The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3)

by Julie Kagawa
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: April 15th, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA/New Adult, fantasy/paranormal

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"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." -goodreads

Review:
“The requiem has started, and when the last melody plays, the only applause will be sweet, eternal silence.” (loc. 3353)


In an exciting conclusion to an action packed series, The Forever Song brings our crew out of their shells and reveals their true morality and determination. This book shows how Allison deals with her depression by no longer fighting off her inner monster and no longer caring for human life, which of course gets Jackal’s approval and Kanin’s disappointment. Her attention then draws to a past memory of herself when she was younger and she finally finds a way to accept her depression and grief. She resolves to never give into the Monster again.


“So... maybe it was okay to hope, to trust that things could work out. Maybe... maybe that was what had kept me human all this time, that faith that I could be more than a monster. When I lost that hope– that was when the monster won.” (loc. 3211)


      Hope is a continuous theme in The Forever Song. Allison must keep hope in Zeke, in defeating Sarren, in Jackal, in Kanin’s decisions, in finding the cure, and she must find and keep the hope in herself. Hope is the thing she must hold to to prevent an apocalypse and keep her “forever.”


“Block the way, sic your army on us, do whatever you want. I’m still coming for you. And when I find you, one of us is going to die.” (loc. 1050)


Our crew once again, finds themselves traveling throughout the land. This time they must hurry to get back to Eden and stop Sarren from destroying any rabidism cures and spreading his new Red Lung disease that kills both humans and vampires alike. Although traveling in stories can be tedious, the author perked it up by adding different obstacles and challenges along the way, of both emotional and physical nature. It’s when they get to Old Chicago to find out about a new vampire Raider King that things get crazy. I absolutely loved this scene and (although it’s hinted at, at the end of The Eternity Cure,) I found it interesting in how Allison took control of her emotions, and continued to hold on to some type of hope in this situation.


“The race to stop the End of the World had begun.” (loc. 3532)


Zeke once told Allison not to hesitate to go through him to kill Sarren, but after everything she’s gone through can she follow through? Can Sarren ever truly be defeated, or is it too late to stop the spread of his destruction? Can they find a cure for this horrific disease, or have they had it all along? The Forever Song will bring you to tears of both happy and sad. This is a beautifully done series ender, and if you liked the first two books, you’ll fall madly in love with this conclusion.




*Quotes:


“This... depravity was just further proof that Sarren had no humanity left; he was a true demon in human skin who had killed, maimed and tortured all these people, just to prove a point. An a terrible one, at that.” (loc. 2267)


“‘I am not giving our forever to that sick bastard. This isn’t over yet.’” (loc. 3430)


Galley provided by NetGalley via Harlequin Teen


*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

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