The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa: A Review

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa: A ReviewThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
on 1st May 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

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Vengeance will be hers.

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

Monster.

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

THE FINAL HUNT IS ON!

Allison Sekemoto has been though a lot in the past year. From being a Fringer, always hungry and scared of being caught, to being Turned, because her only options were Vampireism or death. Allie has also lost the boy who saw her as more than just a monster but as someone worthy of love. With an evil and psychotic Sarren on the loose, Allie along with blood brother Jackal and Master Vampire Kanin have to stop him before he releases a virus which ends the world as we know it.

The Forever Song is the final book in the Blood of Eden series and one I’ve been waiting on for a while. I’ve come to really enjoy Ms. Kagawa’s characters and had high expectations for just how this series was going to come to an end.

After the events in The Eternity Cure, Allie has had enough. Trying to be a vampire Kanin’s way just isn’t working and her heart just can’t take being broken any further. Embracing the cold vampire monster inside seems to be working out well for Jackal and it would certainly save Allie from having to feel how she does at the moment. I like how much Allie has grown since the start of the series. She’s always been street-smart but she’s not invincible despite her vampireism. She is strong yet fragile, caring yet maintains the ability to be clinically detached when she has to. She does at times let her heart reign over her brain but that ability to not be ruled by logic is what sets Allie apart from other vampires. That said, there were times when I felt she was a little to angsty and I never believed Allie would let her personal problems over shadow the big picture.

Allie, Jackal and Kanin make an odd little group but they work well together. Kanin the father who has grown weary after having to listen to his children squabble with the other two needing someone to argue with either for entertainment purposes or so they don’t dwell on just how much of a suicide mission they are on. They definitely put the “fun” in “dysfunctional” but they are a family, not from birth but their blood connects them. The three being together on their mission and their interactions were a highlight of this book.

There are a lot of surprises and some not-so surprising revelations in this book. I’m very glad I read it. The dark and creepy atmosphere was spot on and is one of the things which is consistently amazing throughout the series. I felt like the ending was a little too neat and somewhat unrealistic considering everything that had led up to that point. Jackal remains one of my favourite characters and it was nice to see his development over the three books.

If you’re a fan of the Blood of Eden series, I strong recommend this book. It’s nice to spend more time with characters and be drawn into the dark and mysterious world Julie Kagawa has created. This series is one of my favourite vampire ones in the Young Adult realm with the monsters being truly horrifying and the romance being heartfelt. This series is the first I’ve read by Kagawa and I enjoy her writing style. I’ll definitely be reading more by her in the future.

Thanks to Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy. 

3 Comments

  1. The characters really make this book stand out. Allie is an amazing heroine. She’s strong, she’s a survivor, but she also fights to keep her humanity and she just never gives up. And she’s badass with her katana. I do understand what you mean about her being angsty, but she’s just had so much happen to her in such a short period of time, I thought it was understandable that she was sort of losing it.

    Jackal (who I never expected to like, but amazingly, I did) was hilarious with his snarky comments, and I enjoyed how he and Allie bickered so much with Kanin playing the part of the annoyed father. Those moments of humor were definitely needed because the book is intense.

    Zeke, my heart broke a little and I actually had tears in my eyes during some parts of the book.

    I didn’t mind it tying up so neatly, to be honest, I thought it was an incredible ending. Love this series!
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