- Copertina rigida: 504 pagine
- Editore: Blood of Eden (24 aprile 2012)
- Collana: Blood of Eden
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0373210515
- ISBN-13: 978-0373210510
- Peso di spedizione: 590 g
- Media recensioni: 3.5 su 5 stelle Visualizza tutte le recensioni (2 recensioni clienti)
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 59.930 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
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per me è stata una grossa, lunga,noia che non arriva a niente di concreto, la storia d'amore tra i due l'ho trovata totalmente assurda e , francamente, non ho trovato nessun personaggio che mi piacesse o con cui simpatizzare (nel bene o nel male) almeno un po'.
Parla di vampiri e questa volta é la ragazza a essere una vampira. Un fatto che mi è piaciuto e anche il fatto che da vampira, secondo me, diventa un po' più umana.
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Anyway, I am so very glad I took a chance on this novel. First off, it's badass and the vampires are actually vampires. Go figure. Second, there are some typical vampire qualities mixed in with some new things, and it's all very delicious.
My favorite thing about it, though, is the heroine. I don't want to give you too many spoilers, but I'll explain a bit so you understand. Allison is, like all other humans, barely surviving and at the mercy of the vampires. Then, in a fateful night of near death, she becomes a vampire. Suddenly, she is the thing that she hates.
While many other things happen throughout the series, a large part of it deals with Allison struggling to hold onto her humanity. On one hand, she is a hungry demon who kills for food. On the other hand, she is a kind and thoughtful girl who wishes she could survive without hurting anyone.
I honestly think Allison is one of the greatest female leads ever. She is complex and real, and it's so refreshing to see her struggle. She is neither full vampire nor full human, but somewhere in between. I see Allison's vampire as a metaphor for all people. Sure, the rest of us aren't turning into vampires. But we do struggle with greed and jealously and hate. We struggle with things that we know we shouldn't feel, but we simply can't help it. You have to take the bad with the good and there is no way around it. This is what Allison does when she feels herself growing hungry and she knows, in one way or another, that she will have to find someone to feed off of soon. Sometimes she gets lucky and it's an almost-rapist who mistakes her for a weak, easy girl. Other times, she is not so lucky and she has to decide who to eat from a crowd of welcoming, gentle strangers. Sometimes she gives in to the monster, sometimes she doesn't. Her journey is worth seeing, though, all the way through.
I was so wrong.
Kagawa brings an entirely different plot to the many, many vampire books that have saturated the market. Is there a romance? Yes, but barely and it certainly isn’t the focus of the book. Are there vampires? Yes, of course, but although she has kept many of the standard vampire themes, the world itself is completely different.
No, I’m not going to tell you how. Spoilers are not your friend. You really will have to read it for yourself.
I will share one passage that I got a kick out of. It’s almost a throwaway part, but because I know the traditional vampire tropes, it struck me as funny.
“At one point, I stepped in something soft like mud, and looked up to see the ceiling crawling with what looked like hundreds of winged mice. I didn’t mention this to Zeke as we hurried forward, though for some bizarre reason I felt a strange kinship with the tiny grotesque creatures.”
And no, she can’t turn into a bat and fly away . . . at least not in this book.
I am a high school librarian and I really only read this book so I could discuss it with my students. I never intended to read the sequels. Well, I am now. I have to know what happens to Zeke, Ally, and the rest of the characters. Some of them I want to be sure survive and others I want to make sure DIE!
I am so glad the next two books are already published. I would hate to have to wait to find out.
This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Had I come across The Immortal Rules on my own, chances are that I would not have purchased it due to a few key elements: YA, vampire, love story, dystopian future. I've read too many not-great things with similar elements to want to seek them out any longer. However, one of my lovely readers inadvertently recommended this book to me, stating that if someone liked The Immortal Rules, they would like my little book. Naturally, I had to see for myself.
I'm SO glad I did! You know how some stories stay with you even after you read the final word? Yeah, this is one of them. The story is told from the POV of Allison, a 19 year-old girl living in a "vampire city," surviving by the skin of her teeth in a brutal, dystopian future. Events occur, and she is transformed into the thing she hates most of all: a vampire. More events occur, and she finds herself trying to blend in with a small band of human pilgrims searching for their promised land.
The characters feel genuine, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, goals and attitudes. I loved Allison, our narrator. She was scrappy, smart, and almost painfully pragmatic at times, (I mean that in a good way!), but she grew and developed as the story progressed. Kanin, Allison's vampire "teacher," was fascinating in a cold, almost Spock-like manner. (I won't say more for fear of spoilers. ;) Zeke, the "love interest" of the story, has his own agenda and his own arc, which is beautifully done. His and Allison's friendship-turned-relationship had me wringing my hands, dying to know "what happens next?!"
A big part of this story revolves around Allison learning to control the "demon" within, ie: the predatory vampire. Zeke plays a huge role in that. It's lovely - in a sort of heartbreaking way - to watch Allison struggle with her conflicting "hungers."
For the most part, the baddies in the story are slightly one-dimensional, but I think it's because they don't get much screen time. There is a very gray character named Jeb who could be considered an antagonist at times, though his motives are clear and completely understandable. Most villains think they are the heroes of their own stories anyway. I wouldn't call Jeb an antagonist, per say; he's much more nuanced than that. In any case, he was intriguing to watch. (Though there were times I wanted to smack him!)
Moving onto the worldbuilding, I was riveted by the descriptions of this bleak future, where a "rabid virus" has knocked out the majority of the human population. So, not only do vampires want to eat humans, but former-humans-turned-rabid also want to eat humans. I liked the third party angle; it wasn't just "vampires vs. humans." That conflict brought more depth to the story and the characters, and made for some exciting reading.
Kagawa's take on vampires was fantastic. She blended a mix of common legends and some of (I believe) her own ideas to create something fresh, interesting, and wholly believable. (I'm already writing fanfiction in my head!)
WRT the audiobook, Therese Plummer did a phenomenal job, not just with Allison's voice, but with every voice - even the men. (That can be hit or miss, sometimes.) I particularly loved the resonance in Kanin's dialog.
Overall, I could tell that so much love, care, and devotion went into this work. It was a joy to read. (Or...listen to, I guess!) Do yourself a favor and read this book!
"The mighty hunter," I quipped as we snuck out the backdoor, escaping into the yard. "He can take down vicious rabids and rampaging boars, but one old lady can make him flee in terror."
"One scary old lady," he corrected me, looking relieved to be out of the house. "You didn't hear what she told me when I got up -- you're so cute I could put you in a pie. Tell me that's not the creepiest thing you've ever heard." His voice climbed a few octaves, turning shrill and breathy. "Today for dessert, we have apple pie, blueberry pie and Ezekiel pie."
― Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules
"Hunger flickered, always there, but I pushed it down. I was a vampire. Nothing would change that. But I didn't have to be a monster."
― Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules
"I wasn't thinking of his blood, rushing just below the skin. I wasn't thinking of his heartbeat or his touch or the pulse at his throat. Right now, all I was thinking of was Zeke."
― Julie Kagawa, The Immortal Rules