Friday, July 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Endure (The Protector #4) by M.R. Merrick - Review, Scavenger Hunt, & Giveaway

Hello my fabulous readers!! Today I am participating in the blog tour for Endure by M.R. Merrick, the fourth and final book in The Protector Series! If you have missed any of the days (which means you missed scavenger hunt letters) you can click on the tour banner above to be taken to the tour schedule. Hopefully after you read my review. ;) I have my review, my scavenger hunt letter, and the tour giveaway on my post today!

  • Publisher: M.R. Merrick
  • Publication date: 6/28/2013
  • Source: eBook provided by the tour host for review
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Wrapped in darkness and woven with defeat, every action Chase has taken since being exiled from the Circle has been met with a devastating response. Now he's been burdened with a quest that seems impossible, and he needs to evolve into something more, something greater than he ever thought he could be.
Armed with magic, friendship, and an unbreakable will, Chase must build an army and find a weapon capable of defeating the ultimate evil. But he knows that nothing great comes without sacrifice. Blessed by the very gods who have abandoned him and carrying the fate of all the worlds on his shoulders, Chase Williams is about find out just how much one man can endure.

My Thoughts

How do I even begin to explain my love for this book? No, not even this book, but the series in general. Not being a huge reader of fantasy, this whole series has just blown me away. This book? OMG it was so amazing! As sad as I am to have the series now over, it has been one heck of a ride. This book follows the pattern of a lot of action, high intensity, and overflowing emotions. I was so tense and almost brimming with tears for the majority of it, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I loved everything about it!

Chase is really hurting in this one. He has lost a lot along the way, and he feels like he is failing everyone who is there for him. He went from not giving a crap about anything, to having people to care about, only to worry about losing them and whether he is doing the right thing, or if he is strong enough, or good enough to end what it turning into a war. He is in a dark place for most of this book, but with the help of the people who care about him, and other unlikely people, he is able to believe in himself because they do. He still can't let go of his guilt, but he learns to not let it own him. I really love who he has become since the beginning of the series. Even though he really took a bit of a step back for a while, he has grown into such an amazing person who is worthy of being The Protector.

The other characters, just like with the first three books, are very important too. They still play a huge part in everything, and I love them all so much. Even Vincent who I love to hate.Timani became a huge inspiration in this one. He has always had wise words, but they seemed to mean so much more in this one, and once you've read it, you understand what I mean by that. Grams is of course still a mean old hag, but I can't help but love her. She is very cut to the chase and not beat around the bush type. She is hilarious and awesome! I loved so many of the others, but of course Rayna is my other favorite. She is the one person who is able to keep Chase from caving. She saves him from himself like no one else can.

Yes, there is romance, but it's not a focus of the book at all. Being that this is the fourth and final book it's an important part to the story, but I love how it's taken this long to really build up and get to the point that it's obvious that they need each other and care about each other very much. Not that I doubted it would happen, but Chase and Rayna really take their time with their relationship and it seems so much more real. And they also know that there are other much more pressing matters and have put their personal lives on the back burner. I loved how they both grew as people, and grew into their relationship along with that. This is how you do a great relationship!!

This was such an adventure. At this point in the series, the situation is pretty bad and you know that this is it. I could almost feel the tension and urgency while reading. My heart felt like it was in a  vice grip, and my eyes were seconds away from spilling tears. Those tears made their way out a few times. I felt every bit of emotion from the first chapter to the last. I have loved getting to know these characters and share their journey. I am sad to let them go, but M.R. Merrick left the book with a great resolution, and what I think is pretty much the perfect end to an amazing series!!

*A copy of this book was provided by the author/tour host in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Today's letter is…

Collect all 15 letters as you visit all the stops of the Endure tour. Unscramble the letters to make a 2 word phrase that will get you entered to WIN a $50 AMAZON gift card!

About the author

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer, and author of Exiled, the first installment in The Protector Series. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he's usually found at the computer, between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

Links: Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website

There is also a really great tour giveaway!!

The giveaway is for 2 grand prize pack of all four books signed plus swag

5 winners of Endure eBooks

15 swag packs

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. YAY! Thanks for being part of the tour AMY!

    1. Thank you for wanting me to be a part of it! You know how much I love this series!! :)

  2. I seriously need to get to this series because I've heard nothing but good things about it. So many readers love it and I know that I will too. Plus, I'm a huge fan of YA fantasy. I love the sound of the characters and the romance. Especially the romance. I'm sure it feels realistic since it took the entire series to develop.
    I'm happy that this ended beautifully for you, Amy!
    Fabulous review! :)

    1. I think you would love it Nick! The descriptiveness, the story, the characters!! It's just overall awesome!!

  3. I need to read this series. I have heard some awesome things about it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. It is so great that the series has wrapped up so well. And it's also good to know that even though Chase & Rayna's relationship wasn't the focus on the story, that there is a strong connection.fabulous review, Amy!

  5. I am a bad, bad person. I really loved the 1st two books but still haven't found time to read the 3rd and 4th. I do want them in paperback really bad though and I know that is one reason I have held back from reading the 3rd.

    I just skimmed your review cause I didn't want any spoilers, but I'm SO glad to hear that it was great!

    I'm not sure which element, I'm going to say water. Maybe...

  6. I'm reading Exiled next week for the Booktubeathon so I'm really excited now! I love books that make you have lots of feels and it sounds like this series does that often!

  7. I'm honestly super excited for this book. The series so far has been so good! The end of the 3rd book. Oh man! I'm glad this book is just as awesome as the rest!

    If I had an element, I think I would choose fire, although I think earth fits my personality better.

  8. Totally Fire! It's so powerful and can be very useful.

  9. I need to start this series! I'm collecting all the letters but I have no clue if I will be able to figure out what they spell!

  10. I definitely need to read this one soon so I can see how it all ends. I love Chase and Rayna's relationship, too. And the secondary characters are awesome. Great review!

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  11. Man, your love for this book AND series is probably the main reason these are on my reading list. As you know, I'm a HUGE fantasy lover so this sounds like a series NOT to be missed! I only skimmed your review, cause I don't want any spoilers for the series BUT I wanted to read your thoughts on it >.< LOL Anyways, thanks for the fab review and feedback on the series in general - can't wait to get started on this one :D


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