Saturday, 3 May 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (review)

Title:            The Forever Song
Series:          Blood of Eden
#:                    3
Author:         Julie Kagawa
Publisher:     HarlequinTeen
Date:            01 May 2014

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.


Spoilers for previous books will be told.

Yay another series is complete. I get very excited with the release of the final book in a series. It means I can start reading them, I really don't like to wait, but good on you guys who read the books as they were released and waited patiently, or perhaps sometimes impatiently for the finally.

And this one would have been very hard to wait for. With the turn of events in the end of The Eternity Cure I bet you were all swearing and wishing you could start this one already. 

I just love Jackal in this book. He brought comedy and light into a dark and desperate situation. Without him this story would have been very bleak. Very glad that Jeb decided to Push him out a window instead of grabbing Allison's Katana and cutting off his head. 

"Oh, heads are going to roll for this. I'm going to set up a special lane and use their skulls for bowling balls."

That is just one example. There are many wonderful lines by Jackal. And then there are many lines by Allison, which are a bit repetitive and whiney. Allison is on repeat for this book, her lines, her thoughts, everything. I got a bit tired of hearing how she was going to let the monster take over, then I got tired of her thoughts on Zeke, I was glad when they were fighting and she didn't have time to think. 

There are a lot more fight seems in this book, because as we all know Sarren is 'one sick puppy' so to get to him is a lot of work, and it was never easy. Sometimes I got a bit fed up with how many hold ups there were on our way but I think that may have been because I was so eager to find Sarren and to see the final showdown.

Overall I like this book, I like the ending, I like Jackal and Kanin. I wouldn't mind seeing a spinoff for Jackal in the future. wink wink.
The series overall is a good vampire read, about how human a demon can be, and how demonic a once human can be. two sides to every coin. I would recommend this to fans that don't mind a bit of carnage along with their conscience battles.

One thought for the road
How come rabid corpses don't fade in the sunlight in this book like they should.

(Taken from

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.

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