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Entice (Need Series #3)

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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 ...

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Overview

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 turned into just any pixie. . . She's Astley's queen.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Linda Infantino
Entice is a mythical adventure of pixies, humans, and weres. Following in the fashion of its predecessors, it has a dark, mysterious, romantic feel that makes readers feel enticed by the characters. This reader was right next to Zara as she discovered herself and searched for Nick. After finishing the book, readers will desire more; Jones outdid herself this time. While Need (Bloomsbury, 2008/VOYA December 2008) and Captivate (Bloomsbury,2010/VOYA April 2010) are good, Entice is fantastic. 4Q, 4P. Reviewer: Linda Infantino, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Susan Hampe
Things are getting worse across the board. Bedford is under siege by a group of evil pixies led by a wicked king who killed Nick, sending him to the mythic land of Valhalla. Wanting to do all she can to help bring him back, Zara is pixie kissed by Astley and becomes his queen, causing a rift between her and her friends. No one expects it to be easy for them to reach Valhalla and get Nick back, but the journey will be far more perilous than they imagine. Each bit of information comes at an increasingly terrible price, causing Zara to question her motives and wondering how much she is truly willing to risk bringing Nick back. The third book in the Need series, Entice takes your hand and pulls you along on the dizzying journey to reach Valhalla. Zara's struggles grow even more complex with the complication of her being a pixie, as she finds herself constantly questioned by her friends. Like an experienced runner, the book takes off at a solid pace that will carry readers quickly and fluidly through the pages. Fans of the series will not be disappointed by the latest installment in this great series. Reviewer: Susan Hampe
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Book three in the "Need" series picks up with Zara, who was formerly half-human and half-pixie, but now turned fully pixie, and a queen at that, trying to figure out how to get to Valhalla to retrieve Nick, her werewolf boyfriend. Zara enlists the help of her close friends (some of whom are shape-shifting weres and an elf) and pixie king Astley. As if figuring out how to reach Valhalla wasn't enough trouble, they also have to help protect the town, which is besieged with violent and blood-thirsty evil pixies. Teenagers are dying and going missing, but no one beyond Zara and her friends know the real reason why. Zara and Astley do their best to figure out how to save Nick, but find traps and complications at nearly every turn. A book about pixie history and magic gives them the lead they need, but it takes a few false starts before Zara is able to get to Valhalla. Here, she must defeat Frank, Astley's uncle and the pixie responsible not just for Nick's death but for the larger pixie war that is unfolding. Her reunion with Nick is fraught with worry—if he will accept her as a pixie and if she can shake the feeling that she is betraying Astley. Though Nick arrives safely home, the impending pixie war looms large, leaving Zara and friends without much time to revel in their victory. Though their quest is fairly straightforward—get to Valhalla—the interruptions and blockades keep the story interesting. Readers may find this book nearly impossible to understand without having read the first two in the series. Twilight fans will feel right at home here, in rural Maine, which feels a lot like Forks, with Zara and her love triangle. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In Carrie Jones's sequel (2010) to Need (2008) and Captivate (2010, all Bloomsbury), Zara has been kissed by Astley and turned into a pixie, which is the last thing her friends and family wanted for her. But as she sees it, it is the only way that she can go to Valhalla and rescue Nick, her one true love. One of the main problems with this plan is that she is now Astley's queen and has a deep connection to him and his people. As the story progresses, it also becomes clear that someone is trying very hard not only to stop them from rescuing Nick, but also trying to kill Zara and Astley. Although well-narrated by Julia Whelan, this book leaves listeners with more questions and loose ends. A must-buy if your library already circulates the first two titles, but not a stand-alone by any means.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Jones picks up directly after the end of Captivate (2010), when Zara allowed Astley to kiss her and turn her into a pixie. Being a pixie, never mind Astley's pixie queen, terrifies Zara—but she did it so she can potentially travel to Valhalla and retrieve her maybe-dead boyfriend Nick. The thrust of this third installment is that quest: Find Valhalla, recover Nick. Pixie king Astley helps Zara and loves her; she begins to reciprocate even while pining for Nick at every moment. Unlike most love triangles in the genre, this one's outcome feels refreshingly unpredictable. The small Maine town establishes a curfew and the FBI arrives, but evil pixies still murder teen after teen. Epic war approaches, on earth and in the gods' realm. It's hard to say whether Zara's burning need to find Nick either trumps her earnest desire to protect innocent people from deadly pixies or blends with it—Nick's a critical leader/warrior, after all. Fans of the first two will continue to swoon, enjoying prose that's idiosyncratically casual (Valhalla feels "ungettable") and indulgently, oh-so-teen-like angsty ("Your sigh smells like sorrow"). (Paranormal romance. YA)

