Mundie Moms

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Book Review: Endlessly by Kiersten White

Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: July 24th, 2012
Source: ARC from author to review
5 stars: I Bleeping Loved It!
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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 -quoted from Goodreads

With ENDLESSLY Kiersten White delivers a highly entertaining, fast paced, engaging read. 

Kiersten White you bleeping rock! I could not have asked for a better ending to one of my all time favorite paranormal series. When a series you love ends, it's like going through a break up. You grieve for the things you want to have, but can't and cherish/enjoy the things you loved while it lasted. In all honestly there are some books who are last in a series I still haven't read, because I don't want to admit that series is over, and reading them will mean they're done (don't judge me). When this book arrived I couldn't wait to dive in and enjoy every sarcastic moment I knew Evie was going to give me, despite the fact I was saddened this is the last book in the series. Luckily for me, Kiersten White ends her incredibly awesome series on such a good note. I'll definitely be re-reading this series over and over again.

ENDLESSLY dives a bit deeper into the dark world Evie's tried so hard to stay away from, but when those around her are threatened she jumps into action and does whatever she can to save them. With some surprising twists, and shocking allies, Evie and her team are about to make some incredibly challenging sacrifices in order to obtain their goal of saving both the paranormal and human world. There's plenty of sarcasm, hot character chemistry, heartbreak, sorrow, some bleeping fantastic sigh worthy moments, and a little more. Don't worry Lend and Reth fans, you'll be seeing plenty of them and a few other favorites. 

I didn't think I could adore Evie any more than I did. She's a character who's really come full circle for me in this series. I appreciated the fact that though she's gotten a bit tougher, she's still that same sarcastic bundle of joy who doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to what she thinks is right. She's strong and independent, and yet she knows when to ask for help, whether she wants to or not. As a reader, I really appreciate an author who can create strong female lead who can hold her own, is sarcastic, thinks for herself, and yet in the midst of wanting her independence knows when to seek out help.

Oh how I adore Kiersten's romances and her sizzling character chemistry! Just because Lend gets the sigh worthy romance scenes with Evie, doesn't mean Reth can't have some sizzling character chemistry moments with Evie, despite her making her intentions clear.  For all the romance moments with Lend, the scenes with Reth and Jack are often times hilarious, because Evie's sarcasm totally shines in those moments. Lend knows how to bring out her calmer side, and these two know how to ruffle her feathers and get her going, which is comical to say the least. I loved seeing Evie, Lend, Reth and Jack work together, because this made up for most of the story's humor. Normally these four being in the same room together would be a crash course test for disaster, but given what they're all up against and how it effects each of them they some how manage to put a little of their hostility aside to try and achieve their goal. 

Aside from the bleeping fantastic character chemistry, and a few surprising revelations, I really enjoyed seeing how everything came full circle for Evie. Choices that she made earlier in the series catch up with her in this book, and the choices she makes now have and will have lasting consequences. Seeing such a diverse cast of paranormal characters, and getting to see a much different look into their worlds, and being able to understand why some things happened the they did gave great closure to Evie's series. Kiersten introduces the right amount of new characters to keep this book fresh and exciting, while keeping many of my favorites still very much apart of Evie's world. Her wrap up of the over all series's storyline created a most fitting ending for Evie's story.

I'm sure if Evie were here, she'd say that this is a bleeping awesome ending to a fabulous series. If you're a fan of this series, I HIGHLY recommend picking this book up when it's out next Tuesday. If you've not yet picked up this series, what are you waiting for!  You can read my reviews for the previous two books in the series, Paranormalcy and Supernaturally here. Don't miss Kiersten's upcoming release party for ENDLESSLY here!

Contemporary Love in 2012

2012 is proving to be the year of contemporaries for me. I've not always been a huge contemp fan, but this year I've already read quite a few that have won me more, and there's quite a few left I want to read. I broke down my list to create a not so long post of contemporaries that both Sophie & I have read and love, ones I still need to finish, and a few that I want to go pick up. 

6 Contemps I've Read this year and Recommend Picking Up: Both Sophie and I have read way more than 7 contemps this year, but this the short list of ones I'd recommend. Since I couldn't choose just 6, I added one more to the list.

  1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site by Jennifer E Smith
  2. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen
  3. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
  4. In Honor by Jessi Kirby
  5. Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom
  6. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
  7. Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

6 Contemps Sitting on my Shelf Waiting for me to Finish Reading: Sadly I've got a stack of awesome contemps (at least I've heard they're awesome) sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finishing reading them. Yes, I sadly started a number of them and for whatever reason stopped reading them or put them aside until I was in more of a contemp mood. Wanderlove I'm almost finished with it and love it! Here's my list of books I need to finish.

  1. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  3. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
  4. A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  5. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
  6. The Rivals (Mockingbirds #2) by Daisy Whitney

6 Contemps Waiting for me To Purchase: These are all books that have either been on my TBR list for a quite awhile (like Such a Rush) or are ones I've recently added, because I have heard nothing but awesome things about them like, Something Like Normal. These are books I intend to pick up soon/when they're released.


  1. Such A Rush by Jennifer Echols
  2. My Life Next Door by Huntly Fitzpatrick
  3. Something Like Normal by Trish Dollar
  4. Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally
  5. Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill
  6. Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

What comtemps have you read and loved this year and which ones are you looking forward to picking up? 

Twitter Tuesday - C.J. Redwine

I know that both Katie and I are very excited to read C.J. Redwine's DEFIANCE, and today we just got a step closer. VH1 has the book trailer over on their webpage.

Here are their thoughts, synopsis-style:
Rachel Adams lives in a post-apocalyptic village of Baalboden where women have to be accompanied by male protectors at all times, and everyone lives in fear of their leader, Commander Chase, as well as the giant monster that dwells outside the town’s walls. When her father, Baalboden’s best courier, goes missing, she’s placed in the custody of his apprentice, Logan. That makes things pretty awkward, since she professed her love to him a couple of years back. But since both of them have a shared mission, to find Rachel’s father, they’re willing to put aside any weird tension and embark on a seriously dangerous journey. The mood is a little bit Game of Thrones-y fantasy, a little bit Hunger Games dystopia and a little something else we can’t put into a box yet. We’re too busy racing through the pages to find out what’s next.
See why we're excited here at Mundie Moms? Will you join us in pre-ordering DEFIANCE? The release date is August 28th, and that's just around the corner!