Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Kiersten White’s New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy comes to a breathless conclusion with a signature mix of wit, romance, paranormal creatures, and a truly original heroine.

In Endlessly, pink-loving, butt-kicking Evie has way too much on her to-do list. Paranormals are begging her to open a faerie gate so they can leave the human world, something Evie’s not sure she has the power to do. The Dark Queen is torturing humans and must be destroyed.

On top of all that, Evie’s prom is coming up. She’s not sure what to wear, and, oh, yeah, her shape-shifting boyfriend, Lend, has been cursed so that he falls into an enchanted sleep whenever he and Evie are in the same room…and even Evie’s ex-boyfriend, the faerie Reth, can’t reverse the dark magic.

An epic battle is looming, and the choices Evie makes will determine the fate of whole paranormal world—and her own life.

–back cover of Endlessly by Kiersten White

Endlessly provided a great end to the Paranormalcy series. The book was captivating and interesting, from the plot, to the characters, to the writing style.

Oftentimes I feel unsatisfied with trilogies for one of two reasons: I feel as if they drag out the series too long or too many questions are left unanswered. I think that this ending provided the perfect balance. I wasn’t left with any questions, just with a sense of fondness for the series.

The character in the series can be a bit of a hit-or-miss in my opinion. For the most part, I love Evie, even though being inside her head can be a little annoying at some points. I think her thought process is pretty realistic. Although realistic isn’t a bad thing, it can be annoying to read it in fiction sometimes. I like Raquel and the paranormals because they’re unique and have strong voices. I think that the twist on the paranormals in this trilogy is great. I like Evie’s friend Carly too. While all of these characters are good, my two favorites are Lend and Reth. I think that Lend is fascinating, and he is so kind. I have loved him from book one. Reth was not the character that I expected to become my favorite character, but he did. In this book, he gets quite the redemption arc. There is one character that drives me crazy though: Jack. I think he’s pretty cringeworthy, but I think he’s supposed to be cringeworthy.

The author’s writing style and voice remained unique, and I finished the book quite satisfied with the series.

While not perfect, it is a great trilogy which I highly recommend. I give the final book 4.5 out of 5 stars.