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Review: Shadowlands (Kate Brian)

Endless (Shadowlands, #3)An unthinkable betrayal threatens everyone Rory loves in the third installment of our dark, thrilling Shadowlands series from New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian.

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 SPOILER 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. 



It should not be a surprise that I really enjoy this series. I thought Shadowlands was amazing-- the twist ending left me with my jaw on the ground. That meant, of course, I had to read Hereafter. As I mentioned in my review of Hereafter (go ahead and click those links and read for yourself), the plot gets more predictable as the series goes on.

If Hereafter is the slump in the series, Endless makes up for it with all of its surprises. Overall, I think this was a decent conclusion to the series. I'm not too happy with the love triangle that emerged (or how it ended), but put that aside and the plot is pretty solid.

In typical Kate Brian fashion, there are more twists than you can count, and I feel pretty safe to say you won't figure them all out. The final twist didn't hit me until a few pages away from the big reveal, so that's always a good sign. I'm still mulling over that one a bit, however; trying to decide if I think it's cheesy or not. For now, though, I'm okay with it.

If you've been reading this series, I think you will be satisfied with the ending. If you are new to Kate Brian's series, you should definitely check it out! I am not a fan of mysteries, but this one has a twinge of mythology, plenty of plot twists, and just enough creepiness to keep me flipping the pages. It's worth the read.

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


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