Endure (Review)

Book cover for "Endure" by Carrie Jones.Title: Endure

Author: Carrie Jones

Publication Year: 2012

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Rescuing Nick should have made all of Zara’s problems disappear. Bedford’s greatest warrior is back, not to mention Zara’s true soul mate. But it seems it isn’t enough. Nick isn’t enough. Bedford is being ravaged by evil pixies and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army to stop the impended apocalypse. 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, heart-pounding feelings for her pixie king. . . .

(This is the fourth and final book in the Need series, after Need, Captivate, and Entice.)

It was in this book that I really started to root for Astley and Zara to get together. Until that point, I had been hoping that it wouldn’t turn out to be a love triangle … but then Nick came back from Valhalla and I really started to find him irritating. I also started out the book really annoyed with Betty and, later on, Zara’s mother, which didn’t help my feelings towards this book.

Ultimately, I liked bits and pieces of Endure, but I didn’t like all of it. It felt almost like too many things were going on, too many changes, and as a reader, it just felt … rushed. Or contrived. Or something. It didn’t feel natural for the majority of the book. Too many changes in locale, in the way characters interacted with each other (sometimes without sticking to continuity, especially between Zara and Nick), and in the various things, people, or ideas the gang was chasing after. It just felt … fragmented.

In the end, I enjoyed the series, but I wish the ending had been a bit different. Endure was a good book, but not the amazing final novel I hoped it would be.


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