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Friday, 9 March 2012

Review and Giveaway: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Book #: 1
Pages: 512
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 4.38
T.B.Published: April 24th, 2012


You will kill. The only question is when. 

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

Taschima's POV:
You are a monster. You will always be a monster-there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you.
Julie Kagawa made me believe in Faeries. Now she will make us believe in Vampires all over again.

How can I possibly describe how hugely talented Julie Kagawa is? She managed to take something old, and mold it into something completely unique and completely her own. This book resembles nothing you have read before, and nothing you will ever read in the future. The mix of characters, vampires, emotion, survival, blood, necessity, desire... It's just wonderful guys, so freaking wonderful. Julie Kagawa has done it all over again.

Things you will like in this book: The main character Allison Sekemoto. She is a kick ass heroine. As a human AND as a vampire. What is so wonderful about her character is that the roles are reversed. When she is human you get that she is disconnected from the world, keeping people at arms length, trying to distance herself from hurt and disappointment. Her main purpose in life is to survive. But when she is a vampire, I dare say is when she is more human in the way we would think a human to be. She creates attachments, she fights hard and long for the people she loves, and she lets herself care about the people around her. Her life isn't just about survival, though there is definitely some of that instinct still there, is also about keeping people safe and giving them the best chance she can give them. I loved her. I could picture her in my mind so clearly, her and her weapon of choice (it's a pretty cool one, but I shall not spoil it for you). She is a girl from which anybody could learn a few tricks.

The thing about this book is that it is very character driven, even the secondary character leave a print. Some of my favourite characters: Kanin, the cool vampire mentor, Ezekiel, the boy who steals your heart (blonde... blue eyes... with the heart of gold), and Caleb, I found myself wanting to hear from him every other page, Caleb is this little adorable boy that you just want to hug and protect. Needless to say there is a lot of characters you will find yourself loving in The Immortal Rules, and some others that you will love to hate (oh Ruth, I am talking about you little *&^%$).

The one thing that did pop into my head as I read the book was The Walking Dead series. The Walking Dead is this incredibly awesome zombie series, the episodes last forever but they are so worth it. Anyways, in The Walking Dead there's this bunch of people who get together and start a journey to some far away place in order to get away from the zombies and find a safe heaven where they can be "free" and stop running. Well, The Immortal Rules is a lot like this in a way. But instead of running from zombies you run away from rabids (crazy ass sick vampires), vampires, and the occasional human who wants to peal your skin off and sell it to the highest bettor. BUT WITH BLOOD AND A KICK ASS HEROINE WITH A WEAPON WHO KNOWS HOW TO WIELD IT!

The book does have a lot of walking and surviving, but it's packed with action. Every other turn Allison would had to face a new threat and every single time I kept wondering to myself how would she get away from this one now? Romance? Some, but it is not the main focus of the story. Love triangles? None that I can see. Vampire Folklore? As I said before Julie Kagawa made a terrific job of covering all her bases and giving us all the information we needed without making us feel like toddler's being force fed big chunks of info. And this aren't the fancy sophisticated vampires that have sprung up from Twilight and things like that either. In The Immortal Rules vampires go back to their roots; they are ruthless killers who for the most part have abandoned their humanities long ago.

Only disappointment of this book? No Ash. I know, bummer. But Zeke (Ezekiel) is enough to keep any young lady on her toes... I am still team Ash though buahahahahaha...

She didn't disappoint guys!! She didn't!!! Get it as soon as it's out or give it a shot and enter my giveaway ;)
Rules of the Giveaway:
  1. Follow Bloody Bookaholic =D
  2. Leave an email in a comment so I can contact you.
Extra Points:


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Friend me on Goodreads (+1), if you are already a friend you get the +1.
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You must leave the nick names you use on the sites to verify. There are plenty of options to go around, and they are very easy to achieve so good luck guys!
Number of winners: 1
This contest will end April 24th, the official release date. I know, it's pretty far away, but it's my only option, and for a free copy of this bad boy... believe me, you want in on this! And it gives you guys plenty of time to enter. US only.

Good luck!

125 comments:

sarabara081 said...

I LOVE kickass heroines! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I can't wait to read this book! :)

sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

Arianne Cruz said...

"You are a monster. You will always be a monster-there is no turning back from it. But what type of monster you become is entirely up to you."

I love that! so true :)

Rachel Pudelek said...

I am querying a book and the MC is a female predator. I've had a tough time finding other books like that, so I'm very excited to read this one! I've had my eyes on it, and now that you have confirmed it's awesomeness, I definitely want it.

creativedeeds said...

