Is saving Nick really worth the deaths of 2 characters and the complete abandonment of plot NOTE I received an ARC via s Vine Program.NOTE Potential spoilers of book 2 Ye be warned Last time we were in Bedford, Maine, Zara had turned pixie to attempt to go to Valhalla and save Nick Oh, and attend the high school dance Entice picks up immediately and I mean immediately after Captivate Zara, Issie, Devyn, and Cassidy head to the dance, where they fend off some evil pixies From there, it is off on the chase for the mysterious Valhalla The team follows lots of clues in their attempt to save Nick Meanwhile, pixie attacks increase and young Befordians go missing Can Zara find Nick in time I Liked One of the first things I noticed when I started reading Entice was that the writing style had greatly improved from Captivate , which was particularly amazing as I had an ARC of Entice Gone for the most part was the silly, juvenile sentence structure, the overly simplistic writing, and the lack of descriptions I actually got a better idea of what Astley looked like, what vehicle Issie drove, what color Issie s hair is red Finally and what the surroundings were.Astley continues to be an intriguing character even if a tragic event in his past is presented in a hokey manner.This book has a lot of character deaths One particular death, while unwanted, was well written with good reactions from all our major characters It also hit all the right notes and left me wanting to cry.Jones doesn t have our heroine cop out of tough life decisions Zara turns pixie and must face that fact that if or when she meets up with Nick again, he won t love her Plus, her own mother has begun to hate Zara for being a pixie Too many young adult novels cop out of such repercussions, making the ending feel as if out of a Disney movie Not Jones.The last 40 or so pages are particularly whirlwind as Zara finally makes her way to Valhalla.I Didn t Like I almost don t know where to begin.Let s start with the writing tone Need was dark and ominous, almost horror than urban fantasy, something I really liked Captivate was generic urban fantasy with most of the freaky, paranoia gone Entice continues this trend The tone is what made the book stand out, that creepy Look over your shoulder feeling Now, it s been replaced with Generic Teenaged Urban Fantasy If I wanted that, I would read the bajillion other pixie books out there such as Wicked Lovely.Characters are all over the place Zara has become a selfish, selfish girl, concerned about her boyfriend, Nick, than the 20 other youngsters that have gone She spends this ENTIRE book racing around after Nick The 20 other kids, some of whom she probably went to school with Who cares We have to get Nick, who died Her obsession even overlaps her love for her mother, as shown in this out of the blue quote I won t regret my decision no matter the consequences, not if I can get Nick back I won t regret it at all, not even if it means my own mother can t bear to look at me Wow, this came out of left field When did Nick become the do all, be all, see all Yes, she s been obsessed about finding him for almost two books TWO BOOKS , but still, she did care about Issie, Devyn, Betty, and her mom and others With this quote, it s like she s changed into a completely different person.The characters, when you see them, have become all sorts of clich Devyn, Issie, and even Cassidy are barely even on the radar and are reduced to 1 dimensional characters ooh, Devyn researches Issie is cute Cassidy can heal Zara s pixie father is a wasted character Zara s mother is now a work obsessed mother who suddenly has a 10 month obligation to her work yet another discontinuity I can t take the giggling, evil Isla seriously, the stereotypical British butler, Bentley, makes me want to vomit nails Zara really hasn t watched enough movies and TV to be able to recognize a stereotypical British butler Please , Vander was so obviously a traitor, the people of Valhalla are descriptively described as wearing Viking clothes, the gods act like surfer dudes, and so on.Let s now get to the juicy stuff the story It s obvious that some publishers have realized they hit a gold mine and told Jones to write , because this book is filled with barely enough plot for a novella Nick s capture shouldn t take almost two books to resolve it should have been accomplished by the middle of Entice , leaving the rest to resolve the pixie uprising sort of like Return of the Jedi resolves Han s capture from Empire Strikes Back actually, the correlation between those two movies and the last two Need books is what I was somewhat expecting So, to fill up the 200 pages, Jones is forced to drag out finding the key to Valhalla endlessly Honestly, I was beginning to wonder if they would ever find the blasted city.This plot is handled very carelessly and sloppily, strewn with red herrings than a fish farm After the dance which accomplishes absolutely nothing story wise, other than to show A the town is filled with idiots who don t know how to enforce martial law during a crisis and B Jones had to find something to fill the first 50 pages of this novel , the team tries to figure out how to get to Valhalla Devyn does his internet searching, and the rest slouch around Then Astley miraculously approaches Zara stating he knows how to get to Valhalla and the key is in Iceland Betty hardly bats an eye as Zara hops a plane in Bangor International Airport to Iceland, which seems slightly out of character.SIDENOTE It s also odd that a small airport like Bangor International Airport has a convenient flight to Iceland just when Zaran and Astley needed it I checked the website, and most of the flights at BIA lead to NYC or other DOMESTIC flights to American cities If Zara and Astley were to fly to Iceland, they likely would have had to fly to New York then to Keflav k International Airport, which isn t even mentioned by name it s just the generic airport in Iceland.To substitute for the lack of a plot, Jones spends a lot of time in the useless trip to Reykjavik, in which nothing is accomplished and Zara s father is mindlessly, senselessly, stupidly killed for no other reason than he was an inconvenience which was a shame, as I wanted to have him bond with his daughter When Zara returns the Iceland trip a