Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
May Contain Spoilers
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.
I have mixed feelings about the final volume of Carrie Jones’ NEED series. Endure is a page turner, but despite the rapid pacing, there was something missing for me. The earlier books in the series introduced a scary new paranormal creature to me – Pixies. Prior to reading Need, when I conjured pixies in my mind, they were little impish creatures, hardly worthy of concern. This series charged that vision into a nightmare. Large, powerful pixies, ruled by an all consuming need, turned out to be pretty frightening after all, especially when paired with an isolated, snowy landscape. I loved the Maine setting, and the pixies,whispering enticingly from the shelter of the woods, freaked me out.
In Endure, Zara has sacrificed her humanity to save Nick from Valhalla, and here is my major dislike of this story. Nick has turned his back on Zara, and now considers her a monster. I just wanted him to get over himself! Dude, Zara gave up everything to bring your sorry butt back to life, so the least you could have done was thank her. Geez! Instead, Nick puts on a pout, tells Zara he doesn’t know who she is anymore, and treats her like…well, a pixie. Really? This is how you display your love to the brave young woman who was willing to give up everything for you? Who was willing to face her nightmare opponents head on, to save you? So disappointing!
I liked Astley better than Nick, and that surprised me. Up until this volume, I loved Nick. He is so bad ass. He’s a werewolf, and until his visit to Valhalla, he would have done anything to protect Zara and his friends. Just like she was willing to do for him. Until all of that turned out to be a lie. Then Zara was left with Astley, a kind and good pixie. A kind and good pixie king. The kind of guy who accepts you for who, and what, you are. Astley did not care whether Zara was pixie or human, and that’s when I jumped onboard with Team Astley. He was always there for her, whether she wanted him to be or not. He was always supportive, always willing to put himself in harm’s way to keep her safe. Zara wasn’t the only one willing to takes risks for those she loved, and that’s what endeared Astley to me. Nick, you can learn a few lessons from him.
Romantic triangle and personality shifts aside, the other problem I had with Endure was the sheer density of the plot. Pretty much every plot device is packed into this book, from evil, psychopathic bad guys, to global goose chases, to cataclysmic shifts in weather patterns, to Norse gods, giants, weres, elves, and…well, I’m sure you get my drift. There was just too much for me to absorb at times, and it made the plot feel cluttered. Sometimes, too much of a good thing is just too much.
Overall, I enjoyed the NEED series very much. The ending left me satisfied, content that Zara and her friends had saved the world from evil pixies, prophesies, and the rage of Loki. I’m looking forward to seeing Carrie’s next project, because I find her writing style compelling, and I can identify with her characters.
Review copy provided by publisher