Book Review: Endure

Book Review: EndureEndure by Carrie Jones
Series: Need #4
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books on May 8th 2012
Pages: 262

Zara is at the center of an all-out war, and an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Bedford is being ravaged by evil pixies 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.

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. 
Read at your own risk*

For the better part of a few years now, Carrie Jones has had me bewitched with her Need series. The ride throughout the books has been a joy, but also not an easy one. With Endure, the final installment, I knew that a lot laying on the line. Would it live up to my expectations? Or would I sadly have to write this off as a series that started so promising then fell off the wagon somewhere?

No matter what my final thoughts are, I must give Endure plenty of credit, as it definitely brought its A game. When I first started reading, I will say there was more than enough hesitance. But I knew that I had to see this book to the end. I just had to know how everything ended!

For the better part of two books, Zara has been fighting one heck of a love triangle battle with Nick and Astley. Just when I thought Jones had given on up on the battle, here we go again. It's not that I don't like the boy tension. But after three books, I would like some FINAL resolution. And readers will finally get it… by the end of the book.

Endure, besides the love triangle… besides the paranormal elements, is a beautiful story about friendship. Things may change. People may change. But it is those friendships that get us through those times. I love how Jones always makes a point to show these characters coming together in support of one another despite the other comings and goings of their lives.

Final Verdict:
There is a large part of me that is sad to see this series go. Need was one of the very first fae books that captured my heart, and it will have a dear spot there always. The rest of the books in the Need series only cemented my love for this series even more. And despite any complaints I have had over the years, the Need series remains one fae series that I hold other similar books up to. Carrie Jones has gone beyond my wildest expectations not only with Endure, but the series as a whole. Bravo.

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