Monday, April 7, 2014

Review: The Forever Song

Title: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Pages: 416
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: E-ARC
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:


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.

I can't believe I am doing this. I really, truly can't but I am. I am giving The Forever Song three cows. It almost pains me to give a book by Julie Kagawa three stars but that is what I am going to have to give this one. I've struggled with what caused me to give this book three cows and after reading my review for The Eternity Cure, I think it's the same reason I gave The Eternity Cure four cows. 

I struggled with the first part of The Eternity due to Zeke being absent from it and I struggled with The Forever Song for Zeke being even more absent. While I love the other characters: Allie, Kanin and Jackal; due to the impact Zeke's absence has on my ratings, I think it's safe to say that Zeke is my favorite character in this series. I spent a good deal of The Forever Song mourning Zeke's absence. 

Zeke's absence definitely played a huge role in Allie's attitude. After the end of The Eternity Cure, Allie is allowing the part of herself that she had struggled and worked so hard to keep at bay to have full control. She no longer cares about humans or keeping her humanity. All she wants is revenge. Watching Allie struggle with her decision to let the monster overtake her was interesting but also hard to watch. We've all had times where grieve or anger led us to do something we wouldn't normally do but watching someone else do it is frustrating. I kept wanting to knock Allie up side the head and tell her that she was making a mistake. Eventually, Allie does figure things out and decides the type of person, err Vampire, she wants to be.

Jackal continues to be a great source for laughs. He loves the fact that Allie is letting the monster win. Whereas, Kanin is hating it. He wants to allow Allie to make her own decisions but at the same time he wants her to understand what will happen once she allows the monster to overtake her. 

Zeke does eventually make his appearance but he has his own demons to tame. I don't want to give too much away but let's just say that his time away from Allie has changed him. He isn't the same guy that he was before and he has a lot of things he has to figure out. 

Another problem I had with The Forever Song was action. While there was plenty of fighting, I couldn't help but feel that a lot of the events were repetitive and pointless. For instance, how many times does their car need to break down and Jackal need to try (and mostly fail) to fix them? I think this happened three times but I may be off on that number. Then finding Sarren's "surprises" for them. I get that Kawaga was trying to show how evil Sarren was but I felt like it was overkill. If someone can do that one time, they are plenty evil to me. 

Unfortunately, The Forever Song, was a bit of a disappointment for me. I did enjoy it for the most part but it wasn't the amazing book I was hoping for. I have seen a lot of great reviews for The Forever Song so perhaps, this is an instance of it's not the book but me. If you have read the first two books, you should definitely read The Forever Song. If you haven't read them, you should read them because the series as a whole is definitely worth reading. 


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