Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa + The Iron Traitor Audio Excerpt

November 21, 2014 Review 24 ★★★½

Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa + The Iron Traitor Audio Excerpt
The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
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Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 393
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
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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.

Monster.

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.

THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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If I could explain THE FOREVER SONG in one word it would be bittersweet. While I have to admit I found some parts lacking the usual fire of Kagawa’s other works, the last hundred pages really impressed me, reminding me how great these books really are.

I was actually pretty nervous when I first started reading this one, if THE IMMORTAL RULES and THE ETERNITY CURE taught us anything, it’s that Kagawa does not shy away from ripping our hearts out traumatic plot-lines and the fact that anything goes.

“If we are talking about choice and regret, what has happened cannot be undone. And dwelling on the past changes nothing. You will only drive yourself to insanity if you do.”

This series always seemed darker than her other series, and this book only cemented that. The world the characters live in is gritty and rough, so no details are spared and nothing is sugarcoated. This isn’t your average vampire book, and I love how the author never forgets that. There is always that line that any of the characters could cross at any given moment, and it gives the series a true dystopian feel while keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

Speaking of the characters, I absolutely loved all the banter in this book. It made up for the slower portions of the book, which I’ll get to in a second, and added some much needed comedic relief. All of the characters shine, they go through some really chilling experiences and each one of them face their own physical and mental challenges; none of them come out unscathed, and I wouldn’t expect it any other way.
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I have to talk about the negative aspects as well, and in this case, it’s the pacing. Near four hundred pages, the last thing this book needed was slow pacing. In my opinion, a majority of the beginning was relatively uneventful, it made it hard to really get into the story. I felt no real urge to continue reading, and when I put the book down, I wouldn’t pick it back up for a few days. However, it did pick up towards the middle and end, then the pages flew by.
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Oh man, can we talk about those feels now? Now just feels, but FEELS. The events leading up to and the actual ending, I can’t.
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Like I mentioned earlier, I knew to expect anything, but I was still hit by the FEELS.
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Overall, I am satisfied with THE FOREVER SONG as a book, and as a conclusion to this series. I definitely recommend it, especially if you are tired of the same old YA vampire storyline. Hopefully the next Iron Fey book will come out soon to ease the pain of this series ending.
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The Iron Traitor Audio Excerpt:

You guys probably know by now how big of Julie Kagawa fans we are, so we are excited to share this excerpt from the THE IRON TRAITOR with you! You can check out Bec’s review of the book here, and make sure you check out the audiobook here!

If the clip does not play, you can listen here.
Audio clip provided by Audible, they are unaffiliated with the review above.
All opinions are my own.
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Overall: 3.5

24 Responses to “Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa + The Iron Traitor Audio Excerpt”

    • Alise

      There was A LOT of angst, for sure. I just wanted to slap some sense into the love interest. Yep, love Kanin :D

      Thank you!

  1. Renee Bookboyfriends

    Ohhh!! So this is the famous Blood of Eden trilogy(? it is a trilogy isn’t it?) that I keep hearing about!
    I’ve read the Iron Fey series and do love the world building and character development Kagawa writes in her stories they are INCREDIBLE but yes, I did notice some parts in her books where there isn’t that spark like you said.
    I must read the Blood of Eden series, but thankyou for sharing your thoughts!
    (ha ha, no I didn’t peek at the spoiler parts) ;)
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    • Alise

      I completely understand, they are pretty rough. In a good way, but definitely where you might need to take a break between reads. I’m not entirely sure about details since it’s been awhile since I’ve read the first two books but this one had some pretty suspenseful scenes as well.

    • Alise

      I get that, the Iron Fey series isn’t for everyone. Right? I agree, I’m not that big of fan of YA vampire books either but was really impressed with this one. It really did!

    • Alise

      Hmm, I’m thinking you would like this one then! This series has a completely different feel from the Iron Fey series, it’s definitely a lot darker. Hope you like it :D

  2. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    I totally agree with your rating and your thoughts on how slow this book was! I was so bored and if it wasn’t for Kanin, I would have snoozed! It definitely did tear my heart out with what happened to him, I thought it was kind of unnecessary and I didn’t believe that that was the only choice for him you know? Ah wells….great review hun!

    • Alise

      Yeah, I put this one down a few times. The long traveling parts were a little tedious. Kanin was a favorite of mine. I understand. Yeah knowing what we know about Allison and the blood in general I think there could have been another way. But honestly, SPOILER — I think he kind of wanted to go, didn’t Sarren mention something about living so long you almost wanted it to end? So I think he wanted to, and that was his way of making up for what he originally started. Like I think he found peace and was happy with his decision but it’s definitely bittersweet. END SPOILER Thank you!

  3. Andreea

    I remember reading the first book in this trilogy and really liking it. Don’t know why I didn’t continue the trilogy though. Maybe I will in the future. So many books, so little time…
    Anyway, great honest review!
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  4. Kirsty-Marie

    I miss the series already, I finally read it a few months back and IT WAS EVERYTHING. But the spoiler, even if it was Jackal I still would’ve been sad, he grew on me and ahhh, but Kanin. ;( But agree, the beginning was slow and I was reading it slower because I didn’t want it to end, so I wasn’t too bothered by it.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’m already feeling kind of nostalgic xD They definitely have some reread value. Oh, definitely! All the characters grew on me but I really liked him.

    • Alise

      I’m really wondering about Talon as well! I wonder if it’s going to be darker like this series or more light hearted like her Iron Fey series. Thank you!

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