Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mini Review: the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: April 15, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Published by: Harlequin Teen

If you have not already read the first two novels, do not read the summary below! The actual mini review of the series is spoiler-free but the summary is NOT.

The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa | Goodreads


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, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

5 Reasons to Read the Blood of Eden trilogy:

1. If you like The Vampire Diaries, you may well like the character dynamics and focus on redemption/facing the monster within in this trilogy (RE: character dynamics - Stefan:Kanin, Damon:Jackal, Vampire/B.A. Elena:Allison, Stefan when he was with Elena: Zeke; these are not exact resemblances, particularly since I am talking of them *without* the love triangle elements in TVD, but regarding character attitudes and redemption, I was reminded of those in TVD). Allie's character growth over the trilogy, particularly as it relates to her struggles accepting and struggling and finally embracing her vampiric nature, was a treat to read.

2. Since the entire trilogy has been published, you can read all the books back to back. There's plenty of recap, too, if you want to space them out in your reading schedule. The first two end with major cliffhangers, but now you can read all the way through until you reach the beautifully open ending in The Forever Song that has just the right amount of hope and character resolution while allowing you to picture the final details for Allie and others. This ending stays true to both its characters and the bloody post-apocalyptic setting Kagawa has established.

3. If you're an action-oriented reader or love vampire novels, you may well like Kagawa's take on both. They've got the blood tears of Charlaine Harris's vampires and the constant Hunger in the Vampire Diaries and the badassery of old school vampires who know their power and strength and rule humans instead of submitting to them. That mixed with a post-apocalyptic setting = blood-soaked, action-packed adventure.

4. Allison. Remember what I said about her character growth? I also love that Allie is an unapologetic survivor, even when she learns that there are other things to live for in her destroyed world. She's brutal with her katana, quite capable of defending herself with both words and weapons. Fierce. Determined. Sarcastic. And her struggles to keep her humanity - to understand what's most important to her; what sort of monster she becomes - are easy to empathize with and ground the story. Her relationships with the other key characters add to the mix a sweet romance, a torturous take on redemption and hope, and humorous banter to lighten the harsh edges of her world.

5. If you're a fan of Kagawa's Iron Fey series, you may well like this series of hers for the similar writing style. Again, very cinematic with a lot of details that make it easy to imagine the world despite it being so very different from our own. Although this sometimes means that every one of the novels starts out slowly and has quite a bit of recap, it also means that the action is well choreographed and easy to picture.


  1. The characters really made this book stand out for me. I agree, Allie is an amazing heroine. She's strong, she's a survivor, but she also fights to keep her humanity and she just never gives up. Jackal (who I never expected to like, but amazingly, I did) is hilarious with his snarky comments, and I enjoyed how he and Allie bickered so much with Kanin playing the part of the annoyed father. Those moments of humor were definitely needed because the book is intense. And Zeke, my heart broke for him. And for Allie. I actually had tears in my eyes during some parts of the book. I thought this was an amazing series ender, glad you enjoyed it too! ~Pam

    1. Kagawa characters have their own charm, true :). Jackal was great humor relief, too, for Allie and that dynamic of Allie-Jackal-Kanin was interesting. Awww, I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as you did :). I hope her next dragon series will be as wonderful for you as it sounds like Blood of Eden was!

  2. ALLIE! I love her so much. I'm lad to hear that she gets even more character growth in this book. Lol! I compared this to Sooke Stackhouse series in my TIR review as well--the blood tears. You can't ignore that haha. I can't wait to read past TIR :) Great reveiw, my friend!

    1. Can't ignore it -- that's practically canon because of True Blood's popularity :D. I hope you enjoy Eternity Cure & Forever Song!!

  3. 1. Haha, true! I actually used TVD/The originals GIFS in my review.
    2. The ending was even better than I imagined. It was how it was supposed to be. I'm happy that Kagawa proved for the second time that she knows how to end a series.
    3. Blood and gory details, loved it!
    4. Allie was a perfect mixture of sensitive and kick-ass. Some people complained about her long 'whining' but I thought it was realistic and understandable. She has come so far from the girl in book 1.

    1. Yes you did! I remember. You had a better comparison. Klaus x Damon :).

      Ahhh but has the other series really ended? Since there's still spin-off stuff? I didn't end up reading Iron Knight so I can't judge for myself :).

      I'm glad you enjoyed the book, Mel!! I hope you enjoy her new dragon series too!

  4. I'm wary about new vampire novels, but I admit these sound pretty awesome. I always love a good badass heroine and well-developed characters. TBRed!


    1. Me too. I like vampires but am also pretty picky about which ones end up working well. I hope you enjoy the series when you get a chance to read it!


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