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Review, Young Adult / January 29, 2013
Endlessly by Kiersten WhiteEndlessly
Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: July 2012
389 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Paranormal

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.

Brava, Endlessly. You were an amazing end to a thoroughly entertaining series and a definite return to form after the somewhat disappointing second book, Supernaturally. Evie and the gang are finally back together, doing what they do best. Kiersten White, you’ve done it again. Everything about this book put a huge smile on my face.

Without too many spoilers, Evie is being pulled in all different directions, and not in a good way. There is a new head of the IPCA who doesn’t seem to have Evie or the agency’s best interests at heart. There’s also trouble in the form of Queen Mab, ruler of the Unseelie faeries, who is capturing humans and keeping them as playthings. Of course, there’s the whole notion that the entire fate of faeries and all other supernatural creatures rests in Evie’s hand. But that’s all in a day’s work, right?

All the best things about the first book, Paranormalcy, were in this book, but more. There was more of Evie’s certain brand of flair and snark. The relationship between Lend and Evie was even cuter and sweeter. I praise these two for having a super functional relationship, even in the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty. As it got to one of those ‘me or the universe’ type choices, they both acted really maturely and thought about the consequences of their choices, instead of the usual fatalistic attitude to young love.  I love them both separately as great characters and as a great couple together.

The other characters were also more. Reth walked the line between creepy and handsome even more precariously, but I have to admit I loved him a lot this time around as we got to really see the reason for all his seemingly bad actions. It was amusing to see his version of being caring. Jack was, if possible, even more annoying, but I think it worked better this time as he wasn’t supposed to be a love interest. He helped and probably ended up redeeming himself in the end. We also got to spend a lot of time in the faerie realm and with got closer to the assorted cast of paranormal characters that make this book so much fun.

I really wish I could’ve seen more of Evie and Lend’s life together, but in the end it was all so delightful I wouldn’t change a thing. A delightful, fitting finale to a great series.

4 Stars

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