Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Endure (Need #4) by Carrie Jones

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.
 Sometimes you get a series and you don't know when it will end. You want to know the conclusion and yet, you don't want to leave characters that you have grown to really enjoy spending time. This is such a book, but alas, it does end and this is the last book of the series.

When this book starts out, I admit I was a bit confuddled. It skipped over a big portion of what had happened in the last book. I'm wondering if that part will be a novella. Anyway, we know the conclusion of that adventure and it may only bug you because you want to know how they got out of that latest jam. Still, I was happy to be back with the gang and on to saving the world.

The characters in this book still rock. However, I will admit, I was still on the fence with Astley up until book #3, Entice. I really started to enjoy his character and relaxed a bit about his motives. And without giving anything away... this book really solidified me as an Astley fan. He is the perfect compliment to Zara's character.

This adventure they go on is also a bit like Buffy saving the world. I'm not telling you which episode(s), but those that are fans will recognize the situation. Yes, this adventure is their own, but there are elements there that are still familiar. In fact, Carrie Jones gives a nod to Buffy frequently in this book, so it is quite intentional. I enjoyed that.

My biggest complaint is the ending. However, it often is that way in series that ends. The ending of the crisis is clear. But it felt rushed and there is a question about Zara that remains. I don't want to say what specifically so it doesn't give anything away.

I give this book 3 1/2 to 4 stars. Yep... it's somewhere along there depending on the time of day. Jenny from Supernatural Snark must be rubbing off on me and has made me (yes, I'm blaming her... LOL) give this book a star range. Maybe I'll rub off on her and she'll start reading books starting in the middle. ;) I recommend this book to fans of YA, faeries and mythology.
I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.


  1. I wouldn't hold your breath on Jenny reading out of order---won't happen! (I don't think LOL)

    You know sometimes you just have to give a star range LOL :) Aka my .75 or .25 ---sometimes I am just so unsure of where I really think it falls :)

    Great review btw (before it seems like I didn't read it at all)! I loved the "it seems a bit like Buffy out to save the world"

    1. True you are the other influence on my range making... ;)

  2. Loving the cover of this one BUT I can't help but connect Valhalla with the Vikings so whether or not this would work for me I don't know.

  3. Hm..... I am on the fence about whether or not to read this... I LOVED the first two books, but quite disliked the second and third. I just found that there was sooooo much going on- and let's be honest, I don't have the patience to deal with Zara and Nick not being together. ;)

  4. wow so soon the fourth. it was fast! I think it's always the most difficult parts... the ends. It's so easy to be disappointed. thanks for the review!

  5. Lol, no bad Melissa. You should not trick people to join you on the dark side of book reading chaos ;)

  6. Hahahaha YES!!!!! I love to rub off on people (is it me, or did that sound super dirty?) Sometimes a range is necessary I think, the book just elicits a variety of responses that can't be reduced to a single number. I fully support your use of a rating range, and take all the blame ;-)

  7. Confuddled! LOL

    Just you watch, range rating are going to become all the rage. Wow! Say that 5 times really fast.

  8. LOL! I just wrote my review for this one as well! I loved this seres! I had a problem with the wolf! Ugh! His attitude was just getting to me!!!

  9. This is a series I do want to get into. Strange how a section was skipped over though. Maybe it's in an antho somewhere or like you mentioned a novella. Hm. Thank you!

  10. Yay, I found a new word, thanks to you! "Confuddled" will be my Word of the Week :)

  11. I really can't wait to read this however I'm not sure I should because if they don't end up saying for sure who she ends up with It will probably annoy me to no end.

    Great Review

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