bust , Cassidy provides the next plot contrivance when she notices a costume party at a bar being held by a strange guy from a bazaar she saw Wow, now that is what I call hard core evidence When he proves to be useless other than to get Zara shot, Zara and Astley sneak off to New York the apple from the BiForst guy s clue wow, there is so much creativity there, I think my brain will explode to meet Astley s mom, where sidestories diversions are thrown at the reader From there, coincidences and plot contrivances pile up until it is one big pile of deus ex machina.As if this isn t bad enough, I can t tell you how many continuity issues I had just finished Captivate , so I remember that Astley had left the house to drum up pledges from pixies However, at the beginning of Entice , all of a sudden, Astley is looking for his mother who apparently knows the location of Valhalla Wow, news to me At one point, Zara complains about the lack of diversity in Maine however, most of the Maine characters that she interacts with have dreadlocks, Mohawks, or described to be non white specifically Devyn and Nick, who, I got the impression from Captivate , was black or Native American What is she complaining about, lack of diversity Or does she just attract every single character who is diverse Another thing that made me explode in rage was the instantaneous creation of the anti iron pill , a plot contrivance created so that Zara and Asltey can fly planes to Iceland without having to fret over all that nasty iron and steel in planes Jones never once indicated earlier there was such a pill if it did exist, why does no one use it earlier Why is Astley the only one with this pill Why don t the bad pixies have it Who created it You do not spend two books creating this world, just to dump a half ssed patch for your pixies greatest weakness If you are going to include an anti iron pill , you at least make an effort to A introduce it earlier or B make some allusion to its sudden creation beyond Oh, yeah, Astley had these really cool pills, but he doesn t use them much and only he has them Talk about totally violating the trust you built in your readers.This disregard of sticking to the rules of the world continues when Zara is able to wield a power she A had experienced only minutes before at the hands of Isla, a powerful practitioner, B had never used nor practiced using before, C was able to use almost perfectly the first time to get exactly what she wanted, and D although there are numerous times later on where Zara could use such a talent, she never does, as if she forgot she had this ability I can t even begin to describe the head banging and yelling sessions this caused me to experience You don t have a character immediately learn a new skill without lots of practicing and trial and error This is Writing Characters 101 This is why so many fan fiction Suethors with their Mary Sue s Marty Stu s fail in wanting to prove the uber coolness of their character, they have their Mary Sue immediately learn skills she has no business learning.It s hard to take the events in this novel seriously when the characters don t seem to take the events seriously The biggest example is the dance A bus full of students has been attacked, several are dead, and are disappearing Does the militia come in and order a military curfew Do the parents teachers discontinue school Do the police create a perimeter Nope, apparently not, since our characters rush to make it to the high school dance, which hasn t been canceled and isn t even being monitored What the hell Who does that How can you give your audience a sense of urgency about Nick and all these others who are dying or have been abducted when your characters are upset about what heels go with what dress In fact, as the quotes at the beginning of the chapters indicate, no one even THINKS of enforcing martial law until the very end, after 20 youngsters are gone Glad to see this town is in good hands NOT Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence A possible f bomb is replaced with % Spatterings of da , he , cr p and p ss are present.Teenagers at a party are said to be grinding The costume party at a bar has scantily clad women.Zara and her friends fight off a lot of pixies At one point, a character is shot.Overall Disappointing hardly seems the apropos word I feel after reading this mess of an entry in the Need series I am disheartened, crushed, and sad I loved Need Need was genuinely unique, a standout in this genre It made me fall in love with pixies and yearn for Entice almost doesn t feel like the same story, the same world as Need What was dark and creepy, accented with the eerie recitation of phobias has become Generic Young Adult Urban Fantasy Pixie Story 869.I got this as an ARC, but I was 100% prepared to buy this in paperback when it came out, so much did I love the series After finishing, I can easily say I won t be buying Entice in paperback I don t even know if I will be pursuing the rest of this series NOTE In fact, I ended up selling back all but Need , so great was my disappointment in this series For those just thinking about starting the series, I suggest to read Need If you love it like I do, don t continue it will just ruin the taste in your mouth If you don t like it, then just stop because the sequels won t improve the taste. This book was freaking amazing I really hope that Zara gets with Astley because he is the sweetest thing ever I can t wait until the fourth book I ve read Entice than 5 times I ve listened to the audiobook every night since I got it Dec 11th THAT is how much I LOVE this book I ve been Team Astley since he was introduced in Captivate I won t post any spoilers here But I truly loved getting to know about Astley and seeing him and Zara s relationship develop Issie, Devyn, Cassidy and Grandma Betty were wonderful as well Zara really matured in this book And she is learning to accept the changes in herself and her circumstances a lot better This book made me laugh, and then cry all within a few pages of each other Carrie Jones would pull me into a very dark place in some parts but would bring me back to the light just as quickly I cannot wait until the 4th and final book of this series comes out Carrie s publishers say around late 2011 or early 2012 which I think is TOO long to wait It killed me to wait so long for Entice to come out and now that it has and I have read it I am even anxious for the final book This is a great series I will continue to re read this book over and over until the final book comes out. Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together for ever But that s not quite how things have worked out For starters, Nick 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 teens going missing every day An all out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all 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 queenCHARACTERS Nick, I hate him so much and I was so grateful that he was absent throughout this book Astley is my favrouite out of all the characters, he is just so loveable and amazing.ROMANCE I will always ship Zara and Astley and they were kinda rising in this book which was super cool.PLOT The plot was super unique because we got to learn about Pixies and the mythology of them which was super interesting.ENDING The whole ending was Actaully beautiful view spoiler hide spoiler 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 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 I think this is the first time i ve ever rooted for the underdog o.O nick seems too overprotective and machismo like and not in a good way Astley, on the other hand, seems genuine and likeable To tell you the truth, i just find nick annoying and i think Astley would the better choice even if Zara doesn t deserve him. OH MY GOSH Okay so first of all I thought this book was pretty awesome It mostly concentrates on Zara and Astley finding Valhalla to save Nick Along the way they both face a lot of loss and find that people aren t always as they seem And your friends and family can sometimes leave the deepest scars With only each other for company most of the time, Zara and Astley become quite close But Zara soon finds out that he s not being completely honest with her about his past Zara always says she wants Nick back and stays true to her journey But when people start dying and her family seems as though it s ripping apart, is Nick really worth all the lives that ve been lost Could they afford another Or is Astleys love for her the simple answer Can she let go of Nick And will he want her back after what she s become Guess you ll just have to find out this book is a must read With treachery, love, and a test of who you choose to be, you ll find yourself sucked into a world of fae, weres, and much For those of you who haven t read the series I recomend it highly The story is about a girl named Zara who has to move in with her grandmother because her mother is scared of how shes acting regarding her fathers death She doesnt seem to take interest in anything Ever since her step father died who might as well have been her real father she hasn t acted like herself There are things she doesn t understand and has been led to believe that he died an innocent death What she doesn t know is that there are such things as pixies but they are far from the sparkly fun creatures that people think They are human size and they have blue skin and ragged teeth They take pray on human men when they don t have a queen A fairy king has his eye on Zara and wants her as his queen She has the perfect mix of someone elligable to be a queen But her boyfriend Nick a werewolf isn t going to let that happen Well I don t want to give anything away so that s about it Enjoy For some reason I thought this series was a trilogy and that this was the last one I was so very very wrong There is going to be Entice starts right where Captivate stopped Zara is a pixie and she ll stop at nothing to find Nick And she does not stop she will find him or else Don t read this next sentence if you have t read the book yet Was anyone else a little annoyed in Zara s quest I mean I m glad she found him when she did, because I think if anyone else died because of her selfishness ugh I was going to loose it The only character that I liked this time around was Astley I respected Zara, but I think she made some very rash decisions she never seemed like that sort of character in the first two novels I don t want to go as far as saying she was level headed, but she just thought a little bit about her actions before jumping into them I think I missed that aspect of her By the end of the novel, she did start to grow on me again I m looking forward to seeing her become the Queen I know she can be.Dare I say that I am on Team Astley after reading this book we ll have to see how the next few books play out to be sure There is something very addicting about these novels I m not sure exactly what it is, but I can t stop reading them once I start I just love the story the mythology, the pixies and Valhalla, it s all so very captivating enticing mesmerizing.Entice started out a little bit slow for me I felt like we were jumping all over the place, but around page 104 I think the story really came to life I CANNOT WAIT for the next book Entice is an awesome addition to the series surprising characters, a plot that continues to thicken, Kings Queens and blood thirsty pixies, yes please At the end of Captivate I was a complete Nick supporter I was so sure that Zara and Nick were soul mates that it was almost religious All that has changed I am pro Astley Throughout Entice you fall in love with Astley Its inescapable, he is caring and personal in a way that Nick can t possibly be as he lives in Valhalla, worlds apart from Zara Where things will go from here, I am excited to find out Zara And Nick Are Soul Mates, Meant To Be Together For Ever But That S Not Quite How Things Have Worked Out For Starters, Nick 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 Teens Going Missing Every Day An All Out War Seems Imminent, And The Good Guys Need All 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
Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes She does not know how to spell fudgsicles This has not prevented her from writing books She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a s ance with cool uber comedian Sarah Silverman.The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H.
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- Carrie Jones
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