Author: S.E. Hall
Series: The Evolve Series
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: November 24
"Over the years, we've lost, and gained, some members. Some by choice, others by fate. Life has tried several times to splinter our foundation, topple our fortress--and failed. Our faith; in God, ourselves, and each other has been tested beyond measure, multiple times...but in the end, the crew saves the ship--Every. Single. Time. And we make it through the storm."
When I opened the first page of this book, I admit, I had to catch up. It takes place many years in the future from where this series began and what is thought at the beginning is really just exactly what it should be: a prelude to the end of a series. Of an era. A group of friends and their families coming full circle.
It was magic. That's the best way to describe it. Pure. Magic. Hall has a way of pulling you into the lives of each person and truly, you become attached to them. You find yourself cheering for them, cursing them, and just...loving them. Loving where they've come from, where they are, and where they're going--plus, after all this time, there is a certain someone(s) who really needed their happily ever after. Hall delivers. And she doesn't disappoint.
"We're circling around the new, smaller ring being built inside our own. And inside it, they'll be safe, because we've spent years strengthening that outer circle, forged from the hardest, unbreakable steel."
Following the Crew on their journey called life, we get to witness something truly special in Endure. And it lives up to the title, too. What they have had to endure throughout the roller coaster of their lives is just as heart-swelling as it is heart-breaking. I laughed (thanks Sawyer), I cried (thanks Laney, Bennett, Dane, and Zach), and I fell in love with a whole new group of beautiful souls just starting to spread their wings and fly. Even now, my nose stings, my eyes are watering, and my heart is completely full.
Things are as they should be, and the next generation may have some challenges to face with the foundation they've been given--there are a lot of huge expectations--but I have no doubt that The Squad will fulfill every inch of those very large shoes...at least I hope they do. (Yes, Steph. That was a hint.)
**5 Auld Lang Syne, Stars**
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