Monday, August 4, 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa 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.


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.


Blood of Eden. That is the name of the trilogy. Finally. I had no idea what the name is until now. Anyway, let me start on this review of The Forever Song.

A curial character dies unlike The Iron Fey series. Hey! Ash's former love wasn't even that surprising. I mean, seriously? She was dead all along. She died in the first place. Accidentally killed by Puck. And Ash hadn't let her go, but Meggie was taking the place of where she was. Okay, I'll tell you that isn't major spoilers. Anyway, I won't tell you who dies in The Forever Song, but it certainly wasn't Allison. What? She is a vampire for goodness' sakes. And two, she is the main character. Thank goodness, Kagawa didn't pull off an Allegiant. One is already bad in this world.

Now that I got most of my personal feelings out of the way, let me start by discussing (monologuing) about The Forever Song, the third book in The Blood of Eden series.

The Forever Song is a thriller of vampires and blood and humans to the end. There is redemption (for more than one character, by the way), romance, young love, and a lot of humor from the hilarious Jackal (whose real name is even a joke; James). I still can't get over his real name. It is way too funny. So ordinary and different than "Jackal."

The book goes by too quickly. I managed to finish the entire book in one sitting. Or two sittings. It is a bit hard to remember the exact amount of time it took for me to read this. Anyway, The Forever Song consist about 400 pages. A tad less, but it is close to 400. Kagawa paces the long story quite well. Boredom is never in sight.

The conclusion to it all is stunning and sadly also confusing. It took me a bit to understand Kanim's words. That guy always speaks in difficult puzzles, layered with meanings and double meanings. After much consideration, I ultimately think the ending to The Forever Song to be sad yet also hopeful. And still stunning. At least, Jackal, Zeke, and Allie gets a happy ending. Whoops. That was kind of a spoiler, if you are thinking about that miss.

Overall, The Blood of Eden trilogy is very exciting. Kagawa strays far from Twilight's sense of vampires and goes towards the more traditional version of vampires. I enjoy the entire book and series from cover to cover.

Oh. A last word. Don't you think Zeke is wonderful after all this time? And two, don't you hate Kanim because he always seems so deep and wanting more from Allie?

Rating: Four out of Five

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