July 24th 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.
I'm going to miss this series. This is one of the first YA trilogies that I've ever really properly stuck with over the last couple of years, so I feel pretty sad about it having finished. It's why I was really reluctant to read it in the first place. Sure, I was a bit confused when I started it because I'd forgotten pretty much everything that had happened, but once I remembered, I just enjoyed myself the whole way through. And yes, it was bittersweet, but it was also a great ending to a great trilogy.
I love Evie. I really do. She's one of my favourite YA characters ever, but she did annoy me a little bit in this book. I don't really know what it was, but there were just a lot of times when she was so stubborn and blind to anyone but herself and her own problems that I kind of just wanted to shake some sense into her, but at the same time, it's understandable. Her whole life she's been pushed around by other people for her powers, and she's had this whole destiny thing thrust upon her and she never wanted any of it! She just wants to be with Lend and watch Easton Heights. I do like her stubbornness, so I don't mean to criticise her, but I think I just forgot how stubborn she could be, and how sometimes it could feel like too much.
One small criticism, though, would be that it felt like all of the problems were solved fairly easily, and it was like they all happened in a sequential order. I know, aren't books supposed to happen like that? But I don't know, it just felt like one problem cropped up and then they'd solve it 50 pages later and then there'd be a new thing and apart from the big 'needing to make a gate to let all the Paranormals through' storyline that was the whole book, it didn't feel like there was a smooth interweaving of subplots. But maybe that's just because I read it really slowly (for me. Seriously, how do people read 20 pages at a time like that? It's so confusing...) so I just wasn't as invested in it.
I really, really loved Reth in this book though. I feel like he's gotten a bad rep because we only get to Reth how Evie sees him, and I don't think he's that bad a guy, he's just got the whole Amoral Faerie thing going on. He only wants to do the best thing, he just doesn't always have the best way of doing it. I was really glad that we got to see a more positive side to him, especially considering how it ended. I was more glad that him and Evie (kind of) got to make peace with each other before the end. It was nice to see why he did everything he did, and even though some of his reasons were a bit dodge and Evie was still annoyed by him, I think he really did love her, or, well, find her interesting to be around, which for a Faerie is a lot.
Also, we got to make amends with everyone's favourite psychopaths Jack and Vivian! I don't really remember what I thought about Jack at the end of Supernaturally, but let's face it, it probably wasn't good, and I do like Vivian, but she was insane in the first book so it was nice to see her (kind of) get better. And Jack. He's a nice guy, really. Well, not a nice guy, but he's a lot better than he was in the last book! Nah, I did actually really like him this time around. He's just unhinged enough to still be interesting, but we actually get to see him with feelings here. When they were in the Faerie Realms dealing with the people that they'd stolen, that was when he really started to show himself as being more that just the crazy sarcastic psycho that he is. And I think he's going to turn out okay, in the end.
And about the end. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it. I know that I liked it, and I don't think it was too cheesy (which is what I was really worried about because I know I think I found the end of the first book to be a bit cheesy), but I don't know. It wasn't sad sad or anything, which I'm also glad about because they're not the kind of books that end sad sad, like cry your eyes out sad. As I said before, it just feels bittersweet, but also a bit like I'm ready to let this series go. It closed everything up well, but I just don't feel different now that I've finished it. *shrugs* It's not that big a deal, I don't feel different after most books/series that I finish, but y'know. Sometimes you just want a book to finish and you want the world to feel different afterwards and this wasn't one of those. The series never has been, for me, but I kind of expected something after I was done. I'm just rambling now, sorry.
Yeah, so, Endlessly. It was a really great ending to one of my favourite series, and despite it's flaws, it's still pretty freaking bleeping awesome.