Great giveaway. Can't wait to get lost in another Julie Kagawa book!

Under the Covers said...

I'm so jealous you got to read this!!!! Looking forward to it!

Ann
alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

Under the Covers said...

Im so jealous that you got to read this!!! Looking forward to it!

Ann
alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

Valia Lind said...

I've been seeing this book everywhere and I cant wait to read it!!! Julie is one of my fav authors!

Laurel Landau said...

Awesome review! Thanks for the contest too! :)

Paige said...

Great review! I can't wait to read this book =)

~Paige @ Comfort Books
http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/

ephrielle said...

So does this indicate that vampires are resurfacing? I am not so sure I am ready for a revival. But having read The Iron Fey series I am sold on all things Julie Kagawa and am ready to jump on board. Someone needs to set the new standard. Thanks.

Vivien said...

OMG I am so BLOODY excited for this. Literally. Kagawa has me hooked to everything she puts out. Cannot wait!

Vivien said...

OH also, I follow on Goodreads as Vivien :D

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

Lioness said...

Hi! Thanks for the giveaway(:

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~Irika

Anastasia said...

I've been so excited to read The Immortal Rules! I've been searching for reviews, because I want to know more about what I can expect. Thank you for doing that for me! Your review has made me THAT much more excited for the book!

Ana
www.writingbyhart.blogspot.com

Janiera said...

This book sounds so awesome!Your review was awesome and I wasn't sure about this book but it toally pulled me in
Janiera @This is From my Heart
Janiera @This is From my Heart

Unabridged Bookshelf said...

This sounds SOOO good! I really love the cover, and I cannot wait to read this one! Great Review!! Thank you!

Glinda Izabel said...

Hi Tashima!
I really liked your review ad I just tried to enter the giveaway. Unfortunately i saw that is for US only, so i think that you should delete my entry...

Kisses from Italy,

Glinda

TayteH said...

There's no fluffy vampires in this book. That's good enough for me to love it already. :D
Thank you!

Kari said...

Yay! Oh my gosh, I've been wanting to read this for a while, as well as her Iron Fae books... I can't wait!

dani_nguyen said...

Can't wait to read this. I really liked the Iron Fey series, but I'm excited to get something new from her! Thanks for the giveaway!

Barbara E. said...

I think The Immortal Rules sounds fantastic and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

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marybelle said...

Fingers crossed!! The book looks amazing.

GFC: Mary Preston

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Alba said...

Argh! you make it sound too good to be true!!!
plus, that cover?
TO DIE FOR!

Alba said...

forgot to post my email!

calbizzz_152(at)hotmail(dot)com

donnas said...

I can not say how much I am looking forward to this book.

FICTION STATE OF MIND said...

really looking forward to reading this :)

Kelly said...

Have I read anything by her yet? No! Do I want to? Heck yeah! This book sounds awesome! It would be a great way to get introduced to the author. Thanks for the giveaway!

Taschima Cullen said...

@Kelly She is the author of The Iron Fey series, The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight. If you haven't read those then you reeeaally should.

Pixie @ The Bookaholic said...

I've been wanting to read this one for a long, long time. It's probably one of the top most-anticpated reads for me in 2012. Awesome giveaway and fantastic review. So look forward to reading as soon as possible and good luck to all the entrants!! :)

miss.pixie08@gmail.com

<3
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Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I'm always a sucker for character-driven novels, so this one sounds right up my alley. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

Maidenveil said...

I soooo love her Iron Fey series. And this one will surely kick ass! :D

kimscarecrow said...

I'm excited for this! I haven't finished Julie's Iron Fey series yet, but I'm working on it! They're so great, and I'm sure this one will be too! Great giveaway!

henderkd(at)hotmail(dot)com

-Kim

Doodle said...

I loved The Iron Fey. Can't wait to read what she has in store for us with vampires.

BookStacksOnDeck said...

Sounds freaking amazing! This is so in my TBR list. I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series & vampires are awesome! Can't wait to read this!
-Heather M./BookStacksOnDeck

BookStacksOnDeck said...

Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds amaaaaaziiiing!!! :D
-Heather M./BookStacksOnDeck
bookstacksondeck[at]gmail[dot]com

elin said...

I can't wait to read this book :D
emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

Reviewing Shelf said...

Really want to win this book!

Booklovin said...

Thanks for the giveaway and the great review! :) I'm really looking forward to read it.

Loveliciouz(at)hotmail(dot)com

Booklovin said...

