ARC Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

TITLE: The Forever Song
SERIES: Blood of Eden, #3
AUTHOR: Julie Kagawa
GENRE: Young Adult, Paranormal, Dystopia
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen
RELEASE DATE: 15th April 2014
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.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for the Advance Reader Copy in exchange of an honest review.

Damn. Julie Kagawa doesn't fail. Ever. She exceeded expectations. So freaking good. Very, very good ending!!! I love it tremendously. Seriously, people, you need this book right now. For those who loved the series as much as I. I will try to make this review a spoiler free one... Well, yes, minimize... Try.. Whatever. :P Be WARNED!
Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. Accidentally or as a conscious, deliberate act. It is unavoidable. The question is not if it will happen, but when.

“You’re not evil,” he had whispered, those bright, solemn blue eyes staring into me, peeling away every defense. “No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil.”
Forever Song is the last book of the Blood Eden Trilogy. And I must say that Kagawa does not disappoint. Time and time again, Kagawa proved to us that she's definitely an incredible author with a huge, creative, imaginary mind. Although she might disagree with me, but she is definitely one of the BEST AUTHOR I have ever encountered. I'm not kidding you, Kagawa did not pay me whatsoever to say this things and definitely not bribed, or just because I was given an Advance Copy of the book. NO. I am honestly telling you that she is THAT GOOD.
“No.” Kanin’s voice was suddenly hard, terrifying. “You are simply using your demon to hide from what you really feel. Because you are afraid of what that means, that it might be painful. It is far easier to be a monster than to confront the truth.”
From Iron Fey series to this Blood Eden Series, she developed really well. Exceptionally well. She EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS. Oh yes. I'm singing her praises. Because she is DESERVING.
“There is a difference between killing while in the throes of Hunger or Blood Frenzy, and giving in to the monster. Once you fall, once you willingly cross that line, it changes you. Forever.”
The conclusion to this trilogy is soooooo good although I would prefer to have another sequel for this. A spin-off maybe because I feel like Allison's story has more to tell us.

I love that Kagawa does not put any unnecessary scenes. From the start, it continues where The Eternity Cure left off. Kagawa, as always, makes me cringe, smile, shocked, gross out with all those bloody descriptions, smirk because Jackal says something funny and sarcastic and Allie is goading him by answering wittingly back. I love Kanin as always. It saddens me to know what happened after but I think it was for the best too.
“Because I know that you, at least, won’t turn on me if something better comes along,” he elaborated. “Because you have that disgusting sense of loyalty that keeps getting you into trouble. And because you aren’t half bad in a fight, either.” His expression moved between arrogance and pity. “I figure I can be the smart, practical, logical one and you can be the pretty, hotheaded, overemotional one, and between us, we’ll be ready for anything.”
It does not bore me the whole time I was reading it. It was fully of actions that you can't help but grip your seat so tight for fear of falling off it. You won't help but read on. Turn that damn page every few seconds or minutes. Turn and turn until you didn't know that you had arrived at the end and you know in your mind that it ends already, that it is finished, but in your heart, you can't help but want more. More stories. More Allison. More Jackal. More. More. More. That is how Julie Kagawa affects me. She is one incredible writer.
He was right. My ruthless, murdering blood brother had been right all along.
I still have a book hangover over this one and I don't want to move on as of yet. I don't want to read new stories yet. But I know that I have to. My schedule only permits me to read one or two books per week. So I need to suck it up, no pun intended.

Blood of Eden series is one of those series I would certainly make my friends, families, my future kids, read. It stays riveting, captivating our minds and hearts. This is one of those books that will stay with us forever. Well, for me, that is the case. I really hope that Julie Kagawa will have her signing here. I will definitely go.

Kudos to Julie Kagawa for such a good ending to a riveting adventure of Allison Sekemoto. I would love to have it a spin off sequel. LOL. I wish!!! Really wish. You're one brilliant author of this lifetime. You certainly leave your mark. :)

Some favorite quotes!!! I have also included the ones I love already in between my reviews. ;)
“Humans are ever resilient, and their will to live surpasses everything else.  Do not lose hope, Allison.”

“That sounds about right for this group. You bleeding hearts are going to be the death of me, I just know it.”

“Can I stab him, please?”

“You know,” Jackal said, kicking a rabid in the face, sending it reeling, “it seems that whenever I’m with you, I’m constantly fighting my way into places I really don’t want to be. The sewers, the Prince’s tower, a bloody freaking church.”

“You are so bloody frustrating!” he roared, back fisting another rabid with the axhead. “Do you really think the cure is worth this? You think I’d be here now if that’s all I wanted?”

“I am proud of you, Allison Sekemoto,” he whispered as he drew back. “Whatever you decide, whatever path you choose to take, I hope that you will remain the same girl I met that night in the rain. The one decision for which I have no regrets.”

“No,” he said simply, as if this was something he’d known all along. “You’re still the same.”

Julie Kagawa, the New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fey and Blood of Eden series was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos, and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish, and the odd eel.
When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon.


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