ARC Review: “The Forever Song” by Julie Kagawa

The Forever SongThe Forever Song (The Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

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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.


4 stars

Thanks to NetGalley and HarlequinTeen for this eARC! This title is now available.

WARNING: This review will have spoilers for the first two books. If you’re interested in the series, check out my reviews of The Immortal Rules (#1) and The Eternity Cure (#2)!

So if you read my reviews of the first two books, you know that I was completely blown away by the first one and fairly underwhelmed by the second one. Rather predictably, the final installment was right in between those two feelings.

One of the biggest detractors of this story for me was the constant traveling. Again. In #1, Allie goes from New Covington to Eden. Then she goes from Eden to New Covington. In this one, she goes back to Eden AGAIN. I understand that Eden is a super important place, but all the traveling back and forth between the same exact places got a bit dull. They even revisited Jackal’s old haunt of Old Chicago–even though that was pretty cool.

The story starts out with Allie in such a bad place that she’s letting Kanin down. She’s distraught over Zeke’s death and isn’t handling it well. This makes Jackal super happy, though, because he isn’t the only disappointment. The Allie and Jackal scenes are still probably my favorite things, because he dispenses a cynical sort of wisdom while being as sassy as all get out.

Actually to be honest Jackal in any capacity is my favorite part of the books.

But of course Allie’s good side wins out eventually, because of certain events that would be spoilery. I did enjoy the battle for good and evil within herself, even if I did begin to find a lot of stuff redundant from the first book. There was an added level to it this book that made it different enough.

There was a lot more action throughout this book than the last two, which was really great to see. Right from the get-go they were all fighting for their lives in a number of crazy situations. This made this book feel much faster than the last two, despite the amount of traveling still happening.

The ending is where stuff got a little funky for me. For the most part, it was really good. But there were just a few things that happened that just seemed like “…really?”, deus ex machina kind of stuff. At the very least, the ending showed them all being very true to the characters that they had become and that was important because Jackal and Allie especially drove this book through their characters arcs.

All in all I would call this series solid. It’s still a great one for people looking to return to a “realer” kind of vampire. Romance is still a theme, sadly, but not in the creepy Twilight way or anything. The books get more action packed as they go along, and the main characters (Allie especially) are written quite brilliantly. Still a recommend from me!


One thought on “ARC Review: “The Forever Song” by Julie Kagawa

  1. I thought Julie did a great job with ending this series. Before I read this I had been rather disappointed with trilogy endings for the most part (except Allegiant, that blew me away, unlike so many). So for her to end this the way she did I was truly happy. It really worked out best for everyone. I could even hope (no pray) that she might want to write a little something for Jackal (like you I really loved him and he pretty much made this book for me). Although I did find some of the stuff that happened rather predictable, I was still happy with the overall movement of the book and the pacing.

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