I'm so, so sorry! I got so happy to see that there was a giveaway on The Immortal Rules that I totally missed that is was US only. I'm really, really sorry and I hope this doesn't give you too much troble? Is it possible for you to just delete my entries?

Jane Hanbury said...

I have read one or two vampire novels. But I like good stories with strong characters. this one looks good and I know that Julie Kagawa is a popular author.

Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

This looks awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

I'd love to win! ANYTHING by Julie Kagawa is on my TBR pile forever!

youngreadersathomeATgmailDOTcom

Jill The OWL said...

Love that it's packed with action!!! That will keep my students reading :)

tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read! tWarner419@aol.com GFC tetewa

fate-ma said...

i love the synopsis im so happy you decided to do this givaway ur the best i cant wait

fatema_salam99@hotmail.com

Victoria said...

I'm really interested in The Immortal Rules. After The Iron King series I'm betting on this being fantastic too. Thank you for the giveaway.

vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

Puie said...

I'm so glad the author started another book since her last series was fantastic ;D

Tore said...

I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Bookish in a Box said...

For the most part, I've abandoned vampire novels, but Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series was so good, I want to try this one anyway. And from the review, it sounds like it's worth the time!

whitewolfreads said...

I'm really looking forwards to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway!

whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

samantha35 said...

great giveaway
follow via gfc
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Becca B said...

I love the premise of this book. I am a lover of all things Vampire and always looking for a new take on them. Your review was awesome and made me want to buy the book tonight. Love your blog!!!!!

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Angie said...

I was first skeptical. I mean, Julie Kagawa writing horror after she writes some fluffy fairy stories? But it seems that she managed to write them well. Thanks for this giveaway!

Trellyn said...

misstrellyn@yahoo.com


I cant wait to start these.

marybelle said...

Obviously, a must have read. I like my vampires ' real'.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Krystal Larson said...

Yay! Thank you for the awesome chance to win! You are so glad that you get a chance to read this :)

Emily said...

I am so excited for this book! The cover is amazing. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! :)

brookea_2006 said...

I'm excited to read this, especially after hearing it compared to Walking Dead! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sarah Cruzツ said...

I can't wait to read this book!! Thanks for the chance and for the awesome giveaway!!

ebbith0115[at]gmail[dot]com

Julie W said...

I am SO psyched to read this book!! Julie Kagawa can do no wrong when it comes to writing a book in my opinion, and I can't WAIT to read this one! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy:)

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I am beyond excited for this book! I love kick ass heriones so Im super excited to see how she is. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

Mare/TommyGirl said...

The book sounds great. I'm definitely a fan of kickass heroines and I've liked what I've read of Julie Kagawa before.

Thanks for the giveaway!

ObsessedReader said...

GFC follower: ObsessedReader

OMG, I can't wait for this book! The Iron Fey series is an ALL TIME favorite series for me...I am about to die waiting for this book, and trying to get my hands on it!!

email: echika[at]insightbb[dot]com

rocksann said...

I am so excited to read this book! Just when I thought I was done with vampires =) Thanks for the giveaway!

rocksann(at)gmail(dot)com

Rachel Pudelek said...

I forgot my email! Wow! There's so many comments! Popular book!

Lakela20(at)hotmail(dot)com

bookbitereviews said...

thank you so much for the giveaway!! The book sounds awesome =D

bookbitereviews@gmail.com
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Haleyknitz said...

Sounds awesome! enter me please :) haleymathiot at yahoo.com

Cricket said...

I think this sounds fantastic, this is one I really want to read.Thanks for the giveaway!
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ChickLitGirl said...

gotta love Julie Kagawa! I cant wait to read this.

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ChickLitGirl said...

already follow you on tumblr as: esgeezee

and I'm your friend on twitter!

ChickLitGirl said...

*I mean Goodreads

xulieta said...

Great giveaway ;)

my email: neveradelibros@gmail.com

My goodreads nickname:Xulieta NeveraDeLibros

:)

Cassandra said...

Great giveaway.. I've heard wonderful things about this book already. I am looking forward to reading it!!

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JenA said...

Enter me!
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Crystal said...

Love Julie Kagawa! I can't wait to read this book it sounds AMAZING!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :-)

Jessi (Geo) said...

I cannot WAIT to read this! Ahhh!!!
Awesome giveaway :)
Jessi @ Auntie Spinelli Reads
geobobspinelli(at)gmail(dot)com

Odyssey said...

I want to.win pleeaaassseee I want to read.this book bD.

Taschima Cullen said...

