Review + Interview: Endure by Carrie Jones

Today here on Letters Inside Out I have my stop for the ENDURE by Carrie Jones tour. If you haven’t read the Need series yet – check out the interview, it’s spoiler-free! If you haven’t read the previous books, I recommend you skip the review and synopsis. There ARE spoilers from the rest of the series in these. 

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.

When I first got my Nook Color, I was seeking “different” books from what I usually found at the book store. Finding books in Kentucky is sometimes challenging, one of the first traditionally published “finds” I had was Need by Carrie Jones. I was immediately drawn into the series. Each book cover is SO stunning, Endure’s is no exception. Look at those colors! Cover aside, the basic story line of Need is fantastic! I’ve always been a fan of fey, pixies, and creatures of that sort. Any “original” take on them draws me in. Jones’ are human-size, but ‘different’.

For previous fans of the series, Endure picks up with the craziness continuing. Nick is safe, but something is different with him. Plus the town is still overcome with not-so-nice pixies. Also in true fashion, the pages are filled with hints at what the outsiders are seeing – police reports, news commentary, and online gossip. This has been one of my favorite factors of the series the entire time, so I’m happy it was continued here.

I personally wanted to give Nick a bit of a lecture. He’s a bit ridiculous in Endure. Zara still remains one of my favorite kick-butt heroines in YA. She goes above and beyond to protect those around her.

All in all, Endure is the perfect ending for a favorite series! Fans are going be satisfied with the way things wrap-up.

I received my copy of Endure from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

Interview with Carrie

LIO: Describe the Need series in 10 words or less.

CJ: Kick-butt girl attempts to avert evil pixie apocalypse. Bizarre hijinks ensue.

LIO: I’ve always been very fascinated with your concept of pixies – how did you come up with it?

CJ:I was at the Common Ground Fair, which is this huge, cool fair in Maine that’s sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association (MOFGA). To get to the main part of the fair you have to walk through this sweet trail that curves through these tall spruce trees.

Right in front of me was this guy. He had a weird vibe. He was wearing all corduroy – blazer, pants. And sticking out from his blazer was this long tail-like appendage that was wrapped in different colored earth-toned cloth. I guess he could tell I was checking him out because he turned his head and looked at me. His eye was this startling silver color. How startling? So startling that I actually gasped and got creeped out.

Then when we were in line to pay we made eye contact again and his eyes were brown.

I know! I know! I probably imagined the silver eye color.

It doesn’t matter. That was one of the main things that got me started. Then, I just had this image of a man standing outside an airport pointing at an airplane this girl was on.

It also creeped me out.

And I thought – Hey, that’s a human-sized pixie.

So, I started writing.

There is a lot of different folklore that explores pixies and various plays on that mythology. Some cultures depict them as blue warriors. Some as
small. Some as human sized. The great thing about the mythology is that it is much more open than the myths around vampires or weres. It’s given me a lot of freedom to create, which has been fun.

LIO: I’m always nosy about how authors manage to “write.” What is your writing process like?

CJ:I used to be a reporter and a newspaper editor so I basically just write. I really write whenever I can. I write on everything and anything – receipts, body parts, computers, notebooks. And I am dull in that I don’t really get writers’ block. As a newspaper reporter, I just couldn’t get that ever or else I’d lose my job and I think I take that same mentality to fiction writing.

That’s a horribly unsexy answer, I know. I am so sorry.

But basically… I write as soon as my daughter goes to school. I write while she showers. I write while I wait to pick her up from school. And I revise the same way really.

Now that I wrote all that out, it sounds as if I’m addicted to it, doesn’t it? Hmm….

LIO: If you could be in this world – what would YOU want to be? (Pixie, shapeshifter, human, etc)

CJ:Well, I’d only want to be a pixie if I was a king, which would require gender reassignment surgery, which isn’t the easiest of processes. That’s because I’d hate to have my emotional wellbeing linked to anyone else’s.

I enjoy being human. But… being a were would be pretty cool. So, a were.

LIO: Here on Letters Inside Out, we are a bit music obsessed. What’s one that fits Endure well? (And why?)

CJ:I think the song that best fits ENDURE would be 30 Seconds to Mars’ This Is War.

LIO: Any hints as to any new projects in the works?

CJ:Oh, it is all super secret and stuff. I wish I could hint at it. Okay… okay… It involves Nutella and hamsters. That’s a good enough hint, isn’t it?

Thank you so much for the interview. I hope you are well!

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  1. Great interview and I think Carrie summed the series up well because it definitely made me interested in reading it!

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