Author: Kiersten White
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: Paranormalcy Trilogy (Book 3)
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
Format: Hardsover, 385 Pages
ISBN-10: 0061985880 (HarperTeen)
ISBN-13: 978-0061985881 (HarperTeen)
Reviewed by: Emmy
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.
Quick & Dirty: This installment deepens characters we already love and ends their stories, making a great conclusion to a snarky and fun series.
Opening Sentence: Here’s the thing about dragons: I know absolutely nothing whatsoever about them.
Endlessly takes place over Christmas break, with Lend home from his first semester at college. Guys, it’s so happy and adorable and then it comes crashing down. Cue evil laugh. There are some wonderfully awesome moments in this action-packed ending to the Paranormalcy Trilogy; it runs in pretty much the same vein as the first novel. It’s funny, but a lot more serious. We get a deeper view at the psychotic and complicated Reth, whose storyline is being wrapped up at the same time as Evie’s. The biggest problem with reviewing the final book in a series is that there’s very little I can say about the plot that won’t spoil, well, everything.
But I can tell you all about the characters. You probably read about how I wanted to punch Evie in the face during Supernaturally. Thankfully, she grew out of her idiocy—at least for the most part. Her wit and humor comes back in Endlessly where they had disappeared in the second book. We see her more confident, more take-charge. She’s back to her Buffy-persona.
Lend is still Lend. Unfortunately, still not in the novels as much as I would like and he sort of loses his charm because of it. What we do see of him is stubborn and very un-Lend given what he did in the last two books. He’s overshadowed by Evie’s suddenly more interesting ex, Reth. We get a lot of Reth in this book, and to me he’s the most complex and interesting character. A bit psychotic, a lot mysterious, and we finally see that he really does care for Evie. He’s seriously conflicted in this novel. The choices he makes made me love him as a hero—which is what he is, even if he’s not the love interest and a little bit suspicious.
I’m very impressed with the ending of this trilogy. It didn’t go the way I thought it would—and given that the rest of the trilogy was pretty predictable, that’s a huge improvement. Evie’s ending is much more open-ended than I expected, giving the readers a lot to imagine, and I loved that. The wit and writing are right on par with what I loved about Paranormalcy, but got lost in the sequel. White managed to raise the stakes for Endlessly higher than they’ve ever been, making it a fast paced and highly satisfying read in its own right. As the last hurrah of Evie and her friends, it’s much improved from Supernaturally and a good conclusion to their stories.
If you love YA paranormals, this is definitely a series you should pick up. If you have a reader who’s just breaking into the YA genre, White’s series is also perfect—snarky, fun, without swears or any potentially problematic behavior.
We stepped off the porch and a deliciously warm hand took my own. I glared up at Reth.
“You needed me?”
“How did you know?” I narrowed my eyes suspiciously. Was he eavesdropping?
“You radiate need, my love. I can always feel it.”
I sighed. “Can you fix my boyfriend?”
His smile lit up the dark night. “You really ought to know better than to ask a faerie for a favor by now.
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Endlessly. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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