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Friday, December 17, 2010

Entice by Carrie Jones and Giveaway

Entice by Carrie Jones

Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Zara is on a quest to bring back Nick, but how had her decision to turn into a pixie—a pixie queen—affected her life and her friends? It changes everything.
Entice was originally the third and last book in the Need trilogy. That has changed and the Need trilogy has become a full-on series. At first I was a bit frustrated by this new development, but after finishing Entice the change made sense. Entice was just that one more step towards the final battle. It was an installment held a video game feel: fight mini-boss A and B; solve a riddle, find the treasure and unlock the treasure. Each chapter allowed for more tension and anticipation for the big showdown. However, Entice was also more than just that.

Entice was a nice installment that went deeper into the character of Zara and the secondary characters. This was almost as a filler for the Need series as Jones worked with inner turmoil and the added dimensions of the pieces and soldiers in Need. After turning into a pixie, there is the constant fear that Zara is not the same, and she isn’t, but there is a fear that she has become evil. Pixies are always evil. Her friends are weary and paranoid of Zara; Zara tries to defend herself. Being a queen makes it all that much harder because now has people who are under her protection and vice versa that are pixie. Can there be good and bad pixies? Yes.

Astley is one of the good people. Jones makes it difficult for fans as the perfect couple suddenly finds themselves with another love instance forming a love triangle. Team Astley of Team Nick? Readers will be torn between both male leads. While Team Nick has its pros, I’m going to over at my little corner and possible say Team Astley for me…for now. What can I say? I’m a girl who likes some bit of anguish with the niceness.

However, Entice does throw things from left field that startled me. Again as I’ve said before, there is a fine line between believable and shock-worthy. And, forgive me if this sounds contradictory, but a lot happens in Entice, but there is also not a lot happening. On a much larger scale, stepping back to look at progress Entice made in the Need series, there wasn’t much. Entice is a filler one with riddles, fights, and enemies.

In all Entice was a nice installment that only makes readers eager for the 4th book and Carrie Jones continues to deliver what the readers' expect.

Source: ARC from Bloomsbury for blog tour
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Published: 14 December 2010; hardcover


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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review and contest :)

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  2. I'm dissapointed to hear this is just a filler. Thanks for the heads up and the giveaway.

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  3. I'm surprised this is being extended into a full on series. I don't really see the point of a filler book. :( That's just me, though. I was not a huge fan of the series in the first place, but I love the first two covers! They are so pretty.

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  4. I love this series and can’t believe I waited so long to read the third book! This one veers out of our normal world, well normal in that there are pixies and all, and adds in the mythology of Valhalla, yes, that means a little bit about Thor and Odin too. Zara is one of my favorite female characters in a young adult series because she doesn’t just sit around and whine, she gets off her butt and does something about the problems. While her choices sometimes put her in danger, they are still choices that she is taking responsibility for and doing for more than just herself. Actually, she’s a pretty unselfish girl. Yes, she wants Nick back because she loves him, but it’s more than that. She knows his friends all need him as well and so she is risking life and limb to get him back.

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