*This title will be released on May 8, 2012*
Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want.
It’s all-out war (and no-holds-barred romance) in the climactic conclusion to Carrie Jones’s bestselling series.
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.
As the Need series comes to an end with ENDURE, I’m a little let down by the emotional progression of this series. NEED really wowed me (you should read it if you haven’t), but I’ve been increasingly less wowed by each book in the series. The really kicker is how much the characters themselves talk about that very point in ENDURE. Several times they remark on the drastic transformation Zara has undergone, and not just physically. I agree, I just don’t mean it as complimentary as Zara’s friends do. Few of Zara’s quirks and emotionally introspective observations are present in ENDURE. Rather she’s either in mission mode the entire book or stuck in romantic limbo between Nick and Astley.
That’s another issue: the romance. Taken by itself, neither guy is particularly intriguing in ENDURE (and both have been at various points in previous books). I had to remind myself why Nick and Astley were even worth choosing between, because there really isn’t much to pine over in either of them here, least of all Nick.
On the upside, ENDURE does an excellent job of reminding readers what’s at stake and highlighting significant events from the overall series early on so there is no disorientation or confusion. That being said, the plot is pretty sparse. It felt like a lot of rushing around for not much payoff. After four books, there were a lot of loose threads to tie up, and much of the narrative does that. However, some of the explanations and resolutions, specifically Zara’s crucial role in the apocalypse, felt flimsy at best.
Overall I’m a bit disappointed. The Need series started off so well but unfortunately that strong start only made each subsequent sequel’s shortcomings that much more apparent. Carrie Jones does write well, and her characters are her real strength. I do recommend the Need series to fans of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, but for me, I missed the depth from the debut.
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