8/9/12

The Immortal Rules - Julie Kagawa

I read The Iron King back in February, and liked it.  (Read my full review here).  At the time, I put the rest of the series on hold at the library, but ended up with way too many library books to read in a short period of time, and therefore didn't finish the series.  As time went on, my recollection of the book diminished and I started to remember it as being an okay book, rather than the enthusiasm that I had clearly felt when I wrote my review.

So when I saw people raving about The Immortal Rules on blogs and Goodreads, I was on the fence on whether or not I wanted to try the book.  My library didn't have a copy, and I wasn't sure if it was a book that I actually wanted to buy, so I added it to my TBR list and promptly forgot about.  I kept seeing rave reviews posted on Goodreads, and finally my library put the book on order.  When the book came in, I was wowed all over again by the haunting cover.  Seriously, does that not just look like the most creep-tastic book EVER?

I took the book on the ferry with me last weekend, hoping to make a decent size dent in the 500 page book during four hours of ferry riding.  The storyline didn't grab me immediately, but that may have been due to the fact that the Olympics were on in the background, and it was hard to get into a new story with new characters while the Olympic coverage was highlighting the runner from South Africa with two amputated legs (and what an amazing person he is!)  But once I was able to tear my eyes away from the Olympics and focus on the storyline, Kagawa immediately pulled me into the world and I didn't surface again until two days later, so incredibly satisfied with the way that the book turned out.

This story has it all: vampires, zombies (although they're called rabids), adventure, mystery and just an all-round fantastic storyline.  There's also a slight love interest in the book, but no pesky love triangle.  It's a hefty book (close to 500 pages in length), but it didn't feel like an arduous read.  I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in the next installment of Allie's story.

5 comments:

  1. I loved this book too! I am a huge fan of the Iron Fey series. Team Ash all the way! (although I really, really liked Puck and hope that he'll get his HEA someday) This one took awhile before I got into it because of all of the world building that had to happen, but once I hit the 1/3 mark I really started to love it. Can't wait for book two. Great review!

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  2. I was about the same with the Iron Fey series. I think I was expecting so much more when I read it, that it fell below my expectations. I do plan on continuing past the Iron King, but I'm honestly in no rush. Though I wasn't a fan of the Iron Fey, I did absolutely love The Immortal Rules. It definitely kept me interested to the very end!

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  3. I still, still, still feel on the fence about this one. I am glad that you ended up getting into the story - WIN! - but is it weird for me to be put off by how many things there are in the book - zombies, vampires, etc. It's a lot and I'm not really a big reader of either of those things. :-/ I'll hang out on the fence until I finally decide to give in. haha

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  4. I read an e-copy so I didn't realize how long this book was because it went by so fast! I was not a fan of the Iron Fey series so I'm glad I have this awesome start from Kagawa.

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I was really captivated by the world building and the characters in this one, and I look forward to reading its second installment too :)

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