I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Also by this author: The Iron King, Talon, Rogue, Soldier
Series: Blood Of Eden #3
Published by Harlequin on May 1st 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014
This is definitely my year of finishing trilogies that have been in my list for what feels like forever. I just finished up the Chaos Walking trilogy and now I’ve finished Julie Kagawa’s Blood Of Eden trilogy. The Forever Song wraps up Kagawa’s dystopian vampire series with some unexpected plot twists and intense action. Straight up, there’s a bit of deus ex machina that goes on, but honestly, I was sort of in support of it. The Forever Song ends the trilogy in a way that left me very satisfied with how things ended up.
Please note, from here on out there are going to be spoilers for the previous books in the series, which obviously you should totally expect if you are reading a book review of the last book in a trilogy. Alright. Okay. So. The Forever Song opens up with Allie Sekemoto on the move with her mentor Kanin and her blood brother, Jackal. The two are on the search for psycho vampire Sarren who wants to unleash this super rabidism virus on the world — a virus where not even vampires are immune. Previously, Allie had been struggling with maintaining her humanity while a vampire. However now that Zeke is dead she does not give a damn anymore and goes kind of wild. Zeke’s death really broke her, which obviously it would. So, anyways, she sort of unleashes her monster. Kanin even begins to look at Allie differently. This book, though, is a story of redemption. AND PLOT TWISTS ALL OVER THE PAGE. Well, just one really big plot twist. The race is on, y’all.
Allie’s struggles with humanity and vampirism are so much more intense in The Forever Song. She finds herself craving blood to the point of sucking various humans dry, even non criminal innocent seeming ones. I liked that Allie seems more complex with this book. I like that her grief over Zeke is so strong that it pushes her over the edge. I think that when extreme trauma happens, you do act out in an extreme way and so, even though this is a book about vampires and dystopia, that did not seem far fetched to me. Futhermore, I love that Allie is a total badass what with her katana and all. She’s amazing is what I am saying.
As this is a book by Julie Kagawa, there’s definitely romance in The Forever Song. Allison Sekemoto spends a good amount of the book grieving Zeke because she truly had these intense, love-esque feelings for him. View Spoiler »Of course, don’t fear, there’s this deus ex machina where it turns out that Zeke isn’t DEAD DEAD, only mostly dead because Sarren has turned him into a vampire to use him as a weapon against Allie. Granted, the two reconcile but still, total fake death moment. « Hide Spoiler And unless you click the spoiler, that is all I am saying on that matter.
I think that Kagawa continues to build on a solid base for the world of The Forever Song. We still see small pockets and hold outs of humanity. We also see Eden and how it is laid out. Beyond that, there’s the whole intense no one is immune disease of rabidism and hopefully a cure. I loved this. I am a big fan of books with diseases so, I liked how Kagawa developed this one.
As for how the book wraps up the trilogy, there’s some super sad moments including one that I just was not all that into because it was SO sad omg. However, I did like Jackal’s redemption and character development. Like, that was the best side benefit to this story — Jackal. He’s funny and sarcastic and overall awesome. Also he lightens the tone when it starts to get sort of sappy so I’m a fan. In all, not a bad way to end the series at all.