ARC Review: The Forever Song

The Forever Song
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release date: April 15, 2014

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.

Blood of Eden ends with The Forever Song and I am NOT ready to let go, okay? As much as I was excited to read this book, I was dreading the end of the series and also was worried about how it ends. To be honest, the whole atmosphere of the Blood of Eden series is bleak and a few character deaths wouldn’t even be beyond the realm of possibility. It would be completely within reason and that was scaring me immensely. But whew! That went good, like really good.

I’ll start with the writing – Kagawa is one of the best authors I have read and she knows how to construct every scene with just enough detail and action to make it feel like a movie is playing in your head. I swear, if a anime/movie adaptation came out, I would be shouting gleefully from rooftops. The world is bleak, and there is this mad vampire who is out to destroy the world so that it can be ‘cleansed’ for a new beginning. Naturally, our valiant heroes set out to stop him before time. Road trip with Allison, Kanin and Jackal! It is a deja vu book, since they revisit places in the earlier books, in their race towards Eden. A certain character has an identity crisis and in subtext it echoes the fears of nearly all the vampire characters of the book.

Jackal was the highlight character of the book – he is the anti-hero, the annoying older brother to the angst-y teen Allison but he has a heart of gold. The bickering between them was the bright ray of sunshine in this dark landscape of a book. In fact, I declare them my new BrOTP! Underneath all that taunting and fighting, you know that they genuinely care for each other – it is evident when Jackal is protective towards her, when he sticks to their team and even helps out humans(!) and Allison already loves him as a brother. Kanin is the single dad dealing with the quarelling kids, silently shaking his head in his mind and sighing constantly. He got his own happy ending too, one which brought me to tears. Allison has always been awesome and badass, but in the first part of the book she battles with her monster, arguing that since the one thing that kept her human wasn’t there, she needn’t even try. She does come to her senses eventually, and realizes that some battles are worth fighting for, even for eternity. Sarren is a brilliant antagonist, even if insane and goodness, the utter evil emanating from him just amped the atmosphere of the book.

The ending was highly satisfying, with everything wrapped up, the cure found and hope anew for the world. It was entertaining till the end, and never had a dull moment. Saying that, I am still hoping for a spin-off or something on our adorable raider king.

Received an ARC from Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review

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