The Immortal Rules Book Review and Giveaway

I was excited to receive an ARC (advanced reader copy) of The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. Needless to say, I devoured the book, but not all in one sitting. It’s a big book. Harlequin Teen was kind enough to provide a giveaway hardback copy for shipment after publication on April 24th. That’s only a tad over a month away, and since this is the best matching book giveaway hop between now and then, I decided to whet your appetites.

I’d like to thank Kathy and Good Choice Reading for hosting this Kick-butt hop! Now on with the book review:

This is the first book I’ve read by Julie Kagawa, and it’s very thick. Since I got bored reading another famous vampire novel, I thought this one would bore me too. Not so. That’s not to say the whole book was too exciting to put down. Kagawa paced her story well. Besides all the action, she gave readers stopping places by making small books within her big book. Smart strategy for a story this length. All the thrills of a horrific roller coaster ride where the operator will let you off if you need a break. I guarantee you’ll get back on as soon as you take care of life’s little necessities.

The main character, Allison, starts as a human hardened from living as an unregistered member of a street gang to avoid having to give blood to her city’s vampire Lord. The author does a good job creating a bleak picture of the city where Allison and her gang are starving in the fringe. The search for food outside the city in rabid territory is what sets the plot in motion. If you didn’t know Allison ends up as a vampire early on, check the blurb. Let’s just say there’s a lot of grief and death before Allison chooses to live as the undead. 
It turns out her vampire sire has much to hide, including enemies. No sooner does Allison learn the vampire rules, how to survive, than she’s forced to leave him and flee the only home she’s ever known. Without resorting to filler, the author gives Allison a good dose of un-living alone when she escapes into the wilderness. There she faces starvation. Kagawa doesn’t believe in vegetarian vampires, so Allison’s biggest challenge is to find humans to feed on often enough to keep from losing control and tearing them apart. Meeting bad guys doesn’t make it any easier for Allison to blend in with good humans once she does find them.

I’m still not giving any spoilers by mentioning that one human male turns out to be hard for Allie to resist. Zeke’s in the blurb too. There are a whole bunch of complications to any sort of relationship developing, from a hostile female to a  leader that shows little compassion for his dwindling group. He’s on a Quest, capital Q, for a fabled cure. And those are just the minor complications. Guess what? While Allison tries to hang on to the last shreds of her humanity, there’s a lot more fleeing, fighting, and yes—more death. Kagawa does a masterful job on the emotions.

There are problems with originality though. The book’s premise reminds me of the movie Daybreakers. In the movie, Alison is the daughter of a drug company’s president. A plague caused most of the population to turn into vampires who farm the few humans remaining, hooked to machines. Although Kagawa’s humans are more numerous and free to roam within limits like cattle on a ranch, combined with other similarities, it’s still too close for my taste, enough to take my rating from 5 stars to 4.

Still, those 4 are solid because of Kagawa’s unique twist on other ideas. In Daybreakers, vampires who don’t drink enough human blood become deranged subsiders the same as Kagawa’s starved vampires do. Deprived long enough, subsiders devolve into ugly bat-like creatures. Kagawa’s idea of twisting subsiders into rabids—zombie vampires—is very cool. In her book, the Red Lung Virus attacked and killed humans, and medical experiments mutated the virus so vampires became rabids. They’re a big danger to vampires as well as humans and Kagawa uses them to create some powerful scenes.

More on the plus side, the actual events in The Immortal Rules are far different from Daybreakers. The quest for a cure is inevitable for any post-apocalyptic novel where a disease has ravaged the population, yet Kawaga makes it interesting not just by the hardships and dangers, but by making us care for her characters. She inches Allison closer to empathy for others until, at the end, she seems more human than when she lived. And Kagawa wrapped up the story in a satisfying way, although not a happy ending, that makes me anxious for the next installment. Maybe next time, we’ll get to see the female on the cover depicted as a katana wielding Asian. That would be awesome. Kick-butt Kagawa!

