Author: Carrie Jones
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance) in the climactic conclusion to Carrie Jones’s bestselling series.
Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army. Zara isn’t sure what her role is anymore. She’s not just fighting for her friends; she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king . . .
Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.
Summary from Goodreads.com
My Review: Well, here we are with the final installment in the Need series. I have been looking forward to this book for quite some time and was very excited to get a chance to read it through NetGalley. The first thing I have to comment on is that cover! Wow! It is by far my favorite of the series. I know that does not reflect the content of the book, but I had to point it out. I love how the covers kept the same theme running throughout the series, they definitely pop when I see them in bookstores.
As for the book itself, I have mixed feelings. The first half of the book was a build up to the final battle and while there were revelations made, it still dragged. Zara and crew were searching for a way to defeat Frank and I wanted more action. I pushed through the pages though, hoping things would pick up and luckily they did. The battles towards the end were non-stop and I had to slow down to absorb all the information being delivered to me. It was exactly what I was looking forward and was glad I got the action I craved.
I am also thankful that Carrie gives up a quick recap of what happened in the previous book, Entice (review here), because it has been over a year since that book released and I was a bit fuzzy on some of the details from it. I had a generally idea of what happened at the end, but the summary was a welcomed addition to the first couple of chapters to get caught back up again in this world.
As for the boys, I was team Nick at the start of this series, but somewhere along the line I switched over to Astley. It did not help that Nick was being a complete jerk to Zara after she went to Valhalla to rescue him. One of the first times we see them together this is how Nick reacts to her:
“I don’t hate you, Zara. I hate this situation. I hate that when you first go here you were this normal, depressed, pacifist girl who cares about human rights and peace and now you’re this…Now you spend you nights hunting down evil. Now you kill without blinking an eye and it’s just part of your routine. I hate what you’ve become.”
I guess I think loving someone means you love all of them and grow with them. Zara is forced into the life of pixies to protect those she loves. She would do anything for them and she does for Nick! Then after she saves his life he comes back he treats her like crap? I have never been more turned off by a character. Plus, he does not even think he has done anything wrong. Sorry Nick, you have officially lost my vote. Thank goodness Zara can see that she does not have to put up with Nick’s behavior because if she just accepted it I would have been very disappointed. Astley on the other hand remains the gentleman and is always there for Zara no matter what. He is always trying to do what is best for her and I admired his courage and ability to put others first while looking out for the well-being of his people.
The mythology in this book continues to interest me. I like the Norse legends and the impact they had on many of the obstacles faced in this book. Diving back into this mythology again was fascinating. There were a couple pieces of Norse mythology reveled that I did not know about and it has inspired me to look into this mythology more to learn all about that culture.
Sometimes at the conclusion of a series there are more questions left than answers, but that was not the case with Endure. While it did have a rocky start I did appreciate the closure that Carrie gave us with the characters in this world. She could always come back and write more, but I think Endure left off at a good stopping point to Zara’s story. Overall, I did enjoy this book and am happy I saw the series all the way to its conclusion. I am not sure what Carrie will be writing about next, but I will be eager to see what it is.
FTC: I received this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley for review. Thank you!