The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
This might contain some spoilers for the first two books in the series.
“I’m not giving up our forever without one hell of a fight.”
Okay. Wow. This series is really over, huh? I was really, really excited to read this, considering I loved the first two books in the series. And well, The Eternity Cure had one of the worst possible cliffhangers ever. Let’s just say this one was the least amazing of the three books in this trilogy. While it did have plenty of awesome moments, it just lacked the spark that books one and two clearly possessed.
I was a huge fan of Allie and practically deemed her my hero in the first two books. There were times in this novel where she showed the badass side we all know and love. But the reason for her being blood thirsty was because of all the angst. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when novels have angsty moments, but too much of it just hurts. She and Zeke were constantly lovey-dovey and were often having little angsty quarrels that would’ve been okay if it were kept to a minimum.
I’ll be honest: I didn’t like Zeke in book one and thought he was one of the most boring little things. He totally grew on me in book two, though. But here? He thought so lowly of himself and was kind of a hypocrite most of the time, which was really sad since he’s one of the nicest love interests out there.
“Seeing as this is probably my last hurrah, I don’t suppose I could get you two bleeding hearts to massacre a village with me? For old time’s sake.”
Main characters aside, we have an awesome cast of secondary characters. Jackal was, of course, my favorite. We previously knew him as an asshole who wanted to rule the world, but here, he was the hilarious, charming and witty guy that everyone will love. His banters with Allie made me laugh out loud! Kanin was wonderful as well. He was intelligent, caring and calm. By the end of the book, I’m sure everyone will want to give Kanin a big hug.
Now, the plot was… sort of nonexistent? Until the last, say, 15% or so. We have a lot of gritty and gore-y scenes throughout the novel that’ll be etched in my mind forever, but they were actually a bit insignificant to the story. Most of the book consisted of the journey to find Sarren, so the actual action and things only happened once they found him.When they did find him, all hell broke loose and we were thrust into the action. I bit my nails anticipating everyone’s next moves!
Overall, it was a good wrap-up to the trilogy, although it’s my least favorite of the three. Loose ends were tied up nicely, so if you read the first two, this one is a must. You’ll want some Jackal in your life, I’m sure.