The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Review: A Matter of Convenience

April 28, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Review: A Matter of ConvenienceThe Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on May 1, 2014
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic, 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.

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.

Contains spoilers for book 1 & 2.

I was really excited about The Forever Song and reading the conclusion to Kagawa’s epic vampire read but sadly, I found myself disappointed.

Throughout her journey, Allison has struggled to come to terms with the fact that she’s a vampire, who causes harm to humans. At the start of this book, she lets herself go and becomes a demon, wreaking havoc to everyone around her. Then she retreats into an angst ridden pity party. After hearing her whining about being a vampire with morals and sticking to her guns in the first 2 books, I wanted more maturity and character development out of her.

But, if we are talking about choice and regret, what has happened cannot be undone. And dwelling on the past changes nothing. You will only drive yourself to insanity of you do. – Kanin

We do encounter Zeke, but I wish we didn’t because he’s become even more depressing and whiny than Allison is. Remember Allison in the first book? Zeke is worse than that, and with the pair reunited the whole book morphs into emotional drama central. The first half of the book moves at an agonising pace with all of this happening, and here I was tapping my fingers going “come on people, we have an evil vampire to apprehend”.

Thankfully, Jackal steals the show again with his witty comments and snarky humour. He’s one of the most entertaining, charismatic characters I’ve come across and his evil tendencies mixed with his dry humour is hilarious.

So, go ahead, tell him that everything is going to be fine. All the meatsacks are perfectly content on their happy little island, Sarren has given up world destruction to raise kittens, and the magic wish fairy will wave her hand and turn shit into gold. – Jackal

There is plenty of action thankfully, filled with beheading, blood and katana wielding. The rabids are becoming more powerful than ever before which gives our vampire party a chance to show us their stuff and they let loose and limbs fall all over the place.

The biggest disappointment for me however? The Forever Song is filled with conveniences. Conveniences in terms of the romance, face-off with Sarren, and the disease and cure. After the slow first half, the end picks up really quickly but it all felt really rushed, with big reveals and everything happening at once. One incident to do with Allison in particular, we had no prior knowledge or build up of it whatsoever, and I felt like it was put in just to make the whole book wrap up neatly with a bow.

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I’m all for happy endings, but The Forever Song’s one felt too rushed and convenient for me. Nonetheless, with a kickass katana wielding vampire, a lovely romance, and of course, awesome secondary characters like Jackal and Kanin, I enjoyed the trilogy as a whole.

Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Check out my Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden #1) review and my The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) Review!

 

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46 responses to “The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa Review: A Matter of Convenience

  1. I think I would have because I still really love this series for the kickass katana wielding vampire. The ending was lacklustre, but I've had worse endings. I hope you do pick up one of her books soon because they are great 🙂

  2. I haven’t read any of this series yet so I just briefly read your review, but from the Goodreads Aussie YA group I’ve heard such wonderful things about Kagawa’s writing. If you have know how this book ends when starting the series would you still have started it?
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  3. Now that you bring it up, I don't think I actually finished the Matched trilogy! I enjoyed the first book when I read it but I thought it was similar to a lot of things that were out.

    • YES! That would have been awesome! What was with the whole treatment of Jackal being pushed to the side after the virus thing? That was so weird, it's like oh well we don't care about him 😐

  4. God, exactly! They go on and on about how the ship couldn't be turned around because they didn't have time but they manage to get enough time to kill that Sarren twice – all that time couldn't have been used to stop the rabids too? Kanin's sacrifice was over-the-top too – he could have just slit one wrist and the rabids underneath would have been clamouring for drops of his blood! Why kill him off????
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  5. I have to agree with this review- drama, drama, drama, drama. I can understand why Zeke might have been devastated by the whole vampirification thing, but seriously mate, I don't want to hear you bitching about it for an entire book. Like, goddammit. And when he finally accepts all that, the romance becomes so freaking sappy :/

    DUDE THE ENDING WAS SO CONVENIENT. And even the whole sacrifice was like meh on the emotional scale…
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  6. I'm so happy to read this review because you pretty much echoed every problem I had with this book. The angst was too much! There were already copious amounts of it in book 1 and 2 of this series, but this one was such an obvious overkill. It was nauseating and uncomfortable to read, especially when it kept going on and on and on in circles. And the conveniences? I hated that, especially with the convenient twist in the end that became the be-all end-all solution to the problem. UGH!
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    • I know, this one the angst took about half the novel, was so frustrating. GAH the conveniences were my biggest disappointment, I mean if Allison wasn't so angsty half the book they could have developed this part of the book properly!

  7. I've heard some very mixed reviews about this book Jeann. When I started The Immoral Rules, I thought it was a really good concept and the characters seemed interesting and everyone had enjoyed it. But it was one of those things with me that this series really didn't live up to my expectation which I hated. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the end of the series though, that's really disappointing when that happens. Lovely review all the same, Jeann. 🙂
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    • Oh absolutely! I found that with the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie, which I loved when I first read it but really disliked as it went along. I hoped for so much more, so many different things, after the first book, and it just didn't turn out for me.
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  8. I just read your Immortal Rules review because I haven't started this series, but he first book sounds promising. It seems like the good character like Zeke turned to be annoying. I have mixed feeling to buy it or not, if I do I will hope for secondary characters (Jackal sounds interesting XD)

    • Thanks for reading the first book's review Ikao, I really did enjoy the first one. It was refreshing and different! Jackal was fantastic, and so is Kanin (another secondary character). I hope you do give the series a chance 🙂

  9. I'm sorry you were disappointed with the ending of this series! I haven't actually started it yet, but I've got the hardback of book 1 sitting on my nightstand staring at me, so hopefully I'll get to it soon. Maybe if I'm prepared for a lackluster ending, it will got better for me . . .
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  10. I felt exactly the same Jeann, I'd been waiting for this to come out and thought it would have been incredible. It was such a let down though. The dialogue felt like it was droned out time and time again. Must kill Saren, must not succumb to bloodthirst. It was boring. The only bright spot was Jackal. He needs his own series. So sorry that you didn't enjoy it more Jeann.
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