Monday 3 January 2011

Entice by Carrie Jones

Warning: Contains spoilers for the previous books in the series.

For Review: Bloomsbury.  Published 4 January 2010
From Goodreads:  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.

Continuing straight on from the events in Captivate Zara is determined to find Valhalla and get Nick back.  At the same time more and more teens are going missing, more pixies are turning up and not all are as good as Astley, and Zara has to come to terms with her decision to turn...

First of all:  I Love love love Astley!  I am definitely Team Astley!  I adored that he sees Zara as an equal - someone he wants to protect but also as someone he wants to stand and fight by his side.  They had so many great (and emotional ) scenes together in this - I'm very interested to see how this will all play out in the next book.  There is a strength and vulnerability to Astley that I just adore.  And his speech towards the end?  Made me want to reach into the book and hug him! 

I really enjoyed seeing how Zara progressed now that she's pixified. She is still the same in many ways (impulsive!) but I also got the sense that she's going to gain a lot from her decision.  It really felt as if she was coming into her own in Entice.   She was very determined to find Nick and although some may see this as selfish I think she felt responsible for what happened to him and, on top of that, I don't think she could cope with losing someone else so close to her losing her dad.  I think this made her determination to find Valhalla and Nick understandable.

Cassidy proved to be a great addition - I now see her as part of the family.  Again I loved Issie, Devyn, and Betty.  I kind of wanted to slap Zara's mother but I'll reserve judgement until next time.  I'm really enjoying their dynamic and am really excited to see what will happen between them all.

This is definitely my favourite of the series so far.  I love what the author is doing and cant wait for more!  So ... should I say it one more time?  TEAM ASTLEY!

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