Warning! Read Paranormalcy and Supernaturally by Kiersten White before proceeding with this post! I just finished Endlessly, the final book in this fan-bleeping-tastic series, and I don’t want to spoil things for you!
Nearly two years ago, I was introduced to Evie. Like most of my friends, Evie is fictional. She exists in the wonderful, weird world of Kiersten White’s Paranormalcy series. From the very beginning, I found Evie to be witty, sarcastic, reckless, heroic, and, even with all of that, completely relatable. Yeah, she’s a little on the paranormal side (hence the title of the series), and she may be torn between a gorgeous faerie and a half-mortal/half-water spirit boyfriend, but she’s still just a girl who wants to find her place in the world. She’s just not quite sure which world she’s supposed to be a part of…and that’s where things become a bit problematic.
Anyhoo, this evening, I finished Endlessly, the third and final book in this series, and I am beyond sad to say goodbye to Evie, Lend, Reth, and so many other characters who I’ve gotten to know over the past two years. This final book took Evie and company on a bumpy, roller-coaster-ride of a journey that revealed so much about Evie’s nature and how important she was to humans and paranormal creatures alike. Every chapter brought something new–usually a seemingly insurmountable problem for Evie–but this character demonstrates maturity that most adults could never dream of. Does she always make the right choices? Probably not. But she always does what she thinks is right, and that’s all that anyone can ask. (I know I’m getting a little deep here, but bear with me. I’m kind of in mourning for the end of this series, and writing all of this helps me to work some things out.)
In Endlessly, Evie is faced with a whole bunch of problems, but there’s one big one that sort of eclipses all the rest. It’s up to her to send the world’s paranormal creatures back to their home. It seems that almost everyone expects her to do this, but no one really asked her if she was willing, so Evie’s chafing a bit at all of the responsibilities being heaped on her shoulders. On top of this, the Dark Queen of the Unseelie Faerie Court and the new management of the IPCA will stop at nothing to prevent Evie from opening the gate to send the faeries, selkies, elementals, dragons, unicorns, and other assorted creatures on their way. Evie must choose her path quickly if there is any hope to save her friends, her world, and herself.
Evie must also deal with a faerie (Reth) who will do nearly anything to convince Evie to cross over with him, her boyfriend Lend (who is half-mortal/half-elemental) who may or may not decide to stay with her on the earthly plane, a sister who she only visits in dreams, and a friend who is manic and psychotic on a good day. To say that Evie has a lot to deal with would be an understatement. But deal with it she does, in the only way she knows how…with her trademark humor, wit, sarcasm, leap-before-you-look recklessness, and guts. Is she afraid? You betcha. But Evie does what she must, even when the choices and sacrifices she must make threaten to destroy her. Will Evie succeed in her quest to restore normalcy to her world and others? Does she have any hope of a quiet, normal life after all of this? You’ll have to find out for yourself when you read Endlessly by Kiersten White…because I’m not going to tell you any more!
If it’s not already crystal clear, I bleeping LOVE this series! If Kiersten White rewrote the dictionary, I would probably read it. Humor, even in the most serious of situations, just leaps of the page. I enjoy that. And even though I’m not really fazed by cursing in YA novels, the lack of cursing in this one jumped out at me. Yes, there were a lot of “bleeps,” but even those added more humor to the story. This series is great for middle grade, teen, and adult readers, and all of them should read these books. The entire Paranormalcy series is made of sunshine, rainbows, and awesome. Case closed.
If you’d like more information on this series and upcoming books (like Mind Games–due out on February 19, 2013) by the hilarious Kiersten White, check out her blog, Kiersten Writes. You can also follow her on Twitter @kierstenwhite. Her tweets, like her books, always bring a smile to my face!