Part of the appeal of reading this book, to be honest, was where I read it. In a bookstore! I needed to kill some time and this book caught my eye on one of those feature tables.
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.
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.
Estep had kind of hinted at something coming up with Owen and Phillip for a while now, ever since the encounter between them in Thread of Death. But when it finally came to pass in this book, it wasn’t at all what I had expected.
After the last few books, it was really nice for the Mab storyline to be over with. Even better, Estep wrote a change of scenery into this one, taking Gin and her friends out of Ashland to somewhere new, with new injustices to fight against. It was a really nice change of pace, to be honest.