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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,...

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Overview

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.

Don't miss the first book in Julie Kagawa's highly anticipated new series, TALON, AVAILABLE OCTOBER 28, 2014

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"While neatly setting up the final book, Kagawa's vivid prose and unexpected plot developments will keep fans entranced." -Publishers Weekly on The Eternity Cure

Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience.
-- *Starred* Publishers Weekly review on The Immortal Rules

"Action packed, rife with drama and moral
quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark
with readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." -- Booklist on The Immortal Rules

"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."
-- Kirkus Reviews on The Immortal Rules

From the Publisher
"While neatly setting up the final book, Kagawa's vivid prose and unexpected plot developments will keep fans entranced." -Publishers Weekly on The Eternity Cure

Allie is a terrific heroine-tough, pragmatic, yet sympathetic-and readers will be hungry to see where her story goes. Kagawa wraps excellent writing and skillful plotting around a well-developed concept and engaging characters, resulting in a fresh and imaginative thrill-ride that deserves a wide audience.
— *Starred* Publishers Weekly review on The Immortal Rules

"Action packed, rife with drama and moral
quandaries, and laced with an impossible romance, this first in the Blood of Eden series will hit the mark
with readers who like some supernatural in their dystopias and don't mind a bloody sword fight." — Booklist on The Immortal Rules

"Allie's a smart, strong and compelling heroine, and readers will gladly join her for this adrenaline-rich ride."
— Kirkus Reviews on The Immortal Rules

Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. The monstrous side of Allie's vampire nature threatens to overwhelm her, numbing the pain she feels over losing Zeke to the mad vampire Sarren at the end of The Eternity Cure (2013). This disappoints her human sire, Kanin, although it delights Kanin's other vampire spawn (and Allie's blood brother), vicious, snarky Jackal. Bad-and-proud former villain Jackal brings needed laughs. The mismatched vampire family is in hot pursuit of Sarren, who created a mutated plague he calls Requiem to kill humans, vampires and the monstrous rabids alike. They must stop him before he reaches and destroys the human-only city of Eden, whose scientists have made the most progress toward a cure. While following Sarren is easy, finding food isn't: Sarren's slaughtering his way across the countryside, leaving no humans for them to feed from. Worse, he's come up with a way to use Zeke to hurt Allie. But if the heroes allow Sarren's diversions to slow them down, Eden could pay the price. And if Sarren's virus escapes, all life (and unlife) is doomed. Stomach-churning gore and heart-pounding action balance the (occasionally repetitive) romantic angst and moral inquiries into the nature of monsters. A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 10 Up—Fans of The Immortal Rules (2012) and The Eternity Cure (2013, both Harlequin Teen) will enjoy the final installment of Kagawa's "Blood of Eden" trilogy. Allie, Kanin, and Jackal return to Old Chicago in pursuit of Sarren, the evil vampire leader who nearly destroyed them in New Covington. It is a bleak and dangerous journey; the land is full of rabids (former humans who have been infected with a deadly virus), as well as dangerous gangs of humans who work for Sarren. Food—blood from humans, that is—remains scarce, and Allie still struggles in her new role as a vampire while trying not to lose all of her human qualities. The wise-cracking Jackal provides some comic relief along the way, while Kanin offers guidance to his protégés. The plot offers constant surprises, with each chapter ending on a cliff-hanger that propels readers forward. The author describes this dystopian society in dark and bleak tones, with graphic details of fierce battles awash in blood. The language is meant for mature teens. Fans of Kagawa and paranormal-infused stories in general will enjoy the tough, unapologetic, yet sympathetic characters as they fight to save what is the last of the human race.—Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State University, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373211128
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: Blood of Eden Series , #3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 35,360
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Sacramento, CA, Julie Kagawa moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things; how to bodyboard, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks, and that writing stories in math class is a great way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate.

Julie now lives is Louisville, KY with her husband and furkids. She is the international and NYT bestselling author of The Iron Fey series. Visit her at juliekagawa.com.

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The outpost gate creaked in the wind, swinging back on its hinges. It knocked lightly against the wall, a rhythmic tapping sound that echoed in the looming silence. A cold breeze swirled through the gap, and the scent of blood lay on the air like a heavy blanket.

"He's been here," Kanin murmured at my side. The Master vampire was a dark statue against the falling snow, motionless and calm, but his eyes were grave. I regarded the fence impassively, the wind tugging at my coat and straight black hair.

"Is there any point in going in?"

"Sarren knows we're following him" was the low reply. "He meant for us to see this. He wants us to know that he knows. There will likely be something waiting for us when we step through the gate."

Footsteps crunched over the snow as Jackal stalked around us, black duster rippling behind him. His eyes glowed a vicious yellow as he peered up at the gate. "Well then," he said, the tips of his fangs showing through his grin, "if he went through all the trouble of setting this up, we shouldn't keep the psycho waiting, should we?"

