Entice by Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books (December 14th 2010)
Hardcover, 266 pages
Source: Kindle
Series: Need, #3

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 turned into just any pixie. . . She’s Astley’s queen.

While this series has not been one of my favorite, Entice was by far the best one of the series.  It is no secret that I never felt the ‘connection’ between Zara and Nick.  Their love happened to fast for me and was not built upon something real.  However, Zara’s connection and relationship to Astley is believable, and not just because they are both pixies and she is now his queen.  In one book their connection becomes real.  And of course where would Zara be without her friends.  I have loved these characters from the beginning, sometimes even more than Zara herself (but not too much).  Issie is a doll – I don’t think there is one bad bone in her body.  Devyn is adorable in his love for Issie and how he is protective over her.  And of course Betty is always a hoot to read – she is sassy yet head strong and always speaks her mind.  

I hate to say it but one of my favorite things about this book was that Nick was not in it until the very end.  I am on the Astley side (clearly).  With Astley, Zara goes on more adventures, both in traveling and emotional adventures, than she ever has.  Zara faces many close calls in this installment, all the while focusing on getting Nick back… even when her ‘feelings’ for Astley start to come about.  It will be very interesting to see how Zara’s relationships unfold in the next installment, Endure.  

In terms of writing, Carrie Jones gives you a fast paced book.  I found this installment to be more ‘grown up’ in the sense that the story is not completely relied upon dialogue (which makes up pretty much both previous books).  You actually get to delve into Zara’s head a bit.  Overall, while this book does not exactly stand out as a “MUST READ”, this a was fun fast paced read that you won’t regret. 

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