The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {Amanda’s Non-Review}

Posted 1 May, 2013 by Amanda / 21 Comments

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {Amanda’s Non-Review}The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

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 ofthem—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.

With this book, I’m the problem.

My Thoughts on The Immortal Rules

Don’t get me wrong: I finished this book. It wasn’t bad. There’s nothing wrong with it. But I’m not going to rate The Immortal Rules and I’m not going to review it. If you want a review, you should check out the following ones: Sarah, Smash, Ellie, Jenny, Kelly, Alissa, Kristilyn, or any one of the reviews on Goodreads. Get a good idea what’s out there–there’s a decent mix.

I’m writing this non-review/discussion post because I want to talk about books that you like and are perfectly fine, but that, for whatever reason, you can’t force yourself to continue. You’ve all had one, right?

I won’t lie: if I hadn’t planned to give The Immortal Rules to Kelly, I never would have finished it. Again, NOT because it was terrible. (It wasn’t.) I picked it up right before the Christmas holiday, got caught up in the festivities, mourned the loss of Neilly, and then found it impossible to recapture my momentum.

Part of it could be that the book started off slowly–something that was mentioned to me more than once. Part of it could be that there was so much hype surrounding The Immortal Rules that I reverse bought into the hype–that I wouldn’t like it–and the time and separation from it allowed me to completely buy into the hype. Hype can be evil sometimes.

So here’s what I want to to know. Did you have a book you liked, but couldn’t force yourself to finish? WHY was it so difficult to pick up? Dig deep. Tell me. Let’s discuss.

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21 Responses to “The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa {Amanda’s Non-Review}”

  1. YOU ARE A PROBLEM, AMANDA! Heh. I’m horrible when a book’s been overhyped (in my mind, anyway). I avoid it or go into it with a “well, I’d darned well better love this book or it’s just not worth my time”. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve DNFed.

    Even though I went in as a fan of Kagawa’s writing, I was pretty burned out on vamps (even though I still read them–I can’t help it) when I picked up this book so I wasn’t expecting much. But I loved the worldbuilding. It’s so bleak and horrible but the MC is a survivor, leading her ragtag little group. And then her world changes when she is saved. I don’t know. It just clicked for me and I found myself swept away in the story (yes, the beginning was a little slow and Zeke seriously got on my nerves by the end so I was happy to wave goodbye to him).

    Books. They’re weird like that.

      • I’ve been so adamant that the second book’s going to bore me that despite verybody’s reviews saying it’s wonderful, it will. Especially considering they all more or less say the same thing and I don’t think I need to add my voice to the crowd when I have other books to read. :D

  2. Yes, I totally agree: “Hype can be evil” But I don’t think I ever had to force myself to read on a book that I enjoyed, hyped or not. I prefer to stay away from over-hyped books, but sometimes my curiosity gets the better of me. Usually they disappoint, BUT there were quite a few pleasant surprises as well (Selection, Sweet Evil, Angelfall – just to name a few).
    As for Immortal Rules – I liked it, but then I read The Eternity Cure and now I HATE the whole thing….no more JK for me

  3. Just had this happen with Rising Darkness by Thea Harrison. The book wasn’t bad but it just didn’t get my attention. She is a great writer but that world just didn’t reel me in. I have loved other books by her but this one and I are just not meant to be. I didn’t finish it. I decided to just give myself a break.

    So yep, I now have that book/series.

    • I’ve been had something similar with Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver. It’s not bad, but I can’t seem to get more than 25% through before giving up. (It’s happened twice now.) Weird how that works, though.

  4. Hype can kill, apparently. This does not happen to me often, but it sucks that it can affect someone’s reading experience. Boo I say to that! Some people don’t read reviews for books they want to to avoid the hype, but how do you discover new things to read?

  5. I’ve had quite a few DNF books where I thought it was a good book…but good books doens’t necessarily mean right for me or right for me at that moment in time. Sometimes it’s like you said; you lose momentum for whatever reason and just can’t get back into it. At the moment I have a pile of really good short story collectiosn that I started, but because there is no need to get to the end to find out what happens, they have sort of got pushed aside. yet I do really want to finish them at some point.

    • I think making the distinction between good book and what works for you is important. I do this with 3 star books (and had I finished The Immortal Rules within a “normal” time frame, that’s probably what I would have rated it), but it certainly works for DNF books as well. It seems very easy to make the assumption that DNF = bad book. And while it’s certainly true at times, it’s not always the case.

  6. Oh yes, Amanda I’ve been here several times! First it was The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton. Nothing wrong with that book. Pretty cover, solid story, everyone around me seemed to really love it, and then I pick it up and nothing. No spark at all. I did finish it, but I did a non-review of it as well, no rating. There just wasn’t any one part of it that reached out and grabbed me, I sort of skimmed each and every page to get through it faster. The other one was Throne of Glass. Everyone and their mom loved this book and I’m all by myself out in left field going “why?”. Awesome.

  7. Sometimes I think I read too much of one genre, or that a book just didn’t have anything “new” about it. I’ve totally been where you’ve been, where I read a book, and everything about it is okay, but I just can’t find even a tiny bit of a spark that’s needed to make a connection with it.

  8. Ok I LOVE to read a good book but the immortal rules won’t even let me get past 31 pages I’m trying but I just can’t it sooo slow I just finished Indelible by Dawn Metcalf and omg it was so bad that the next morning I could not tell u the main characters name..jeesh it made no sense I knew if I would have set it down I wouldnt

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