Entice by Carrie Jones

#12 of 200

Original Language: English
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country: USA
Publication Date: December 7th 2010
ISBN: 1408810441
Page Count: 288
Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t just turned… She’s Astley’s queen.
Carrie Jones continues her paranormal drama, beginning with Need and Captivate, in her third novel Entice. Nick is stuck in the halls of Valhalla, the young Pixie King Astley has made Zara his Queen and Bedford is being plagued by murderous Pixies. Zara is desperate to bring Nick back but a traitor in the Pixie council and a traitor in Astley’s council are putting Zara and her friends in danger at every turn.

Jones language and descriptions improve in Entice. Less emphasis is put on teenage drama, and the book is mostly travel and action. We are earning insights into the characters pasts, learning about Nick’s shifter parents, the death of Astley’s father and more about Zara’s beliefs.

While Jones still overdoes the teenage colloquialisms (the word sqee will forever make me shudder), it isnt to excess in the same way she over used ‘baby’ and ‘wow’ in Captivate.

The action scenes are good, if limited, and show Zara accustoming herself to her new Pixie body. The one issue I really have with this book is that there is little thought behind all the action. Nick’s rescue becomes more of an obsession than a necessity, especially with Zara developing feelings for Astley. For example, a friend from school sees the group chatting ‘mysteriously’ all the time and demands to know what is going on. A single sentence distracts her from a list of evidence that something unusual is going on.

Even when Zara goes to the bar to confront BiFord, there is no research, no defences and it is over in a few short pages. I think Entice would have benefited from more substance. Jones needs to flesh out her novels a bit more, to feed the readers something more than what we are getting.

A much better novel than its predecessors, Entice is the third instalment in theNeed series.

Raiding Bookshelves Rating

Judging a Book: Although you can’t see it in this picture (I wanted the size to match the others), Captivate, and the Need series, all have beautiful covers. The gold emphasis on each cover reflect the focus of the story, while tying in with the gold dust of the Pixie King. The Pixie kiss, mourning and strength/seduction. The black backgrounds and the model’s pale skin contrast against the the gold glitter beautiful.

I think the cover for Entice is my favourite so far. Zara is really shaping up into a decent Queen and is learning to use her new Pixie attributes. In the cover featured below, with the male chin and neck, there is a lot of tension. Not just sexual but personal. Zara is caught between two men who only want the best for her, and she can feel herself bending one way and then the other constantly.

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