Thank you so much for having me here, any blog about crushing on hot characters in books is totally a blog where I want to hang out.
So, I'm supposed to write about my writing methods, and that's a bit hard for me to break down. I have a million writing methods, and most involve:
b. hitting my head against the wall
d. petting my dogs and staring out the window wishing there were cute men walking by
e. standing up and running away from the computer.
But basically what I do is this: I walk the dog. I think about plot. I walk the dogs more. I think about character, and while doing so I roam the block aimlessly, humming. I walk the dogs even more, think more about character, try not to obsess about the cute cop with the super large hands, hum really loudly so the dogs cock their heads at me. Go home. Feed the dogs. Pace. Turn on Pandora Radio. Hum along to Pandora Radio songs. Make tea. Eventually, a sentence gets stuck in my head. I go with that and just write until I can't any more. I stand up. I go back and put in more sensory details and action. I add in an objective correlative because I am addicted to objective correlatives. I kiss my dogs' noses. I write more. I see if I've reached my word count for the day. I wonder how I can be so lucky to be a writer. I start all over again and go walk the dogs. Have I said I have very healthy dogs? And I personally have big calves from all the walking. I need to find a new method or I won't fit in boots any more really. That's probably a bit too much information, isn't it?
Thank you so much Carrie! If you ever need some more dogs to walk, I'd be happy to offer mine. They would be so happy to get to go for so many walks!
And now... Carrie's newest release...
ENDURE (NEED #4)
AUTHOR: Carrie Jones
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Children's Books
PUBLICATION DATE: May 8th, 2012
SOURCE: Bloomsbury via Netgalley for review
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 truly enjoyed this creative and original series. When I first read NEED, it was the first time I had ever read a book focused on pixies, and its still the only series I've even seen about pixies. From their blue skin and pointy teeth, to their "need", Carrie's supernatural creatures captivated me (no play on the second book's title intended, although it was a happy coincidence). CAPTIVATE and ENTICE continued to take the creativity up a notch and drew me more and more into Zara's world. I was so excited when Bloomsbury asked me to be a part of the blog tour for the final book in the series, ENDURE.
****WARNING: If you have not yet read books 1 - 3 in the NEED series, there may be spoilers in the review below. Proceed at your own risk, or skip to the last paragraph :) ****
In the fourth and final installment of the NEED series, Zara has accepted her pixie nature and begins to really embrace it. Unfortunately, not everyone in her circle has done the same. While relationships are challenged, renewed, and bloom, Zara and her friends prepare to fight Frank and avert the apocalypse. I loved how Zara really discovered herself in this book and took charge of life while staying true to her nature. She faces numerous obstacles in her relationships and her battle against the evil pixies.
The Norse mythology that has played a role in the previous books continues in ENDURE and is really fascinating. There are some new gods and mythology introduced that was really interesting. The rivalry between Nick and Astley continues and the intensity skyrockets. The good news is I am really happy with the way things were resolved in this triangle even though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.The best part of ENDURE for me was the involvement and development of the secondary and even seemingly less significant smaller characters as well as past characters. I know that really doesn't make much sense if you haven't read it yet, I promise it will be great!
After all was said and done, I was VERY happy with the way things were wrapped up and my favorite character, after Zara of course, was Astley! I won't go into detail, but I will say that his character is really revealed in this book and you won't be let down.
*** This is the last paragraph... you know... for my skippers. :) ***
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