Early Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

15 The Forever SongEarly Release Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Release date: April 15, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, Horror
Book provided by NetGalley and Harlequin Teen

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.

AH’s Review – 5 Skulls – A

Wow. That was awesome. Book 3 of Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series begins two weeks after the last book. Allison, Kanin, and Jackal are tracking the psychotically evil vampire Sarren who has left some pretty gruesome breadcrumbs for the trio to follow. Sarren taunts them, always staying a step ahead of the three, leaving traps everywhere as he works on his plan to release his revenge on all: humans, vampires, and Rabids.

This is a journey story where Allison, accompanied by Kanin and Jackal travel from New Covington back to Old Chicago and finally Eden. The road is dangerous and full of traps. Allison struggles to keep her humanity for as long as possible but the monster is winning. Throughout their travels, the interaction between the three is most entertaining. This is where the Jackal shines. He is both bloodthirsty and ruthless, yet beneath that façade is a fairly complex character. Jackal provides a much needed comic relief to all the seriousness yet he is also the kind of vampire that you’d definitely want on your side. I think that perhaps Jackal had a heart under his tough exterior and I loved how he reached out to Allison. In many ways Jackal was just like a big brother to Allison. I loved how they bickered just like siblings.

Allison’s struggle with her monster was difficult, to say the least. Allison has had to make the most adjustments in this series and learning to live with her vampire side was probably the most difficult. Allison also has to struggle with her emotions as well. She grieves, she wants revenge, she wants to stop a madman – it’s a lot for a new, young vampire to deal with. In many ways, she is a loose cannon. In other ways, she is older than her years. Her fighting skills are incredible. Hand the girl her katana sword.

Kanin remains one of the best characters I’ve encountered in a series. He is strong and has almost a regal presence. He is in control and guides his “children” well. Kanin is a true master vampire. For more about Kanin, it is really worth it to read the short story in ‘Til the World EndsDawn of Eden.

I loved the author’s attention to detail. Whenever there was a fight scene, it almost felt as if I was there, watching as a spectator. Jackal, Allison, and Kanin make an excellent fighting team.

The Forever Song was a fantastic conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. These are not your regular shiny and sparkly vampires from young adult novels. These vampires are bloodthirsty, brutal, and kick-ass fighters. The Forever Song was beautifully written and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

I can’t wait until November for Ms. Kagawa’s new series The Talon Saga.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

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Series Reading Order:

  1. Dawn of Eden (prequel) available in ‘Til the World Ends
  2. The Immortal Rules
  3. The Eternity Cure
  4. The Forever Song

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for a review copy of this book.

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