Book Review: Entice (Need #3) by Carrie Jones

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.
I was ambivalent reading the second installment in this series: Captivate.  Because of that, I had low expectations for Entice, and in fact I did not buy this book even though I own the first two.  I found Entice at my local library (I was the first to borrow it, yay!) and started it thinking I didn't have anything to lose. 

Entice really saved this series for me.  I found it to be better paced than Need and Captivate, and I liked the depth of the story.  Zara is coming into her own now and growing up a lot, which was good to read about.  I was leaning towards team Astley before, and now I really am.  Nick is okay but I think Astley is more open-minded and selfless.  

There's something that keeps me from just loving this series, and I think it's that the books are dialogue-heavy, teen dialogue at that.  The closest thing I can compare the dialogue to are the House of Night books, although the Need books do not contain foul language like the House of Night books do.  

All in all, I enjoyed Entice.  I'm looking forward to continuing on in the series, much more so than I was after finishing Captivate.

Just One Gripe: 
The teenage vernacular gets old for me.

The Best Thing About This Book: 
The pixie element is a nice twist on paranormal YA.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 4/5
Originality: 4/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  18/25


  1. I quite liked book 1, but I haven't read book 2 yet. I worry that continuing the series will let me down, but I loved your review for this. Thanks, Kelli! :)

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  3. For some odd reason, these covers bug me ;) Crazy right?

  4. Thank goodness I am not the only Atsley fan, I couldn't stand Nick in Captivate.

  5. I need to read this series. I haven't read a YA book about pixies yet, so I will be a good change to add to the paranormal mix, I think. Thanks for the review! :)

  6. I'm passing on this series. It doesn't captivate my attention. (Pun not intended.)

    Don't you just love it when you're the first person to check out that book from the library?!!

  7. ENTICE we come to the third novel in Carrie Jones' NEED series. Zara is determined to find her boyfriend, Nick. In CAPTIVATE, Nick was taken away by a warrior to Valhalla. With the help of Astley and her friends, Zara begins her quest to find a way to Valhalla. Zara is really stuck between two decisions. She finds herself drawn to Astley throughout ENTICE, but yet she is single-mindedly determined to bring Nick back. Zara is unsure how Nick will react when she gets him back, because since his "death," she has been Pixie kissed and been turned into not just a Pixie, but Astley's Pixie queen. It doesn't get more complicated than that.


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