Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tuesday Review Day!

Hello my wonderful lovelies! I had to take a short hiatus to finish up school and take care of some personal matters but now that school is over and there are a few things in the works, I thought I'd try to get back in the blog-swing of things.

Hope you enjoy this Tuesday Review!

Written by: Julie Kagawa
Publication date: April 24, 2012
Hardcover, 480 pgs


Synopsis: 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.

My Review: So here's how I feel about this book. When I first heard about it I was all, "OMG Julie Kagawa wrote about vampires! It has to be the most awesome story ever!!" See how excited I was? -------->

I love the Iron Fey, I mean I ate that series right up; so when I read The Immortal Rules, I was very disappointed when I almost fell asleep! You might be wondering why I still gave it four stars, let me explain. Allie's story begins before she was made into a vampire; her scavenger-type life; fighting to survive, living by rules and in fear no human should ever have to. The characters in this part were a little superficial and I feel too much time was wasted in telling this part of the story. The middle of the story is after she is turned, the time she spends with her maker learning how to live as the thing she has feared her entire life and the thing she hates the most. Finally, the last part of the story is the time she spends with this group of traveling humans that are looking for Eden - a vampire free place that no one is sure even exists.

Here's what put me to sleep: throughout the story, Allie is fighting the vampire she has become and is trying to be as human as possible. Understandable, I guess for a time any one of us might try to maintain normalcy for as long as possible; however, in my opinion, there comes a time where acceptance is the only path left. I like my vampires to embrace their inner monster from time to time. I mean, if you're going to be supernatural, act like it!!

I think this story could have been told just as well in less pages. There was not enough important things happening to fill up these 480 pages, but a lot more story than I think was necessary. The reason I still gave it four stars is because I can see the potential for this story. I think Allie might have an interesting background if I just stick it out until the end. The rest of the story and characters seem to serve only as ties to Allie and her humanity and maybe only one of them is essential to the actual plot.

Overall: I look forward to the sequel, I just hope that if it's going to be just as long that it isn't full of fluff but actual plot points and meaning.


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