Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song
Blood of Eden #3
Julie Kagawa
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.
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Sarren and Jackal are two of the most fascinating characters in YA and the reasons why The Blood of Eden series was unputdownable. Forget about Allie and Zeke, even Kanin (he’s still a BAMF), what drove The Forever Song to a fantastic conclusion were those two characters.

You would think than Sarren was insane and evil for the sake of being evil… and insane. But unlike other villains who had their own reasons for being what they were and for what they did, there was a depth in Sarren that made me believe in his cause, that made me stop and think for a moment if maybe, when push comes to shove, I would have done the same thing as he did. For a while. I still think that the way he went about his doings was taking it a little bit too far, that he was too blinded by his pain that he couldn’t see the good that was still in that world – that there was still something worth fighting for. 

And maybe that was what Jackal saw and what Allie never saw in Jackal. She almost understood her brother, almost, but in the end Jackal remained an anomaly, a puzzle – an antihero. While Allie, Zeke and Kanin all struggled to do what was right to earn their own redemptions, but Jackal… oh Jackal, his flip-flopping loyalties gave me a whiplash. However, after his initial turncoat and reproach of Allie, I suspected something and I knew that there was something up and there was more to him than his jackalness. He reminded me about Snape and what Snape did at the end of Half-Blood Prince. My friends and I were debating about it, focusing on the last words of Dumbledore and their eye-to-eye moment. That goes to say that you could hate that arsehole so much but in the end you just gave him the benefit of the doubt. Of course, it doesn’t excuse all the bad things he did, he’s still not a good person but he’s not entirely evil. 

I seem to forget about Allie and Zeke but The Forever Song was not about entirely about them anymore. They became a cryfest actually though they still did not lose sight of what they needed to do. Kanin, too. What I am trying to say is The Forever Song had all the makings of what was best of Kagawa’s writing, one of them being creating characters that do not stay on paper but enriches the story in such a way that you won’t ever forget it and makes you wonder when they would make a movie out of it.
Ayanami Faerudo

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