday, April 24, 2012. I plan on ordering the book Wednesday, April 25. For your chance* at a copy, please fill out the fancy contact form below. I’ll have it up between now till 12AM, April 25, 2012, at which point, will pick the lucky winner for me, and I will announce the winner that day.

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations, Susan S!

*I will be ordering through The Book Depository, so if they deliver to your country, feel free to enter! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, have you read a book lately that transcended its genre? Or, have you read a book that didn’t live up to its hype? I’d LOVE to know about it!

Also, if you’ve read The Immortal Rules, please share your thoughts, too!


10 thoughts on “The Immortal Rules, by Julie Kagawa

  1. Liza Kane says:

    Congratulations, Susan S!

    Thank you all so much for your kind words! I confess–it’s a LOT easier to review a book when I LOVE it! I wish I could do this all day long! ^_^

  2. cvaldezmiller says:

    Amazing review, Liza! It sounds really exciting. I’m not sure it’s normally the type of book I’d read, but you sold me on the pacing and excitement of it. I met Julie last year at a signing and picked up her Iron Fey books, but still haven’t read them. Thanks for the push! It’s also awesome you’re doing the giveaway.

  3. Amanda Olivieri (@xamandaolivieri) says:

    Wow, what a review! Now I seriously want to read it!! I keep seeing things about it around the internet, and I’m a little concerned about the whole vampire thing, but I’m so glad you addressed it because now it sounds amazing! I haven’t read her Iron Fey series but I’ve heard good things about that too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Katja says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Heard a lot about this book. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not sure if transcended is the right word, but I was amazed by an adult urban fantasy book: Inhale by Kendall Grey. It surpassed all my expectations and feel lucky I was able to get a review copy of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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