by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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.
The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa is a favorite and I was delighted to get my hands on Forever Song. It is the final dance with these beloved characters. Their dark world was one that held me captive as the characters stole my heart. Mini-review: An action-packed, heartfelt, often hilarious ending to a fantastically brilliant series.
The Eternity Cure ended with one of those cliffhangers that makes your jaw drop as you scream to the book Gods and silently curse the author. I for one looked like this:
Forever Song picks up right where Eternity Cure left off and Allison Sekemoto, a.k.a. the kick-ass vampire is traveling with her vamp brother Jackal and their creator Kanin. They are headed to a final battle with Sarren to stop his evil plans to wipe out civilization. Along the way, they encounter hunger, destruction and mental torment from Sarran. While the action is low key, it served to build the relationship between the three and really exposed Sarran’s twisted psyche. For Allie, it is a brutal test of her emotions and she sees personal growth. Of course, there were family moments! Allison and Jackal bicker like children in the back of a family station wagon. “Are we there yet?!?” Poor Kanin…
Allison is falling apart, struggling to keep her humanity and determined to destroy Sarran. It was tough seeing her struggle and she was sorely tested. To me, Allie is one of the most kick-ass paranormal creatures in paranormal YA. I love this feisty, take no prisoners protagonist.
but Jackal..the man loved to push buttons, and torture his sister..but I adored him. From his snark, to his gestures of kindness wrapped in a snarky-bite. I so picture him as Vex from Lost Girl, played by Paul Amos. I just wanted to smack and hug him. He is such a walking contradiction and Kagawa did an excellent job of revealing all of his many sides.
The journey is treacherous, dark, gritty and violent. The action is intense and the emotions I felt while reading this were all over the place. Kawaga about tore my heart out with a secret we all pretty much guessed at the end of Eternity Cure. Seeing Allie go through it and her emotions. Gads! Then, oh no she didn’t…Kawaga added a few twist that made me have…
While the bickering and “woe is me” got a little repetitive, it was also hilarious. Yes, there was angst both in the romance department and between the “family” but for me it all made them feel, well, Human. I love how these characters interact and despite all the bullshit they spout..they truly have each other’s backs. They have become this dysfunctional family of sorts. I love how they interacted and protected each other. It was beautifully twisted and bittersweet…
The climactic scenes with Sarren, where intense and bloody. My fingers were sweating as Kagawa increased the intensity and added one diabolical twist after another. At this point, I could not set the book down, and ooh our poor characters..
Sarren is brutal, twisted and his emotional torture of the characters was twisted. He made me shiver and want to hide.
I had so many heartfelt moments with the characters. Between their exchanges, near deaths and a scene with Kagan …OMG!! I needed truffles!!
Forever Song wrapped up nicely. It was pretty closed-ended and Kagawa gave us sufficient time to our characters to allow us to cool down and reflect. I was delighted by this series and the author’s ability to tightly weave a dark tale while adding light and humor. Her characters all came to life for me and I heart them flaws and all.
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