The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) by Julie Kagawa
Publishing date: April 24th 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
It may seem like there is no point in me reviewing The Immortal Rules since there are already so many reviews out there, but I feel like I need to write this just to remind you how amazing this book is, or if you still haven't read it, to remind you that this is the book you don't want to miss!
Right from the start, you get hooked on The Immortal Rules. The fact that I read this book of 485 pages in one sitting, tells you a lot! As soon as you start reading the book, you are introduced to the amazing world Julie Kagawa created. We meet Allie who lives in the Fringe, outer circle of the city, New Covington, ruled by Vampires. Allie is 'unregistered' which means she basically doesn't exist, thus has no right on food. While she scavenges for food during the day, she hides during the night from bloodthirsty creatures whom she despises. When her group is attacked by rabids during food hunt one day, Allie almost dies, but a vampire named Kanin saves her and offers her to turn her into a vampire or just let her die. Allie chooses the first option, and becomes a Vampire. She is forced to leave the city, all alone. After a while she joins a group of people who are looking for Eden, a supposed city that is not ruled by Vampires, but she has to pass as a human.
The beginning of The Immortal Rules is very dynamic. A lot of things happen and also most of the worldbuilding is done in the beginning. After that comes Allies journey and the pacing goes from fast to really slow, and for some people this won't be a good thing. Personally, I didn't mind the change as I saw the importance of it. We see how Allie struggles with who she became, her bloodthirst and the way she has to live her life now. We also get to know her much better and this is the point where I realized how awesome character she is.
One of the people in the group who took Allie in, is Ezekiel, or Zeke - the love interest. He is just the sweetest guy, a genuinely nice person. I don't think it is possible not to like him. The romance wasn't put in the first plan, and that's another thing I really liked. You don't even get to meet Zeke until you're half way through. Julie Kagawa took her time to set things straight, build the world and then she added a bit of romance. Just the way I like it.
There's not much left to say, but know, that you just HAVE TO READ The Immortal Rules. But be warned and prepare yourself, have The Eternity Cure ready for reading, because after the cliffhanger in The Immortal Rules, you will NEED TO start with the second book right away!