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Review: Entice (Need series book 3)

Entice by Carrie Jones is the third book in the Need series. It was released in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 14th in the U.S.

Goodreads description:

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.

Bedford is under attack, and with Nick gone, Zara will have to team up with Astley in order to try and keep the residents of Bedford safe from pixies. She’ll also need the help of her friends, but now that she’s a pixie queen she’s not sure they trust her enough, especially with Astley at her side.

As Zara becomes more and more dependent upon Astley’s help, her feelings for him develop into friendship and maybe something more. But with Nick stuck in Valhalla, and her heart still belonging to him, she cannot serve as Astley’s queen and lead the pixies – her people – to battle the evil forces of Frank’s rogue army that terrorize Bedford’s citizens.

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Entice is the third book in the Need series by author Carrie Jones. It continues Zara’s story and her quest to find Nick and bring him back from Valhalla into the land of the living. But her journey is not a simple one and the price to bring Nick back may just be the lives of those she loves. Will her love for Nick be worth the cost even if he no longer loves her? Will she be willing to risk the life of her king in order to save him?

Carrie Jones is such a clever storyteller. All three books in this series are charming, fun and humorous but also heart-rending. Her character Zara is loyal, kind, quirky and wonderfully optimistic. These traits are what draw her friends to her and what has made Astley fall in love with her. And though in this book Zara has turned into a pixie she has managed to retain her humanity.

Entice is just as engaging as the previous two books, although Captivate’s ending was so staggering that it’s difficult to compare these two books side-by-side. But Entice can stand on its own and has its own merits. It brings the reader along as Zara struggles with her acceptance of her new species, as she finds an inner strength that she never knew she had and shows her steadfast resolve to find her lost wolf.

In this story readers will get a chance to learn a lot more about Astley – and that he is not just the guy that pixie kissed Zara taking away her humanity. And, as with the other two books, there are moments in this story that are joyous and heartbreaking. At the book’s end there is a lot more story left to tell, and readers will definitely be awaiting the fourth book in this series.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I fell in love with this series just over a year ago. I read Need just before Captivate was due out and couldn’t wait for its release. But wait I did, as Captivate wasn’t available as an eBook on release date. Released on Tuesday, it took me until Saturday before I ran out to buy my copy of the book in print. And I’m so happy that I didn’t wait, as it was even better than the first book.

This year, fortunately, Entice was made available as an eBook so I was able to download it to my reader just after midnight on release date and start reading. It did take awhile for the action to pick up, probably at the forty percent mark, but then so many, many things happened from then on – and I’m not telling so you’ll have to read it. The entire story was written beautifully and that first section was necessary to the development of the story, though I would have given the first part a four star rating and the latter sixty percent a five plus.

I loved the fact that although Zara was being pulled toward Astley she holds true to her love for Nick. Astley becomes such a likable character in this book that it is sad that his love is mostly unrequited, but at the same time Zara wouldn’t be as lovable if she just gave up on Nick and ran off with Astley.

Though I miss the various different phobias explained with each chapter, the chapter headers in this were a riot. I loved the Tweets, blog posts, chats and texts from the very worried folks in Bedford that introduced the beginning of each chapter. And as always the cover artwork for the book was stunning.

Biggest drawback: The next book probably won’t be available for another year.

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