Endlessly by Kiersten White

February 11, 2013 Reviews 0

  • Date published: 2nd August 2012
  • Publisher: Harper Collins AU
  • Format: Paperback, 389 pages
  • Series: Paranormalcy, Book 3
  • ISBN 13: 9780007390175 ISBN10: 0007390173
  • Categories: YA – Other Paranormal
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  • Source: borrowed from library

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.

This review contains spoilers for the Paranormalcy series. If you haven’t read the books, I strongly discourage you from reading any further.

Although it’s always sad to see a much-loved series end, I am glad that Endlessly is the last volume in this series because I don’t think I can take any more. After starting off so promisingly in Paranormalcy and disappointing me in Supernaturally, I had hoped that Endlessly would bring the books back to their high beginnings. But instead it just degenerated further and I am glad to see it go.

Evie. Remember when she was cute, spunky, and awesome? In this book all I got was that Evie is very annoying. She bosses everyone around, makes weird, complicated demands and generally pisses everyone off. But the other characters never call her on it, so I guess we’re meant to believe she’s still being spunky and brave.

The writing style, which I loved when I read Paranormalcy, has just devolved to juvenile banter. There was really nothing masterful in the book – the plot is just a series of events that have all happened in the previous books, just with different characters or in a different location. I’d seen everything before, I knew how it was all going to pan out, and I felt like the book was just too long – with unnecessary side-dramas and missions to pad it out until the big finale. Most of Evie’s ‘problems’ wouldn’t exist if she had two brain cells to rub together and figure things out, and the ‘drama’ injected into the plot via Lend’s curse and Vivian’s decision at the end were pathetic. Not only was there no mystery, it was perfectly clear to everyone except Evie what was going on and I spent those sections waiting for her one brain cell to work it all out.

The romance is also quite bland in this book. After a whole book of Evie trying to keep Lend’s immortality from him, I would have thought they would have more to discuss between them – conversations about honesty, their future together, that sort of thing. But nope, not only do Evie and Lend barely have conversations beyond ‘You can’t do that it’s too dangerous‘ ‘Yes I can, it’s my decision‘, Lend is eventually cursed so he can’t be in the same room as Evie. It seemed like the author didn’t know how to get the chemistry between Lend and Evie to work so she just separated them.

On the other hand, I think Reth grew a lot throughout the book and it was easy to see that he genuinely cares for Evie in his own way. I thought it was sweet that he kept doing things to help her – even after Evie waxing lyrical about how untrustworthy and immoral faeries are. I also liked Jack a little bit more in Endlessly, but I’m not sure why he was briefly entangled with Carlee. Actually, Carlee’s whole role in the book was utterly disappointing – a few texts and missed calls, and then being kidnapped by a faerie and having to be rescued before she disappeared again.

I think Endlessly will only be enjoyed by die-hard fans of the series, because to a casual reader it seems like there is too much going on, and only some of it makes sense, and Evie just spends the whole book running around with a massive hero-complex. It’s really disappointing when a series ends on a sour note, but I hope Kiersten’s new series, beginning this year with Mind Games, will be a lot better.

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