Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Paperback: 389 Pages

Series: Paranormalcy #3

Publisher: HarperTeen

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Evie’s paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.

The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie’s hands.
So much for normal.

The last book in the Paranormalcy trilogy, Endlessly is damn near perfect, the best book in the series and a very enjoyable read. This novel satisfactorily answers a lot of questions the previous books didn’t and ties up all loose ends/storylines in a very cool way.

A new director/handler at IPCA, Anne-Laurie LaFevre, is intent on getting Evie back by means necessary and in whatever capacity: as an agent or prisoner.  All the supernatural seem to think Evie’s the only one who can help them, whether she wants to or not. And the war between the Seelie and Unseelie faeries is at its peak.

I love that Evie is such a complex character. Over the course of three books, she undeniably changes, grows. She’s still the same fun, smart, strong and kind character she was in Paranormalcy, but now she’s more determined and feisty than ever.  She stops seeing the world/people/actions as only black and white and instead sees it in shades of grey. Finally! I knew Reth was okay.

Also, her anger towards people, and supernaturals, who manipulate her is so refreshing; it makes her a completely relatable character.

It’s safe to say, Evie’s one of my favorite YA leads. Lend, too. He’s sweet, caring and supportive of pretty much anything Evie wants to do, and their relationship is absolutely adorable. Unfortunately, because of a particular choice of storylines, his character is a bit flat and a bit absent in Endlessly.

I can’t help but simultaneously like and dislike said storyline. On one hand, the way Reth’s explained it, it made perfect sense. On the other hand, I can’t help but feel it was such a scheme to drum up drama and, dammit, I wanted more of them together.

Jack and Vivian are both back, as well, and they are awesome to read about. Jack’s as charming as always, in that totally bonkers, off his meds sort of way. Positively endearing! And Vivian is badass!

“Oh, will you two shut up?” Vivian stomped over to us, her white-blond hair whipped up into a bizarre halo around her head and her cotton gown barely staying on.

“‘Let me sacrifice myself!’ ‘No, let me sacrifice myself!’ ‘I love you more than the eternities!’ ‘No, I love you more than the eternities!’”

She was pale, her huge, manic eyes wide. Maybe having and then losing the Dark Queen’s soul really had tipped her over the edge.

“This one’s all me.

The Fearie Realm world-building is gorgeous! Beautiful settings, detailed and descriptive writing inducing of superb, colorful imagery.

In addition to that, the explanation behind how the Fearie Realms came to be is pretty cool, inventive and original.

Why, you ask, I didn’t rate this with 5 stars? Because, as I said, it’s damn near perfect. I didn’t like the lack of character development for Lend, but the biggest (not that big, really) issues this novel has is over plotting. There was so much happening, so many different, sometimes minor, storylines and they had to be wrapped up quickly. Too brief for my taste. Too much of a good thing, you know?

Still, it’s a fantastic read! Witty, fun, smart, fast paced, polished, well written..what else can you ask for?

If you want to read a Buffy-esque Paranormal/UF YA novel – I think you do! – I suggest you start with the first book, Paranormalcy. You won’t regret it.

*Now I’m off to stalk the net for White’s next project/novel. Shh*

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