The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is the YA Vampire book I've been looking for. It has fantastic world building, compelling characters, and an overal...moreThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa is the YA Vampire book I've been looking for. It has fantastic world building, compelling characters, and an overall story arch that is exciting and interesting.
First off, I have to say that FINALLY we have vampires that are legit vampires! There's no wussy sparkling vampires here, they are frightening demons of the night that hunt humans like deer. There are two kinds of vampires, one that are more or less human like even if they think that humans are blood bags, and the other are horrific "rabids", mindless mutants that attack humans and vampires alike (kind of like the movie Daybreakers, did anyone else see that?). The vampires are cool, how they came to be makes sense, and how they function makes sense. There's also a really cool apocalyptic aspect to this book that also makes sense so yay! Science in my science fiction FTW! The world building and setting is lush and definitely the high point of the book.
Another high point of The Immortal Rules is the action. Allison is a kick-ass warrior and there is so much awesome fighting! One of the characteristics of Kagawa's writing is that she does not shy away from violence. She has an excellent balance where you get a clear (and yes that graphic) picture of the fight without it crossing into gratuitous. You see this throughout her Iron Fey series and it crosses over very well into Blood of Eden. There is some romance, but it is very minor in comparison to the main story line which is awesome. I really hope in future books the romance (aka angst) won't take over like we see so often in other dystopian books.
Overall I really enjoyed The Immortal Rules and would recommend it to anyone who liked Kagawa's Iron Fey series or readers who like action packed dystopians. It is thrilling addition to the YA vampire selections and should not be missed!(less)
UM OK....it was just starting to get good and just starting to get beyond all of this pro preg crazy stuff and it literally ended mid scene. Pretty gl...moreUM OK....it was just starting to get good and just starting to get beyond all of this pro preg crazy stuff and it literally ended mid scene. Pretty glad I have a copy of thumped or I'd be pretty annoyed.
I read Sisters Red, Jackson's first book, last year and was underwhelmed. It was hard to say exactly why, but I just didn't connect to the story like...moreI read Sisters Red, Jackson's first book, last year and was underwhelmed. It was hard to say exactly why, but I just didn't connect to the story like I wanted. But Purity is a very different story from Sisters Red, and I think Jackson Pearce should write more contemporary stories, her voice translates excellently. Purity is a fantastic story about love, faith, and freedom, plus I'm a sucker for father daughter stories :)
Purity handles the topics of death, sexuality, and religion with a gentle grace. Shelby, the main character, is an interesting heroine. Her motivations are difficult to understand in the beginning, but as you listen to her rationalize her decisions and we being to learn more about her relationship with her mother you start to understand why she does what she does. I liked the growth the character displayed and the questions that she raised. I think it's very important for people to question the religion you're raised in and to make sure that you follow what you truly believe, not just what you are taught.
The best part of Purity is the development of Shelby's relationship with her father. I think her dad was my favorite character, and there were some adorable and terribly awkward interactions that made him completely endearing. His attempts at a sex talk and doling out punishments were particularly hilarious.
Purity packs a lot into just over 200 pages. There are a lot of questions raised that I think every person should think about in their own life. It's a lighter book with a lot of humor, but with some important messages as well.