Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Publish Date: April 15th, 2014
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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.

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa provides an epic ending to an epic series. With heart pounding danger around every twist and turn, you won't be able to put this apocalyptic masterpiece down until the very last page.

Kagawa seriously writes the best fight scenes into this series. It's one of the reasons I can't stop reading these books once I pick them up. They're filled with action and packed with twists and turns. The action did get more than a little gruesome at times. This series isn't for the weak stomached. There is a lot of blood and death and dismemberment, so if that's not your thing, you might be skipping great chucks of The Forever Song. I feel this was the goriest book in the series, but I felt it was necessary to the story and really showed just what the risks were for Allie, Kanin and the rest.

The romance in this was as good as it was in the first two books. I don't want to give anything away, but Zeke is still Allie's nĂºmero uno and I still like them, but not in an overpowering they-need-to-be-together sort of way. I said it in my review of The Eternity Cure, I would love to have seen the romantic interest be changed up a little, and I guess it sort of was in a way, but not the way I wanted. I feel like Zeke and Allie together come off a tad self-righteous. They both see each other as so perfect and everyone who doesn't think exactly like them just has to be wrong. That annoyed me majorly since I'm super in love with Jackal who is so great in this book and gets almost no credit. In fact, all he usually ever gets is a sneer from Allie, even when he's right. Ugh. I'm a little bitter about that, if you can't tell. It's the only thing that really irked me about Allie this time around.

But anyway, back to Jackal who is just amazing in The Forever Song. I'm so in love with him, I could read about him forever. And yeah, I get it. I know Jackal and Allie are just blood siblings, but their chemistry is off the charts. Not in a romance-y sort of way, much to my dismay, but in a platonic way that makes me silly-grin whenever I read about the two of them bickering. It's adorable and I just wish Allie could have given him some more credit. Then there's Kanin. Oh, Kanin. Best mentor ever. I've always loved Kanin, but he, like Jackal, is just so perfect in The Forever Song. Allie, Jackal and Kanin make this perfect, completely dysfunctional family out to save the world and that is the reason I fell so hard for this series. No matter how hard things get, or how much they irritate each other, or whatever their individual beliefs, they want to do the right thing and come together despite all their differences.

If you've been following this series, fear not. Kagawa manages to outdo herself with The Forever Song, creating the perfect ending for these characters and the whole apocalyptic world she's created. If you still haven't picked this series up, you have to get on that. Now that it's over there will be nothing to keep you from devouring all three books one after the other, which is what you'll do the moment you start the Blood of Eden series.

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3 comments:

  1. Yay for awesome endings! I'm glad to hear the author wrapped up the series in a way fans will be happy with =)

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  2. So I won't read your review because I hate spoilers and I still didn't read the second book, but I'm sooo glad you give it 5 stars. I can't wait to finally find some time to read the rest of the trilogy.

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  3. I am so behind on this series and I LOVED the first book. I wasn't going to read your review because I didn't want to spoil anything...but I caved. I have to know!! I just have to...so I read it. Kanin. I forgot just how much I loved that character and now reading your review I'm remembering how much I loved him and Allie. I was kind of rooting for those two to get a bit of a romance going on...but that might change once I actually read the second book. I don't know though. I liked Zeke I did but I was all about Kanin! Great review!! So glad it got wrapped up well. Now I must get my hands on the second book so I can get reading. And I have to agree from what I remember from the first book the action and fight scenes are so well written! :)

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