Another day, another book. I finally finished the ‘Blood of Eden’ Trilogy.I enjoyed the series, and found all the books to be an easy read. As with most series, the first book remains my favourite. The last book, though enjoyable, was a bit of a let down as i had really high expectation, but was a good read none the less. ‘The Forever Song‘ was the conclusion to this interesting tale.
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
This book pretty much starts where the last book finished off. Kanin, Jackal and Allie are following Sarren to Eden to attempt to stop him from spreading the ‘Red Lung V2’ throughout the world as he wants to purge the earth and start again. Of course they detour to Jackals old stomping ground ‘Old Chicago’ to grab some bikes and better transport . They also believe Sarren is there as on the path to the city there was death and destruction and get ready to face him.. though who they meet there is now who they thought. Allie is pretty much a Zombie (sorry for the poor joke…) and completely lets the demon consume her because Zeke was killed at the conclusion of the last book.
Did anyone think he would be dead forever. This is pretty much the first rule of Supernatural. This should not really be a spoiler alert as it was pretty much guaranteed and cliche for him to come back as a Vampire, sent to kill Allie by Sarren. But she gets through to him with the power of love (and by exchanging blood with him.. creepy)
Apart from the cliche about Zeke i enjoyed the story line. I thought the way Julie handled the travel from New Covington to Old Chicago and then to Eden was interesting and did not feel like a boring road trip or the obligatory tale about their journey between the important places unlike other books (for instance ‘The Darkest Minds’)
I love the new virus and how Sarren changed to destroy the world and how the cure played into the story and i never was bored during this book, unlike the previous one.
I also actually enjoyed the ending, and i felt it really gave me closure as a reader (unlike the ‘Inheritance Series’, *cries*)
Both Allie and Zeke annoyed me this book, though in the end they redeemed themselves somewhat. While i understand Allie was heartbroken by the death of Zeke, her extreme response to this just didn’t feel right. The completely giving in to her demon and becoming a monster, alienating herself from her emotions. While a response like this would be expected, this was just on a whole new level that just made reading that first section a chore. I do believe Zeke really grew as a character, as in the last two books i really didn’t get much of a feel for his character and personality. However the very cliche declarations of love and whole romance from both Allie and Zeke, particularly Zeke, just rubbed me the wrong way. Don’t get me wrong, i love a bit of romance, but if it was tuned down by both of them it just would have made me like them, and the book, a little bit more.
Kanin and Jackal are just precious. I love Kanin- how mysterious he is and his very strong stance on his morals and decisions. I wish we learn’t more about him and his background, but i don’t understand how that would ave been possible with the overall plot of the series. Kanin at the end broke my heart, and that was probably the saddest part of the series. People may argue Zeke’s death, but as i said before.. there was a 99.99% chance he would come back. It was just that obvious.
And Jackal..oh Jackal. So sassy and amazing. I love the extreme character development and change in his character from the first book. Kanin, Allie and Zeke really rubbed off on him. He has great one liners and his interactions with everyone are funny and also important. Again he was influential in the outcome of the fight with Sarren, and he always has some sort of twist or hidden agenda. He does have a sweet spot that he loves to pretend he doesn’t have. He was just an overall great character to me and like Kanin, i would like to learn more about his background.
Though i did not enjoy this book as much as the first of the series, ‘The Forever Song’ wraps up the story of Allie, Zeke and Kanin in a wonderful way. I love the world Julie created and her new imagining of the somewhat overused ‘vampire’ trope. I though the story was very well through out with some twists and it never really got boring. While at times the romance was a bit overdone, i really enjoyed this book and this series. I recommend it if you are into the good old YA dystopian genre with a hint of romance. If i ever have some time, i’ll definitely read more books by the same author.
Let me know what you guys think about this book and the series and done hesitate to give me some recommendations!