Saturday, April 12, 2014

ARC BOOK REVIEW - THE FOREVER SONG by JULIE KAGAWA - BLOOD OF EDEN # 3 - YA PARANORMAL - HARLEQUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA

By: Julie Kagawa
Published By: Harlequin Teen Aust
Release Date : 1st May 2014
Details : Paperback received from publisher for honest review, 378 Pages 

RATING: 5 FAST PACED, EXCITING STARS!!

Blurb: Goodreads

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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.



BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

“Let’s go stop the apocalypse.”

Man, I LOVED this book. It was such a ride from start to finish.

Julie has done a brilliant job of this series. I have loved every book.

Oh, yeah. This book was YA Epic.

I got to say, Julie amped up the fighting and the gore in The Forever Song and I loved it. It was very true to the dire situations the characters found themselves in.

Shiz is going down!

The Forever Song has us watching Kanin, Allison and Jackal, trying to save what is left of the human race and vampire race. They all have a common goal to band together and stop Sarren who is one of the most evil SOB’s I have read in YA.

Sarren is setting devious traps for the trio to fall into and not make it out of. Rabids, blood and gore are visually painted in our mind as we read Julie’s words of awesomesauce.

Yes. I said awesomesauce. 


“That must’ve taken him a while. Bastard sure went through a lot of trouble, just for us. I feel so special, don’t you?”

“Well,” Jackal remarked, gazing around the carnage strewn space, "that doesn’t scream ‘trap’at all. Is this the best Sarren could come up with?”


Jackal has the best lines. I love reading him. He is the bad boy we love to read. Julie changes our mind about him from The Immortal Rules to The Forever Song.

Julie threw everything at her characters in this finale. Both emotional turmoil, and she had them fighting for their lives and for the beings that were left on Earth.


I cried for the boy I had lost, the human who’d believed I was more than a monster, even if I couldn’t believe it myself.


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.”



I got sad, I laughed, I got real nervous for them, Sarren is a bastard of the highest degree. His mind will not be saved. He is true evil.

I can see this trilogy as a movie. The fighting scenes would be magnificent up on the big screen. Jackal would have the audience laughing, and Allison is trying to fight the good fight and not become the monster that lies within her waiting to be released.

“Sister.” The vampire’s voice was a warning, and he raised his hands, one of which held a bloody fire ax. “Don’t be stupid. Get a hold of yourself. Don’t make me smear your brains all over the pavement.”

Kanin won't give up on Allison. 

“I tried, Kanin. I really did. But you know what I discovered?” I curled my lip into a sneer. “We are monsters. No matter how long I fight it, I’m always going to want to hunt and kill and destroy. You taught me that, remember? What happened with --" my mind recoiled from his name  “-- with that human-- that was stupid and wrong and eventually, I would’ve killed him. It was...better...that he died.”



Valentine from The Mortal Instruments was a bad YA evil guy, but Sarren he really does take the gold medal for his convincing role of Top Evil Dude.

I wouldn’t last a second around him and the traps he invents, he is quite the thinker when it comes to being creative with his evil killing.

“You know this is not going to be pleasant, right?” he stated to the rest of us. “Whatever the sicko has in here, he obviously wants us to see it. Which means it’s probably going to fuck with at least one of us, really badly.” He snickered, shaking his head. “Course, that’s the trap now, isn’t it? We could walk away, right now, but not knowing what’s inside is going to drive us bat-shit crazy.”


I felt how hard the characters all had to fight to stay alive.

All the time Jackal kept me amused with his dialogue.


“So, go ahead, tell him that everything is going to be fine. All the meatsacks are perfectly content on their happy little island, Sarren has given up world destruction to raise kittens, and the magic wish fairy will wave her wand and turn shit into gold.”

... “Hey, I’m just being a realist, here.” Jackal laced his hands behind his head, leaning back with a snort. “Someone in this fucked-up family has to be.”


“What the hell do these bloodbags use for fuel, their own piss?” 


“The last ship from bat-shit crazytown is sailing, so cut the ropes and let’s get the hell out of Dodge.”


One of my personal favorites.

“Oh, for the love of fuck!” Jackal snarled, whirling and smashing a coil of rope across its face, sending it crashing back. “The bastards don’t give up, do they?”


I love Kanin, he is so serious and straight laced with his words of wisdom and frowns. He very much plays the role of parent to Allison and Jackal.

“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.”


Watching him put up with his two kids bickering, was kind of fun.

“Hey, old man,” Jackal called in a mocking voice, “you forgot to say ‘if you kids don’t stop I’m going to turn this car right around and then no one will go to Eden.’”

Hahahhaaaa!


Allison and Jackal are such fun to read when they are verbally sparring.


“Better be careful, Jackal.” My voice came out cold. Empty, because I couldn’t feel anything, even now. “It almost sounds like you care.”

“Oh, well, perish the thought, sister.” Jackal gave me a sneer and moved away. “I’ll stop talking, then. But if we reach Sarren, and he says something to make you fall apart, don’t expect me to pick up the pieces.”


But Jackal is also starting to show some humanity.


“What’s the real reason you want me around?”

“Because, my thick-headed little sister...”Jackal sighed. “I trust you.”



Julie has inserted some cool curveballs.


This was one hell of a ride from start to finish. Evil guy is truly evil and Jackal may surprise you how much you love him. A brilliant end to this trilogy that kept me turning the pages, but at the same time not wanting it to end.


Sarren gave me a look of genuine pity. “No, little bird,” he said, shaking his head. “You are still an infant demon, far too young to know the truth. Eternity is not a gift. It is a curse.”



Michelle

8 comments:

  1. I think you liked this ont a little more than me but I agree it was a great book and a good end as well (something difficult sometimes).

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    1. I did really love this series. I am looking forward to Talon :D

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  2. I scheduled a binge read of the series soon! Everyone is loving this, can't wait to read it!

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    1. Binge away in the land of Blood of Eden. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did, matey xx

      Mich

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  3. I'm gonna admit I've only skimmed your review Michelle. I still need to read book two so I don't wanna see any accidental spoilers. Still thrilled to see from what I did read that you loved it :)

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    1. That's ok Rach. You are like me, I like not to get any clues about anything sometimes with certain books. I try to be spoller free all the time, but ya have to say something in a review :D This was a great read!! Strap yourself in :D

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  4. I can't wait for this to be out in Aus, I do indeed love this series, I hope the ending is as good.

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

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