Entice – Carrie Jones

ISBN – 978 1 4088 1044 6
Publisher – Bloomsbury
First Published – 2010
Pages – 263

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together for ever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, Nice has gone. He has been taken to the mythical place for warriors known as Valhalla. Zara and her friends might be able to get him back, it’s just not going to be easy.

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 al;l the warriors they can find.

But even if Zara and her friends do discover the route to Valhalla, 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 turned into just any pixie… She’s Astley’s queen!

The following review may contain spoilers for the previous books in the ‘Need’ series. You have been warned.

‘Entice’ is the third novel in Carrie Jones’ ‘Need’ series, following on from ‘Need‘ and then ‘Captivate‘. When I originally started this series, it was only okay. ‘Need’ was original and fun, but it was at times confusing and I wasn’t thrilled with the romance aspect of the book. And then I got to Captivate and really saw Jones’ writing come into its own. Wow. Entice, of course, was no different!

I can’t go on talking about this book without mentioning the cover. That’s raw gorgeousness right there guys, just look at it. And it’s even better in real life! So soft and shiny and golden… Although I do have one minor qualm with it… what the bleeding hell is that gold tree thing  eating Zara’s head. Seriously… it’s like an evil tree or somthing… Yeah, Ros has heard me rant about this cover endlessly just because of that silly tree. No, the US cover doesn’t have a tree thing on it. :( I guess we can’t all be happy. It’s still pretty though… when you don’t look at the tree-creeper-thing.
Moving on…

My favourite aspects of these novels would have to be the pixies. They’re not faeries, their pixies, okay? Totally different. These bitches want to drink your blood and torment you like cat with a grasshopper. They’re mean little buggers, no bones about it. And they a little bit creepy.
Astley quickly grew to be my favourite character in Entice. I don’t know why, but I really empathised with the way he felt. I mean, he had such a lot to deal with, what with the faerie war going on and having to help Zara find Nick…
Oh yeah, Nick.

So if you remember from Captivate that Nick disappeared to Valhalla, the home of the Norse gods. I adore the use of good old Norse mythology in this series – it isn’t something a lot of YA novels have tapped into so it really feels fresh and exciting to me and although we did get a few more insights into the mythology in Entice, I am hoping for more in the next book in the series!
The quest to save Nick was the main focus of Entice and although I didn’t really expect it to take the whole novel to resolve this plotline, I didn’t really ever find myself getting bored. Jones had me completely enthralled in her fast paced tale of evil, killer pixies.

I still adore Zara as a protagonist – although at times her decisions seemed a little rushed and not as well thought out as I would have liked. Still, she was brave when it counted and loyal to her friends ’till the end which is always something I love to see in my protagonists.
Entice picks up right where Captivate left off, so you get to see how Zara’s friends deal with her being pixie kissed. This was interesting and I understand why some of the characters reacted the way they did, but it still annoyed me.
I really have come to dislike Devyn. He just annoys me. Like I want to punch him because sometimes I don’t know why Zara hangs around with him. Yes, he’s practical and smart and he only acts the way he does out of loyalty, but he’s still a loser.

I really did love Entice though, despite my dislike of certain characters. Each chapter began with a little comment from an outsider about the current events of the war – things like facebook statuses about the pixie attacks, news reports about big events in the book etc. These were very cool, although I didn’t like them as much as the first two books chapter beginnings that featured different phobias and then pixie tips. Still, these were a fun and different way to give readers a further insight into the story.

I really cannot wait to read the next, as of yet untitled, book in the Need series. This is definitely growing to become a favourite series of mine and I need (if you’ll pardon the pun) to know what will happen next to Zara and her gang.
Oh, and in case you were wondering; I don’t usually do the whole ‘team’ thing, but in this case, I’m Team Astley all the way.

Rating (out of 5):

“My father has killed and tortured, stalked my mother and caused my stepfather’s death. I’d like to say that there was no way I woluld trust him, because that would be logical. I’d like to say that he is just all evil, because that would be easy. But nothing is that way. Nothing is all good or all bad. Even I have killed and kidnapped, haven’t I? We didn’t have trials when we imprisoned all his pixies. We didn’t give them a choice. Sure, our motives were about keeping people safe and my father’s motives were about need, but still… And what about redemption? What about the chance to change your ways, to make things right, to cast away a life of bad for a moment of pure good?”

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