The Violet Hour: May 6, 2012

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Review – ENDURE (Need, #4) by Carrie Jones

Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2012 
by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Source: NetGalley

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 . . .”

It’s no secret that I didn’t care for ENTICE (book 3 in this series), but was interested enough in the love triangle (I know, sue me!) to grab this on NetGalley. I’d pretty much lost any faith I had in Carrie Jones to keep me has a reader, but decided to give it a shot since it was the end of the series. 

What I really liked in this story was the evolution of pixie-Zara. I am not a pacifist by any means, so I never really connected with her. In ENDURE, she understands that sometimes you have to do more than sign petitions in order to keep the people you love safe.Jones did a great job of building Zara’s new character with keeping some semblance of her old self. She was different, but still the same girl at heart. Everyone saw that, except for one pretty important person.

Nick, whom she risked everything to save from Valhalla, is a huge jerk. Now that she has changed in order to save him, he doesn’t want anything to do with her. It actually made me kinda happy because I didn’t want her with him anyway. In the last book, Zara and Nick annoyed me. I didn’t see the appeal of him AT ALL, and wanted her to choose Astley. I am forever Team Astley! He was fantastic in this book. Patient, strong, and humble. I love that even as king, he has a flaw – he can’t land from flight properly. I just find that endearing.  THEY BELONG TOGETHER! Zara made a big decision in the end, but I’m not sure Jones really made it very clear, which is a bad thing. I still have a few questions about it and even went back to read a couple of sections of the story to see if I missed something. I would expound more, but that would lead into spoiler territory, and I try not to go there. 

At the end of it all, I am happy to say that I was surprised by ENDURE. I felt that there was an actual plot that was kept to, and it was interesting. If you’re like me and have had issues with this series in the past, or are looking for a good faerie adventure, try this series. Even though I had my moments with it, you may end up loving it!

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