Review of The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)The Forever Song
By: Julie Kagawa
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source-Electronic arc via NetGalley

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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.

My Thoughts:
As always with the ending of a series writing a review devoid of spoilers presents a challenge. This review will be vague but hopefully will express how I felt about the reading experience. Once again, Kagawa was able to take her readers on an action packed journey full of suspense. The pacing continued to be fast and the stakes were the highest yet in this conclusion to the series. Alison still struggled to come to terms with her darker nature (even succumbing to it) but she has growth and acceptance of her new reality.

Jackal was able to win over my heart, which from the first book, I never thought would be possible. I loved that Kagawa was able to get me to appreciate him and even look forward to his dialog and presence. I’ve enjoyed watching his heart show here and there, and the moments where he was able to be the voice of reason was shocking yet made perfect sense. The dynamic between him and Alison continued to be one of my favorite aspects of this series. I love their distorted, dysfunctional family.

The series continued to be an action packed vampire story- sprinkled with a bit of the zombie trope. All of this added up to lots of running, killing, blood and guts. Beyond the gore and action Kagawa hit me with powerful emotions and a few surprises along the way.

As far as how it compares to the rest of the series I would say this is my least favorite of the three but only because I wasn’t as invested in Alison. I can’t pinpoint why that was, and it wasn’t to a drastic level. Something felt a bit missing but I couldn’t say what it was. Overall, I loved this series as a whole and really need to read Kagawa’s Fey series.

Final Thoughts:
Though this was the weakest to me out of the series it was still a strong book and conclusion to a series that is easily a favorite of mine. I loved Kagawa’s unique take on vampires and more than anything I adored her addition of emotional angst and character growth.

Extras:
Review of The Immortal Rules
Review of The Eternity Cure
The Immortal Rules

Check out the Lego Cover of The Immortal Rules

Comments

  1. Pili says:

    I loved this one so much! This was such a fantastic trilogy and it was a brilliant twist on vampires!
    Great review, Kristen!

  2. Sophia says:

    Oh, I loved this series. I’m really sad it’s over. And you should definitely read the Iron Fey series. I hope you enjoy it!
    Great review! I love the Lego cover… :)

  3. Aimee says:

    I adored Jackal and his banter with Allie! This one was my least favorite of the three as well, sadly. ;( It was still a pretty clean ending to an overall wonderful series, and I’m glad you still loved it! Wonderful review, Kristen.

  4. Carina Olsen says:

    Great review Kristen. <3 I'm glad you enjoyed this final book :D I loved it. But I do understand why you didn't fully love it. I'm sorry. But thank you for being honest. <3

    • Kristen says:

      I wish I could pinpoint which aspect wasn’t as strong to me…maybe I should have read the other two over again to really get absorbed back into the world.

  5. I haven’t finished The Forever Song yet. I’ve been reading it for two weeks now and have stalled out at 70% or so. It’s not that it’s not good…it is. But I just don’t feel the pull to continue it like I normally do, and that might have something to do with the fact that it’s the final book and those usually affect me differently, but I think it’s along the lines of what you were saying about not being as invested in Alison. I also feel like there’s not enough Kanin page-time. I’ve always liked Jackal, but I think he’s the best he’s been yet in this final book. I’m pulling for a spin-off series prior to the events in this series. :)

    • Kristen says:

      Oh, I would LOVE a spin off series. That would be amazing. So happy we once again feel the same way about a book I think it’s official you are my book twin :-P

  6. The second book was the weakest for me, I think. I really like the conclusion for this series and yes, Jackal! I liked his relationship with Allie and how we saw glimpses of the good part he keeps hidden :) A lot of people seemed to struggle with Allie’s battle against her monster, but I thought it was very realistic. I’m not going to talk in details about it (Because I’ve often been spoilered in comments too and I hate that) but I liked the solution to the problem. Although it was a bit sad too!

    • Kristen says:

      Though this one might have been my least favorite I think it was still wonderful. I think Kagawa creates such wonderful characters. I was so surprised I began to enjoy Jackal! I totally agree about Allie’s battle.

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