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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210510
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.1 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience.

-- *Starred* Publishers Weekly review

"Action packed, rife with drama and moral

quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark

with readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." -- Booklist

"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."

-- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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Format: Hardcover
This book had absolutely everything I love in a book, thematically:

-Dystopian world
-Vampires
-Zombies (rabids)
-A normal person starting out in their normal world and finding themselves in a fantasy-esque landscape (becoming a vampire)

I just couldn't go wrong with this book – and I wasn't disappointed. I absolutely love Kagawa's writing style, and this book was my first introduction to her work. She's written a very strong female lead, which is just amazing. Compared to books like Twilight, which focuses on a female lead who's shy and just completely obsessed with boys – Kagawa's book is a refreshing take on the vampire genre.

The book is fast paced and you never once feel like a bit of the book should have been edited out.

Her vampires are not sexy and sparkly – they are demons with human faces. Severe, monstrous, and predatory. Her future world is not an easy life – it's ridiculously hard to survive in and even if you do, you're certainly not living comfortably.

Despite it being published by Harlequin Teen (which I, at first, had reservations about), there's no grand lovestory that encompasses the entire book. There is, eventually, a love interest – but our protagonist, Allison, is not so infatuated with him that it takes away from the rest of the story.

Kagawa's writing style has impacted me to the point that she's now one of my favourite authors – I look forward to reading her Iron Fey series when I can get my hands on them.

The one complaint I do have – which doesn't impact the book itself at all – is the cover. Our protagonist is Asian (perhaps a Japanese background), and the girl on the cover just does NOT look Asian. It is a lovely cover – but I found it to be another example of an inacurate portrayal of the protagonist it's supposed to depict.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2014
Format: Paperback
Cities are ruled by vampire Princes. Books are outlawed. Humans are treated as cattle, and sometimes disappear. Rabids and cannibal mole-men prey on the ones who stray.

That's the world of "The Immortal Rules," the first book of Julie Kagawa's postapocalyptic vampire series. It's very different from her colorful, shimmering faerie books -- this is a dark, bloody, violent story about a world that has crumbled almost beyond recognition, with little hope left.

On their way back from a food raid, Allie and her gang are attacked by rabids. A vampire named Kanin offers her either a quick death, or un-life as a vampire. Despite her hatred for all things vampiric, Allie chooses the latter -- and Kanin spends the next few months teaching her all about how to be a vampire.

But after the vampire Prince's soldiers attack, Allie finds herself adrift in the world outside the city, with nothing but a katana and her vampire powers. She ends up joining a disillusioned minister and his followers, including the pure-hearted Zeke.

It turns out that this ragtag bunch are searching for a legendary city that is free of vampires and rabids, and they believe vampires are "demons." If they discover who and what Allie is, they'll kill her. But when they are attacked by the malevolent Jackal, Allie sets out to save them anyway...

Not a lot of authors write about vampires in a postapocalyptic/dystopian future... which is too bad, because if vampires existed it would be a realistic outcome. After all, why would vampires with super-strength, super-speed and super-senses hide in the shadows when they could literally rule the world?

The most striking part of this book is just how harrowing it is.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read a number of reviews where people have stated that this book has been their most favourite of 2012- unfortunately I am not amongst those people. That is not to say that this is a bad book- far from it! In fact, I believe this book to be Julie's strongest book to date. However, I just don't feel that it fully reached its potential on the vampire front. I wish that Julie had brought something new to the table, showed us a completely new race of vampires, vampires literally unlike any we have ever seen fore and not the stereotypical kick-butt, all black/ leather wearing female who wields a katana (seriously, off of the top of my head I can name at least 5 female vampires who wield one of these- I wish that Allie *had* been able to convince Kanin to let her use a flail) she presented in this story.

Furthermore, I also had a problem with the the romance aspect of it- namely being, I didn't buy it. Nothing about Zeke and Allie screamed "Sparks!" and "Chemistry!" to me, which I find quite strange because if there is any even a tiny of inclination of romance in a book I AM ALL OVER IT (me= hopeless romantic). I personally found that they made a better team being friends/ comrades than girlfriend/ boyfriend.

That being said, I think that this book (specifically Allie as a character) has one of the strongest voices I have ever read (in all honesty I don't usually pay attention to things like this, but I couldn't help but not notice this as I read the book). Allie was not only a complex and beautifully constructed character, but a real one at that.
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