“I loved this series! It was one of those where you could sit down and just read right through it. ”Claire C wrote this review Wednesday, May 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
After reading "Need", I admit that I put this series to bed for a bit while I caught up on all of the other paranormal/faerie related series. It was good, it didn't blow me out of the water, and the ending is much the same. The author did grow in the course between books one and four, which is always a good thing, but this is a good series to get started with in the genre. I was a bit disappointed in that the author hadn't grown as much as I'd hoped. Regardless, "Endure" is a good, solid ending to a good series, so if you've been reading the series, you definitely have to read this final installment in it.
I think the thing that bothered me the most about the ending of this series is that the love triangle that emerged in book one STILL HADN'T BEEN RESOLVED here by book four. In fact, it continued throughout the book. It seemed to have been resolved by the start of the book, but unfortunately, it wasn't the case. Good job on Jones' part for making it appear like everything had been settled but wasn't. However, I was hoping very much for a resolved romance bit by this book, and I didn't really get it until the last fourth of the book. That was pretty disappointing.
However, the idea of putting faeries in Valhalla/Hel is a VERY interesting concept, and on expanding that concept alone, I have to commend Jones. I don't think anyone's mixed the realm of faeries with Norse mythology, and it's a brave thing to do. Though I really wanted to feel everything more through the sensory realm - while Jones has definitely improved since book one, I still wasn't quite where I wanted to be in terms of sensory language/imagery, and I wasn't really experiencing these legendary mythical realms like I could have been.
Overall, it was a good ending. It wasn't mindblowing. It's solid and stable and just a good place to end. There were some pretty awesome curveballs thrown in, and the references to some of my favorite series/media gets brownie points. We get a lot of conflict and action in this volume, perhaps the most we get for the entire series. If you were feeling a little stuck/slow in previous volumes in terms of conflict-driven plot/sub-plots, Jones definitely makes it up to you here.
Final verdict? If you're a fan of the books/have been reading the books, give it a read. It's worth it. I was underwhelmed, but I think those who really adore this series will think differently. "Endure" is now out through Bloomsbury Teen USA in North America, so be sure to check it out and come to your own conclusion.
(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)”
“Ok. I was creazy to get this book. Maybe i raised my expectations too much. Even though it is a good final book full of action ( Full) it lost some of the romance. At the end i sill had many questions unanswered. I did get my closure but this book could have been so much more,! ”Stella D wrote this review Tuesday, May 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
Warning: If you haven't read Books 1-3 in the Need series, there are spoilers here!
Zara has rescued Nick from Valhalla and is now stuck in a Nordic myth. She is also the prophesied bringer of the apocalypse according to Astley's evil mother which continues the wars between the two factions of Pixies- both good and evil. Since Nick has returned, Zara is more confused by his actions than ever since he has professed to love her no matter what, but when he realizes she is no longer human, he turns on her and calls her "soulless". Yes, my heart broke for Zara at that point. After the last book, when Zara risks all to rescue him, he discards her. OK, I was a bit shocked by Nick's actions.
Frank, leader of the evil Pixies, is out to get Zara since he believes she can rid the world of all humans so the Pixies can rule the earth. The ensuing tug of war between Astley and Nick in Zara's heart is enough to break even the strongest girl. Since Zara is now full pixie, she has grown used to fighting but still retains her pacifist ways. She is still all about compromise and peace, but she is not afraid to kick butt if she needs to. She becomes closer to Astley while Nick is off sulking. I don't have any other way to describe his attitude, but I guess death can do that to a guy. So in order to avoid the apocalypse, she drags her friends to Hel (not Hell -- look it up!). I was not very familiar with Norse mythology until I started this series.
