Format: Hardcover | 304 pages
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Rory Miller didn't just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on. But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil—sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory's friend Aaron and her own father, but when Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.
ENDLESS is the finale to the Shadowlands trilogy by author Kate Brian. After the cliffhanger ending to Hereafter, Rory Miller is fit to be tied. She's just found out a devastating secret about her romantic interest Tristan Parrish, her father and friends have been sent to Shadowlands aka Hell. What's worse is that someone she knows and trusts has been sending souls to Shadowlands aka Hell and it might take Rory's last breath to find out who is responsible, and bring back her family from a fate of eternity damnation and torture.
If you've read the previous installments, then you know that Rory, her sister Darcy, and her father moved to Juniper Landing because they were supposed to be in the witness protection program. Well, that was the theory anyway. Rory learned that they were actually dead and just waiting to be moved to their final destination. Juniper Landing is sort of an in-between place where people stop before heading to their final destination. You can definitely call Juniper a weigh station. Those who end up on Juniper, have issues that they need to resolve before moving on. Some are definitely good, some are inherently evil, twisted, and sick.
To make things even more interesting, Rory is what's called a Lifer. I.E. belonging to a group of souls that are charged with helping others resolve their issues, and guiding them to their next destination. Lifer's can tell what a person has done in order to get to Juniper. Once again, this story mixes mystery elements to go along with supernatural ones. The whole idea that Tristan is a traitor was absolutely absurd in my opinion. Of course, if you were spoiled by the synopsis, then you know what I mean. The main cast of Lifers, besides Rory, are Tristan, Bea, Kevin, Lauren, Joaquin, Krista, Pete, Fisher, Nadia, Aaron, and Cori.
There is another person's perspective which I won't spoil for you because it ties up everything that happens in ENDLESS, to Rory and her family, and leads to the revelation of who is really behind the turmoil that the residents of Juniper are forced to face. I really, really hate dick measuring contests aka three way love triangles. I could do without them but unfortunately for this book, the author spends way too much time sifting out who Rory belongs to.
As I have often repeated, I look for character growth from one book to the next. I think there is some growth for Rory in ENDLESS. I think she's definitely a good person, with a wonderful heart, but she's too trusting at times. She's definitely unstoppable when something happens to her friends and family. But on the other hand, a person can get really close to Rory, and then stab her right in the back without Rory seeing it coming. I asked myself if I would have made the same choices as Rory did in the end. But, alas, isn't that what free choice is all about? The freedom to make their own choices with regrets?
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