Review – The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song by Julie KagawaTitle: The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
ISBN: 9780373211128
No. of Pages: 416
Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult
Origins: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 15 April 2014
Bottom Line: Absolutely outstanding ending to this thrilling series
Synopsis:

“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.”

Thoughts: In The Immortal Rules, Allie Sekemoto must adjust to her new life as a vampire and balance the blood lust with her desire to stay as human as possible. In The Eternity Cure, Allie is not quite the optimistic young vampire she used to be. In her short eternal life, she has seen and done too much to ever be completely human again. Yet, her love for Zeke keeps her grounded and prevents her from crossing over to the dark side. So, when The Forever Song opens up, it is with no surprise that Allie has all but given up on everything Kanin taught her. She lives for revenge and for trying to stop Sarren, and that is it. Allie’s world is dark, and her mind is even bleaker. It is a natural character progression that mirrors a future that seems dimmer with each step towards Eden.

While the action, in all its gruesome glory, is fantastic and intense, the heart of the series, and especially this last book, revolves around Allie’s development. From the moment a reader first meets Allie, her focus has been maintaining her humanity in a world of monsters. Kanin teaches her how to do so when she is first turned, but ultimately, the battle is hers to fight. She might be utterly ruthless and lethal, especially in the final book, but she still fights or at least tries to fight her internal monster. For that reason, she is one of the most admirable characters one will find if only for her absolute refusal to succumb completely to the darkness when it would be so easy to do so.

While Ms. Kagawa is a master at balancing that fine line between dark and light, good and bad, she is ultimately a purveyor of fairy tales, and all fairy tales have happy endings. This is true of her Iron Fey series, and it remains true for The Blood of Eden series. The trick lies in choosing the happy ending that best suits the main characters and maintains the integrity of the story. Again, this is something at which Ms. Kagawa excels. Allie’s fate and future are perfect for her, for her evolution from human girl to powerful vampire, for the loss of everything she holds dear, and for her experiences in the hands of humans, rabids, and vampires. It is the best type of ending for someone who has lost so much and come so far.

The Forever Song is an outstanding ending to a thrilling series. Ms. Kagawa’s vampires continue to be the vicious killing machines the original myth espouses them to be, and the fight scenes are amazing. It is a little scary how easily Ms. Kagawa can channel Sarren’s insanity and cruelty. However, it is about finding the human within the monster that touches a reader’s heart and makes the series truly special.

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Review – The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Title: The Here and Now Author: Ann Brashares ISBN: 978-0-385-73680-0 No. of Pages: 256 Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult; Romance Origins: Random House Children’s Publishing Release Date: 8 April 2014 Bottom Line: Predictable and clichéd but with a very interesting hypothesis Synopsis: “Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love. This is the…

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It’s Monday, April 14th! What Are You Reading?

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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Currently Reading: Currently Listening: Up Next:     What are you reading?

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The Sunday Salon – April 13th Edition

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Happy Sunday! It may be a typical Eeyore day on the outside, but here in the Shannon Teach (Gaelic for home), it’s been non-stop spring cleaning all weekend. Walls, floors, bedding, windows, carpets – the works. We even got a head start on the outdoors by tilling up some beds we want to redo and…

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Review – Encountering Ellis Island by Ronald H. Bayor

Encountering Ellis Island by Ronald H. Bayor

Title: Encountering Ellis Island: How European Immigrants Entered America Author: Ronald H. Bayor ISBN: 9781421413679 No. of Pages: 184 Genre: Nonfiction Origins: Johns Hopkins University Press Release Date: 8 April 2014 Bottom Line: Interesting glimpse into what fortitude it took to come to the US Synopsis: “America is famously known as a nation of immigrants. Millions…

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Review – Great by Sara Benincasa

Great by Sara Benincasa

Title: Great Author: Sara Benincasa ISBN: 9780062222695 No. of Pages: 272 Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Origins: HarperTeen Release Date: 8 April 2014 Bottom Line: Generic retelling of The Great Gatsby Synopsis: “Everyone loves a good scandal. Naomi Rye usually dreads spending the summer with her socialite mother at her East Hampton home. And this year…

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Review – Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Sea of Shadows Author: Kelley Armstrong ISBN: 9780062071248 No. of Pages: 416 Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult Origins: HarperTeen Release Date: 8 April 2014 Bottom Line: Intriguing new series Synopsis: “They hear the spirits. They must obey. In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn…

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Review – No Book But the World by Leah Hager Cohen

No Book But the World by Leah Hager Cohen

Title: No Book But the World Author: Leah Hager Cohen ISBN: 9781594486036 No. of Pages: 320 Genre: Mystery Origins: Riverhead Books Release Date: 3 April 2014 Bottom Line: Brilliant writing, mediocre story Synopsis: “At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct ‘free school,’ Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy…

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It’s Monday, April 7th! What Are You Reading?

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Hosted by Sheila from Book Journey, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Finished Last Week: Did Not Finish:   Not one but two books made the DNF pile this year. The first one, Deep Blue,…

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Audiobook Review – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Author: L. Frank Baum Narrator: Anne Hathaway ISBN: B00BMR8JJ4 Audiobook Length: 3 hours, 49 minutes Genre: Fantasy; Children’s Origins: Mine. All mine. Release Date: 17 May 1900 Bottom Line: Even Anne Hathaway cannot make this a good story. Synopsis: “Follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto…

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