Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Endlessly by Kiersten White
Endlessly is the final book in Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series. It is one of the few paranormal YA series books I've read until the very finish. I really enjoyed books one and two but for me, Endlessly dragged on way too long.

Synopsis: 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. (Goodreads.com)


Endlessly does have much of the humor that made Paranormalcy and Supernaturally such fun books to read. Unfortunately, this book just seemed to drag. It truly fit the title of Endlessly for me in that the book never seemed to want to end. I truly think this could have easily been a two book series because yet again, Evie is in peril. Lend is in peril. Jack is making mischief and Reth has secret motivations of his own. This time though, Evie needs to send all the paranormals back to where they originally came from. That is her true mission apparently. It sounds all well and good but unfortunately, Evie dithers about making this decision even though it is clearly the right thing to do. I was getting very fed up with her.

That being said, much of my problems with this book are truly MY problems in that I've been in a big reading funk. This book was relying way too much on danger and drama rather than the interesting characters that had made these books so fun to begin with. I was getting lost in all the dangerous situations, one right after another, that Evie seemed to find herself in. The humor, when present, was spot-on and made me laugh, but even that was stretched a bit too thin in this book.

Overall, Endlessly closed with more of a whimper than a bang. There were an additional forty-nine pages in this book also which seemed to drag the book on way, way longer than it needed to be. The first two books clocked in at 335 and 336 pages respectively and that was a nice size. Somehow, this book became bloated to 385 pages and it just felt like way too much. (Yes, I'm getting nitpicky about page counts but it really did seem to make a difference to me).

I have been in a reading funk lately and I know my mood affected my reading of this book. I started than stopped, started than stopped, way too many times. Finally I just forced myself to finish and that left a rather bad taste in my mouth. I remember FLYING through the first two books and wishing for more. Endlessly definitely did not leave me with that feeling.

But when it comes down to it, if you've stuck with Evie, Lend, David, Reth, and Raquel through the first two books, I do not hesitate in telling you to read Endlessly. If nothing else, it's great to get some closure on these characters.

Endlessly comes out on July 24, 2012 from HarperTeen.

Read my review of Paranormalcy and Supernaturally.

Other reviews: 
Sash & Em review Endlessly
Two Chicks on Books review Endlessly

ARC provided by a friend to read. Thanks Friend!

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