The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was an expected ending, in most regards, to a post apolyptical trilogy. In case you missed the storyline, Allison is a street rat in a city run by vampires. Donate blood, you get to stay, eat a little, and have some protection. Don't donate and you get to die. Leave the city and you are hunted by "Rabids," a mutation of vampires. So Allison leaves to find food, a Rabid gets her. Before she can die, a vampire named Kanin asks if she wants to die or become a vampire. She becomes a vampire. Janin teaches her all he can to be a conscienable vamp. Don't attack just any human, etc., etc. Then he disappears.
Lonely, Allie attaches herself to a group of humans trying to reach Eden, a settlement free of all anomalies. She gets hungry, hides her nature fir while, then falls in love with a human.
Meanwhile, Kanin has been kidnapped by a psychotic vamp named Saren. Allie feels a blood tie and needs to save him. She convinces Jackal, her blood brother to help. Saren does not go quietly or alone. Additionally, he decides to wipe out the earth with a new Red Lung Disease that kills all, human, vamp, and Rabid and evilly goes in search of the virus. This time Allie, Kanin and Jackal follow in his torturous, bloody, gory, calculayed wake to stop him. The twist you expect at the end of Book 2 happens, lots of blood, gore, and gross out scenes occur before the end of the book. I didn't love it I'll admit, but I appreciated Jackal's personality and humor. He exists to irritate Allie. He is crass, unconscienable (at least that's what he wants others to believe) and the best character in the book. Besides him, the characters lacked character.
Since I started the series, I'm glad I finished it.