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, her triumph will be short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
THE FINAL HUNT IS ON.
Hardcover, US, 416 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher in Exchange for an honest review.
Four Stars: A terrific ending to an excellent series.
Allie is in a rage, her inner demon out of control as she seeks vengeance against Sarren for murdering Zeke. She has nearly lost the last strands of her humanity that she clung to for so long. Her sight is set on murdering Sarren at whatever cost. Time is ticking and Kanin, Jackal and Allie are in a race to save humanity and vampires from the new, terrifying and deadly virus that Sarren plans on releasing in order to destroy the world. Can Allie, Kanin and Jackal stop the monster, or will they succumb to their own inner demons or the rabids first?
What I Liked:
- It seems that many trilogies are coming to a close in 2014, and most haven't quite delivered. The Forever Song is one final installment that left me satisfied with the final outcome. This is a book that provides lots of action and danger, redemption, sacrifice and romance. I closed the book happy with the outcome and glad the journey ended they way I hoped.
- From the beginning, one of the themes of the book has been Allie's battle with her inner demon. As a vampire, Allie is constantly fighting to control her bloodthirsty monster. She desperately wants to maintain some of her humanity and not become an evil monster. I appreciated that she finally learns, after a tremendous struggle, to make peace with her vampiric nature. I loved watching her grow and change, and I most most pleased with her maturity by the end of the series.
- What would this series be without Jackal and Kanin? Unfortunately, they both play small roles in the first book, but after that, these two nearly steal the show. I admired Kanin's calm, intelligent, patient demeanor. He is a wonderful role model and teacher, and I loved him. Jackal is the highlight of books two and three. His snarky one liners made me chuckle. He is selfish, sarcastic and obnoxious, but he always manages to come through in a pinch. Jackal's comedic relief lightens up the dark tone of the books, which was much needed after some of the brutal scenes. I dare you to read these books and not laugh at some of Jackal's remarks.
- The romance.... I won't go into too many details regarding the romance as I don't want to spoil anything. I struggled with the romance in both the previous books because I had strong doubts. In this book, I got a romance that I could believe in, and I loved it.
- The world building continues to be top notch. I have said this before but it bears repeating, Ms. Kagawa is a master world builder, and I love reading her books because she always provides intricate details and excellent descriptions in order to create her worlds. This is a dark and terrifying world brought to life with her words. If you want to see world building done right, pick up Kagawa book.
- The ending is bittersweet. After a brutal, bloody finale with heartbreaking loss, things settle out on a positive note and there is hope for a better future. No nagging questions or hanging story lines. Everything is wrapped up ,and I was able to close the book and reluctantly say goodbye. This final book definitely delivers.
And The Not So Much:
- This book is not for the faint of heart, and I personally don't think it is a Young Adult book. This last book is packed with gore and violence. There are so many horrific battle scenes and some brutal murders courtesy of the psychopath Sarren. The blood and guts might be a little too much for younger readers. I would recommend this for mature readers, and I think it is actually more a New Adult book.
- Even though I appreciated the action, it got to be a little much after awhile. This book is constant battles with rabids. One can only handle so many fights before it gets old. Unless you are the type that likes bloody battles one after another. My attention began to wane toward the end as I was tired of the massacre.
- This final book was a bit predictable. There weren't any jaw dropping twists or surprises, which was a bit of a disappointment. I was expecting Ms. Kagawa to pull out a shocker, but it didn't happen.
- The scene with Jackal's self preservation act at the end was irritating because it was a repeat of what happened in book two.
The Forever Song was a thrilling and satisfying conclusion to a dark and dangerous vampire series. If you want scary and terrifying vampires in a terrifying, desolate world, pick this series up. Ms. Kagawa delivers with heart pounding action and extraordinary world building. This final volume ties up all the loose ends and leaves the reader on a hopeful note, which is always appreciated at the conclusion of a series.
"It is far easier to be a monster than to confront the truth."
"But, 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."
"He can be planning to fill the world with puppies, and I'm still going to rip the shriveled black heart from his chest and shove it down his throat until he chokes on it."
"You're not evil. No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil."
"I never thought I'd say this, but the little meatsack has potential. If he doesn't have a meltdown and decide he needs a tan, he might actually be a decent bloodsucker. And by decent, I mean a proper, murdering, 'I eat babies for breakfast' vampire."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.