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Gr 8 Up-In Kagawa's postapocalyptic dystopia, vampires reign. Allison Sekemoto, 17, and her unregistered gang live in the shabby Fringe of New Covington while vampires rule the Inner City with their human pets, drinking blood donated by their Registered subjects. Unregistered humans roam without meal tickets or the Prince's protection, prone to arbitrary violence and starvation. In an act of desperation, Allie and her friends venture into the rabid-infested ruins surrounding the city in search of ancient, abandoned food hoards. As clouds roll in heavy with rain, the troupe is ambushed by rabids (Red Lung-infected vampires) and all are brutally murdered. Lying ravaged with death fast approaching, Allie accepts an unexpected offer of immortality from Kanin, joining the blood-sucking race that destroyed her family. His guidance and Allie's defiance clash with the vampire's ugly past, leaving her to wander a land swarming with rabids in search of a cure for Rabidism and her own Vampirism. The zealous heroine's characterization as an anarchist and independent thinker resonates along with classic YA themes of identity and belonging. Her ironic romance with a young man named Ezekiel adds a softer tone to a dynamic and perilous quest. Kagawa devotees can expect lots of bloody carnage in the upcoming movie, as "The Blood of Eden" series has already been optioned by Palomar Pictures.-Jamie-Lee Schombs, Loyola School, New York Cityα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Series is the next Twilight" -Teen.com "A genuine page-turner...Julie Kagawa is a strong new voice in the young adult world."-The Sunday Express on The Iron King "We think we've found the next crossover hit..." -Sunday Times on The Iron King" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Blood of Eden
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (530 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn't getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time (okay, at least the illustrations did), but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a
real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, an obnoxious cat, an Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and a hyper-active Papillion.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Kristi-The Book Faery on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
THE FAERYS VIEW

Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is nothing short of how spectacular I thought it would be. The anticipation that had built up knowing that Julie was going to the fang side was well worth it. When I got the ARC in my greedy little hands, I was tearing into it before the envelop hit the garbage can. Yes, I did stop to admire the cover but what I really wanted to get to was inside that gorgeous cover!

The true gem of Immortal Rules likes in Julies titillating plot: just when you think you've seen every possible vampire scenario, Julie goes and changes the genre much like she did for the Fae world. Told as only Julie can do, the action is non-stop and the creepy dystopian world she paints for the reader is all too realistic-which I found deliciously frightening!

Imagine yourself living in the worse ghetto possible with no lawful system in place, no food, no shelter, nothing... it's a survivors dystopia but then add in cannibals, gangs that rape you and worse but that still isn't the worse! Add in Vamps that often roam the streets at dark plucking juicy morsels out of the best hiding spots they can find. This is the world that Allie lives in. Allie lives in a world that is ruled by the vampires, sure she could get more food if she'd let the vamps stamp her like the rest of the herd but she refuses to let them take any more from her then they already have. She has her `gang' that sort of look out for each other but in this world, people don't live long. Allie is hard as nails, kick-ass and take names later and extremely world wise. Allie does have a softer side and she takes pity on the weaker kid in their group, making sure he has enough to eat but at the same time she resents him for not pulling his weight.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Immortal Rules is set in a future post-apocalyptic world where vampires run the show.

Allison Sekemoto - Allie for short - is an Unregistered orphan in the vampire city of New Covington. Unregistered humans are people who do not agree with or participate in the monthly bloodletting that Registered humans must, as they serve the vampires. Being Unregistered is risky for multiple reasons, but it's a matter of principle. Allie and her small group of Unregistered friends live in the outermost area of the city in a place known as the Fringe. They spend nearly all of their time scavenging for food just to survive.

During one such scavenging, Allie and her friends are attacked by Rabids; the nastiest form of vampire, you could pretty much say they're equated with zombies. After watching her friends get torn to pieces, Allie makes a run for it only to end up being taken down by a pack of Rabids herself. Allie knows she is about to die when, all of a sudden, the Rabids tearing at her body are pulled off of her. She's been saved, sort of... Her savior offers her a choice: Die, or become a vampire like him.

Allie chooses life in any form she can get it, and that means becoming the thing she hates most.

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This is my very first read by Julie Kagawa. I've been meaning to get to the Iron Fey series, but it keeps getting the bump on my TBR list. I can say, now, that I'll probably be moving it up. Julie is a wonderful writer and I was so very impressed with this novel. With all the vampire books floating around out there, it gets old. Right before reading this book I told my husband it'd been awhile since I'd read a vampire book.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nikki Wang on April 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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Allie's used to protecting her group, her family, until the night they're killed. The night they're killed and she gets two options: Die a human or die and rise as a vampire. She picks option 2 and thus starts our story. When her teacher, the one who turned her, is captured by enemies, Allie is left to her own resources to survive in the apocalyptic world full of rabids, twisted creatures that were once human, or once vampire. From there our heroine meets a group of Unregistered humans who somehow survived in a world where vampires rule the cities and food is rationed only among registered. She joins their gathering, but day by day her secret is getting harder to hide, her bloodlust harder to control. "Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being.The question is not if it will happen, but when."

Julie Kagawa amazed me with her Iron Fey series, and she blew me away with Immortal Rules. And for someone who never wanted to do a vampire story from the beginning, Kagawa definitely aced the test with flying colors. If I didn't know better, I'd say that she'd been lying to us and wrote vampire stories her whole life! That's how amazing Immortal Rules was. The plot was original, the characters each having their own unique personalities, and the setting fit the story perfectly.

I couldn't help but compare this to the Iron Fey sometimes, especially when I read similar things such as the tree growing out of the car. Caleb reminded me so much of Ethan, especially with the family bond between Allie and Caleb that reminded me of Meghan and Ethan at the beginning of Iron King! But Immortal Rules definitely has its own unique plot. Vampires have never been so new.
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