Series: Blood of Eden #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on 2014-04-15
Genres: dystopia, paranormal, young adult
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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, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.
I don’t even know where to start, to be honest. It’s very difficult to review the third and last book in a trilogy; also, it’s difficult to review one such as this. Because in many ways, it was the perfect ending to the trilogy. But I also found it disappointing and I am not sure I will be able to articulate that properly, because I am not even sure that I know why.
I loved The Eternity Cure. I know many didn’t for different reasons, but I found it suspenseful, full of action and great character development. It made Kanin one of my favorite characters of all time. View Spoiler »Losing him at the end was disappointing but not why I rated this book down. It did kind of cement my feelings for the book though. For one, I predicted his death at some point during book two. I even told Julie Kagawa I thought he was going to be killed when I met her at BEA last year. « Hide Spoiler So you know, kind of predictable. But not WHY I rated it down.
The predictable factor, however, did bother me. There were just a lot of things that happened in this book that I saw coming. And when I compare it to perfect series endings (HORDE), I felt it was just anti-climactic and underwhelming. And when I look back on how it all went down, the foreshadowing is pretty obvious. The reader knows entirely how the book is going to end, minus a few details.
Kagawa’s writing is not as strong as it was in the first two books, I don’t think. It’s still pretty good, but I felt like the pacing was kind of off in this book. It took a while for things to get going, and I was bored a bit during the first thirty percent of the book. And then once I was hooked, I was hooked but the ending happened kind of abruptly. I feel like for as long as I Had to wait to get there, it just wasn’t enough.
I feel like I am criticizing everything in this book and yet I still gave it 3 stars. I think that rating is mainly because of FEELINGS. If I wasn’t as attached to some of the characters as I was, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much. But they needed their closure, their conclusion. For the most part, I am satisfied with the way the characters’ stories wrapped up. View Spoiler »I also really loved the way that Sarren died. But I also feel like the barge took way too freaking long to go from Eden to the checkpoint. What the hell? It felt like a Caribbean cruise. « Hide Spoiler
I love the world-building dearly in this book too. Even though it’s not all that detailed, I think it makes sense and it’s interesting as well. I love the idea of vampires that behave more like zombies. I think they are terrifying. This last book didn’t scare me so much though. I love the vampire cities. I love the way Old Chicago is set up.
I don’t love the way View Spoiler » Zeke’s character evolved. I feel like his becoming a vampire was another predictable thing, but I was hoping it would be handled differently because he didn’t even behave in the SMALLEST ways like the old Zeke did. And I missed the old Zeke. I wanted his character to be a mash-up of new and old, but I felt like I didn’t even know him at all. It was difficult to read at times. « Hide Spoiler
All in all, I am feeling pretty meh about the way this one ended. I sobbed at one important part, but other than that, I wasn’t very happy. And crying is not enough for me to love it these days, unfortunately.
This book covers the “Spring Release” square. The Forever Song was published in April.