THE IMMORTAL RULES
SERIES: BLOOD OF EDEN, #1
REPRESENTATION: JAPANESE MC
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA, PARANORMAL – VAMPIRES, DYSTOPIAN
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in 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 dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for, again.
I loved Allison. She’s so self-reliant and ruthlessly practical at the start that it’s a treat to watch her slowly let down her defences and start to care about the other characters. I really approached though that it never goes too far the other way, Allison doesn’t completely lose her practical side or her snarky attitude. Kagawa does an incredible job of exploring Allison’s shades of grey morality, fighting your inner demons and the different types of evil in this book.
I felt that the pacing was a little slow when Allison first meets Zeke, Jeb and their group, but I sort of appreciated that it gave the romance time to develop in a way that felt natural. I also thought that the vamp/human romance was much easier to buy into with Allison being recently turned rather than centuries old.
I really liked that there were different types of vampires – the cool, smooth Court-style and the almost zombie-like Rabids. I adore Kanin. What can I say? I have a type. Jackal was a cool villain but psycho-vamp Sarren was brilliant — absolutely terrifying.
The finale in Old Chicago was super dramatic, but I felt it could have ended here, rather than dragging out for a few more chapters. Again the pacing seemed slow here. I’m really looking forward to the rescue mission in book two.