Monday, 27 December 2010

Entice - Carrie Jones

Author: Carrie Jones
Date of release: January 2011 (UK)
Number of pages: 272
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Also by this author: Need, Captivate

Book Girl Rating: * * * 1/2

 Zara and Nick are soul-mates - they're meant to be together for ever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, Nick is dead, and has been taken to Valhalla, a mystical resting place for warriors. If they can find the way there, Zara and her friends will try to get him back. But even if they do, Zara has turned pixie - and now she's Astley's queen! Meanwhile, more teenagers go missing as a group of evil pixies devastates the town of Bedford. An all-out war seems imminent and Zara and her friends need all the warriors they can find...(

Warning: This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.

In Entice, Zara is adjusting to life as a new pixie as well as life without Nick.  Whilst she’s determined to get him back – she realises that getting to Valhalla isn’t going to be easy and there’s another problem – Bedford is being invaded by pixies and a war for territory seems imminent; and the other issue of being Astley's newly turned Queen. 

Where I loved Need and Captivate, Entice left me a little bit lost for words.  Nick’s absence is felt heavily by the group, especially Zara – and I kind of missed him too.  Whereas Zara seemed unsure about Astley at first, Entice seems to emphasise Zara's newfound trust in him and their relationship deepens.  Zara is truly unsure of her pixie status and where she stands as Astley’s queen.  Not to mention she is unsure of how Nick will react when he learns of her recent pixie-ness.

Zara still has great presence in the novel, but her former headstrong ways have been replaced by the need to be cautious and protective of her town.  She's still different to other teenagers; spirited and determined to succeed.  Astley was more than sufficient as a lead male too - but I liked him from the start; it's almost impossible not to like him! 

Entice has sufficient action to keep the plot going along - and the audience compelled to the very end with the notion of finding Nick.  There are new discoveries and interesting quirks/histories revealed which, though they do not live up to the first two books' strength - allow for sufficient interest to develop; leading to an exciting and indeed, enticing ending.  

In summary, Entice was a really good read. Whilst I didn't love it as much as the former books, I think it served as a good development for Zara and Astley's relationship - as well as teaching the audience about the histories surrounding his life.  I think the book was more about getting Nick back and it highlighted his differences with Astley well.
This book served as a fantastic prelude to what I hope to be the most action-packed, heart stopping next novel..romance and pixie wars will ensue! 

Reviewed as part of Nat's Little Reading Challenge.

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