Thursday, November 29, 2012
Endlessly by Kiersten White
Release Date: July 24, 2012
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.(courtesy of Goodreads)
Endlessly brings the Paranormalcy series to a fabulous end. With this series, Kiersten created a rich, well-defined world with absorbing plots and lovable, memorable characters. I am sad to see the series end but thrilled that Endlessly does such a good job of finishing it.
Throughout this series, Evie's preconceived notions of who is good and bad and what is right and wrong have been continuously challenged. Paranormalcy showed Evie that the IPCA is not the saving grace that she thought it was. Now she has to fully take it on. She's come full circle from her initial distrust of most paranormal creatures to relying on the beings she once would have bagged and tagged without hesitation. Particularly interesting are her reliance on Jack and Reth, who she learned were decidedly unreliable in Paranormalcy and Supernaturally.
Evie always retains an uplifting sarcastic spirit no matter how difficult her circumstances. It's her humor that makes this series different from other paranormal books. Much like Sophie in the Hex Hall series, Evie always has a snarky comment. Evie's particular brand of sarcasm leans towards the cutesy, sparkly, pink side. I do think that she would eventually get on my nerves if I knew her in real life, but in these books, she is a constant burst of light.
Setting Evie aside, this is really Reth's book. I can hardly put into words how impressed I am with the way that Kiersten characterized him. Reth came off as an arrogant albeit handsome villain in the previous two books. He is much more layered in Endlessly. Kiersten has always been a talented writer, but Reth's complexity shows just how much she's grown with this series. I adore Reth. He is neither good nor bad. He is not human. He is faerie, but sometimes not even that. Reth has very strong ideas of what's best for the future of the paranormal and human creatures. He loves Evie - not in a traditional adoring 'I'd do anything for you' way, but his love is palpable through his actions. Reth will do things that seem incredibly wrong to us but he always has a defined reason He has a conscience, but one that conforms closely to his view of the world. Even though Evie (and I) disagreed with his actions throughout much of this series, by the end of the book, Evie (and I) understood and cared for Reth.
Endlessly ends with a bang. There's a lot of complex magic going on, not all of which I understood. Regardless, I loved the story's fast pace and how so many different, important things happened in the course of 400 pages. We understand the characters much better, learn more about paranormal lore, and best of all get to read Evie's unstoppable snark. I highly, highly recommend Endlessly.