Sunday, June 3, 2012

Endure by Carrie Jones

Published: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 262
e-copy: Courtesy of publisher and Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

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.

Carrie Jones' Need series has been a lot of fun, with twists and turns galore and lots of action going on.  The last book in the series is Endure and it too had twists and turns galore, and lots of action and things came together very nicely.  Unfortunately, for me it never got any better than 'very nicely'.  Somehow the finale fell a little flat and  turned into one of those I liked it but .... series for me.

How to pin it down?  It's really difficult.  I loved the characters for the most part, although I got a wee bit fed up with Nick at one point - too much 'woe is me' I think.   I'm not very keen on wallowing in self pity when the world needs saving.  I know he died in the last book, but he was rescued and has a second chance at life and perhaps he should have been a little more grateful?  Something happens to Zara in this one - which I don't want to elaborate on 'cos it would be a major spoiler - but  it all seemed a little convenient.  More like - we need some more drama, what can we have happen?   There are some great minor characters, who play their roles very well, but ....

There is something that I realise is quite irrational on my part, but bugged me tremendously, and that is the ease with which half a dozen (or thereabouts) teenagers were able to hop on a plane to Iceland.  I realise this is fiction and I should be able to get past that, but sorry, at least one of them wouldn't have had a passport!  Am I just being nitpicky? Probably. 

I did enjoy the story, I think it just lacked some oomph. Perhaps if the series had just been 3 volumes? For sure, if you've read the series so far, you must finish it off, and I'd be really keen to hear what others thought of it, but sorry Endure, I just wasn't that into you.

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