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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-06-06 07:00
Review: The Immortal Rules
The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa

Title: The Immortal Rules [Blood of Eden 1]

Author: Julie Kagawa

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Dystopian, Vampires, Post-Apocalyptic

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis: To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

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.

 

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

I ADORE this book. I know, I know, everyone wants to whine about how vampire books are overdone, but I really don't care. I love vampires - and this isn't a vampire tale like any other. The vampires in The Immortal Rules are ruthless, savage, sometimes even rabid, beasts. There's no seductive, sparkly vampires here. In fact, the closest we come to a "nice" vampire is the main character, and even she'll admit that you should never trust a vampire.

 

I really liked Allie ... and well... all the characters. They each had distinct personalities and depth to their characters. I even liked the villains.. and usually I don't. I think my favorite part of this book though, was Allie's struggle with humanity. She came from a background where even the humans were barely human and had to decide to become the one thing she hated more than anything - a vampire. Even up until the very end though, she struggled to maintain her humanity, not just in the "I'm going to show compassion" way we normally see... no, Allie took the more complicated route.. She still didn't trust people or vampires, but she did her best, struggling with her nature, and the nature of those around her in order to protect what little humanity she could still find in the world. I came away from this story with a great respect for this tragic individual who was willing to sacrifice everything in order to save just a handful of humans even though she knew in the end she'd have to leave them. Allie may be one of my favorite book heroine's. She was naive at times and often made bad decisions, but she wasn't a whiny, helpless heroine. She sucked it up when it mattered and did her best to atone for the mistakes she made. The girl had guts.

 

I also really appreciated Zeke. It would have been so easy for him to become a character much like Stick -  a helpless, naive human that depended on others. Instead, despite his horrific situation in the group (I hate you Jeb - in a loving way.), he tried his best to see the good in the world and help every person he could - even when it turned out the people he trusted betrayed him. Despite his deep-seated hatred of vampires, he struggled to hold on to that hope, and eventually was able to see Allie for what she was : Just a girl that made a hard choice and struggled to be what everyone said she couldn't be... a vampire that retained some semblance of humanity.

 

I thought the ending was perfect.

 

I think it would have been too nicely wrapped up if Allie had stayed with Zeke and the group, instead she went back out into the fray, intent on continuing her journey and paying back the kindness shown to her. It was tragic to watch her walk out of the gates of Eden and turn her back on the group that had become in a way, family to her, but I was cheering her on as she did it.

(spoiler show)

 

I feel incredibly blessed to have been given a chance to read the sequel on NetGalley directly after this one, and I can't wait to get started!

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review 2015-04-13 00:00
Blood of Eden
Blood of Eden - Tami Dane The rear cover blurb for Blood of Eden sounds promising; genius Sloan Skye gets an intern job with the new paranormal unit of the FBI. Unfortunately the reality of this book is a confusing mess. Working to catch a killer, Sloan's role as an intern places her in highly improbable situations; acting as bait for the killer, going off alone to investigate. Not only is Sloan kind of whiny and annoying, she has a distracting romance with one of the FBI agents. The romance fails to ring true, he's an older man and an agent, she's supposedly much younger and an intern.
I confess I had to stop reading at the half way point. The story just got too bizzarre, and Sloan really failed to engage me as a heroine I gave the slightest damn about. I skipped to the final chapter hoping that it might provide me with enough incentive to go back to where I stopped and try to read the book again. Let's just say the final chapter is such a convoluted mess that I'm surprised any editor let it go to print. What a terrible book. Is there a rating less than one star? If so I give this a point 5 of a star. If you decide to buy this book I suggest you stand in the bookshop and read the first three chapters. If you decide to purchase it than do so at your own risk.
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text 2015-02-04 19:12
Futuristic Books// T5W

I haven't done Top Five Wednesday in a coooool minute. Nor have I been active on this website either-save that discussion for another day. Computer issues aside, I'm finally back to doing T5W and if you didn't know T5W was created by gingerreadslainey and every Wednesday there's a topic in which we choose our top 5 to it. If you want to join, check out the discussion page!

 

This T5W's discussion is futuristic books. I actually had a hard time choosing five books because most futuristic books are dystopian or scifi and I don't gravitate towards that genre. I was able to come up with four books I have read and one I really want to start soon. That counts right?

 

5) Hunger Games (and Catching Fire) by Suzanne Collins

If we can just pretend that Mockingjay never happened, these two books were actually really good. Really good. The Hunger Games itself is such a different book and such a unique series with so much action that was written so well. These two were so gripping that I really could not put them down. These two were so good but then the movies and the last book happened. Even then, the hype that surrounds this series is understandable. 

4) Legend (and Prodigy) by Marie Lu

I've talked about Legend before (and will talk about Prodigy soon) so I won't say much but omgg this is one of my favorite dystopian series of all time-despite me knowing the ending of the series. I don't even care. The way Marie Lu built the world and the actual plot of this series is so good. And that damn plot twist. This series gives me the feels. 

3) Lunar Chronicles Series by Marissa Meyer

So Cinder is my favorite book out of the three that are out and she is my favorite character, but even with that, these books are great. The adventure is great, the characters are adorable. I've reread Cinder twice already and it gets better with each read. 

2) Blood Of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

 

The only vampire book I like. 'Nuff said. Granted I read this book when it first came out and I plan on rereading it this month because I haven't read the last book yet. 

