The Forever Song Review

December 22, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★½

The Forever Song ReviewThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Publisher: Harlequin
Date Published: 2014-05-01
Genres: Paranormal, Vampires, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Rating: three-half-stars
Description: 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.

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Julie Review Avatar Julie’s Review:

It took me forever to finally get around to reading The Forever Song (haha, yea, pun intended), which is kind of strange seeing as how much I enjoyed The Eternity Cure and how broken up I was over that ending! Warning: this review contains spoilers for The Eternity Cure.

I found The Forever Song to be dull much of the time. Eep, sorry, but this was too journey even for the expected journey book that this series is made up of. Ms. Kagawa does write a lot of journey books, but I’ve liked them despite that fact. The first third of the book nothing really happened but Allison and her vamp family flailing around looking for the evil mastermind that is Sarren. I was so bored that I put the book down for several months (well, to be fair, then I had a baby and all reading just went out the window the first month).

When Allie finally encounters Zeke and finds out that he has been Turned, it was just too predictable at first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Allie and Zeke, but who didn’t see the “Zeke is under Sarren’s control, then Allie breaks him out of that, then Zeke mopes around for a while and tries to end himself but Allie talks him out of it” story line coming? However, once that plot line got done, I loved the interactions between them and I am so on that ship. So it is no surprise that I am happy they get their forever. What? Was that a spoiler? You mean you didn’t expect them to end up together forever?

One thing I will say for Ms. Kagawa is she writes an awesome villain. Sarren is so twisted and dark and creepy and wow you just really fear him and want him dead. Actually, all her characters are really interesting. I’m a huge fan of Jackal, mostly for the twisted and funny things he says. This book also includes redemption and sacrifice, and I really enjoyed that story line for our favorite Master vamp.

One more complaint and then I’ll wrap this up. The fight scene between our heroes and Sarren was so drawn out and long. Do people actually enjoy reading very prolonged fight scenes? Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some great action in a book, but after a while you get bored reading about stabbing and cutting and hitting. But my attention span is very different now.

I did like the way the book wrapped up and how everything was resolved. Allie is awesome, as always, and I enjoyed her character arc over this series.

So, overall rating is: great characters, alright plot, good ending.

 



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Overall: 3.5

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