Author: Julie Kagawa Publisher: MiraINK Published: April 15th (ebook), May 2nd (paperback) Pages: 384 Format: ebook Source:: Netgalley Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, Amazon US
Summary: 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.
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.
It’s always incredibly difficult to say goodbye to a series, and I knew that saying goodbye to the Dawn of Eden series was going to be even harder as it was a series I truly loved. Thus, when I finally got my hands on a copy of The Forever Song, it took me a while before I finally opened the book to read it. On the one hand I was desperate for the story to continue, to know what would happen, but on the other, I knew that I also didn’t want the story to end. I knew I would still want there to be more because I had grown to love all of the characters and the world they lived in. Thus, I am so glad that the ending of this series was done well. It would have been even harder to deal with if it had ended badly but Julie Kagawa has really managed to finish the trilogy in a perfect way so that, essentially, I am completely satisfied with the story.
World Is Dark
The beginning of this book should have been slow as Allison, Kanin and Jackal make their journey across country. But due to the way the second book ended and the anticipation it created, the beginning is simply full of trepidation instead. This creation of emotions while reading is part of the reason this whole series was so intense and utterly brilliant. From this point onwards, the plot of this book was completely compelling. It was full of action, twists, gut-wrenching moments, and scenes which cause an outpouring of tears. Julie Kagawa has written a book that completely takes you on a journey. It sucks you in and doesn’t let you go until you reach the last page. Everything was tied together, everything had a place, and she really managed to just make this story amazing.
It would be hard to talk about the characters again without repeating myself from previous reviews, but I will say that Allison was still kick-ass but she also grew a lot in this book and I loved how human this made her feel. Kanin was just as interesting as always but it was Jackal that I really enjoyed reading about because he truly showed his human side as well. And that is something that Jackal would never have let anyone see before. I loved his mask for it all and just feel that he was such a well-thought out character. Zeke is the character that goes on the biggest journey in this book and I found it completely fascinating. I yearned for him in many places, wanted to pull him together in others, and just continued to love him throughout it all. It is clear, yet again, that Julie knows how to write characters exceptionally well.
The ending of this book really worked for me. I felt all the emotions pour out of me, I felt like my heart had been ripped away, but I also felt hope and happiness. I loved that she didn’t kill of characters for the sake of it, I loved that it hasn’t ended with the world completely peaceful, but it ended in a way where you can imagine what will happen next. There is an ambiguity to it but also a sense of realness. Life never ends just because someone dies, and this story doesn’t end simply because the words stopped. It is one that has the chance to live on and I just love that Julie Kagawa has managed that. Yes, I am saddened that this series is over, but I stand by the fact that this was the perfect way to finish it.
There is so much I could say about this book, and about this series as a whole but then this review would just be never-ending. What I will say is that this series is one that if you haven’t read, you really should because it is written incredibly well, is full of amazing characters, and includes a story that will twist and turn, pull at your insides, and literally pull you somewhere else for a little while. It is a series that hits all of the right spots. If you’ve read the first two books in this series, then you have to read this book and finish the series because it is just so good. It will make you feel things just as the first two books did but it’s so worth it. At the end of the day, I feel at peace with this series because everything was just written so well. So, all I’m saying is that this series is fantastic and you need to go and get to reading it like RIGHT now. Yes?
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **