Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS
Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?
Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire. 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.
And here we are, the end of another trilogy. I was both anticipating and dreading reading The Forever Song. I loved The Immortal Rules, but then hit a couple of snags with The Eternity Cure – I still liked it a lot, though. So it all came down to the last book, and thankfully, Julie Kagawa pulled through! The Forever Song was an exciting journey full of ups and downs with surprises along the way.
As some of you may already know, the second book had a heart dropping ending, and now we have to deal with the outcome. As Allison, Kanin, and Jackal hunt down Sarran before he completely obliterates those who are left in the world, Allison struggles between keeping her humanity intact or succumbing to the demon inside her. That’s what I like about the vampires in this trilogy, they are monsters. They acknowledge that, and no matter how good they are it is a constant struggle to keep that demon at bay, but it’s a choice.
Once again, Jackal stole the show. The guy is such a sarcastic ass, and I enjoy every minute of it. I love how Allison and Jackal are like too bickering siblings, Kanin their ever patient father, and Sarran the bat shit crazy uncle. I would find Jackal annoying if I were in Allison’s shoes, but it’s funny from the outside. The dynamic works really well.
One of the issues I had with The Eternity Cure was there were moments that made me groan from annoyance because they seemed so unnecessary. The Forever Song was free of those moments, so I was very happy about that. There is a lot of action and fighting though, and sometimes that wears on me. It did a little bit here, but I also liked it because there was actually a reason for every one of them. The fights weren’t inserted at random moments for the hell of it, there was something that came out of them. Whether it was someone being tested, someone getting the sense knocked into them, someone having an epiphany, or any other reason … there was purpose.
I am very pleased with how The Forever Song turned out. Definitely a worthy ending to the trilogy.
Blood of Eden Series