He started forward, his step confident as he strode through the broken gate toward the tiny settlement beyond. After a moment's hesitation, Kanin and I followed.

The smell of blood grew stronger once we were past the wall, though nothing moved on the narrow path that snaked between houses. The flimsy wood and tin shanties were silent, dark, as we ventured deeper, passing snow-covered porches and empty chairs. Everything looked intact, undisturbed. There were no bodies. No corpses mutilated in their beds, no blood spattered over the walls of the few homes we ducked into. There weren't even any dead animals in the tiny trampled pasture past the main strip. Just snow and emptiness.

And yet, the smell of blood soaked this place, hanging thick in the air, making my stomach ache and the Hunger roar to life. I bit it down, gritting my teeth to keep from snarling in frustration. It had been too long. I needed food. The scent of blood was driving me crazy, and the fact that there were no humans here made me furious. Where were they? It wasn't possible that an entire outpost of mortals had up and disappeared without a trace.

And then, as we followed the path around the pasture and up to the huge barn at the top of the rise, we found the townspeople.

A massive barren tree stood beside the barn, twisted branches clawing at the sky. They swayed beneath the weight of dozens of bodies hanging upside down from ropes tied to the limbs. Men, women, even a few kids swinging in the breeze, dangling arms stiff and white. Their throats had been cut, and the base of the tree was stained black, the blood spilled and wasted in the snow. But the smell nearly knocked me over regardless, and I clenched my fists, the Hunger raking my insides with fiery talons.

"Well," Jackal muttered, crossing his arms and gazing at the tree, "isn't that festive?" His voice was tight as if he, too, was on the edge of losing it. "I'm guessing this is the reason we haven't found a single bloodbag from here all the way back to New Covington." He growled, shaking his head, lips curling back from his fangs. "This guy is really starting to piss me off."

I swallowed the Hunger, trying to focus through the gnawing ache. "Why, James, don't tell me you feel sorry for the walking meatsacks," I taunted, because sometimes, goading Jackal was the only thing that kept my mind off everything else. He rolled his eyes.

"No, sister, I'm annoyed because they don't have the decency to be alive so I can eat them," he returned with a flash of fangs and a rare show of temper. He glared at the bodies hungrily. "Fucking Sarren," he said. "If I didn't want the psychopath dead so badly, I would say the hell with it. If this keeps up, we're going to have to break off the trail to find a meatsack whose throat hasn't been slit, which is probably what the bastard wants." He sighed, giving me an exasperated look. "This would be so much easier if you hadn't killed the Jeep."

"For the last time," I growled at him, "I just pointed out the street that wasn't blocked off. I didn't leave those nails in the road for you to drive over."

"Allison."

Kanin's quiet voice broke through our argument, and we turned. Our sire stood at one corner of the barn, his face grim as he beckoned us forward. With a last glance at the tree and its grisly contents, I walked over to him, feeling the sharp stab of Hunger once more. The barn reeked of blood, even more than the branches of the tree. Probably because one whole wall of the building was streaked with it, dried and black, painted in vertical lines up and down the wood.

"Let's keep moving," Kanin said when Jackal and I joined him. His voice was calm, though I knew he was just as Hungry as the rest of us. Maybe more so, since he was still recovering from his near-death experience in New Covington. "There are no survivors here," Kanin went on, with a solemn look back at the tree, "and we are running out of time. Sarren is expecting us."

"How do you figure, old man?" Jackal asked, following me to the side of the barn. "Yeah, this is the psycho's handiwork, but he could've done this just for the jollies. You sure he knows we're coming?"

Kanin didn't answer, just gestured to the blood-streaked wall beside us. I looked over, as did Jackal, but couldn't see anything unusual. Beyond a wall completely covered in blood, anyway.

But Jackal gave a low, humorless chuckle. "Oh, you bastard." He smiled, shaking his head and staring up at the barn. "That's cute. Let's see if you're as funny when I'm beating you to death with your own arm."

"What?" I asked, obviously missing something. I stared at the barn again, wondering what the other vampires saw that I didn't. "What's so funny? I don't see anything."

Jackal sighed, stepped behind me, and hooked the back of my collar, pulling me away from the wall. "Hey!" I snarled, fighting him. "Let go! What the hell are you doing?"

He ignored me, continuing to walk backward, dragging me with him. We were about a dozen paces away from the wall before he stopped, and I yanked myself from his grip. "What is your problem?" I demanded, baring my fangs. Jackal silently pointed back to the barn.

I glanced at the wall again and stiffened. Now that I was farther away, I could see what Kanin and Jackal were talking about.

Sarren, I thought, the cold, familiar hate spreading through my insides. You sick bastard. This won't stop me, and it won't save you. When I find you, you'll regret ever hearing my name.

Painted across the side of the barn, written in bloody letters about ten feet tall, was a question. One that proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Sarren knew we were coming. And that we were probably walking right into a trap.

