The Immortal Rules is not the usual kind of vampire book. First of all, Allison – the narrator – doesn’t start out as a vampire, and actually rather hates them. She becomes a vampire, but is filled with self-loathing for much of the first half of the book. There isn’t the romanticism towards vampires in this book that there is in so many other series. They’re not seen as something to aspire to, or something seductive. They’re just plain old scary.
One thing that’s done really well in this book is the character development. We really get to know Meredith and her guards/lovers a lot better, particularly Rhys, Frost, and Doyle. I felt like it was getting into more of the meat of the story, rather than the last book that needed to include a lot more world-building.
I decided to read this series after going through all of the books in Hamilton’s Anita Blake series. I knew going into the series that this one would have more sex in it than the early Anita Blake books, and I’m going to reiterate that to anyone who reads this. This isn’t the series for you if you don’t like reading erotica. Seriously.
Fallen in Love doesn’t really fit in the flow of the rest of the series, since it’s written from the perspectives of people other than Luce, but then it also sort of does fit. It’s about love stories, but not the same way that the rest of the books are. With the exception of the last story, all of them are about other characters in the series, and it’s fun to see them in their own contexts, to learn more about how they act and feel.
After the first book, I feel like this one was a big improvement. A lot of my issues with Fallen were addressed to some degree in Torment, though not necessarily in the way that I might’ve liked.