Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3)Featured
The deadly war between the faerie courts looms ever closer. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its future rests solely in Evie’s hands.
So much for normal.
The setting doesn't just happen in one place and I enjoyed that. The characters have to travel to a few different places, and I think it kept the book moving really well. I loved the scenes in the faerie realms and I think Kiersten did a great job of showing how terrifying the fae can be. *shivers*
This is such a great series. Not only is the story fantastic, the characters likable and lasting, but the story is one that stays with you after reading the books. I still remember how great I felt after reading 'Paranormalcy' and how I couldn't wait for future books of the series. Kudos to you Kiersten for writing such a great series for young adults and adults! I can't wait to see what you write next! And I'm so sad to see Evie and the rest the gang go, but this book gives us a definite ending that I think readers will be happy with. I know I was. This series is bleeping fantastic!
These books are probably the most light-hearted, fun paranormals out there, and Endlessly is no exception! Kiersten White takes readers on a roller coaster in this one and kept me guessing until the last page. The stakes are high in Endlessly and I was on the edge of my seat, dying to know how everything would turn out. I love the complete originality that follows Kiersten White's world - it is just so different from the paranormal genre which is awesome.
The characters are one of my favorite things about this series. Everyone is back in Endlessly, along with a few new characters and it was just a ton of fun. Evie is one of my favorite heroines in YA literature, and she really comes into her own in Endlessly. She is just so lovable, fun, and a total hoot. I loved seeing more of Arianna in this one - she is such a great character. Reth is that kind of sketchy guy who I love and hate at the same time. He is so devious and malicious, yet kind of awesome and really hot all at once.
Endlessly by Kiersten White is a book you do not want to miss. Kiersten White ties up this trilogy with a bang! I read pretty much straight through Endlessly, not wanting to put it down for a moment. I am sad to see Evie's story end, but love that Kiersten White did such an awesome job tying it up!
Most likely, my mood affected my reading experience, but I felt almost like I was growing apart from the series. I found Evie more annoying than endearing this time around and while Lend was kind and good, same as always, I was on Team Reth for the most part. Not that Evie ever considered him like that or anything, but I rather liked him anyhow.
The flow of the story was well done. I breezed right through it and it felt neither rushed nor sluggish. The only time it felt a little off was when they were going into the Realms to get to the Dark Queen. I just remember thinking "this feels like we're getting ready for the end...but I'm only 1/3 of the way through." In the end, it worked out, and was a rather interesting encounter.
I have a terrible memory when it comes to books. I know, it's sad. I didn't remember who Vivian and Jack were right away. I think that helped endear Jack to me a bit more. Evie and Lend kept making references to his past bad deeds, but I couldn't for the life of me remember what he'd done. So I ended up adoring his amusing, candid ways.
I really enjoyed the ending. White didn't disappoint with her descriptions of the other realm. I wanted to spend even more time with it because it was just so lovely to read about.
The Nutshell: While Endlessly doesn't make my top series' finale list, it was still a good ending for the series. Weirdly, I enjoyed many of the side characters more than the main ones, but so it goes. I loved that the flow was nice and easy. The story moved from one thing to the next easily and I ended up reading it much quicker than I normally would a book that size.
Because it terms of fluffy beach reads with engaging plots that honestly have zero literary merit, Endlessly and its companions ranks pretty high up there. The quirky girliness and pink-obsession are honestly too cute for me to care extensively about, well, any of this books faults—and it has many.
With all that in mind, I’m sad to say that Endlessly is not the best book in this series, and I was somewhat disappointed by it.
My main issue with Endlessly was that this book’s plot felt very clumsy. In order to go from point A to point B, White had a lot of ground to cover, and she had to shove a lot of stuff into less than 400 pages. I don’t think it would have been a good idea to split this into two novels, but maybe a few of the subplots could have been dropped.
Endlessly was also the first time Evie’s character bothered me, which was surprising because her shallow Mary Sue-ness was never an issue before. I can’t say why, exactly, but I think it had to do with her wishy-washy behavior towards Reth, her faerie ex, and Jack, the amusing human from the faerie realms. She spent the first two books hating those characters, but in Endlessly she suddenly decided they were friends? I wasn’t convinced.
White did include some interesting and praiseworthy moments in terms of relationships, like this:
”I am what I should be. I’m what I want to be. And I could never be with someone or love someone who didn’t love me and accept me for who I am now.”
That’s great. I love that Evie said that. However it almost felt like an afterthought White threw out to keep the rabid Evie-haters at bay, and it probably won’t work.
In any case, while I don’t think that Endlessly quite lived up to the standard set by Paranormalcy and Supernaturally, it definitely wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read. It had its moments, and I enjoyed most of it. Evie’s character was still cute, her relationship with Lend was good, and altogether, I think any fan of the series will probably be satisfied with Endlessly.
Verdict: I was disappointed by this book, but on the scale of things I wasn’t very disappointed. The Paranormalcy series is still a solid bit of entertaiment, and I’ve enjoyed the light and fluffy journey Kiersten White takers her readers on. Best thing I’ve ever read? No. But I could have done much worse.