Monday, December 6, 2010

Entice (Need, #3) by Carrie Jones

Title: Entice (Need, #3) 
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ARC, 288 pages
Date Published: December 7, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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 captured my attention with Need a few years ago and I have been hooked on her story of pixies and weres since then. I’ve been eagerly awaiting Entice because the previous book, Captivate, leaves off with quite the cliffhanger. Now that Nick is dead (maybe) and Zara is a pixie (definitely) life in Maine is much different.

Zara’s pixieness makes her much stronger than she was before. She’s feisty and ready for a fight, but, at times, she really wasn’t. Her personality flip flops from an incredibly strong pixie with an attitude to a weak girl who throws herself into the arms of other people and squees quite frequently. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good squee every now and then, but Zara squees all the time. It becomes annoying.

On top of words used too frequently (squee and something about pulling her lips in towards her mouth) the other characters that I’ve grown to love, become insignificant and have almost no point in the story. Issie and Cassidy serve almost no purpose to the plot, except to join Zara in squeeing or being very worried/scared.  Devyn stands around angry with Astley all the time and Betty does nothing in this book.

The story focuses on Astley, who I love, and Zara, who wants nothing else but to get Nick back. I understand Zara’s need to save/find Nick, but she becomes incredibly selfish and endangers everyone around her. Not only that, but she uses Astley again and again, and he puts up with it because he is awesome!

I love this series. I’ve gotten caught up in it and I adore the characters, but this installment made me dislike Zara for a while. The story gets better towards the end and Zara becomes the Zara I used to love, but it takes a long time to get there.  Mythology becomes more important as the story progresses and I really enjoyed that, but still, it comes closer to the end.

Carrie Jones normally captures my attention to the point that I cannot put her books down, but Entice feels sloppy to me. The writing is rushed and repetitive and doesn’t seem like it comes from the same author who wrote Need and Captivate. This review comes from the ARC, so maybe those problems don’t exist with the final copy (I will be checking that out as well) but I don’t see how that’s even possible. Many of the characters act out of character. They don’t speak, act, or feel like the people I’ve gotten to know.

For those of you who love the series, you’ll still enjoy Entice, but for those of you who have only casually read the books, you may not be so smitten with this installment. Astley has easily become my favorite character, but I hope Zara becomes the person I grew to love again. While book 3 isn’t quite as great as I’d hoped, there is another cliff hanger that has me begging for more.

Opening line:
“Am I really not allowed to complain about being here?”

Favorite lines: “You know, life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” ~ pg. 100
And this one:
Nobody is perfect, though. We all want everyone to think we are, but perfection is some crazy mythical state that we can never achieve. It is a goal beyond our grasp, always shifting and changing and taunting us, because it knows…it knows we can never reach it. ~ pg. 174

*This is the ARC version and words, sentences, cover art, etc. may have changed before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Melissa said...

I've only read Need so far, but I quite enjoyed it. It's too bad that this didn't measure up to the first two books for you though...thank you for your honest review, Nikki! :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

It's too bad that you didn't enjoy this one as much. I have yet to read Need.

Bere said...

I absolutely love this series too, Nikki! I've been wanting to read this one since forever. It sucks that this one isn't as good as the first two books. Zara is one of my favorite characters too. I will definitely still read this one. Thanks for your honest review, Nikki. =)

Neha said...

it was awesome.

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