Monday, 21 October 2013

Book Wars! The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet.  Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions. We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Book Wars is a new feature for both of us which we hope to post every Monday, while we get it up and running this is subject to change as we participate in other features or tours we have committed to prior to setting up Book Wars.

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Unbreakable by Kami Garcia is.......both. We have our first ever draw on Book Wars.
Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most. 

Left: US - Right: UK
[For this edition of Book Wars we are using the reprint edition of the USA version of the book]

Title: The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden Novel, #1)
Author: Julie Kagawa
US - Harlequin Teen, 443 Pages, (March 26th 2013),[First published January 1st 2012]
UK - Mira Ink, 485 Pages, (May 4th 2012),
Add to Goodreads: The Immortal Rules USA | The Immortal Rules UK
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository
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 of them—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.

About the author:
Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and
frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.

When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of
her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.

Find Julie Online:
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favourite cover.
While I like the simplicity of the US cover and the fact that it is in it's own way striking, I think I'll have to choose the UK version for this weeks winner. It gives readers so much more to think about when they first pick it up. It gives readers more of an impact based on the cover alone, which is one of the things that makes readers grab a book or not. So UK wins this round for me. What about YOU? Cast your vote below!
This is an easy pick for me this week.  Although we have used the reprint edition for the USA version, the old cover is the same as the UK edition, and that is what drew me to the book (also because it's by Julie)
While I like the difference in the USA cover making it stand out just a bit more, my vote goes to the UK edition as I think this portrays the story better than the USA one.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of The Immortal Rules NOW!


  1. I went US this week as I have both editions of this book and the picture doesn't do it justice. It's so beautiful. It has a really lovely sheen to it and the pages look all jagged. I actually got it while attending Authors After Dark in the US earlier in the year.

  2. I really like the simplicity of the US cover. But I would think it was a epic fantasy by looking at it and not about vampires.


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