Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on 24 April 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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The Immortal Rules is an amazing tale about a newly made vampire and her unlikely friendship with some humans she meets on the road. Incredible characters, dystopian world and an attention to story-telling that is just breath-taking! The way Allie changed from being a scared, hungry girl to a strong, but still kind of human vampire was so well done. And even if she's a little scary sometimes, she really is someone the rest of the characters should want at their side.
*I received a free ARC of The Immortal Rules from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
I don’t even know where to start in my praise for The Immortal Rules. I loved every single thing about it. The world-building was extremely well done, I could see the gritty, half-rotten buildings in my mind. I could smell the mold, and my stomach was churning with hunger. Both the character-driven story and the way the plot moved forward was expertly done as well. I felt connected to several of the characters, not only the main ones, they were well fleshed out and it was actually possible to understand their motivations. Even when I didn’t agree with their thinking, I could understand them, and that surely is no small feat.
In the beginning of The Immortal Rules, the readers meet Allison, a girl who’s around 17 years old, living in an abandoned and almost in ruins school. She doesn’t live in an ordinary city, but in a vampire city, where the vampires rule, and the humans are their real, live blood-bags. Because Allison doesn’t want to be anybody’s property, she’s an unregistered human. This entails that she has no access to food through the rationing system, and if she ever gets caught stealing, she’ll be publicly executed.
Allison has to fight for everything she needs in order to survive, she lives with three boys about her own age, and it’s difficult for her to be respected the way she feels is fair. However, Allison is such a strong female character she never sits down to complain about her life or her fate. She goes out of her way to help the few people she still cares about, and when she finds a cache of food outside the city-walls, she brings her friends with her. Through the old sewer system, and outside the walls, where the rabids are only waiting for their prey.
The rabids are a new addition for me when it comes to vampire stories. At first, I thought they were like zombies, but The Immortal Rules is not copying a zombie novel. The rabids are badly turned vampires, and noone knows if it is because they were sick with a virus before they got bitten, or if they just weren’t strong enough to become real vampires.
Soon, Allison has to make a very difficult choice, die because of a rabid’s bite, or become what she hates the most in the whole world – a vampire.
The Immortal Rules is so well written, with diverse characters – both human and vampires – that I was drawn into the story and didn’t want to leave it at all. Even when things were difficult or sad, I needed to know what would happen next. And now that I have finished reading, I want to run for my kindle to start The Eternity Cure right now – even if it’s midnight!