I am super excited to be today’s stop on THE FOREVER SONG Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring and to be able to share my thoughts about this final book in Author Julie Kagawa’s awesome series. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was the perfect way to say goodbye.
THE FOREVER SONG comes out next week, on April 15th, but if you don’t want to have to wait a week to start reading, check out the first chapter on the series website, HERE.
And be sure to follow along with the tour to see what other bloggers have to say about the book and to read guest posts and interviews by the author. The full schedule is at the end of the post and will be updated with links to each stop. Or just head over to Kismet Book Touring’s website by clicking the banner at the top of this post or the logo at the end of the post for more information about the tour.
Each stop on the tour includes a giveaway for one of the books in this series – winner’s choice. Visiting all stops on the tour will give you more chances to win. The tour also includes two amazing Grand Prizes, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further below.
But before all that is some information about THE FOREVER SONG followed by my six-star off-the-menu review.
About The Forever Song
Title: THE FOREVER SONG
Series: Blood of Eden #3
Release date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
***Spoiler-y for 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 path 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.
THE FOREVER SONG is an action-packed, heartrending, suspenseful and riveting conclusion to this incredibly addictive series. From the moment the story begins, readers will be on the edge of their seats awaiting what comes next, wondering who Allie will choose to be, whether Sarren will be victorious, and who, if anyone, will survive.
Author Julie Kagawa delivers an intense, nail-biting, emotional roller coaster in this final installment. Fast-paced and exciting, full of shocks and surprises, she once again captivates with her dark and gritty, epic adventure. And with each new twist and turn, each new heartbreak, she ensures that this story’s conclusion is anything but certain.
With the fate of the world on the line, Allie must reach Eden before Sarren or all will be lost. Her desire for revenge keeps her going. It also makes her reckless. And Sarren has every intention of using that to his advantage.
If Allie falls victim to the obstacles he puts in her way, there won’t be any hope of defeating him. So she’ll have to decide what she is willing to sacrifice – her humanity, her heart, her life or the life of someone she cares about.
THE FOREVER SONG is an unputdownable addition to the series. With its end-of-the-world setting, its inhabitants on the verge of total annihilation, a madman threatening what little that remains, and its unlikely heroes hoping they have what it takes to beat him, this final installment is even more heart-stopping, thrilling and spellbinding than the last.
And as the tension continues to build, leading up to the story’s climactic conclusion that leaves no loose ends, readers will be crossing their fingers and holding their breath, wishing for a happily ever after with each page turn.
For fans of the series or readers who enjoy action, adventure, vampires, zombie-like creatures, a post-apocalyptic/dystopian setting, characters that are easy to connect with, and exceptional writing, THE FOREVER SONG is a must.
Reviewer gives this book…
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
On a personal note…
This was the perfect ending to a phenomenal series. And as much as I didn’t want to say goodbye to Allie or Jackal or any of the characters in this series, I couldn’t have imagined it ending in any other way than it did… not that I saw it coming.
Of course I don’t mean to imply that there weren’t any tears. Because there were. A lot of them. This ending wasn’t without heartbreak. And throughout the story there were all sorts of devastating moments that made my heart ache and made me tear up.
I want so much to talk about what happened in this third – and final – book in the series. But I can’t figure out a way to do so without revealing too much of what went down in book two.
I can’t talk about why Allie was such an easy pawn for Sarren. I can’t talk about whether or not I was right to adore Jackal. I can’t talk about just how evil Sarren was. I can’t talk about whether Allie fought for her humanity or gave in to the monster.
I can only say that Julie Kagawa is an amazing storyteller. She wrote an unforgettable series with characters I will forever love and hate. She gave me an ending that I am more than satisfied with. She put me on a roller coaster or three or ten in THE FOREVER SONG. And I love it all the more because of those highs and lows.
It was just so easy to dive right into this final book even though I always hate saying goodbye. My need to know what happened was more than my need to keep the characters alive for just a little bit longer. And I am so glad I found out.
Yes I wish there were at least two more books in this series. Yes I hope that a certain sarcastic bad boy character gets his very own novel or series. And yes, I would love to return to this world at some point in the future to see what’s going on with the characters.
But even if none of that ever happens, I will still count the Blood of Eden series among my most favorites. THE FOREVER SONG will be one of my favorite series-ending books. And Julie Kagawa will continue to reign as one of my top favorite authors.
For me this series is a total must read series. It checked all the boxes – vampires, battles, heartbreak, adventure, killer cliffhangers, a dark and fascinating world, characters with an edge, insanely good writing, and both characters and a plot that are so very easy to connect to.
I have so many favorite passages in this final book in the series. Each incredibly spoiler-y. Most completely shred my heart. All of them amazing.
And while I can’t share any of those heartbreakers, this one definitely gives me chills.
“You long for oblivion, for an end to your eternal wandering. But you’re afraid of what comes after, that the evil staining your soul will send it to damnation. And so, you continue to live, to exist, in the hell you created, hoping to atone for what you have done.” Sarren chuckled….
Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
About Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa 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.
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 dog trainer 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 hyperactive Papillon puppy.
Other Books in the Series
Title: THE IMMORTAL RULES
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.
Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for again.
Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.
Title: The ETERNITY CURE
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Release date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook
How do you face the end of eternity?
She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.
There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.
Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.
Each stop on the tour includes a very awesome giveaway thanks to Harlequin Teen and Kismet Book Tour…
A copy of either THE IMMORTAL RULES, THE ETERNITY CURE or THE FOREVER SONG – ONE WINNER
The tour is also offering up two (2) grand prizes:
- A complete set of Julie Kagawa’s books, including The Iron Fey Saga and The Blood of Eden Saga – ONE WINNER
- A $100 Gift Card from either iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble – ONE WINNER
Giveaway is open to US/Canada and ends on May 2nd.
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
Monday, April 7th – Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog
Tuesday, April 8th – Fiktshun
Wednesday, April 9th – Page Turners Blog
Thursday, April 10th – Books and Things
Friday, April 11th – Ticket to Anywhere
Monday, April 14th – Two Chicks on Books
Tuesday, April 15th – Parajunkee
Wednesday, April 16th – Refracted Light Reviews
Thursday, April 17th – Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, April 18th – Mundie Moms
Monday, April 21st – A Book Obsession
Tuesday, April 22nd – The Book Cellar
Wednesday, April 23rd – Supernatural Snark
Thursday, April 24th – The Busy Bibliophile
Friday, April 25th – Tynga’s Reviews