Friday, April 25, 2014

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever Song
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
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I said in my review of The Immortal Rules that this series reminds me of the movies Underworld and I Am Legend. This installment in the series was no exception, the problem was that if The Forever Song was an Underworld movie it would have been Rise of the Lycans. It just wasn’t as good as the others, and while the ending was satisfying I wasn’t impressed overall.

Allison, after losing Zeke, is distraught through the beginning of this novel. She is grappling with what kind of monster she wants to be and whether it would be better to let go of her human side completely. While this reaction is understandable it made Allie hard to relate to and I kept getting annoyed with her. For me, she needed to make a decision and just live with the consequences.

I also found The Forever Song to be painfully repetitive. It is rather long at over 400 pages but almost the entirety of the story is spent like this: Rabid attacks, Allie thinking she’s a monster, Zeke/Sarren, Rabid attacks, Allie thinking she’s a monster, Zeke/Sarren.  This is the plot over and over again, like a song on repeat (sorry I couldn’t help myself). The journey to Eden could have taken half as long as it did.

Honestly, Jackal was probably the only saving grace for this book. I kept reading because I wanted to know what he would say or do next. He was easily my favorite character in this entire series but even he couldn’t make up for the lack of action or character development. It just didn’t feel like Kagawa’s heart was in this one.

Overall, The Forever Song wasn’t my favorite in this series. I thought everything was wrapped up a little too neatly at the end and I wished the characters had had to work harder for it. Also, because there was so little action in the beginning the ending felt rushed. I am glad I finished this series though and I am still looking forward to Talon, Julie Kagawa’s next series. This time there will be dragons!


  1. It sucks the series ended in a sour note. I haven't read this one yet, but regardless of the unsatisfactory ending, I'm still curious.

  2. It comes out soon! (I am in Aus) I can't wait to finish this series. I really enjoyed the previous books, it's a shame, it didn't have all the great things a series ender should have, for you

    88dreamers @ Seriesly Reading

  3. With so many good series out there I think I will skip this one. Thanks for the review ~Sheri