Here's the summary from Goodreads: In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire 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 is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters. Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad. Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike. But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for.
I was positively ecstatic when I received an ARC of The Immortal Rules and eagerly dove into it. What I Liked: 1) The setting. This world is familiar, yet new at the same time, if that makes sense. It's like, everywhere you turn, there is something new that you're walking into, but there is this imprint of how the world used to be lying underneath everything. I definitely love how Miz Kagawa is able to build this world that can startle you around every corner, without making you feel completely and utterly lost. 2) Allie. Allie is a really complex character. She's got this strong moral compass guiding her, even though she knows the kind of things she has to do to survive in the Fringe. But then, when she's faced with the choice of dying or becoming a Vampire, she doesn't choose what would be the honorable thing, according to her own beliefs. But even as she is, she still despises the vampires, and herself a little for making the decision she did. There is so much more to her than all of this, but because I don't want to give anything away, I'm going to leave it at that. I love the complexity that Miz Kagawa brought to this character and I'm sure it'll just get better and better as the series continues. 3) Kanin. My favorite character!! And I am fully prepared to argue this point with anyone, because I have a feeling I'll be in the minority here. I think most people will like Zeke the best but I loved Kanin. He is Allie's...vampire sire, creator, whatever. But you can tell right off the bat that he isn't like the other vampires you meet in the book. And at the end of the book you aren't sure what's happened with him, or what he is doing!? He's the most mysterious character in the book, and I definitely viewed him as Mr. Tall, Dark and Handsome. 4) Zeke. Kanin is a sharp contrast to Zeke, who was more of an open book. And of course, that intrigued Allie more than anything, I think. I don't think she's ever had anyone in her life, at least that she can remember that is as open and honest, and as...genuine as he is. In this world when everyone is kinda screwed up, secretive, and scared, Zeke isn't that way, despite the life he's had to live. He's so trusting when everything in the world screams that he shouldn't. Even with his openness, it doesn't make him less dimensional than the others. All of the characters (like in all of her writing) have a lot of depth. 5) Vampires! I haven't read many vampire books recently, though it did seem that the YA market was getting a little saturated with them. But this was a fresh spin on that particular subgenre. Instead of being the creatures that hide in the dark from the rest of the world and try to keep their existence hidden, the roles have almost been reversed. The humans are in hiding, both from the Rabids and the Vampires, and the vamps are the ones in charge. Who isn't intrigued about a world run by Vampires??
What I Didn't Like: Nothing!
Overall thoughts: Well, Julie Kagawa has outdone herself! The Immortal Rules is a completely new and enigmatic story that brings an exciting world to life within it's pages. A fast-paced and action-packed plot, coupled with rich, three dimensional characters makes this book unique and exciting. It's a darker story than her last series, but equally as engaging and fascinating. The Immortal Rules hits shelves on April 24th, so make sure to add it to your list, and get excited!
My rating: 5 shots
Harlequin has also offered me a finished hard cover of The Immortal Rules to giveaway to one of y'all! The entry form for this giveaway will go up tomorrow, so make sure you stop back by and enter to win a copy of this exciting new release!