HUNGRY YET?

It had been two weeks since we'd left New Covington.

Two weeks travel, of walking down endless, snow-covered roads. Two weeks of cold and wilderness and dead, silent towns. Of empty houses wrapped in vines, deserted streets, ancient hulks of cars rusting in the gutters. No movement, except for the skitter of wildlife, both large and small, overtaking the streets humans had once ruled. The Jeep, as Jackal had so eloquently pointed out, was dead, leaving the three of us to wander the empty roads on foot, following a madman who knew we were coming. Who was always one step ahead of us.

Time was running out, Kanin had said. In a way, I supposed that was true. What Sarren had, what he carried, could spell the end for a lot of people. Maybe the whole world. Sarren possessed a mutated version of the Red Lung virus that had destroyed the world six decades ago, only this one came with a nasty little side effect: it killed vampires, too. The three of us-me, Jackal, and Kanin-had been exposed to Sarren's virus when we were in New Covington and had seen the true horror of the plague. Humans had turned into insane wretches who screamed and laughed and clawed at their faces until their skin was all but gone, and attacked anything they came across. For vampires, the effects were even more horrific; the virus ate their dead flesh, and they rotted away from the inside. In the final confrontation with Sarren, we'd learned that the insane vampire was using New Covington only as a test site, that his real intentions were far more sinister.

He planned to kill everything. All humans, and all vampires. Wipe the slate clean, he'd told me, and let the world finally heal itself. His virus, when he released it again, would be unstoppable.

There was just one small kink in his plans.

We had a cure. Or at least, we'd had one. It was in Eden now, that small bit of hope for the rest of the world. That was what Sarren wanted; the cure, either to destroy or to turn against us. He thought we were tracking him to Eden to stop him, to prevent him from destroying the cure or releasing his virus. He thought we were trying to save the world.

He didn't know. I didn't care about Eden. I didn't care about his virus, or the cure, or the rest of the world. It made no difference to me if the humans found a cure for Rabidism, or if they could stop Sarren's new plague. Humans meant nothing to me, not anymore. They were food, and I was a vampire. I was done pretending that I was anything less than a monster.

But I would kill Sarren.

He would die for what he'd done, what he'd destroyed. I would tear him apart, and I would make him suffer. There had been four of us that night in New Covington, when we had faced the mad vampire for the last time. When I had cut the arm from his body and he'd fled into the dark, only to return later for his most horrible deed yet. Four of us: me, Jackal, Kanin…and one other. But I couldn't think of him now. He was gone. And I was still a monster.

"Hey."

Abruptly, Jackal slowed and dropped back to where I trailed several paces behind Kanin's dark, steady figure, following the road that stretched on through the frozen plains. We'd left the outpost and its slaughtered residents a few miles back, and the scent of blood had finally faded into the wind. That didn't stop the Hunger, though; I could feel it even now, a constant throbbing ache, poised to flare into an inferno of raw, vicious need at the slightest provocation. It even raged at Jackal, annoyed that he wasn't human, that I couldn't spin around and sink my fangs into his throat. Jackal seemed happily oblivious.

I ignored him and kept my gaze straight ahead, not really in the mood for a fight or listening to his barbed, obnoxious comments. That, of course, never stopped my blood brother.

"So, sister," Jackal went on, "I've been wondering. When we finally do catch up to Sarren, how do you think we should kill the old bastard? I'm thinking maiming and torture for as long as we can stand it." He snapped his fingers. "Hey, maybe we can tie him half in and half out of the sun, that's always interesting. Did that to some undead bastard who pissed me off several years back. The light began at his feet and crawled up toward his face, and it took a very long time for him to finally kick it. By the end, he was screaming at me to cut off his head." He snickered. "I'd love to watch Sarren die like that. If that doesn't offend your delicate sensibilities, that is."

He smirked then, his gold eyes burning the side of my head. "Just wanted to give you a heads-up, little sister, in case you decide to go bleeding heart on me. Of course, if you have a suggestion for how we should do the old psycho in, I'd love to hear it."

"I don't care," I said flatly. "Do whatever you want. As long as I get to land the final blow, I couldn't care less."

Jackal huffed. "Well, that's not very fun."

I didn't answer, walking faster to get away from him, and he quickened his pace to keep up.

"Come on, sister, where's that obnoxious morality you kept throwing in my face every two seconds? You're making it very difficult to take any sort of pleasure in mocking it relentlessly."

"Why are you talking to me?" I asked, still not looking at him. Jackal let out an exasperated sigh.

"Because I'm bored. And the old man doesn't give me the time of day." He jerked his head at Kanin, still several yards ahead. I suspected Kanin could hear us, but he didn't turn around or give any indication that he was listening. And Jackal probably didn't care if he was. "And because I want to know your thoughts on our brilliantly disturbed serial killer." Jackal waved an impatient hand at the plains surrounding us. "It's still a long way to Eden, and I get the feeling we're not going to find any bloodbags-living ones anyway-from here to Meatsack Island. I don't particularly like the idea of facing the nut job with you and Kanin on the edge of losing it."

