Thursday, April 10, 2014

Early Review: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song
(Blood of Eden #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Expected Pub: April 15, 2014
Pre-order: Amazon  |  B&N

From Goodreads: 


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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.



*Spoiler Free* 

“No one gets to decide what kind of monster I am but me.”

I’ve been a fan of the Blood of Eden series since book one, The Immortal Rules; and I’m very happy with the path the series has taken.  Allison grew as a character and truly came into her own in this final installment.  I mapped out my own theories, as I’m sure all readers did after that cliffhanger ending in book two; and while these presumptions did indeed come into play, I never felt it compromised the excitement or the energy of the story.  I was completely engrossed page after page and really fell even deeper for these characters. 

Speaking of the other players in the trilogy: oh my Jackal.  I adore him – he brings so much comic relief to this intense story, but there’s a lot more to him than just his snark.  And though Jackal is definitely one of my favorites, it’s Big Daddy Kanin that I would be all over like a fly on honey.  I LOVE that enigmatic, angst-riddled monster of a man.  While Jackal provides most of the laugh-out-loud funny lines, it was Kanin with his quiet but commanding words that often got the biggest laugh out of me. For example:  Having heard enough bickering between Jackal and Allie as he drove towards their destination, he delivered this line in what I could only imagine as a parent’s “don’t make me pull this car over” tone: 

“‘If the two of you would like to walk to Eden,’ 
Kanin said at last, not taking his eyes from the road, 
‘I can stop anytime.’”  

I love Julie Kagawa’s writing!  It is no secret that she is the queen of world building and a master storyteller.  There were moments that made me laugh and moments that made my heart heavy; but all in all, this series was a great ride, and I know I’ll revisit it again. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Dawn of Eden The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1) The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden, #2) The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)


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