by Carrie Jones
Published May 8th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
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 read this series from the beginning and found this book to be a pretty good ending to the series. Things are tied together and there is closure to the story. As with any series, there is always room to write more if the author so desired, but the Pixie war is over and there is a nice tidy ending. I am not going to tell you what happened in the book, or who Zara ends up with, but I am going to say that Endure kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was hooked from the beginning.
This final installment is fast paced and if you blink, you will most definitely miss something important. There were parts of this book that made me laugh, and quite a few that made me cry, there were even more that made me sigh like a teenager in love, which I am far from being at my age. (Though I am very much in love, so I love stories with romance in them!) All of the characters in this series are likable, and even though at times the reader is upset with them, everything ends up good in the end, so that should make readers happy.
You DO need to have read the rest of the series to understand this book, as any good author who wants faithful readers of her series, Ms. Jones does not fill in many of the blanks in the story or repeat things from previous books over and over again, which is one of the most annoying things a series author can do. I actually had to brush up on the previous books since it had been a while since I read them and couldn’t exactly remember how the last one ended.
Endure, is a rather quick read, I couldn’t sleep last night and read the whole thing before falling asleep at 2:00 am. I then got up this morning and read the “4 months later” part again because I wanted a few questions answered that were not explained well by the ending. I think I have a good grasp on how Ms. Jones wanted the ending to go. No, I am not writing it here, but it makes me happy that Zara is still a pixie in the end.
This book is appropriate for 7th grade and up (adults included). There is no sex or compromising situations. There is a lot of violence since the characters are fighting a war. This book, as well as the series, would probably appeal to girls more than boys since the main character is a girl and there is quite a bit of romance in it.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.