I flicked a glance at him and frowned. "What about you?"

"Oh, don't worry about me, sister." Jackal grinned. "I always come out on top, no matter what. I just want to point out that this annoying 'Scorched Earth' policy Sarren has picked up is going to make it very difficult for you. A couple more days of this, and the next human we see is going to be ripped to shreds-and you'll be the one doing it."

I shrugged. Jackal's revelation wasn't surprising, and I found that I really didn't care. Wherever Sarren went, whatever forgotten corner of the country he fled to, I wouldn't be far behind. No matter what he did, no matter how far or fast he ran, I would catch up to him, and then he would pay for what he had done. "So what?" I asked, returning my gaze to the road. "I'm a vampire. What does it matter?"

"Oh, please." I could hear the pity in his voice, and the disgust. "Enough with this 'I don't care anymore' shit. You know you're going to have to deal with it sometime."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    *freaking*

    Omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg OH My FREAKING G-D! I can't say how long I've been waiting for this. I wonder why nobody else posted yet. Oh well, that just means I get to be the first to say, I am so exited. I heard this was the name of the last book awhile ago, and read the summery on goodbook or whatever its called, but the end of the eternity cure


    SPOILER ALERT! Don't keep reading unless you finished the eternity cure!




    When zeke died, some people I chated with and I thought of something; exibit A : sarren tells zeke "I shall now release you from this mortal coil" it can be taken the way the saying usually is, death in the common sense of the word. Exibit B: it mentions zeke stopping his breaths and his heart stops for the last time. Exibit C: sarren talks to him in the end of the book. Exibit D: the end would suck( no bloody vampire pun intended) without zeke. Finally, exibit E: it mentions zeke gurgaling, choking on his blood... but what if it isn't his own blood? Alison was choking on kanin's blood in the immortal rules. What if it wasn't human blood at all? What if it was SARREN'S blood he was choking on? This all leads me to believe one thing which you probably caught onto by now; I think zeke was Turned into a vampire. Omigod I can't wait for april 15....

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    Absolutely brilliant! I adored this series so I had high hopes f

    Absolutely brilliant! I adored this series so I had high hopes for the conclusion and it definitely didn't disappoint. It was epic! With secrets, surprises, thrills, and romance, The Forever Song was just amazing. From beginning to end, I was hooked and I loved every bit of it. Perfection!

    I absolutely adore the world that Julie created for this book. It was dark and desolate but had hints of hope that people refused to let go. I loved how she portrayed vampires. They were dangerous and bloodthirsty and it was inevitable that every vampire would eventually lose control. But, each vampire could choose which type of vampire they wanted to be in the meantime.

    Allie truly proved herself as a strong, clever, and determined heroine in this book. We already knew she was a badass, even downright formidable if you pissed her off, and she proved it even more. What can I say about her? She was awesome. I absolutely loved her in the previous books, and, by the end of this book, I liked her even more.

    After how we left Zeke at the end of book 2, I was anxious for him. There were plenty of surprises in store with this poor guy. But, even with the effects of what Sarren did to him, Zeke was still the adorable guy we all love. He was strong and determined to keep his loved ones safe. He broke my heart, made me swoon, and I adored every bit of him.

    The romance was wonderful. Allie and Zeke were just so perfect together. I don't want to say to much, because I'm sure I'll end up giving something away, but they were a badass, absolutely wonderful couple.

    Kanin and Jackel were both brilliant. I already liked Kanin and he earned my respect as a character in this book. He was determined to make his mistake right, no matter what it cost. Jackel, the adorable bastard that he is, was amazing. He's a horrible person, but it's impossible not to love him. He came with a few surprises as well. There was more to him than he cared to show and we finally see hints of that in this book. Both of these characters were wonderful.

    The plot was fast paced and I was utterly hooked the entire way through. There were thrills, secrets, surprises, and, of course, it can't be a Julie Kagawa book without heartbreak and a heartwrenching death. Who will it be? I won't say. You'll have to find out for yourself :) I loved the story and the ending was a perfect conclusion to a brilliant series. I love Julie's books and I can't wait to read more from her.

    The Forever Song was absolutely magnificent! I loved this book so much! It was a perfect ending to a fantastic series. With thrills, secrets, surprises, and romance at every turn, this book doesn't disappoint. Fans of the series, you will love this final installment. And, YA lovers, this is definitely a must read series.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Amazing! Julie does it again!

    I literally read this book in one sitting; it was just too good to put down!

