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Unexpected turns, surprising revelations, and one utterly satisfying romantic finale make Endure a thrilling end to this series of bestsellers.
increases significantly. When she sees an ice giant fight a fire giant while she is out on patrol, she realizes that Ragnarok is on its way unless she and her friends can stop it. Astley is still around, and Zara is starting to develop much warmer feelings for him, even though he is very upset when she "outs" the pixies at a town meeting where she tells everyone what is behind all of the attacks on boys and instructs everyone how to fight pixies. Frank/Belial is still around being evil, but Zara is more interested in what the partially zombie Hel, the guardian of the Norse underworld has to say. Zara and her friends travel to Iceland (I'll have to tell our former exchange student from there!) to visit the mouth of Hel and try to find out what they need to do to save the world. Astley's mother Isla is fighting the group, poisoning her son and turning Zara human again, just when she is falling in love with Astley and embracing her pixie powers. Zara is not going to let a little thing like losing her powers drag her down or stop her from finally putting down the pixie threat, or from keeping the world from ending. Don't want to spoil it, but the conclusion of this great series (Need, Captivate, Entice) involves a lot of fighting, suspense, and intriguing twists!
Endure has landed itself the spot of my second favorite book in the series. Need is still my favorite, but Endure comes in a very close second. The stakes are high in Endure and Carrie Jones has pulled out all the stops. The plot was completely unpredictably and I was on the edge of my seat for basically the whole book. The opening pages of Endure had me a bit worried that it would be very angsty but that was not the case at all.
I love how easily Carrie Jones weaves in different mythologies into this series - it is just fascinating to see how they will be incorporated and how things will pan out. Carrie Jones always adds a little extra narrative to the chapter beginnings, and in Endure, it is little news snippets or police reports. I just love those short and sweet start to all the chapters.
One of the awesome things about this series is its focus on great bonds of friendship and that is really highlighted in Endure. Zara has some of the best friends anyone can wish for, and I love all the scenes that are her and her friends sitting around planning.
The characters really just make this series - they all are so great. I just love both Issie and Cassidy- they are both such wonderful characters. Zara has really grown as a character throughout the series, but she makes the most growth through Endure.
Endure by Carrie Jones was a really great read. I was a bit nervous to see how the story would end, especially since Entice was not my favorite book of the series. Everything is tied up, there's a ton of action, and all the characters I loved from the previous books in the series were back in action.
I'm going to be one of those people that bursts someone's bubble because I felt Endure lacking something special. I have said this in my reviews of the other books in the series, but Nick annoys me. I was completely put off in book 2 with his over use of the word "baby". When he called Zara baby in this book, I felt the hair on my neck stand up. Instant annoyance.
Luckily, Nick only plays a supporting role in Endure. He's there, but he isn't the center of everything. Personally, I felt like he was a big pile of poo, but I went a long with the story. The only thing that kept me reading was the mythology. It is very hard to find YA books that incorporate Norse mythology. When I discovered the twist in the series during book 3, I knew I had to see where things would go. It was the mythology that drew me in. I would dare to say that fans of mythology would enjoy this to some degree because the author did do a nice job of incorporating the myths into a story about the Fae.
Do I consider this one 4 star worthy like many on Goodreads? Heck no. I'm not even sure I would rate it at all. It was just one of those things I felt inclined to read, but didn't care if I did or not. I hate to say it, but it's one of those take it or leave it kind of series, and you wouldn't really be missing anything earth shattering if you decided to leave it.
I was so happy when Zara picked Astley over Nick. I never liked Nick for some reason that I don't know. In the book when Nick found out that Zara was a Pixie he wanted nothing to do with her. Then,when she was changed back into a human he wanted her back made my perspective of Nick even worse.
But, when Astley was introduced in the second book he was my favorite character in this series. When Zara was turned back into a human in this book, Astley still loved her and didn't care if she was human or pixie but, he didn't want to turn her back into a pixie again.
I have loved this whole series, and the pixies are awesome. And, I am happy that Zara is the Pixie Queen to Astley's Pixie King.
ARC received from Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: 5-8-2012
Reviewed by: Middle Sis Jenn
The Sisters Say: Enchanting, Endearing, and Entertaining
I read the entire Need series in the last week, and I have to say, each book gets better and better, culminating in an action-packed race to Ragnarok (aka Armageddon, aka Apocalypse, aka AH! End of the world and no more paranormal romance books)!! If you have not read this series and want something with a different species of paranormal—try the Need books by Carrie Jones. They focus on pixies (no, not Thumbelina or Tinkerbell)—evil, blue, shark teethed pixies. These creatures will keep you guessing—are they good or bad? Is it possible to be both?
