Title: The Immortal Rules
Author: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 2012
Published By: Harper Teen
Goodreads Rating: 4.22 stars
Review: The only way Allison can survive in the Fringe surrounding a vampire city is through her hatred of the vampires, the ones who keep humans as blood cattle. Until one night she's attacked, leaving her two choices - to die, or to become one of them. To survive, she must learn to face the rules of immortality, including the most important one: go long enough without human blood, and you'll die.
THE IMMORTAL RULES was certainly one of the better vampire novels I've read, and its story line was a far cry from the likes of Twilight and other derivative paranormal fiction works (not saying all paranormal fiction is the same; it can just be hard to find quality works in this genre sometimes). The idea of a city run by vampires with humans struggling to survive was intriguing, and I loved reading about the thrilling - albeit difficult and dangerous - life of Allison Sekemoto and her group on the Fringe.
The mythology itself with the vampires was interesting, but it did end up playing towards one of my biggest pet peeves. The author used a half-formed scientific explanation that was not only rather hard to believe but also not even approaching fully explained. I'd rather have some other reasoning behind the existence of vampires than a vague "scientific" explanation, but that's just something that personally annoys me.
However, I definitely did appreciate the suspense ratcheted up throughout this novel. I wasn't sure how much I would like this novel, but as soon as I read the first few pages, I found it quite difficult to put down, more than making up for the occasionally cliché moments in the text. This is a book difficult to let go.
All in all, THE IMMORTAL RULES was a pleasant surprise for me, with a fascinating plot line accompanied by enough suspense to keep even the hardiest of readers glued to the pages. I wasn't the biggest fan of the explanation used for why the vampires were actually vampires, but overall I enjoyed this novel and look forward to future books in the series.