Endure is the fourth and final book in the Need series by Carrie Jones. The story picks up right after we left Zara at the end of Entice. I cannot tel...moreEndure is the fourth and final book in the Need series by Carrie Jones. The story picks up right after we left Zara at the end of Entice. I cannot tell you how sad I am to see this wonderful series end. However, Endure was a phenomenal read and I loved how it all ended up in the finale.
I honestly don't have a single complaint with this book or the series, for that matter. Jones expertly tells Zara's story with humor and heart. Action packed from beginning to end, Endure is also full of emotion, both happy and sad. It's so well told, the story just flies by. The twists were truly gasp-worthy, I almost threw my book across the room at one point I was so angry at one character. Can't say more than that, though, without giving too much away.
Jones' characters are the glue that holds this story together and make it amazing. Issie and Betty are my two favorite semi-secondary characters in the story. They are so solidly on Zara's side regardless of what she is or what happens and I think that makes them priceless. Also, Betty's spunk is the stuff of legends. Issie is invaluable as the lone completely human character who is right in the thick of the action.
I have to admit that Astley completely won me over in this book. I was staunchly Team Nick before but Astley is just so good for Zara, in my opinion. He lets her be strong and is there to back her up without trying to change her or be over-protective of her. He simply supports her regardless of her choices and you have to love him for that. Lastly, we have Zara. I adore her character and the growth she's endured since the beginning of the series. If you look back at Zara in Need and compare her to Zara in Endure, she's matured. Definitely, she has changed in some ways, but in her heart, who she really is is exactly the same. This makes me happier than anything else in this series has. It's very satisfying to see a beloved character go through the ringer and come out with her true self still intact.
Endure is full of romance, action and heartbreak and is superbly written by Carrie Jones, as usual. It really is the perfect ending to this fantastic series. (less)
The Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s new series, Darkness Rising. This is a continuation of her fantastic Darkest Power series with s...moreThe Gathering is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s new series, Darkness Rising. This is a continuation of her fantastic Darkest Power series with some new characters for us to get to know. The story takes place in a little town on Vancouver Island where a medical research facility is housed. Almost the entire town has some connection to the facility and therefore, their security and seclusion is a matter for the community and not just the facility, itself. Everyone knows everyone else and all their business in this idyllic little town and the children are trained from a young age how to handle reporters and possible corporate spies.
There are conflicts a plenty causing havoc and stress throughout the story. Our main character, 16 year-old Maya is dealing with some romantic concerns, the death of a friend, and a slight identity crisis. Not to mention the mountain lions are getting a little too friendly with her and other humans in town. She takes it in stride, though, battling to find the truth in all things, whether she likes what she learns or not. Then we have the town itself; it’s not having such an easy time of things either. A reporter is nosing around, asking teens at the school a lot of suspicious questions. Large and small concerns are raging throughout the book, keeping things interesting for readers. The story is told from Maya’s point of view and her sense of humor and wit really make it hard to put this book down. Armstrong writes with such detail that you feel you are there watching the story unfold in the wilderness surrounding Maya’s home. The plot moves quickly from the beginning, but lets us get comfortable with the characters a little before the strangeness sets in. Whether the action is pumping or we’re witnessing a romantic interlude, it’s a very fast read. You just want to know what’s coming next.
Armstrong’s written (another) fantastic set of teens to follow for this series. They are all so well-written you can’t help but love them, even if they may have questionable motives. Their depth and detail help bring the story to life. Maya is my favorite character from the book, hands down. She’s got a kickass sense of humor that really endears her to me. I did a lot of laughing out loud while reading this book.
The story fits nicely into the ever-growing young adult paranormal niche without being too predictable. Yes, if you’ve read Armstrong’s Darkest Power trilogy you have an idea of what will happen, but not in a way that takes away from the story. I think the author’s style of storytelling keeps things fresh and interesting for readers. I know the twists caught me by surprise and I gasped aloud a few times.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good ya paranormal read and likes to laugh. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what happens to Maya and her friends from here. (less)
This book was fantastic from start to finish. A stellar ending to an amazing series. The author is fearless with her characters and every time I thoug...moreThis book was fantastic from start to finish. A stellar ending to an amazing series. The author is fearless with her characters and every time I thought I knew what was going to happen there was another twist and I was left wondering again. Everything is tied up nicely at the end, with room for more if she ever decided to continue on with Mac :) Thoroughly enjoyed this book! (less)