Thursday, 30 December 2010

Entice by Carrie Jones

Target Audience: Teens/Young Adults
Genre: Faerie/Paranormal Romance

Entice (Need, #3)I really really love this series and not one book in the series has disappointed me in any way, as each took new twists and turns and developed the plot instead of dragging it out like some novels do.
Entice pretty much picks up where Captivate left off; Zara is a pixie and the Queen of Astley, Nick is still missing in Valhalla and Zara is dead set on finding him, no matter what it takes.

The story moves quickly and easily, with the absence of a certain character (Nick) not halting the storyline in any sense of the word.  Instead, i noticed a greater focus on Zara and her relationship with Astley (who i admit is pretty awesome!) and i found myself pretty annoyed at Zara's mother who was pretty narrow minded with some of the things she said to her daughter, not to mention insensitive.

I found this book a lot more adventurous than the last and some of the events that occurred were completely unexpected and i found that Miss Jones was not as frightened to take risks in this book, some of which made me go OMG pretty loudly.
There's a significant increase in deaths in this installment and you will find yourself stunned by the characters that do bow out and how they do so. Lets just say, deaths by pixies and various other magical means are not normal.

There's a lot of character development in this book and despite the absence of Nick he is by no means forgotten. In fact to an extent, the whole plot revolves around finding him and i was stunned by Zara's strength and commitment in finding him.  And it is Zara that develops the most, it was extraordinary to watch her go from strength to strength and make some truly difficult decisions.
The usual suspects are also a solid part of this novel and i loved Issie and Devyn to bits and Cassidy gained a lot more depth and character in this story.
Zara's grandmother was her usual strong self and there was a lot more of Zara's mother who, as i have previously mentioned, is not as likable for most of this book as she has been in others.

The ending is once again the sort that would leave any reader longing for the next in the series, as i am, but unlike the others the cliffhanger is not a tense 'i will scream if i don't read the next book in the series'.
Truly wonderful, romantic, mythical and raises some interesting questions regarding prejudice and what it means to be human.

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