For me, it was nice to see a different species in the paranormal genre mixed in with something I love even more—mythology! These books have a focus on Norse mythology which doesn’t show up much in the young adult genre; in fact, I can’t think of another book I’ve read that focuses on Norse mythology. So, it was new and exciting, seeing Carrie’s world intertwine with the gods Thor, Odin, and Hel. Carrie creates a fantastic world, rich in imagery. I felt like I could close my eyes, walk through a looking glass, and then I would right there with Zara, Nick, and Astley (mostly Astley…even the pixie thing doesn’t turn me off!)!
I really enjoyed Zara in this book. She’s struggling with the idea of being the Pixie Queen, and it’s really endearing seeing inside her head—trying to see her reconcile her past with her present and constantly contemplating the future. She’s not infallible, and that makes her struggle all the more real. I do wish she would have come into her powers a little bit more—throughout books 1 through 3, we are constantly hearing about how Zara is half-pixie, and as a result, she would be extremely powerful once turned. Although Zara did get to kick some butt, we really didn’t see her come into her own and learn to embrace her powers. The book was short, too, (less than 300 pages), so I believe there was plenty of room to add a bit more so we can see Zara grow.
Then we have the guys…Nick and Astley. No matter what team you are on, I do think you will enjoy this book, and you won’t regret who she finally chooses. Nick is his same old, were self—agitated, grumpy, and kick butt. But, we see a different side of Nick in this book. We also see his downfall—his struggle to accept Zara as a pixie. I thought his reaction was completely believable—I mean, it’s nice to see a love story where everything is not all, “Oh, I’ll love you forever, no matter if you turn crazy murderer or not.” Nick is afraid of what Zara has become, and I found the strained relationship between him and Zara to be realistic and oddly satisfying. Will they both get over their prejudices and end up together? I won’t tell, you’ll have to read for yourself!
And then there’s Astley. I love Astley. Like Zara, he struggles with who he is, but it isn’t a struggle that causes him to crumble. Instead, this struggle causes him to constantly surprise me. Zara and Astley grow closer in this book, and I loved seeing the pixie relationship progress. I do really wish there was more to the romance, though. There was no scene where I blushed because I wanted to re-read it over and over again. There was no time where I would have given my pinky finger to trade places with Zara. I wanted passion and fear and uncertainty and love all mixed into one (or two or three or four) dramatic romantic scenes, but they never came. Even so, I enjoyed being surprised over and over again by Astley. Will she choose him? I won’t tell!
There never seemed to be a dull moment in Endure. It was action-packed from the start, and whenever it seemed like all was about to settle down, some mythological creature threatening apocalypse would show up and tear down the illusion. You definitely won’t be bored with this one! There were times where I did skip over some of the description, though because I felt bogged down by it and wanted to get straight to the action.
Overall, I’m definitely glad I didn’t skip over this series. They were all very quick and fascinating reads, and although there wasn’t as much romance as I would like, I still did enjoy what we got to see between Zara and Nick and Zara and Astley. Alas (I’m speaking Astley talk), love triangles do not both me!
So, if you want to see a different kind of mythology and a different kind of species to pluck you out of your paranormal funk, this is the series to read!
Zara will go to Hel and back, but will it be enough?
Finally! Zara picks the right guy! Yay!
Captivate, Need's sequel, took me even further into the world of Zara White and her friends, human and pixie alike, and I became infatuated with Jones's series. Entice made me love it. Imagine my heartbreak and disappointment when I found out this book was out a whole YEAR after Entice and, even then, kept getting pushed back.
Finally, a solid May release date got announced, and I just couldn't wait. I really enjoyed After Obsession, too, even though it had no ties to Jones's Need world and featured a brand-spanking-new co-author.
Endure, even though I never really liked the title (at all), was the best book in the series for me.
I feel like Carrie's writing has improved since the series started. Say goodbye to her former, choppier style of writing -- while that is warranted in some places during Endure, Carrie 2.0 has been released and is much an improvement. My favorite part of Endure is the end -- no, I'm not going to spoil it for you -- because it wrapped up the series perfectly. And -- *hint, hint* -- I always love the flash-forward-in-time epilogues. :D
The love interest in the series has always been a bit of a toss-up for me. In most series, you can usually guess who the MC will decide to end up with. Endure wasn't like that at all -- I honestly had no idea and felt like it was a flip-of-a-coin move for Jones. Either one would've benefited Zara in the long run, and I am quite happy with who she did end up with.
About those boys . . . *sigh* I feel like they were being really possessive and stupid throughout the entire book. Up until the end, I think neither of them deserved Zara and that what they really deserved was a frying pan to the face, but they redeemed themselves and stopped acting like idiots.
I loved the Norse mythology, even though I felt like a lot of it was thrown in my face. I overall just really enjoyed Endure.
One thing is for darned sure -- Carrie Jones sure can write an ending.