Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Vampires, Post Apocalypse, Dystopia
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Mira Ink / HarlequinTeen
Format: Hardcover
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, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.
So, we finally came to the last stretch of this fantabulous journey. The story of our dearest vampire girl, Allie, has finally came to an end. Well, an end for us readers, but a forever for the series, I guess? Ah, you’ll get what I mean when you read the book.

I’m sad. I am so sad and happy at the same time that we finally had a full disclosure of this series.

I’m so sad that Jackal had to leave. Can I just have more Jackal, please?

Well, seriously, I really love this series. This is one of the best dystopian trilogy I’ve ever read and it’s just so sad that it’s now the end. This is one of the most splendid journey I’ve ever had and I’m going to really miss all those gory bloodbaths, all the apocalyptic atmosphere, and of course our slashing-rabid bloodsuckers, especially Jackal.

But at the same time, I’m happy. I’m happy that we finally had the full disclosure albeit being so rushed on the last 15% or so. I’m happy that all my frustrations throughout reading The Forever Song has finally came to an end.

Yes, I’m honestly kind of disappointed with the last installment of Blood of Eden. But I still gave this a high and decent rating nonetheless. Why? Because I want to give credit to the overall impact of the whole Blood of Eden series to me.

So, let me start with my rants now.

About 60% of the book was super slow. It was never that hard to get into the story on the first two books of the series, but here, it’s pretty dragging and boring on the first three quarters or so. It’s all about finding our ever lunatic antagonist, Sarren, so they’re on an endless journey searching for some deranged vampire. And unless they find rabids and had to fight their way, there’s nothing really exciting on their journey on those first 60% of the book. And to add more to that, it’s seriously frustrating how Allie looked like she lost some screw on her head or something. I never hated Allie this much after reading the first two books of the series. I mean, I really love her kick-ass personality from The Immortal Rules. Then she got quite whiny on The Eternity Cure and I actually hoped that she’ll be the Allie she used to be on The Forever Song. But no. I struggled big time to continue reading because god knows how annoying and extremely stubborn she became. I just want to get inside the book and whack her head so she’ll wake up and be the kick-ass Allie once more. I’m serious. The first half was all about her blabbing bullshits about sticking to being a monster and forgetting all humanity left in her so that she won’t feel emotions and pain and stuff anymore. Stop. Bullshiting. Me. Allie. Then shit just got real. She became crazy vampire (not much like Sarren, but still crazy) and went frenzy like oh I will kill humans, kill every freaking humans and I’ll be the real damn demon vampire I am supposed to be.

But I kept going because I still have Jackal and Kanin. These two super cool vampires were the only ones who kept me going all throughout the third quarter until I finished the book. They’re the only rational beings left for me. And I know I had to stick with them until the end.

It’s also funny how it seemed like Julie Kagawa actually really wanted us to get annoyed with her vampire heroine. Because from Jackal’s perspective after he finally had a very serious comment about Allie and Zeke, he just pointed out everything I wanted to slap on Allie’s face so she’ll wake up and get her head working again. And from that moment, I loved Jackal even more.

Jackal. Oh, my dear Jackal. I will never get tired of all his witty and smartass remarks especially when he and Allie argue over random things. He kinda reminds me of Puck from Iron Fey with all his snide comments but Jackal is more snarky and logical. For me, he was the most unexpected character of the story. He was the most consistent and practical. I always brace myself whenever near-death events were upon him. I also almost cried near the end because of him. lol

Kanin. The coolest vampire master ever. I really like how he has so strong grasp to humanity but also how he’s a practical and smart vampire at the same time. His last moments on the books — those I will never forget. I see so much Ben Barnes on him, with all his impassiveness and coolness, and those piercing black eyes. JUST. LOOK.

And of course, I won’t forget out love birds. I still adored Allie and Zeke together, BUT, definitely not most of the times. Lots of times when they were together, there’s just an overflowing angst.

I mean, as much as I wanted to enjoy the romance to balance the dark and the light, it just didn’t happen immediately. Well, good thing, it improved some time of the story. And when it happened, I was just so glad it did. I have a lingering adoration for these two so I just can’t hate either one of them even though they were so annoying and frustrating at times. I can also see so much Chord Overstreet on Zeke and Arden Cho on Allie so… just look at them!

Then at about last 15% of the book, all the bomb exploded all at once causing havoc in every corner of my mind. It just too slooooow at the beginning then all of a sudden, secrets and revelations finally came pouring in. It just so sudden that I found myself so surprised. The ending was too rushed and actually quite predictable but I was still surprised for the sudden change of phase. There’s also this one particular thing I didn’t like about the ending. The sacrifice. After it happened, I thought there should be a very strong justification why it’s necessary to have that happen. But hell no. It just happened. It’s explained but I was not convinced. Then after reading further, searching for stronger explanation, I just found it useless. The sacrifice is useless. And that’s why I felt so devastated. It left me with bleeding heart.

But at the real end, I found myself satisfied with the overall closure. The book was not the best of the trilogy, and I found it lacking at some point which made me disappointed too, but overall, I still love how things ended. As a whole, the Blood of Eden trilogy is really magnificent and enticing. No matter how many boring parts there are on this last book, I still found myself strongly needing to read and finish the story. This has been a wonderful journey and I am now hoping for a JACKAL SPIN-OFF.

I. WANT. MORE. JACKAL!!!

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