Review: The Immortal Rules, Julia Kagawa

25 Feb

“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.”

You know what confuses me on posting this review? The cover art. All through the book, which I finished about 20 minutes ago, I’ve been hearing about Allison Sekemoto, Katana-wielding Asian extraordinaire, and I’m looking at the lass on the front cover and thinking, eh? Weird, no? Asian Allison not photogenic enough?

The Immortal Rules is an OK read. It’s fast and very easy on the braincells. Typical Blockbuster fare, very one dimensional and linear, and completely free of any substance or originality. If all you’re looking for is to be entertained, you’ll enjoy it. If you’re after something fresh and new within the genre, you’re going to be disappointed.

One thing that drove me up the wall all the way through, was the constant use of ‘couple this’ and ‘couple that’ – is this some new horror of American grammar? it made my flesh crawl. Where did the ‘of’ go? “A couple hours”, “A couple days”, it’s completely horrible to a European audience. Now, I’m married to one of them there ‘mericans, and having asked him about it he assures me it’s lazy and ‘not the done thing’ even in America, but he’s been over here eleven years now so maybe this is a new development. It’s inexcusably ugly.

Not much more I can say about this one really. It’s essentially a mixture of plot devices and stereotypes from throughout the genre. A patchwork of existing ideas. It works, to an extent, but everything is just that bit too easy. Allie’s Change is quick and straightforward, getting out of the City is remarkably simple, her hunger is implausibly well controlled, I could go on and on but you get the picture. It’s all hugely straightforward and convenient. Shiny and fun, but nothing to get your teeth into.

Not one I’d recommend, and I wouldn’t be fussed to the read the next one. Very young teenage girls, however, will no doubt go absolutely mental over the film.


2A PhoenixFantasy Two Star Read


[The Immortal Rules is published by Harlequin Teen and is available in Paperback and Electronic format]

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