Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa [Joint Review]

The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)3 out of 5 Robots!

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: April 15, 2014
Hardcover: 416 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon and Julia
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon and Julia's Thoughts:
1. In one sentence, tell me how you felt about The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa.
Shannon: I was a little disappointed because I felt the series started on such a high note, but it didn't carry through to the final book.

Julia: The Forever Song is boring, redundant and somewhat predictable ....yet satisfying with a good plot.

2. The main character - was she a good heroine? Why or why not?
Shannon: I really do like Allie.  She is a survivor but tries to do the right thing.  She's one of those "honorable" vampires.  I think she really struggled to hang on to her humanity, especially since she found out Zeke died.  I admire her struggle.

Julia: She is a great heroine, and I fell in love with her in the first installment The Immortal Rules. Though Allie is flawed, she is always trying to do what's right, to an almost annoying extent. She's hanging on to her humanity as much as she can.
3. Which characters did you enjoy the most, why?
Shannon: Probably Allie.  She's a steady character and I appreciate her sarcasm, especially when she is sparring with Jackal. 

Julia: I liked Kanin and Jackal the most. My enjoyment of Jackal slipped in The Forever Song because he kept taunting the other characters and calling them the same names over and over... Though it was suppose to be comic relief (I think) it just got annoying.

4. What about The Forever Song could you have lived without?
Shannon: Unfortunately...a lot.  There were some real Scooby Doo endings going.  Some things were just SO. OBVIOUS.  And some things were just too easily resolve.  But what REALLY got on my nerves was how often things are repeated.  I mean, it borders on ridiculous sometimes.  First of all, everyone gets ONE nickname.  And then that person is only referred to by the nickname.  Sarrin = Psycho, Allie = Vampire Girl, Kanin = Master Vampire, Jackal = Raider King...over and over and over.  It irritated me to no end and was incredibly distracting.  But also, plot points were repeated over and over.  At some point, I just wanted to scream "ok, I GET it!  Vampire girl is going after the psychotic serial killer Sarrin with the Master Vampire and the Raider King!"  I felt a lot of time was spent treading water until the epic showdown.  I probably would have been more onboard if the book moved at a snappier pace.

Julia: The majority of the book, honestly. It felt nothing like the book I fell in love with - The Immortal Rules! The characters kept saying the same things over and over, Allie's thought process through things is also extremely repetitive. I had to skim this book A LOT to make it to the end or I would have just put it down without finishing. And like Shannon said, there are some super super predictable things and you're just like really? Eye roll. And like Shannon- there were times that I wanted to yell at the book, "I GET IT ALREADY!" The plot has outstanding potential, but the rest just sorta flopped for me. I mean, I almost felt like nothing happened until the very end... just, filler.

5. The Forever Song is the ending in this trilogy- did it provide closure? What did you think of the ending?
Shannon: I didn't love everything about the ending...which I can't really talk about without major spoilers.  But I do think it was satisfying considering the direction the series went in.  The ending had a definite conclusion and did provide closure, which I liked.  

Julia: It provides all the closure any fan of this trilogy could possibly want. It is a satisfying, super cheesy ending. The Forever Song, in my opinion, isn't very good, but at least all of our questions are answered. 
6. Who would you suggest this book or series to?
Shannon: I think dystopian fans will appreciate the dystopic elements and people who like gritty, more urban fantasy style vampire novels.

Julia: I don't think I would recommend this book, but I would recommend the first book in the series, The Immortal Rules to any paranormal fan that loves a good dystopian vampire novel with lots of action. THEN maybe if you love that one, read the second and skim the third :)

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. The Immortal Rules
2. The Eternity Cure
3. The Forever Song

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