Series: Blood of Eden #3
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on May 1, 2014
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.
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.
Spoiler: View Spoiler »I also felt that Kanin sacrificing himself was fruitless, I mean if they extracted Allison’s blood and saved the world that way, couldn’t they have done that with him to begin with? He did purify the rabids with the disease but the ship didn’t even end up reaching land, so it was all for nothing. And isn’t Allison being a master so freaking convenient, she’s only been a vampire for a year, how does that even happen? « Hide Spoiler
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
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