If you’re not drooling by now, you should be.  Please come back later this week to read a fun Q and A with the author.

Now it’s time to enter the contest via the Rafflecopter form below. You must follow my blog to win.

I’ll tell you a secret, if I go over 600 GFC followers during this giveaway, I’m going to draw another name to receive my ARC copy of The Immortal Rules. Shipping on this one will be limited to the US, but you won’t have to wait until the publication date. So if you have friends who read fantasy or SF, invite them too.

And last, I have a ton of older used books available through my Win Chocolate and Books tab at the top of my blog. Each month on the 11th I draw a winner to receive a large mailer of books and chocolate, or just books, winners choice, from my stock. Few people enter this contest so the odds are great. Odds are even better if you put my badge on your sidebar to help you remember to share the contest often. If you don’t win this month, you can try again the next.

Now it’s time to put on your bouncy shoes and start hopping to all the other great book giveaways!

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Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. I follow under gfc amymccarty1985

    I want to win this book because I am into vampire books right now and this one looks really good. 🙂

    amymccarty at hotmail dot com

  2. I follow under GFC with the name kristy1504. I’ve been wanting to read a Julie Kagawa book for a long time now, but haven’t had the chance to! This book looks really great and I’d love to give it a try. 🙂 kristyf1504[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. I’m a GFC follower. I would love to receive this book b/c I love Julie Kagawa’s writing. I really enjoyed The Iron Fey series.

    rosashah [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. I’m a GFC follower as Stephanie. I’ve been wanting to try Julie Kagawa’s writing for a while, and this sounds like an amazing new take on vampires.

  5. I’ve heard wonders about Julie Kagawa so I’d really like to find out for myself ;-).
    Thanks for the chance. I follow as Babel Tower on GFC..
    Tdbabel at gmail dot com.

  6. Oh my goodness I want this book so bad – I am a huge fan of her Iron Fey series. You simply must read them!!!

  7. I’m a GFC follower under the name Erin. I want to win this book, because I love Julie Kagawa, and I love vampires!

  8. i follow via GFC- catherine c

    i want to win because i love julie kagawa’s books and i want to read this one so badly!

    catherine0807 at hotmail dot com

  9. Thank you for the awesome chance to win!

    (GFC: Jaime)

  10. I’m a follower on GFC Christina Kit. and on Networked Blogs Christina Rita Condomaros

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

    I’d love to win this because I love Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series. I’m sure she’ll really do a great job with this, giving it new vampire lore, and I think some of the characters like the older vamp can really provide some moral dimensions to everything.

  11. following by gfc- ntzee
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow via GFC as Stephanie. I have heard really great things about this new series & I LOVE vampires! 🙂

  13. I follow by Blog 🙂 I want to win this book because i loved all of Julie Kagawas other books, and i am sure this one wont disappoint. Thank yoou for the giveaway 🙂

  14. GFC pinkflower
    I loved the iron fey series so I’m excited to read this book.
    iheartmemorethanyou at yahoo dot com

  15. I’m a new GFC follower

    I’ve heard some awesome things about this book and would love to read it!

  16. Wow, that was the best review I’ve read yet for this book. Now I really want to read it. I didn’t care for Twilight all that much, but have enjoyed many other paranormal books. This one sounds like one I’d like. Thanks for the chance to win! I’m a new GFC follower.

  17. ^^Up there is my GFC follower name. I want to win this book because I would like to read a new take on vampires. 🙂

  18. I follow GFC/G+/Net Blogs etc LOL
    Denise Zaky
    I have not read this authors work and have heard good things about her writing style. The subject matter is of interest to me and I love the cover. I am a greedy girl and can never read enough and am always looking for something new 🙂

  19. I follow via GFC as Carissa St. Amand

    I can’t wait to read this, it’s been a long time since I’ve been interested in a vampire novel, and The Immortal Rules definitely has got me intrigued 😀

  20. Follow gfc under okmommy0306

    i would love a chance to win this book. it just looks like it’s going to be a great book & i really love the cover on it. i can’t wait to read it.

    thank you for being part of the hop. 🙂

  21. I’d so excited about this book! Love Julie Kagawa & her Iron Fey series! Heard great things about The Immortal Rules so far! Thanks for the great giveaway! <3

    gfc: bookstacksondeck
    rafflecopter: Heather M.

