Published: May 1st 2014 by HarlequinTeen
Format: eARC, 394 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal
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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.
I have loved every moment of my time with Allison, and although I am sad to let her go, I think The Forever Song concludes the Blood of Eden series very well. I think Kagawa, who set out to tell a completely different kind of story by combining the best of vampire fiction and dystopian settings, has achieved it masterfully.
This is one of the few series where I liked the second book as much as the first, and so I approached The Forever Song with some trepidation: it was either going to blow my mind or I was doing to be disappointed.
It. Blew. My. Mind.
My favourite thing about this book, actually the series, is that it hasn’t shied away from the horrible aspects of being a vampire. This isn’t a story about romanticised vampires who can control themselves around humans easily. This is a story about humans who know they’re monsters, that they have to feed and sometimes kill the very things they once were, and they struggle with it every single day. With her only link to humanity, Zeke, gone, Allison gives in to the monster inside her, and first part of the book is very dark and haunting.View Spoiler »Readers know that Zeke is alive, however, and so when they inevitably meet up the author explores another side of their vampirism. Whereas it had always been Zeke trying to convince Allie that she wasn’t a monster, now their roles are reversed and it’s interesting to see. Some readers will think Zeke is too whiny once he’s been rescued, but I think Kanin raises an excellent point when he reminds Allison that at least she got to choose to become a vampire. Zeke was forcibly turned into a creature he despised, and Human Zeke wanted to die rather than be Turned. « Hide Spoiler
Kanin has basically been my favourite character throughout the series, and he again steals the show in The Forever Song. He’s funny without meaning to be (which is awesome) and he balances the snark and angst of the rest of the party very well.
Our favourite characters are on a quest in this book: to find Sarren and stop him from releasing a mutated form of the Red Lung virus and destroying the cure that the people of New Eden have developed. There’s quite a bit of walking, some driving, and A LOT of Jackal and Allison bitching and moaning at one another. The dynamic in the group becomes comical because of this: it’s like Kanin is taking his two kids and their friend on a trip, except the siblings keep fighting and he has to step in as the stern father.
Disappointingly, I can’t say anything in the book really surprised me this time around: I seemed to always guess what was coming before the characters did. It didn’t really detract from my reading experience, but I do so love to be surprised by what’s happening in stories and it just didn’t happen throughout The Forever Song.
I love the Blood of Eden series. It’s reinvented and revitalised two genres: vampire and dystopian fiction, and I have come to love the characters and their journey. I think The Forever Song provides a fitting end the story and will leave readers hopeful that the characters will have a brighter future ahead of them. I recommend this series to everyone who thinks it sounds interesting, and encourage those who didn’t enjoy The Iron Fey books to give it a try, because they are very different.