The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa(Cover picture courtesy of (un)Conventional Bookviews.)

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.

[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

I seriously had my doubts about Julie Kagawa being able to end her Blood of Eden trilogy well.  It’s a very complicated world with more problems than you can count so how could she possibly come to a satisfying conclusion?  Even when reading it I had my doubts but I didn’t need to.  Julie Kagawa pulled it off once again.

I’m seriously impressed.  With that horrible cliffhanger at the end of The Eternity Cure I was very anxious about getting my hands on the final book.  Allison is still brooding from Zeke’s death and she’s turning into the monster that her brother Jackal is, the kind of vampire Kanin tried to prevent her from becoming.  I can’t go into much detail without some major spoilers but let’s just say Allie’s true colours show through when she finally decides what kind of vampire she wants to be.

The plot is insane.  There are so many twists and turns that I could barely keep up.  Some were completely unexpected whereas others were fairly predictable but overall it was an exciting, surprising plot.  The ending wasn’t abrupt in the way that some authors end trilogies, but instead there was a nice detailed epilogue that gives you an idea of what will happen to this horrifying world of humans, vampires and rabids.  There is, of course, a little ambiguity left but I was satisfied by the fact that most loose ends were tied off.

As usual, the characters were amazing.  Allie changed so much over the course of the story and we learned quite a bit about Kanin and Jackal.  All the characters that the plot centered around were well-developed and I really connected with them on a deeper level compared to the previous books.  I was honestly very surprised about how connected I felt to the characters because I haven’t been emotionally involved in a book for at least a month now.  It was a nice change.

Basically, if you’ve read the previous two books you’re going to love The Forever Song.  I know I did.  So go ahead and pre-order it!  It releases on April 15 of this year.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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