1) The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

 

This is the book I have not read yet but I plan on reading it this month. I kind of have been on a Cassandra Rose Clarke reading binge so... I know this is about robots and apparently it's a tear jerker. I haven't read many books that have made me cry but I think this one will. 

 

Anyway, there you go for this week's T5W even though it's not technically one haha. Thanks for reading!

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review 2014-06-25 00:00
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden)
The Forever Song (Blood of Eden) - Julie Kagawa Turns out this series wasn't as different as I thought...

...but I wish it had been. Book one was really cool, with a strong heroine and an exciting story. I thought this would be something new, instead of the old cookie cutter YA Dystopian Triologies that are everywhere. Unfortunately, the last two books became the teenage-angst-I-love-my-boyfried-so-much soap opera I was hoping to avoid. By book three, I realized that the only reason the author decided to write about vampires was so they could nearly die over and over and over again but miraculously survive over and over and over again. As long as their head doesn't get cut off, that is. The violence got more gruesome and the swearing got worse and as the story went on. If I could go back in time, I'd tell myself to skip this one.
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review 2014-06-24 00:00
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden)
The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden) - Julie Kagawa Read reviews and more at The Beautiful World of Books!

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

I praise the literary world for giving us [a:Julie Kagawa|2995873|Julie Kagawa|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1257816454p2/2995873.jpg] and her thrilling, fast-paced, emotional Blood of Eden series. In my last review, I thanked her for restoring my faith in YA vampires and dystopia and I shall do it again today.

The Blood of Eden books are nothing like you've read before, and that's a guarantee. Not only are we given a heroine, Allie Sekemoto, who rivals Katniss Everdeen in everything from strength to morality, but we're given a set of characters and a setting that are different and refreshing to your usual vampire mumbojumbo.

Summary:

Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.


In the second instalment of the Blood of Eden trilogy, we pick up where we left off in [b:The Immortal Rules|10215349|The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)|Julie Kagawa|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1323357921s/10215349.jpg|15114912]. Allie is on a mission to find Kanin, her creator, and later to get rid of Sarren, the psychotic vampire hell bent on getting his revenge on Kanin and the rest of the world.

This book is bloodier, more violent, more intriguing and exciting than the first one and although it suffers a mild form of Middle Book Syndrome it stays on track and it's easy to follow Allie in her journey and fights.

Setting:

To find Kanin, save him and bring an end to the new Red Lung virus that seems to be popping up, Allie & Co. must return to where it all began... New Covington, the Fringe, where Allie lived the majority of her life.

But that's not all...

Story & Characters:

Not only do we re-meet Kanin once again, but Allie makes a new, unlikely ally in the form of Jackal.

Remember him? The crazy raider army leader from Chicago? You know, the one who murdered Darren and was responsible for the deaths of other well loved characters in the first book? The one who stuck a pole through Allison's stomach and left her to die?

Yeah. That vampire. Turns out, Jackal is Allie's blood relative, thanks to Kanin who Turned him a couple of decades before. Awkward, right?

You have no idea.

The relationship between Allie and Jackal is more than tense. It's frigid, cold with an undercurrent of revenge that makes you shiver. As time goes on though, they both build a friendship (or hateship) that is amusing and effective and you can clearly see where both characters stand on the morality scale:

"Now we're going to save a bunch of dirty meatsacks from a bunch of dirty cannibals? Why don't we rescue some orphaned kittens and put food out for stray puppies while we're at it?"


I sheathed my blade and glared at him. "And here I almost thought you weren't a complete bastard."

"Well, that's your mistake, not mine.”


"This is the most I have ever been in the sewers in one place. If someone had said to me a month ago, 'Hey, Jackal, guess where you'll be spending most of your time in New Covington? Ankle-deep in shit!' I would've ripped their lips off."


But when the going gets tough, and Jackal needs to make a choice, he suprises you at every turn. If you expect him to do something, trust me, he will do the total opposite, sometimes out of spite, and sometimes because maybe, deep down, he has a conscience.

I wouldn't bet on it though.

We also bump into loverboy Zeke again. Bet you're shocked, huh? I was too. What kind of lunatic leaves Eden, a place of dreams, a place of safety, to venture back into a plague and vampire infested world and risk his life for a couple of ungrateful humans?

Oh right. That guy.

I didn't much like Zeke in the first book, and it took me a long while to warm up to his presence in this one, but for what it's worth, appearances are deceptive and he's not just a... what does Jackal call humans? A bloodsack? Yeah, Zeke isn't just a bloodsack.

Turns out Zeke is none other than the cure for the Red Lung virus and, maybe, even the cure for Rabidism altogether. Isn't that lucky?! He's a special snowflake!

Why I gave this 3 stars:

Aside from it being a bit slow in the beginning, I would've happily rated this 4/4.5 stars if it weren't for the development of the instalove turning to insta-amour right off the bat (within three or four pages of Zeke and Allie reuniting) and a few plot conveniences that made me twitch. So for that, I give it 3/3.5 stars because I really enjoyed it and maybe I was shipping Jackal and Allie for a while before I remembered they were, ew, siblings. But Jackal would make a better love interest for Allie than Zeke could. *rolls eyes*

Full (better) review coming up on The Beautiful World of Books later this week!

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