Entice (Review)

Book cover for "Entice" by Carrie Jones.Title: Entice

Author: Carrie Jones

Publication Year: 2010

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library

From the cover:

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not exactly how things have worked out. Nick is dead – supposedly taken to some mythic place for warriors called Valhalla, where Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. Bedford needs its warriors more than ever, since a group of evil pixies is devastating the place. But even if Zara and her friends can reach Valhalla, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. Will Nick even want to return with her? Especially since she’s not just any pixie . . . She’s Astley’s queen.

(This is the third book in the Need series, after Need and Captivate.)

A large portion of this book is spent tracing down Norse mythology and looking for an earthly entrance to Valhalla. I think this part was both a strength and a weakness of the book (and of the series overall). I liked the tie-ins and the modern takes on some of the mythology, but it seemed at times like it was a bit forced. I’m not at all clear, for example, on what Norse mythology has to do with pixies, of all things. Having said that, it does provide an interesting belief system for the pixies, and a scaffold for the events of the story to fit into.

What I really liked, actually, was watching Zara transform her attitude towards pixies and the way she lives her life in general. I liked seeing her interact with the other pixies and start to take to her role as Astley’s queen. I also really loved the chemistry between her and Astley – and Astley’s character in general – especially in comparison to the relationship between Zara and Nick. To be honest, I was kind of hoping at one point that they wouldn’t be able to get to Valhalla and “rescue” Nick. I thought that Zara was better off with someone who wasn’t so overbearing all the time, and who actually let her be herself and be a strong woman on her own, without trying to protect her all the time.

I also enjoyed the twists and turns that the plot takes in Entice. It wasn’t a simple or easy journey that they had to take to find Nick, and I would have been disappointed if it had been otherwise.


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