2012 was what I can only pinpoint as the year where books were bridging between the ending of the “Vampire Movement” and the beginning of the “Dystopian Movement”. I wrote about my personal thoughts on the Female Heroine transformation in books over the last ten years here. I bring this up because I have had great frustration with the “love triangle” or “love interest” points taking over the majority of books today. Some have been completely drowned in the element that the main plot point is placed upon the back burner in a reader’s mind.
The Immortal Rules, on the other hand, is a book filled with surprises! I am a fan of author Julie Kagawa Iron Fey series which plays upon Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. This book, though, has a story all of it’s own. I will reveal right off the bat that there are no love triangles and what love interest there is doesn’t appear till halfway through the story and the protagonist, Alison Sekemoto, doesn’t come consumed with the idea of falling for him. Instead, she is a true heroine by sticking to the task at hand.
Blood of Eden Site Description:
““You don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, you just move on.”-Allie
In the decades since the Red Lung virus decimated the human population, cities have crumbled and a new order has risen to take over the world. Vampires.
The immortals weren’t untouched by the epidemic. Now, decadent vampire princes rule fallen cities with velvet fists, jealously protecting their food supply—their blood cattle. The humans are Registered, tattooed and scheduled for regular bloodletting—the price of their food and shelter.
This is Allison Sekemoto’s reality. The vampires have taken Allie’s family and dreams—but they’ll never take her blood. Alone and defiantly Unregistered, she scavenges the Fringe to survive. She longs to escape the decomposing city, but no one can survive long outside the Wall. There are worse nightmares outside than within.
But in the face of agonizing death, Allie chooses to become what she hates. She’s Turned by the enigmatic vampire outlaw, Kanin, and taught some impressive and surprising new lessons: how to feed, how to fight, how to fine-tune her new senses. She’s a monster now. But deciding what kind of monster she becomes is up to her.
The ultimate test comes when Allie meets a ragged group of humans searching for a legendary place called Eden. It’s their kind-hearted, blue-eyed second-in-command who undoes her. Brave, noble, foolish Zeke believes Allie is a good person. Person. How long can she hide her true self? It may all come down to which hunger is strongest…”
Allie’s internal struggle with “The Hunger” is the main battle faces when she meets the humans. One in particular human, Ruth, had me practically begging Allison to bite her. Let me full you in on a little bit of her shenanigans. She kept following Allison even when Allison was asleep during the day, spreading rumors about her across the camp to the other survivors, and jumping to conclusions the majority of the time that it eventually jeopardized Allie’s immortal life. Regardless, it added an extra kick to the novel.
This book is the perfect blend of vampires and dystopian fun, it’ll make you forget the other novels that came around the same time and after for at least a few days. It’s been quite awhile for a vampire or even a dystopian novel, for that matter, to capture the struggle of a creature such as Allie attempting to hold onto what little slice of humanity you have remaining (despite being dead and craving blood) while at the same time fighting to other’s survival and putting them before yourself.
Overall, Fantastic novel and the ending left me hitting the ground, wanting desperately to locate the next one!
My Rating: 9 1/2 out of 10 Book Charms
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