Title: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden
Book #: 3
Reading Level: YA
Goodreads Rating: 3.78
Published: April 1st, 2014
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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
A fantastical ending full of high stakes, crazy villains, and romance that is just as fantastical as it is painfully real. The Forever Song was a fitting ending to this great series that single handedly kept vampires on the loop.
"He didn't know. I didn't care about Eden. I didn't care about his virus, or the cure, or the rest of the world. It make no difference to me if the humans found a cure for Rabidism, or if they could stop Sarren's new plague. Humans meant nothing to me, not anymore. They were food,, and I was a vampire. I was done pretending that I was anything less than a monster."
Allison Sekemoto, a girl after my own heart, has been utterly destroyed. The love of her life is now gone, and all she has to keep her going is sweet revenge. What does it matter if she lets the monster win? The monster keeps the hurt at bay, so she might as well give in to the sweet oblivion... Her, Kanin, and Jackal are out on the road pursuing Zeke's demented killer who is currently making his way to the only human safe zone left in the world (that they know of) in order to spread a mutated disease that will hit the restart button on the whole world. Time is definitely running out...
Not going to lie, there's a bit of angst in this title. A little more than a bit, true, but it's to be expected. Allison takes the news of Zeke's death pretty hard but then again who wouldn't react badly to the death of a loved one? She goes to a very dark place, but she is Allison and she has survived too much to fall down now and not get back up. She will go through a lot, she will get beaten down, but she always rises up to the occasion before it's too late. That's the magnificent thing about her, she rises up and beats the odds.
As for the side characters Jackal was a blast to have in this novel, as the previous one. He doesn't pretend to be good, he doesn't really care about the meat sacks around him but only that if they were to die his food supply would run out. He is however the much needed comic relief amongst all the blood and gore. Kanin on the other hand was a bit annoying in this title. He spent most of his time in silence mode, walking in the background and only making himself known when Allison and Jackal went for each other's throats; like an annoyed parent, which I guess he kind of is. I just wanted more from his character, but I guess there just wasn't anything else to get from him.
We all know Zeke is alive, we've known since the last title. Which is very good because it wasn't this huge secret to be revealed (which would have been a bit cliche if not completely anti climatic) but instead something we got to look forward to. And well, the waiting pays off, because dark and twisted Zeke is a sight to behold.
Even the big baddie was enjoyable! He is crazy and completely twisted. No gory details are left out so prepare for some very detailed sick deaths of dozens of meatsacks.
Overall I enjoyed this ending way more than I've enjoyed other endings in many beloved series. It was an ending, yet it gave Allison purpose for the future in a way that left it open enough for you to fill up the blanks. I don't believe that we will be seeing anymore of these characters in the future but I wouldn't complain if another title in the same world were to pop up... I'd throw money at that book like if it was the sole cure for Rabidism.