ARC Review: THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa

I received this book for free from Harlequin Teen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
The Forever Song
Blood of Eden #3

Written by: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 416
Source: NetGalley
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VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of ▒▒▒▒ she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered ▒▒▒▒. 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.

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The Forever Song is one of the series-conclusions that I was most looking forward to this year. I loved The Immortal Rules, and though I wasn’t enamored with its sequel, the ending of The Eternity Cure absolutely slayed me. I was hoping that the same excitement, tension, and level of feels would be present throughout the final installment in the Blood of Eden trilogy.

Unfortunately… for me, it just wasn’t.

I can’t go into a lot of detail, because Lord knows there would be spoilers galore for those who haven’t started this series yet. (See how nice I was to black out the most spoilery bits of the synopsis? Seeeee? lol) However, I’ll at least try to express my general feelings, and some of the reasons I wasn’t fully satisfied with this conclusion.

Firstly, I felt like the book was way too long — especially the beginning 40%. In that entire section, there’s a lot of traveling, a lot of fighting, and a lot of Allie having emotional crises about whether or not she’s a monster. There’s not even much tension in the first half, outside of the fight scenes — the tension relies on Kanin telling the group over and over that their time is running out and they have to hurry!!! (Kanin is also relegated to being the Voice of Reason for 90% of the book, and really lacked any interesting character traits until the end, which was disappointing.)

I just didn’t feel it; I didn’t feel any driving force behind their mission (though it was important). It felt like the series of travel/fight/crisis/Kanin gives a lecture happened 2 or 3 times in that first 40%, and it was annoying by the 2nd.

At the 40% mark, a Very Important Thing happens, though, and things look up quite a bit. However, I felt like this second section of the book also fell into the same repetitive series of events as the first. There’s more traveling, more fighting, more emotional crises… In this section, I was happy to see that Jackal was actually on the same page as me, with regard to being super annoyed with certain characters; the scenes where he tells them off were my favorites. But other than that, there’s very little payoff to all the travel/fight/crisis/etc. …Okay, there’s a little payoff, because Things Happen with the characters that are definitely feels-inducing (YAY), but in every other respect, I was just left… not wowed.

Even the final confrontation at the end of the book had me a little bit disappointed. It was exciting, but it pulled an incredibly obvious trick in the middle of it, and it ended up feeling like things lasted twice as long as they actually needed to.

I do have to say that I appreciated how things ended, however. The conclusion of The Forever Song wraps things up nicely; while remaining somewhat open, it still ties up all the threads we’d been following for the past two books. It ends on a hopeful — but not super happy — note, which I thought was appropriate for the series.

 

In conclusion…

*incoherent disappointed I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-this-book noises*

I mean, I didn’t not enjoy it, I just didn’t really love it…? It wasn’t the emotional roller coaster/edge-of-your-seat ride I was hoping it would be. The Forever Song was somewhat predictable, repetitive, and dragged on far longer than I think it needed to.

But for those of you interested in awesome fight scenes, you definitely won’t be disappointed in those. ;) I was just looking for a bit… more.

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7 thoughts on “ARC Review: THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa

  1. I felt the same way, Nikki. I adored the first two books, but this one was kind of a disappointing one, especially since it was a series ender. Allison got on my nerves a bit, which was really sad because I practically ADORED her in The Immortal Rules. Loved Jackal, though. Lovely review!

    • Thank GOODNESS I’m not alone! I’ve seen crazy glowing Feels about this book so far, and I just… didn’t feel them. Allison got on my nerves as well. I was expecting so much more from her! Jackal was flawless. Especially when he was telling everybody off. I just wanted to high-five him or something, lol. XD

  2. The Immortal Rules was one of my favourite reads last year and I’ve been super excited to get started on the sequels. But… Predictable… Repetitive… Oh… No… Ouch =( I was expecting things to speed up and get exciting in the final book!

  3. I know how you feel, I hate when characters only travel in books, and it seems to be the only thing they’re doing! I understand that some of it is necessary, but at least skip over the technicalities and just get to the meat and potatoes. Sorry to hear that you didn’t like this one as much as the first one!

    Lisa
    http://www.turningpages94.blogspot.com

  4. I am really looking forward to the end of this series! I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I’m excited to see what I think of this one, especially since I have been seeing lots of mixed reviews. However, the action scenes seem really cool. :)

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