    Allie has finally given into the monster. Kanin expresses his disapointment over this but excepts it, and it makes Jackal quite gleeful. They start by just tracking Sarren, but with some interesting twists the plot gets much more complicated. There are many conflicts in this book, as well as the series. There's Allie's internal conflict of whether or not to give to the "monster." Then there are conflicts between characters, not only the good guys vs Sarran, but there's so hilarious squabling between Allie and Jackal as well. I'll try not to give anything away, but let's just say Zeke isn't completely cut out of the story after what happened in Eternity Cure. There's still plenty of romance! Forever Song was such a page turner, there was some predictablility but other parts I never saw coming! All my questions were answered, and the end was wrapped up quite nicely. Now, buy this book if you haven't already!! (but be sure to read the rest of the series first!)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    I've really enjoyed this series by Julie Kagawa. When I first r

    I've really enjoyed this series by Julie Kagawa. When I first read The Immortal Rules, I loved how unique the premise was. A dystopian world controlled by vampires? Heck yeah! It was cool to see a world where humans were inferior to vampires and were forced to live and obey by THEIR rules. We have watched Allie transform in front of our very eyes from a girl living on the edge of society to a really kickass vampire who is determined to fight the monster within and not let it strip her of her humanity. The events from the end of The Eternity Cure really set quite a bit in motion for Allie and she'll have to figure out how far she'll go to seek revenge or if she'll lose herself in the process....

    Pacing: Part One was really slow going for me. I had trouble concentrating, as there just wasn't much going on. After that I found I had no trouble reading the book, even with its predictability.

    Storyline: I obviously won't reveal too much here, as this is the final book in the series. Allie is really struggling with her identity, as the events at the end of The Eternity Cure have really changed everything for her. Watching her lose sight of everything she has worked to gain and what Kanin has taught her was really hard, as she fought so hard to not succumb to the monster within. I felt a lot of things that occurred in this final book were pretty predictable and I won't lie. I was relieved at some of that predictability because otherwise I would've been a hot mess over this book. Kagawa did still deliver a few heart-stopping moments that really made me cringe in fear of what direction she would go. I do feel Kagawa did a good job of wrapping up her series and tied up all loose ends and questions I may have previously had.

    Characters: As I said, we see a very different Allie at the start of this book. It's a bit hard to swallow considering how much time Kanin and Zeke spent guiding and teaching her. She is really a shell of who she used to be and is determined to end Sarren and make him pay. Kanin is still as stoic as ever. He has such a powerful, quiet presence. He is disappointed that Allie is choosing to give in to the monster and not fight it. But when you have nothing left to fight for.... I've always liked Kanin's character, even though he is harder to read. He feels so much guilt and shame for the past and it's something that weighs heavily on him everyday. He does not want to see Sarren succeed in ridding the world of the human race and so he will push forward to make things right.

    Jackal is also back in this book and I have to say, I really love his character. He's a lot of fun and really does a great job of providing comedic relief. His back and forth jabs at Allie are great and had me chuckling. Jackal has not proven to be the most trustworthy of allies, and we still spend a lot of time wondering what his ulterior motives are and whether or not he will betray his kin at the last moment.

    There are other characters that I can't really discuss without spoilers, so I won't, but I will say at 70% I had a huge grin on my face and all felt right in the world, considering the odds of survival were NOT in their favor.

    Final Thoughts: I think fans of this series will be quite satisfied with the way it ended, and I felt the events that transpired HAD to happen and I had a feeling they were coming, as much as I didn't want them to. I really like that Kagawa did not hold back either. The world is a barren, ravaged wasteland where rabids are running rampant and it really is all about survival. There are some pretty gruesome, grotesque parts and I really commend her for staying true to the darker nature of this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    I can't tell you how amazing these books are! They leave me brea

    I can't tell you how amazing these books are! They leave me breathless! I've waited SO long for 'The Forever Song' to come out, and now that I finally got my wish... I couldn't be more happy! 

    **SPOILER ALERT**SPOILER ALERT**

    This book picks up right where The Eternity Cure left off! Right where Zeke dies, and Kanin, Jackle, and Allie start on their treacherous journey to find Sarren. I was flipping pages like CRAZY when I found out that Zeke had been turned! To be honest, I thought that maybe he WASN'T dead. But in the back of my mind, I knew Sarren was a sick bastard and would do anything to hurt Allie. This book will keep you at the edge of your seat, I swear!  

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  • Posted April 20, 2014

    OMG, where do I even begin to say how much I adored this book! W

    OMG, where do I even begin to say how much I adored this book! Well adored is probably the wrong word, because you adore a little bunny or a cute dog, and your kids, maybe? ;) But there was NOTHING adorable about this book! Nope, their was SO MUCH BLOOD!! And MORE BLOOD, then MORE!! I LOVED IT!! I don't really know what that says about me, but hey, I have to keep it real, right??? ;)

    Julie Kagawa has done it again in THE FOREVER SONG!! It's just a little depressing now that it's over!! I could read millions of books in this series and never get tired of THE BLOOD OF EDEN!!

