I received this for review from the publisher, but that in no way swayed my opinion, promise!
Forget sparkly Edward Cullen. The Immortal Rules is set in a post-apocalyptic world of fierce, hungry, savage vampires who rule in the Inner City, and herd humans as blood cattle. Allison Sekemoto from Sector 4 of New Covington is an Unregistered who lives outside of the Inner City. Being Unregistered means you’re off the system and don’t have to subject yourself to monthly bloodletting, but it also means that you’re without food tickets and it’s your own fault if you simply vanish (read: be killed by a vampire)!
Allie hates the monsters that trod on them like worthless dirt under their feet. Until the night Allie herself is attacked and given the ultimate choice: die or become one of them.
I’ll just say it now: Julie Kagawa is the QUEEN of vampires! I wasn’t expecting much at all from this genre of overused paranormal creatures, but Julie Kagawa made it work. She brought them back to their original, scary, monstrous selves, and planted a sense of danger that constantly pulsed at the back of my head. It was as though these blood-thirsty monsters lurked in every rustle, every movement, every shadow of the night, and my skin starts to crawl when night falls. Just imagine every night you sleep, bony fingers could suddenly throttle you and tear your flesh off piece by piece before you even scream “AHHH!!!!” It was SO INTENSE.
What makes this book really unique is the vampire hierarchy in their society. Kagawa’s vampires are fierce, powerful and frightening, using their physical abilities to their very full advantage. What’s worse than wild vampires? Organised ones. There’s an entire chain of command filled with sires and pets that I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT!! There was no info-dumping whatsoever, and PLUS. A MYSTERY.
Time for TEAM ALLIE shirts, people! Here is a warrior girl who would ruthlessly kill for survival. But well, I love her because she loves books. A part of her yearns for the day when knowledge is spread, when people could read good books and good poetry. As much as she detaches feelings from people around her (because she know they can die any moment), she cannot hide the human part of her that will always stay loyal to her friends. When she turned into a vampire, the creature she hated most, she struggled even harder to maintain the humanity in her, and I admired her. This is one rare coming-of-age gem in YA.
Have you read this one? What did you think? I know the series is out but NO SPOILERS PLEASE. If you haven’t read it, would you be interested? Do your like your vampires sexy or scary?