Aren't giveaways awesome? More than anything it just proves that people WANT to read, it just makes me happy. :D

Sandra said...

I can't wait to read this! Thank you for the giveaway.
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Joy said...

Can't wait for this book to come out! I'm very excited!! YAY!

Angeline Kace said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Lieder Madchen said...

I am so excited about this book! I love the Iron Fey novels and I can't wait to see what Julie Kagawa has done with vampires. :)
Thank you for the giveaway!

Sophia said...

This book sounds so good! I'm glad that you thought it was as great as you thought it would be. :)

Victoria said...

I want to read this soo bad!

Ruby97 said...

Im so excited to read this book :) good luck everyone! :)

Ezmirelda said...

AHHH! >_< I'm sooooo excited about this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

Serendipitous said...

Thank you so much for doing this giveaway!

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Dominique said...

thanks for hosting this giveaway! I've heard good things about The Immortal Rules & I can't wait for it! :D

Dominique
bookvault(at)yahoo.com

Eternal Night said...

I would so love to read this book!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Paula said...

Dying to get my hands on this book!!

Momo (Books Over Boys) said...

I cannot wait to read TMR because I absolutely adore JK's Iron Fey series so I know this one will be AMAZING!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sizzling Reads said...

All you had to say was Julie Kagawa, and add vampires into the mix and I'm sold. I can't wait to read this!

Tiffany said...

I've been waiting to get my hands on this book sinve i read your review. So excited about this givaway. :)

tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

marian said...

I love Julie kagawa's book and can't wait for this one!!!
Gfc-Marian

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Christina Fiorelli said...

Christina Kit. in the rafflecopter

This sounds awesome - Julie's characters are all incredible.

She is a genius.

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Cate said...

This book has me so excited! I just loved Julie's fey books, i can't wait to see what she does with vampires...

Kelsey said...

I've wanted to read this ever since I saw the cover!

Selena said...

I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! I'm soooooo excited! :D :D It looks so good! The cover is so amazing, too!

Emily @ Falling For YA said...

Gosh I am so freaking excited for this one!! It looks amazing and the more I see of it the more I want to get my hands on it =D

kimberly said...

I sooooo want to read tgis book it sounds so freaking awesome:D

jay.uppal said...

awesome

Stephanie27 said...

I just love Julie's work. I can't wait for this!

Stephanie27 said...

+1 Goodreads- stephanie
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Nedraw said...

Sounds awesome...loved The Iron Fey series!

Vivien said...

Crud!!! I accidentally put in the wrong tweet link


https://twitter.com/#!/deadtossedwaves/status/182115982125432832

Krista said...

The cover is the BEST!

Ntzee said...

Thank you for the giveaway!!! =)

n_thao06@hotmail.com

crimsonfrosst said...

wow, I'm excited about this book!
frosst6922@gmail.com :)

Xia said...

Immortal Rules sounds amazing! All of Julie Kagawa's books are great.

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Kari said...

I forgot to leave my email!

karilynnwhite{at}gmail{dot}com

Brittany said...

I cannot WAIT to read this book!!!

britt0317(at)gmail(dot)com

molly.frenzel said...

Julie K. is awesome. I loved what she did with fairies. I can't wait to read her take on vampires

molly(dot)frenzel(at)gmail(dot)com
Goodreads: Molly Frenzel
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molly.frenzel said...

Awesome giveaway. I love Julie K.

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Trellyn said...

This looks exciting! I cant wait to read it!

LittleFoot said...

Gah! Every review of The Immortal Rules just makes me want it more! I'm so ready for release- I expect this will be an exciting change from the Fey.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Linny said...

Thanks for the review and the giveaway! Loved Kagawa's writing style in the Iron Fey series and I'm sure this will be just as good. Can't wait to read this one!

Linny said...

Oh and my email is linnymilliron(at)yahoo(dot)com. Hope I win! :)

Kimberleigh said...

Can't wait to read this book! Absolutely love The Iron Fey series, this one can only be as awesome :D

Teril said...

Cannot wait for this one and kick arse heroines are always a major plus.

Ntzee said...

THanks for the giveaway!! n_thao06@hotmail.com

Ash...Ley said...

i am SOOO jealous you got to read this book before it is published... I am a BIG fan of Kagawa- I read the Iron Fey Series in 4 days (literally didnt do any of my school work)

ameyer06@villanova.edu

States of Decay said...

I like the concept of the book. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

amethystfaerie[at]msn[dot]com

Jessica Albitz said...

I would love to own this book!! I've read her other series and Im in love with her!

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