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Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa {Review}

Series: Blood of Eden (Book 3)
by Julie Kagawa
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 15, 2014)
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Review of The Immortal Rules
Review of The Eternity Cure

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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
At a Glance:

Such an epic conclusion to an amazingly exciting series. Julie starts The Forever Song off with a bang and doesn't let up until it's over. This book is seriously gory!! It's also full of adventure, humor, love, heart-warming moments, and heart-BREAKING moments.

"My sword flashed, and he screamed as the gun hit the pavement along with both his arms."


I have to say, I was VERY concerned for Allison in the beginning of this book. After what happened to Zeke at the end of The Eternity Cure, I just didn't know if she would have the ability to care about anything anymore. She definitely had a couple of Damon (TVD) moments, that's for sure! Humanity switch? Off. The twisted part of me actually kind of liked it, I have to admit, because it led to some seriously sick fight scenes. Seriously. Sick. I can't remember the last time I read a book with the amount of gruesome things as this book had. The faint of heart need not apply. Of course I didn't actually want Allie to stay like this, and at some point we all know she has to come face to face with what's left of Zeke. The question is, WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN THEY FINALLY MEET?

This stressed me out SO MUCH! And with good reason. Julie does NOT like to make things easy; not for her characters, and certainly not for her readers. I picture her in her room, watching her computer screen while we all read, rubbing her hands together and laughing maniacally at our tormented status updates. MWAHAHAHA! You're cruel, Julie. Just cruel.

It isn't all bad times, though. There are so many times when I couldn't stop chuckling at the banter between Allie and Jackal. They seriously were like my two kids. I kept waiting for Kannin to turn around and slap them both upside the head, or put them in a corner until they learned to behave. The character development of Jackal is pretty awesome. If you had tried to tell me, while I read The Immortal Rules, that one day I wouldn't want Allie to decapitate Jackal, burn his body and stick his head on a pike, I would've laughed at you. But that little punk grew on me, and in the end, he had my nerves in a twist just like the rest of them.

Oh, and there are other things that happen too....that I can't talk about. But, yeah. Good times. :D

Overall, I was really happy with this ending. It was hard, it was heart-breaking, but it was also sadly satisfying, and fitting for this harsh world. I'm so happy that I enjoyed this series from beginning to end, and I can't wait to read what Julie has for us next. (TALON!!)

Book Doppelgangers:

Black City by Elizabeth Richards, The Farm by Emily McKay , Crusade by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie, The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black


  • Sexual Content: Heavy
  • Language: Heavy
  • Violence: Extreme
  • Other Notables: Vampires, blood drinking


  1. Ok, so I'm reading now, which means I don't want to read your review in full (not that I think you would spoil things, but just in case!). I am throughly enjoying it (as I did the first two books). So far I have been surprised at how much cursing there has been. I don't recall that in the last books, or maybe I just overlooked it? I don't know, but it's not taking away from my enjoyment. I will return to read your review in full when I'm done. I'm 1/2 way there!

    1. Yeah, there was definitely more cussing in this one. I looked up the content for book 1 and there were no "F" words, and there were plenty in this one. Maybe just raising the stakes (hahaha) because things are so dire? It's more gruesome, that's for dang sure!'re getting really close to.....something!! :P

  2. Where can I get a copy of it, by any chance? Loved your review!

    I keep on reading reviews of The Forever Song, and I keep on hoping that I would and wouldn't come across a spoiler about what happened to Zeke! Not knowing what happened to him is torturing me, but I feel as if I don't wanna know yet!

    1. Hey Lucille! It actually doesn't come out until April 15, but you can preorder
      it now! Or (shhhh), we're going to be hosting a giveaway for two copies of it on April 7, so come back and enter!

      I know what you mean about wanting and not wanting to see a spoiler! haha Curiosity is a killer :P

  3. Oh my goodness- I love the comparison between Allison and Damon from TVD!! You hit the nail on the head with that.

    I don't want to say I was shocked by the gore because on some level I wasn't, but oh man! Kagawa can really write some gory and twisted scenes.

    Ah, and Jackal. I seriously hated him in The Immortal Rules- I thought he was terribly obnxious and I guess he still is in The Eternity Cure and The Forever Song, but I absolutely fell in love with him. He makes me laugh.

    It was bittersweet. I finished the book last night and I just... it was a a great conclusion to a great series.

    1. It WAS bittersweet!!! But such a good ending. And the though I kind of love it. Glad you feel me on the Damon comparison :D

  4. Great review!! I can't wait to get this to finish off the series. I feel like I'm going to be devastated when its over.

  5. I haven't read the first two books in the series yet, but they are definitely in my TBR list (I wonder when I'm going to get to them...?). Anyways, this was a great review! I liked that you put so much of your opinion and personality into it I just couldn't stop reading! :D I cannot wait to join the Julie fanatics out there and everywhere! ^_^

  6. It's awesome to see her lose all humanity and then as you say she'll have to come back to feeling her emotions.

    What's worrying is what you say about the ending, that it's sad and heartbreaking but fitting.

    Lovely review :)

  7. I'm so excited it's finally coming out. I'm waiting for Forever Song before reading the second book because I know I'll lose it if I need to wait again. Haha!

  8. Cannot wait to read! Thanks for reviewing!

  9. Thanks for the review! Can't wait to read this.

  10. I've been waiting for this series to end so that I can finally order it and have a binge read! I've heard great things about it and you've just confirmed it again! Thanks. ;)

  11. I love Julie Kagawa! I've loved her works since Iron King and I'm excited for this.

  12. I can't tell you how many trilogy endings have disappointed me in the last year, so I'm glad to hear that this one is really good! Thanks for reviewing!

  13. I can't wait to read this one! I hate being left with cliffhangers. It's been bugging me since I finished the immortal rules...

  14. Thanks for the great review! This hadn't hit my radar before this so I'm glad to read your post :)

  15. Great review!!! Can't wait to read it!!!!

  16. I LOVED THIS BOOK SOOO HARD!!!! Julie knows how to write an finale great review Andye :D


  17. I read book 1 but I'm waiting to read book 2 once the last one comes out. Cannot wait!

  18. Your review had me cracking up! I TOTALLY pictured Julie sitting by her computer, rubbing her hands cackling at us all. I love the Allie/Damon comparison - that's the perfect way to describe it! I did kind of like her letting go and being a badass in the beginning, but I'm glad she didn't stay that way! I LOVED Jackal and agree that he had amazing character development. His banter with Allie? Priceless!

    This book was SO amazing and your review captures it perfectly!

  19. Allie stressed me out so much when I first started this! UGH! I thought for sure she wouldn't snap out of the funk. I was really happy with this book and it's ending. I wasn't surprised by some of the things that were revealed, I kind of guessed them. Glad you liked it!

  20. I'm SO glad you liked it! I absolutely loved it and am still not over the ending. </3 Their story is not over yet in my opinion!! Hoping for a Jackal short haha. :)

  21. I love the first two books so I just can't wait to read this one ;) I'm glad you liked it!

  22. I haven't read the series yet but I have heard a lot of good things about the series. I love Julie Kagawa's books so I'm sure to like this series too. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  23. I can't wait to read this book! Reading your review makes the wait so much harder. Allison becoming like Damon!?!!?!?!?! OMGOSH I need this to read this like now. I'm glad to see you like the ending. I'm always nervous about reading endings because I hope it'll have a satisfying ending that I can feel like that chapter is well closed even if its bittersweet :D

  24. I want to read this book so much <3

  25. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm so excited to read this book and find out how the series ends. :)

  26. Great review ! Now I want to read this book even more than before.


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