Friday, April 11, 2014

Book Review: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by: Julie Kagawa

Release Date: April 15, 2014
from Harlequin Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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:

This series is one of those that just gets better with each book. I actually was not the biggest fan of The Immortal Rules and debated on even continuing the series. Thankfully I have a wonderful blogging Wifey who convinced me that The Eternity Cure was really good and she was sure I’d love it. As usual, she was right and that book made me love the series. I am so glad I didn’t give up on it because I ended up really enjoying it and it would have been a shame for me to miss out on.

Allie has come a very long way since book one. I struggled with her a lot in the beginning, but I came to love her and I was proud of her. She makes tough choices and she isn’t perfect, but she tries. She tries to be a good person and do what is right, even though that pretty much goes against her nature.

Now I have to talk about the secondary characters. Honestly, they make the books for me and are who I am most invested in. When it comes down to it, I care more about Kanin and Jackal than I do Allie. I don’t know why, but it’s the truth. Jackal is hands down my favorite of them all. I love that he is just unashamed of what he is and a true vampire; but deep down he isn’t a full blown monster and he still has some humanity. His crude humor is absolutely hysterical and I just love how inappropriate he is. Then Kanin I have loved from the beginning. He was what I enjoyed most in The Immortal Rules and that held true throughout the series. He is so strong and serene and just good. He sees something in Allie and brings out the best in her.

I also love how well this series combined vampires with dystopia. The world is scary and messed up, just like I want in a dystopian, but the vampires are also awesome. These are real, scary, I will eat you vampires and they are not toned down. They are not glorified and even the good ones have to battle the darkness constantly.

While I enjoyed this on a whole, there was one thing that bugged me. Unfortunately I can’t discuss this because of major spoilers. So I’ll just say this: a certain someone needed to put on his/her big girl/boy panties.

All in all, The Forever Song was a strong conclusion to the trilogy and I am happy with the way it all wrapped up. Julie Kagawa delivered again.


13 comments:

  1. I was pretty happy with how it wrapped up too, but I still liked the first book best

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  2. Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have given up on this series, too. I didn't care for the 1st book either, but if you say the 2nd & this book are way better, maybe I should give it a try again haha.

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    1. They do get better! Less building up the world and much more happening in it. Plus, Jackal brings a lot of humor to the story.

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  3. I'm with you girl. The first book here was interesting but not as close as the second one which was amazing. I am glad you enjoyed this one and it was a nice conclusion to this series. Great review, Teresa :)

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  4. Wifey, I am so, so, so happy you gave this series a second chance and that you came to enjoy it. I just knew Jackal was the monster for you ;) This is a fabulous review, and I absolutely love this line: "These are real, scary, I will eat you vampires and they are not toned down." Truth! Awesome review! *Squish*

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  5. I have yet to read this series and I think the review The Immortal Rules was part of why I put it off. I'm thinking I may need to read it though. I like characters that grow over the series with some great secondary characters thrown in. Not sure about the scary vamps but as long as someone is keeping them at bay, I can deal. Great review.

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  6. I'm binge0reading the series, so exciting! Your blog wifey is awesomesauce!

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  7. I couldn't get into Immortal Rules, so I haven't given this series a real try. I'm glad to see it gets better and better! Thanks for the review!

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  8. I'm happy it was a fitting ending to the series, Teresa. I'm anxious to check it out. :)

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  9. Oh I can't wait to start this! I should be reading in after 2 or so books. :) Great review girl! I can't wait to see who needs to put on their big kid panties! Hahah!

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  10. Awesome Review Teresa! I glad that you were happy, for the most part, with this conclusion to the series. This sounds like a great Dystopian, and I love reading about scary vampires. I love when I get attached to the secondary characters, it makes a story that much better. I need to read this series!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  11. I love when the secondary characters make the book! They are important too! I'm glad you ended up continuing the series and enjoying it more and more! I still need to read something by Kagawa! I do like the sound of a vampire dystopian world...

    Great review!! :D

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    1. You do! Start with her Iron Fey books so we can gush over Ash together lol

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