    And Jackal, where do I begin to say how much I love him!! Really, he always steals the show for me in THE BLOOD OF EDEN Series!! Now, don't get me wrong, I love Allie and Kanin and even Zeke, I do, I really do! But Jackal is the fire that ignites the flame in this book! He is sooo hilarious, but so seriously honest at the same time!! He had me cracking up through most of this book, well really through all the books! I am just sad to see him go, I would love for Julie to do a spin-off series with Jackal!! I would read them all, then read them again!

    THE PLOT...

    Allie, the unregistered human Fringer, has had her world ripped out from under her since vampires have taken control of their cities and use humans as blood cattle, and control them as they see fit, since they are the superior race! Allie has always hated vampires with every ounce of her soul, that is until the day she loses her soul to the very thing she despised, a vampire!

    Now a newly turned vampire, the very thing she's always hated, Allison has learned to adjust to the harsh life of being a vampire, with the intense thirst for human blood and a demon that lurks deep inside just waiting to rip through and unleash hell on earth! But she has slowly learned to hold on to her humanity at the same time, thanks to Zeke, the one boy who always told her she wasn't evil, that she wasn't the demon she thought herself to be. But when Zeke, the very thing that kept her attached to her humanity is murdered by the insane vampire Sarren, all her humanity goes out the window in order to find the crazed vampire and end him for the pain and suffering he has caused her and the rest of the world!! And she vowels to end it, one way or another!!

    With Sarren on the lose and on his way to Eden, the only Vampire-free zone left, and set on destroying the world with his concocted virus, that turns vampires and humans alike into crazed monsters, and eventually will spread like wildfire and bring the ends of time! But Allison, Jackal, and their Sire Kanin, are hot on his trail, trekking through the vicious rabid-filled wasteland, stumbling through many of Sarren's traps, and detours with some very interesting surprises that will shock them to the very core! And no matter what they do and how far they get, Sarren is always one step ahead of them. But that won't stop Allison and her group, they are ready to fight their way through hell and back to save the world an exact revenge on the brilliantly insane vampire, Sarrne!

    Will Allie and her group be able to get through Sarrens traps and make it to Eden in time? Will they be able to keep the virus if from leaving Eden if Sarrne has set it loose? But most off all, will they be able to stop the madman before it's to late?? Believe me these are answers your going to want, even if you haven't read this series yet, PLEASE PICK IT UP!!!

    Julie Kagawa has brought this explosive conclusion that has left me breathless and craving more, then defuse it, and left me utterly satisfied, and fully complete! I will read anything Julie Kagawa writes, and I can't wait to read her newest creation Talon, releasing October 2014. I know it's sure to leave the same feeling!

    Overall, THE BLOOD OF EDEN Series will go down as one of my favorite series of all times! And Allie, Zeke, Kanin, and especially Jackal, will live in my heart for years to come!! Thank you Julie Kagawa for creating such a brilliantly, Vicious, heart-pounding, memorable adventure in the BLOOD OF EDEN Series! :)

    I received an eARC copy for reviewing purposes! All opinions express are my own, and are not influenced in any way!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    There are simply no words for the love i have for this series. 

    There are simply no words for the love i have for this series. 

    The Forever Song was a conclusion that wrapped everything up so beautifully i found myself crying as a re-read scenes to the point of memorization. The Iron Fey was once my favorite series of all time, but the Blood of Eden now takes the cake.  Julie is a wonderful, wonderful writer whose use of foreshadowing and flashbacks allow you to smile through the tears as you discover them.

    I won't go through my thoughts on the characters, this is a book i really recommend reading and discovering what you think yourself . And coming from a girl who USUALLY reads the ending of a book/series before she begins, that says a lot.

     

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  • Posted April 15, 2014

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    Read from April 02 to 03, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 41

    Read from April 02 to 03, 2014




    Book Info 
    Kindle Edition, 416 pages
    Expected publication: April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
    ASIN B00I66AAFA
    edition language English
    series Blood of Eden #3 
    characters Allison Sekemoto, Kanin, Jackal
    other editions (7)
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK 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.




    My Thoughts








    In the previous book we are left reeling from the loss of Zeke Crosse and Allison is totally devastated. Now she, her maker and mentor Kanin and her blood brother Jackal are hot on the trail of bloody carnage that Sarren left in his wake on his way to Eden.




    The trio are committed to ending Sarren’s undead life before his deranged dream is brought to life and the world of humanity once again faces a plague of horrible proportions! 




    As someone who has enjoyed this trilogy since it’s beginning it is indeed sad to see it end. However if one has to say goodbye than we could not have hoped for a better way to go, the non-stop action is bloody and violent, the interchanges between Allison and Kanin and Jackal prove that even a dysfunctional family is still better than being alone and the shocking twists that are unveiled enrich the dynamics that make these vampires come across as heroic even though we are fully aware that they can also commit acts so foul that redemption for them seems beyond hope. 