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  23. This is such a great give away! I follow via GFC(Montana G.)

  24. I followed using NB which is the same name as I use to comment with.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I would love this book because I’ve seen it around a lot and it just looks so cool!!!

  25. GFC as VettekLisa

    The book looks real interesting and since I am an avid reader, I go through books like crazy. I’ve read over 100 in the last 6 weeks alone.

  26. GFC is Kali Skittles

    I want to win this book because, although I’m a bit over the vampire fad, I’ve heard that this one portrays vampires in a much different light than most YA books. I’m super curious, because I love Anne Rice’s vampires, so if they’re cool like that and not huge pansies then I’m all for this book!

  27. I’m a follower, love blog hops!

  28. Hi Sher! *waves*

    Thank you for the fabulous contest! I’ve been dying (well, still am) to read this ever since I first heard about it -> it’s Julie Kagawa after all, and she’s writing about freaking vamps! 😀 How much better can it get? (let me help you: NOT MUCH!). I’ve seen a few really great reviews of this one, people were saying that it’s bleak and dark and totally badass! Oooooh! *color me excited*
    So – THANK YOU, Sher, for choosing just the perfect book to give away! <3 Much love!!!

    Evie @Bookish
    Visit me sometimes!

  29. gfc kelly fox
    i love julie’s writing and anything by her in my book is good but also I like paranormal!
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

    i want this book beacause i read all of julias other books and i know this one will be as interesting as the other series

  31. I follow via GFC as Julie Witt and I want to read this book because I LOVE Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and can’t wait to read her take on vampires!!

  32. Following under GFC: usagi the golden witch

    I want to win this because I’ve been hearing nothing but amazing things about this book and I’m dying to read it. 🙂

  33. gfc-marian
    i want to win this book because i’m such a fan of her iron fey series and i can’t wait to read this new series from her

  34. I follow NB-Christy Mullins. I love vampire books and I’m very excited to read this! My email is

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. I follow NB-Christy Mullins. I love vampire books and I’m very excited to read this! My email is

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. I follow you by GFC under the name Heather Roddenberry:)

    Why do I want to read this book? I ADORED Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series and I can’t wait to see how she takes on vampires, a favorite paranormal theme of mine! Thanks for the giveaway:)

    theflyleafreview at gmail dot com

  37. I have seen this book reviewed everywhere, and everyone has great things to say about it.
    GFC follower: Lauren Mackesy
    Lmackesy at gmail dot com

  38. GFC=R.

    I want to read this book bbecause I love Julie Kagawa and this looks interesting as well.

  39. My faith in Vampire novels has been shot to poo because of certain books that won’t be named. I have heard some wonderful things about The Immortal Rules. I like that it is a nice, big book that will hopefully steal me away for at least a couple of days. Also, just because it does sound like a genuinely great read to sink my teeth into (hehe!)

    Thanks for the Kick Butt Giveaway!

    Jaime Lynn- GFC

  40. GFC: Leanne Goon
    Would love to win this book since I loved the Iron Fey series by Kagawa!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  41. I’ve heard such great things about this author; I haven’t had the chance to read anything by her yet, so I’m crossing my fingers! (:

  42. Thanks for the giveaway(:
    GFC: Raechel Popek
    I want think book because a friend of mine read the Iron Fey series and recommended this author to me. We have a similar taste in books, so I’m taking her word for it. Plus, the cover looks cool.

  43. Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity. I would love to win this book because I liked the blurb and reviews on it.

