Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
August 29, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Vampires, Post Apocalypse, Dystopia
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.