Saturday, December 18, 2010

Review of Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones

Entice (Need, #3)

Title: Entice (Need #3)
Author: Carrie Jones
Pages: 264 (ARC) 
Publication Date: Dec. 7th, 2010
For: 13+

Back Cover

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.

First Lines

"Law enforcement authorities are still investigating the strange bus accident that recently killed several Sumner High School students. Meanwhile, Bedford police advise that another boy has been reported missing from that town, bringing the total up to eight. --News Channel 8"

In a Sentence

Entice is easily the best book in this series so far! . 

My Thoughts

You know how books in series sometimes tend to either one of two things as they progress: they get better, or they get worse? The Need series definitely falls into the latter category. While I enjoyed reading Need and Captivate, Entice beats the previous two books in every category!

As I mentioned in my review of Captivate, I loved that the main character, Zara, has continued to develop realistically throughout the series. In Entice, we see the biggest jump she's made so far. In the end of Captivate, Zara decides to turn into a pixie in order to save her boyfriend, Nick, who was killed by an enemy pixie king. As a result of this decision, Zara faces her biggest problem yet. By turning into a pixie, she risks losing the love and trust of everyone she holds dear. Yet she does it anyways, knowing that it's the only way that she can save Nick and protect her family and friends. The fact that Zara made this decision in spite of all that risk really made me respect her as a character. 

This brings me to the character of Astley. Astley, one of the pixie kings fighting for control of the Maine territory, is the one who turns Zara, by her request. As a result, Zara becomes not only a pixie, but a pixie queen--specifically--Astley's pixie queen. I really enjoyed the characterization of Astley. First off, he's chivalrous and handsome and brave. But in addition to that, there's more to him than just an appealing superficiality. Astley cares so much about his people, and he tries so hard to make Zara understand that not all pixies are evil and untrustworthy. In addition to that, he treats Zara as a valued equal. He wants to protect her and does his best to keep her safe, but at the same time, he doesn't smother her with controlling attempts to keep her out of the line of battle. He allows her to fight, which is one of the things I like most about him. 

I still really like the character of Nick, don't get me wrong. I haven't quite figured out who I think Zara should end up with. I'm really looking forward to the next book! 

Favorite Lines

**Taken from an ARC version and subject to change before publication.**

"We drive through the darkness on crazy roads, bumping from potholes and frost heaves. Roads are meant to be smooth paths, straight lanes to destinations, but they aren't like that at all, are they? Life isn't like that either." (53)




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