    This time it is not a matter of just surviving for Allison Sekemoto, it is a matter of choosing to survive without becoming the very thing she is hunting. The path she must take on her journey is not easy by any means but since first becoming a vampire Allison has proven over and over that she never gives up no matter how much she really wants to.




    I feel that the ending was really a new beginning for Allie, a beginning that will take her to places she never expected to go and allow her to finally live up to the destiny that she only glimpsed in Eden. Not sure when the author will release her next book in her newest series but I know that it will be exciting and cannot wait to read it!




    Powerful imagery and wonderful end to a wonderful trilogy!
    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2014

    Stowaway

    Wow. I am impressed. This looks good...

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

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    ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I

    ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I was anxiously awaiting The Forever Song with both excitement and sadness. Excited to find out what happened to the characters I loved, and sad to see the story end. I was not disappointed by this last installment.

    Allison Sekemoto as a vampire walks a fine line between human and monster. After the death of Zeke, her love and her tie to humanity, she is firmly across the line to monster. Or is she? Allison with the help of her maker, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal, are on the trail of Sarren, the vampire who killed Zeke and plans to destroy the world. Will they be able to stop Sarren?

    I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster reading this book. Emotions ranging from love, heart-ache, loss, sadness, vengeance, laughter, happiness and despair. Allison struggled with the loss of Zeke and her hope for humanity. I enjoyed Jackal's banter. It gave this otherwise dark story some levity. It was a great end to an outstanding series.

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  • Posted August 13, 2014

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    With a beautifully eye-catching purple metallic cover, The Forev

    With a beautifully eye-catching purple metallic cover, The Forever Song is another young adult vampire series set in a dystopian world. This is the third and final book in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa, however, it does have a great re-readability factor. Having not read the prior two books, this was a perfect stand-alone just in case you haven’t read the prior two either. The characters are easy to engage with and Allie feels like someone you have known a lifetime, and all you want to do is reach out and help them, but can’t. She is a very strong girl who just loses herself the first half of the book. Zeke is a torn person battling his own demons and the more satirical side of Jackal helps level the mood.

    “You staked me and threw me out a window!”

    As always, if you have the opportunity, read the series in order, as jumping into the series at the end leaves out a major piece of the story, character evolvement, and world building, but whatever order you read them, just read them, as a book such as this is just too good to pass up!

    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review
    *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    This has become one of my all time favorite series. The conclusi

    This has become one of my all time favorite series. The conclusion of which is an emotional, bittersweet journey. Julie is famous for saying that her readers tears feed her muse. Well, after this journey, her muse should be satiated for quite a while.

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

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    From the first chapter of the first book in this series I was ho

    From the first chapter of the first book in this series I was hooked! I mean, who doesn't like a compelling heroine, faced with inscrutable odds, wielding a katana? So, given the opportunity to read the last book in this series, which feels like it's taken forever to come out, I jumped at the chance. I want to thank Net Galley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an early ecopy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in now way influenced my opinion or review.




    Blurb from 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.




    So, I truly love the color of this cover. While I'm not a huge fan of the fact that they changed the covers (I know the UK ones still have the girl on the front!), I do love Purple. I do get the bird reference, makes sense seeing as how Sarren calls her "little bird", but I still think there could be more to them. I suppose the books are really so great they hold their own, no matter the cover. But if I didn't know this series, I can't say the cover would pull me in right off the shelf.




    I cannot promise there will not be spoilers for book 1 or 2 in this review so if you haven't read those, STOP HERE! You have been warned!




    This book picks up right where the second one left off. Allie has given in to her monster, after having lost Zeke to Sarren and his torture. She has joined forces with Kanin and Jackal (who would have thunk it?) and wants to exact her revenge.




    Allie continues to be the most kick butt female YA character I have EVER met. She's the reason I wanted to continue on in this series. She's snarky and crude. But she also has a heart that she can't deny, despite the fact that she has vowed to give in to her monster and do what she must do. She starts out introverted and angry at the world when the book starts. She kicks the butts of rabids throughout the book, with a vengeance she didn't have prior. Allie's pain is palpable throughout the book. I wanted to cry for and at the same time shake her back to her senses! She really had me worried that her humanity was lost forever. And I just would not have been able to handle that! But do not despair, Allie truly never gives up hope, and is determined to "save the world" despite her brooding!




    As for Kanin, WOW! There is so much growth between his relationship with Allie in this book. It's fantastic. He truly becomes her father figure and helps her to embrace who she is and what she is. He helps her to understand she doesn't need to be the monster everyone thinks she is, that she can choose her own path and make her own destiny. Of course he has been doing this from the start, but it's so much more prominent in this book. I love how quiet he is because when he does say something, it's truly needed. And he probably has the biggest heart of all, despite his seeming cold on the surface.




