Review: Endless by Jessica Shirvington

Posted 19 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Endless by Jessica ShirvingtonEndless by Jessica Shirvington
Series: The Violet Eden Chapters #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire on October 1, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 480
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LOVE WILL KILL US ALL.

Violet Eden thought she was getting things under control. Then all hell breaks loose-literally. In the war between angels and exiles, she's about to face the biggest baddie of all time. Except she's not nearly ready.

The dark exile Phoenix is still messing with her head-not to mention her heart. And her undeniable attraction to Lincoln has gotten downright dangerous. When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing she will face...

Here Are My Thoughts
Check out my review of Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2) 

Favorite Quote(s):

“Honey and spice and all things dangerous are nice.”

“‘Thanks for the outrageously fun night.’ He winked. ‘I aim to please.’ ‘Then we’re going to have to reassess your pleasure standards.’ At the smile on his face and raised eyebrow, my cheeks pinked. ‘Ah…I mean…’ ‘Goodnight, Vi.’ ‘I bit my lip. ‘Night, Linc.'”

“‘What we have…We’re endless.'”

Favorite Character: Violet. She’s such a strong and well developed character. First Line: My Musings: Wow. Just wow. I am still in a state of shock, and it’s been about three days since I finished this novel. So I’ve been pining for this novel ever since I finished Emblaze. I mean, the cliffy in Emblaze? Just about killed me. So anyways. When I got approved for this title on Netgalley, I was super excited! I was expecting great things, and great things were given to me.

Endless follows Violet and co. as they fight to find Lilith and Phoenix and put a stop to her horrible plans of evilness. In addition, you also have the added stress of Violet’s newly found mother being taken as prisoner at the Academy in the New York. And the fact that Violet has to take classes there. And the fact that Violet’s dad has been exposed to their world. Oh, and the ever-present connection between Phoenix and Violet, and of course, the forbidden love between Violet and Lincoln.

All of this makes for a novel with never-ending action. Between all of the mini-conflicts and the looming main conflict, there was never a dull moment! I literally couldn’t turn the kindle pages faster–Endless had me hanging on every single word. The way that Shirvington presents all of these mini-conflicts should make for a very confusing story, but she did it just right. Everything was easy to follow, and this ease allowed me to be pulled more into the story because I wasn’t spending time trying to figure out what was going on.

The characters and their relationships are what I think stood out to me most in this installment. You have Violet as our main character. She really came into herself in this novel. She learned not to let anyone give her crap, and she was the personification of selfless in this novel. Other than a few moments of weakness in this novel involving our favorite green eyed Grigori, she was steadfast and strong for the whole of the novel. She was really a tough heroine, and it was admirable. She made me want to be like her, wish that I was as strong, both physically and mentally, as her.

The other supporting characters were as amazing as they have been in the previous novel. Shirvington has a knack for writing well-developed side characters. In addition to being well developed, they each has very distinct personalities that shine through. Steph was the intellect, helping to solve the new mysteries introduced in this installment. Salvatore was her ever-sweet protector. Zoe was spunky and dangerous as always–the kind of girl that you wish you had for a best friend. Spence was the personification of the guy friend every girl wants–cute and protective, but won’t hold you back and always encouraging you to be your best.

“‘See what you’ve reduced me to?’ onyx glared at me. ‘My only comfort is knowing you’ll be stuck with your treat of a mother for the foreseeable future.’
I glared back at him.
‘Oh,’ he said, throwing a hand to his chest. ‘Is that your evil stare? I’m quivering.'”

Onyx was, well, Onyx. but I can say that you really get to see more of Onyx’s personal feelings in this novel than any of the previous ones. Griffin was the steadfast leader that he’s always been, always looking out for the gang. We get to see more of Violet’s mother’s character in this novel. She was ever present, and I loved seeing the dynamic between her and Violet grow and change. Some things come out in this novel that I think are really important regarding Evelyn.

And now our two favorite boys. I’ve always been Team Phoenix (don’t judge!). But I have to say that I have officially switched sides.

“‘It would be easier if I didn’t love you. Saying things like that, after all I have done…’ He half laughed. ‘You ruin me. Absolutely and totally obliterate me.'”

We’ll talk about Phoenix first. He’s confusing and a very complex character. Sometimes I just can’t tell where his loyalties really lie. Sometimes he looked like the good guy, but then I remembered what evil he released upon Violet’s world. Then I have second thoughts. But in the end, I’ve concluded that he had to have been a decent guy what with the events that transpired in the end of the novel. But still. Team Linc!

“‘Violet and I may not be together, but make no mistake: she is mine just as much as I am hers.'”

Lincoln..sigh. He’s just amazing overall. Always looking out for Violet, getting cutely jealous. You know, just awesome. I loved seeing him struggle with his feelings for Violet. I just loved the two of them together. they had this really special love for each other and it was very inspiring what they went through to protect the other. Just…I want that kind of love when I grow up!

Now the ending. OMG THE ENDING. Jessica why?! Why did you have to end it that way?! Why does Empower now come out until 2014?1 I’m dying from that ending STILL. So one inkling of advice: If you despise clliffhangers, wait until we’re closer to the release date for book five before going for this one. Because that ending nearly killed me. So much happens within the last five or so chapters it’s insane. It definitely resulted in a tizzy of my emotions and pulled on my heartstrings!

Endless was way better than I was expecting. A whirlwind of action, love, and suspense, it’s definitely one that you want to pick up soon!

5 Stars
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About Jessica Shirvington

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Jessica Shirvington is the author of THE VIOLET EDEN CHAPTERS also known as THE EMBRACE SERIES, stand alone novel, BETWEEN THE LIVES and has an exciting new duology called DISRUPTION on the way in 2014.

An entrepreneur, author, and mother living in Sydney, Australia, Jessica is also a 2011 & 2012 finalist for Cosmopolitan’s annual Fun, Fearless Female Award. She’s also one of the lucky few who met the love of her life at age seventeen: Matt Shirvington, a former Olympian and current sports broadcaster for Foxtel and Fox Sports. Married for twleve years with two beautiful daughters, Sienna and Winter, Jessica knows her early age romance and its longevity has definitely contributed to how she tackles relationships in her YA novels.

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