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  • Series: Blood of Eden
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 the Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Misa Gracen on May 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm really conflicted about this one. I've seen/heard all my blogger friends gush and rave over this title, and damn they made it sound really, really good. But upon reading it, I can't help but wonder if I got the same copy from the publisher or not. There were some parts of The Immortal Rules that I absolutely loved. There were some (okay, a lot) of stuff that was just okay, and a few things that... well, you'll see what I mean.

One thing I really liked about The Immortal Rules was how Julie Kagawa didn't hesitate to torture her character. I mean this in the sense that she isn't afraid to throw all the bad stuff at her character's direction, and she isn't afraid to keep the bad stuff flowing. She doesn't hold back on the details, either. A lot of the books, namely the ones in the YA romance genre, capture the main character as someone perfect in every way possible, though he/she may not know and/or think so. But Allie was flawed. She wasn't perfect - far from it - and she acknowledged that. And she wants to survive, which is what drives her forward, and makes her do all these things that'll make you wince and cringe, but you'll understand why she does it.

I also think that the way she was turned into a vampire was handled really well. There was a clear and understandable motive behind it: staying alive. I know a lot of people would think that, you know, a character should be brave and embrace death, especially since the alternative is becoming something you hate. But when you're actually dying - which, alone, is kind of a terrifying thought -, and someone hands you an alternative, a way out, I think that most people in Allie's situation would chose to become a vampire, especially since it means staying alive.

I also loved Allie herself.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By KristiS 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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15 of 17 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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