Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

Posted May 31, 2014 by Kara in book review, Kara / 5 Comments

Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie KagawaThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Published by Harlequin Teen on 2014-04-15
Genres: dystopia, paranormal, young adult
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars

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, 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 » 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 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 »

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.

kara

 

 

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This book covers the “Spring Release” square. The Forever Song was published in April.

 

 

 

 

 

5 responses to “Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

  1. Yeah, I definitely agree that things with Zeke were a bit disappointing. I found him really whiny and annoying, to be quite honest. I mean, I can understand why he was like that, and why his character was different from book two, but still. I don’t want to read an entire book with him being so whiny… About the pacing: the problem for me wasn’t that it was too slow, it’s that it was almost too fast? Way too many action scenes were crammed in, and there’s only so many ways you can kill a rabid before it gets boring, you know?

    I do agree though, it was a pretty solid way to end the series. I honestly don’t think I could come up with a better ending to the series (but that might just be because I’m not particularly creative lol)
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  2. I felt pretty much like you do- criticizing too much yet finding it satisfying. And I agree with you on all points except *side eyes* zekeee! Oh god, I thought he was annoying. To be fair, I’ve found him annoying since the first book. 😛 Don’t you wonder the guy who came back though??! =))) I want more of him!
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