  44. Thank you for the giveaway.
    I’m a GFC follower as sablelexi.
    I would love this book because it sounds interesting.
    Jennelle S

  45. Emily R. in Rafflecopter!

    GFC: Doodle
    I loved The Iron Fey series and I thought this would be just as good!

  46. I follow via GFC as Cricket, and love vampire books….I also love the Iron Fey series by Kagawa and that is why I want to win.

  47. Hi, I am following on network blogs as Ellen Alwaysyaat heart. This sounds like a really good book and I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. gfc red headed bookworm

    I have read some great reviews about this book. It is on my TBR list!

    I would love for you to come sign up for the Friday the 13th blog hop. Sign ups available now! Drop by and check it out.

  49. GFC- Jenny
    I want to win this because I loved her other series, Iron Fey, and I have no doubt I’ll enjoy this one as well.

  50. GFC: Lexie@BookBug
    I’m reading the Iron Fey series right now and am loving it! Can’t wait to read more by this author!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  51. GFC: Rachel King

    I would love to win this book because I am always game for a good kick-butt book, and I have read lots of good things about Julie Kagawa.

  52. I love love love vampires cant wai tto read this book

    gfc follower
    wanda f

  53. NB: Veronica Walker

    Julie’s Iron Fey series is one of my favorites! Ash <3

  54. GFC – Brooke

    I want to win this book because I love Julie Kagawa! Thanks!

  55. I follow as Victoria Sloboda on GFC.

    I loved The Iron Fae series so I’m looking forward to The Immortal Rules as I’m sure it will be just as good :).


  56. GFC- Lisa Richards
    I thoroughly enjoyed the Iron Fae books and look forward to this one.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  57. GFC: Gisele Alvarado
    It’s a Julie Kagawa book. That means so much, plus some vampire action is always fun to read!

  58. I’ve been hearing so many great things about The Immortal Rules and really want to check it out!!

    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict

  59. GFC Follower – Tonya Dean
    It looks like a great book.


  60. I am a GFC follower: Lynnea Mortensen

    I would love to win this book. I loved Julie’s Iron Fey Book and can’t wait to see what she can do with vampires

  61. I follow on GFC as seriousreader. I would love to read this book because it sounds like an amazing read. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the book and I’d be very interested in reading it for myself.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  62. I wanted to read this book when I started hearing about it but what really kicked it up a notch was seeing The Book trailer that made it a must read.


  63. GFC: Gabrielle Bondi
    The Q&A definitely made me more intrigued by her new book. Can’t wait to read it!

  64. 🙂 Thanks for the kick-bull giveaway!

    GFC: Blackest_Night_Reads

    I can’t say the review or interview made me want to read this book anymore, but that’s because it’s completely impossible for me to want to read this book anymore than I already do!

  65. Following via GFC as Kim Reid
    The interview was very enticing and I would love to read this book!
    Thanks for the chance 🙂
    Kim Reid
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  66. Great interview and thank you for introducing me to this book!

    I follow via gfc.

  67. Ooh, I loved Julie’s Iron Fey Series and can’t wait to read this vampire series! Thanks for the chance to win!

    GFC: Kaity Wells

    shadowkatt2011 [at] aim [dot] com

  68. I would love to win this
    GFC Savannah

  69. GFC follower. Cant wait to read this I have heard nothing but good things.

  70. I follow you on GFC as Stacy T.

    I loved the interview and it makes me want to read the book even more. Vampires are a favorite of mine.

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

  71. GFC-Tressa. Thanks for the review and the giveaway. Posted other comment under Q&A.

  72. Thank you very much for this opportunity!

    GFC: VanillaOrchids


  73. I follow you via Networked Blogs as: Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez.

    and absolutely, of course, I want to read this book even more. Then again, it had me as soon as I saw its cover!

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez

  74. GFC follower (caitlin)
    I commented on the q&a post but I wanted to comment here too-I really want to read Immortal Rules after reading the interview!

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