    Jackel, oh Jackal. How I fell in love with his character in this book, when previously I just wanted to cut his head off. He's still snarky and a jerk, and terribly cocky. BUT you see his fondness of Allie grow, which is amazing. And in the end he truly takes her on as a sister, even though he stays rough around the edges in her interactions with her. He's still self-centered and cares most about himself, but you certainly see that he has potential. One thing about Jackal, he's brutally honest and doesn't hold back. I think that helps with kicking Allie's butt into gear so she can get the job done! I would love a novella from him!




    As for the plot and pacing, WOW. Julie just has this knack for keeping you on your toes for the entire book. I can say the one thing that bothered me was how many times they fought with the rabids. Did I understand the need for them to have these show-downs, I sure did. But it just seemed like the rabids waited around every corner and it was always the same: rabids came charging in at them, they swung their blades, cut off some heads and other body parts, and then they were all down and Allie, Kanin and Jackal won again. I would have liked to see them take a little more of a hit. Don't get me wrong, it's not like they made it out every time without injuries, but it just felt a bit repetitive. 




    Despite that, the story as a whole was spectacular. I loved the journey Kanin, Allie and Jackal went on and their progression as a family. I loved the banter between Jackal and Allie, especially. There's nothing like a kick but heroine being stomped on by a cocky headed brother! And the world building in this book continues. We know that the places outside of Eden have been decimated, but we also get a look inside Eden, and believe me you will be surprised. Julie takes us back to places we have been before and re-introduces us to characters we loved and missed. She also adds surprising twists which made my heart skip a few beats!




    I can honestly say that this book is one of the best conclusions to any series I have read. Initially I was worried about how it would end. I was worried that I would be jumping into another book where my heart was crushed to pieces. But, while there are certainly teary parts that made me want to scream NOOOOOO, I think Julie knew how to keep her readers happy. I loved how it ended, I was totally satisfied with where Julie took the characters and their growth. I was immersed in the world never wanting to leave. She made me laugh, she made me cry, she made my heart jump up into my throat. All things I love in a book as they are what keeps me wanting to read on!




    I cannot wait to read Talon and be immersed once again in Kagawa's writing. She is truly genius!

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  • Posted May 27, 2014

    I love this series. I think this is the best book of all three.

    I love this series. I think this is the best book of all three. If you want to read a action vampire love story then this is the story/series for you!!!!!!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Its a great book

    This book is really great for teens that enjoy vampires and romance and most of all action it makes me not want to stop reading the book i recomend you to read the forever song!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Absolutely loved it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    this book IS exceptional! its great for kids that are in 6th gra

    this book IS exceptional! its great for kids that are in 6th grade and up. it is the last book of the blood of eden series. the books are in order as follows:
    immortal rules, eternity cure, forever song!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    I have never had a series take me on such an emotional roller-co

    I have never had a series take me on such an emotional roller-coaster ride!!
    Blood of Eden is spectacular and "The Forever Song" ends this series as it should. I highly recommend others to dive in to this blood-thirsty thrilling ride. There is nothing negative I can say about this book or the others.....other than the fact, that I am sad to know it's over :'(



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  • Posted April 21, 2014

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    Reeling from lost Allison Sekemoto is letting go of all her huma

    Reeling from lost Allison Sekemoto is letting go of all her human feelings to survive the heartbreak, pushing her closer to the monster inside her she has always feared. Edged on by her blood brother, Jackal, she is on the brink of the point of no return. While her sire Kanin morns her loss of her humanity. 




    Kanin, Allison and Jackal are hard on the trail of Sarren, the evil and crazed master vampire set on destroying all human and vampire kind. He has his sights on Eden, the only human refuge left on earth. 




    Heart breaking decisions, amazing and unexpected plot twists and turns, kept me reading non-stop! Most of the time I was white knuckle clutching my kindle and growling like the ferals at anyone who tried to interrupt my reading.




    The story is dark, containing vivid and descriptive scenes bringing to life the brutality of Allison's world. Sarran is a master at mind games and he pull the ultimate mind F#$* on our band of unlikely heroes time and time again. Just when you think he can't get any worse, his evil will utterly SHOCK you.




    Once again, I'm wrought with mixed feelings about the ending of a series. Julie Kagawa provided a masterfully written, nail biting, suspense filled, fabulous conclusion to this dark dystopian fantasy. But, I'm also suffering from the remorse that hits when you get to the end and know that there will be no more to come. I loved this series and that includes The Forever Song. It took me to the very end of the story to hit the point where the spotlight lit the meaning of the title in my head, but it nearly pushed me to sobs. What a pulse pounding, non-stop ride. Julie Kagawa writing is utterly brilliant. Don't miss The Forever Song, it is a story that will stick with you long after the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    All I can say is I love this series

    Not only have I fell inlove with the books but I also did with the characters, I cried so much from immortal rules up and till now the forever song it was a real attention grabber I was at the edge of my seat the whole time. She did a great job alot of plots and twist, I wish she would write one more book about the journey of the two lovers where would they go and where would love take them together?

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