All of my favorite supporting characters play important roles in helping Zara unravel the myth that surrounds this conclusion of the Need series. It would be fun to see a spin off of Issie and the others. As Zara brings in the whole high school to win over evil, she shows how much she has grown throughout this series. Each book in this series builds upon the next and Jones really ties the whole thing together nicely with the last installment. You really need to read these in order to get the whole story. They are quick easy reads and should appeal to paranormal loving teens and adults with a bit of violence, a little romance (nothing graphic) and some great dialogue.
“Filled with wry humor, witticisms, and profound truths, "Endure" offers up a tale of enduring quality that showcases Carrie Jones at her very best. With an ease of narration and a writer's voice that speaks so gently through her characters, Ms Jones causes us to hang on her every word. I found myself wanting to write down almost every sentence, there was so much to remember forever in this book.
It's the mark of the finest of writing when an author can give you a story with characters who are alive, endearing and profound; while at the same time she can do it sparingly, never wasting a precious word. This is the quality of Carrie Jones's writing. The most mundane of sentences works to counterbalance her other lines so that the work in whole is an artist's rendering like few I've experienced recently. This book should be read by connoisseurs of the written word in YA fiction for that reason only!
I must confess to not having read Carrie's other books. I listened to "Need" on audio tape a few years ago, and don't remember much about it, frankly, after reading tons of books, and listening to a library of them later. But I don't think one needs to read the others to get a full sense of the background to understand "Endure." All the highlights and characters of the past are referenced, so the reader is brought up-to-date.
All in all "Endure" is a stand alone novel.
That's not to say I won't be interested in buying the other books for my collection and reading them, however.
As to character, I may already have covered that, but I must say that I'm just in love with Astley. What a prince! I would be his subject any day! No wonder Zara doesn't mind...
Zara is a wonderful role model for young adults. She's strong both physically and psychologically. She values family and friend relationships, and she knows how to communicate to work out her problems. Great things for kids to know!
I particularly loved her take on overly protective parents in light of her being left without parents... very funny.
I think my adult readers will love this little book. I did. As Carrie said "..love is always imperfect no matter how difficult the world is around us and whether it's coming to an end or not."
In these days, when there's war and rumor of Apocalypse; when children are being warned of Dec. 2012, and nuclear destruction. When dytopian novels are all the rage and demons run rampant in their fiction. When we experience economic hardships, political up-risings throughout the world, and natural disasters.
Carrie Jones gives us light and hope. Refreshing.
For that reason, too, this is a wonderful book to read. I would highly recommend it as a gift for a young adult in your life. People are always asking me for recommendations- - here's one!
5 perfectly sparkling stars!
“Zara is at the center of the pending Apocalypse…and she is looking for anything that will them either stop it from happening or give them the winning edge. Meanwhile Gramma has gone rogue from grief and Nick is back from Valhalla and not happy! Regardless, the group needs to raise an army to battle Frank’s pixies and there is a giantess/Goddess named Hel that seems to be gunning for Zara. Could life get any more stressful or confusing? You’d be surprised.
This was one of the most satisfying conclusions to a series I’ve ever read. Each book was better than the last and the whole series was so enjoyable from beginning to end. Zara, regardless of her species, retained her humanity throughout and though I would have loved to punch Nick at times, he stayed true to himself also. Astley was the one who truly won me over as did Zara’s bio-Dad in “Entice”. I will say, however Ms. Jones did scare me a bit when Astley was in the cave with Nick…I was on the verge of throwing something…but I didn’t. So sad to see this series end, but so glad it ended the way it did…it was quite a ride!
“Love love love this book! A must read!”Alex wrote this review Tuesday, April 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The last book of the series finds Zara trying to deal with being the Pixie Queen and still save her relationship with Nick. Nick can't seem to cope with the fact she's a pixie and then there's the pesky feelings she's beginning to have for Astley. As Zara and the gang uncover more about the prophecy that's supposed to bring about the end of humankind, Zara realizes that she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends. A quick read filled with a bit of silliness but heavy on decisions and heart wrenching moments.”Azuree wrote this review Monday, March 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 . . .