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In Carrie Jones's sequel (2010) to Need (2008) and Captivate (2010, all Bloomsbury), Zara has been kissed by Astley and turned into a pixie, which is the last thing her friends and family wanted for her. But as she sees it, it is the only way that she can go to Valhalla and rescue Nick, her one true love. One of the main problems with this plan is that she is now Astley's queen and has a deep connection to him and his people. As the story progresses, it also becomes clear that someone is trying very hard not only to stop them from rescuing Nick, but also trying to kill Zara and Astley. Although well-narrated by Julia Whelan, this book leaves listeners with more questions and loose ends. A must-buy if your library already circulates the first two titles, but not a stand-alone by any means.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905532
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Series: Need Series , #3
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 236,623
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Jones
CARRIE JONES is an award-winning author who recently graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program. She is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (ex)Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award. Carrie lives in Ellsworth, Maine. Visit her website at carriejonesbooks.com and www.needpixies.com.
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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    This is an amazing series

    This book is my favorite of the series so far. Definitely a must read :) I cant wait for the 4th one to come out

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Awesome Series!!!!!

    This is one of my favorite series of all time!! It does have the little love story in it yes, which i do indeed love, but it is also so much more than that. I love the story line. It's not just one of those books I read just for the love story part although this one does have a pretty good one, so good I can't make up my mind who to like, but I also find myself wondering what will happen next in the actual story. I guess you can tell that I highly recommend this book...=D.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

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    Still A Great Series

    I love this series and can’t believe I waited so long to read the third book! This one veers out of our normal world, well normal in that there are pixies and all, and adds in the mythology of Valhalla, yes, that means a little bit about Thor and Odin too. Zara is one of my favorite female characters in a young adult series because she doesn’t just sit around and whine, she gets off her butt and does something about the problems. While her choices sometimes put her in danger, they are still choices that she is taking responsibility for and doing for more than just herself. Actually, she’s a pretty unselfish girl. Yes, she wants Nick back because she loves him, but it’s more than that. She knows his friends all need him as well and so she is risking life and limb to get him back. Zara isn’t without her own internal conflict though. Astley is always around, she is his queen now after all, but she’s not quite sure what that means. We get to see into Astley’s character a bit more and whew, there’s some unexpected stuff in his life. I know I won’t wait so long to read the next book in the series, it can’t get here soon enough!

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo

    With 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. Though Zara wants to solely focus on finding the path to Valhalla, Bedford is besieged by evil Pixies and Zara and her friends must defeat them to protect the town. It's all so complicated for a high school girl who just wants to be normal again after her step-father's death. There were some plot twists in ENTICE that I totally didn't anticipate. I won't give anything away, but her father makes an unexpected appearance and there's an interesting character named BiForst. The story moves quickly and will satisfy fans of the series. ENTICE reminded me a bit of P.C & Kristin Cast's BURNED. The story mostly revolves around Zara's journey. There are background stories going on, but overall, the content is the quest. I thought this was to be a trilogy, but after checking out the author's website I found that the 4th book in the series is due out in 2012. So I for one will be eagerly waiting for more of Zara's (and Nick's and Astley's) story!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2011

    Waaayyy to much cussing.

    the book had a bunch of cussing in it.which made me dislike the book.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

    Wanted

    Wanted to be the 400th review(: Mv

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    This one did have some good character development especially Ast

    This one did have some good character development especially Astley and Zara's relationship. I was disappointed in how everyone else treated him though. I also got a bit annoyed with Zara's fixation with getting Nick back no matter what. A bit unrealistic (unlike the rest of the series right:) Astley is a trooper and Zara is a bit blind.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Love it!

    I'm so glad that the last two books got away from twiligth because in Need I thougth I was reading it again but I'm happy to say that no longer happens the story line is difrent and putting in mythology was great it gave that edge and astley is my favorite. Zara is a little selfish putting everybody in danger her mother was rigth but in the end it works out.... can wait for the last one!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    omg!!

    loooooooooved it! sorry i am no longer a fan of nick....Astley i hope you get her in the end!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Really good!!!!!!!!

    Was really good but left you wanting more. Carrie. Why u no write next book?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Kind of pissed!

    This book was good, but i absolutley hated how ruthless she became! She pushed all her friends to the breaking point and still expected them to find Nick. And she had a perfect guy right in front of her... okay read, extremly frustrating.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Terrific!

    I loved the first two books and now loved the third! It is so interesting and wonderful and you cant help but read for hours.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    I know release date

    Its May 2012. I believe the 9th Endure comes out. I know its strange over a year and a half. ANYWAYS this book series is awesome blossom.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book

    i loved this book so munch it is hands down one of my favorite series and the best out of the last 2 from the series it was like you didnt want to put down the book as if your hands where glued to it! trust me when i say that i finished the whole book within one day! by the way i am team astley at first i thought "um i guess nick and zara are a cute couple" i never thought they where a good coupel there was no connection with them whats so ever and thats what you mainly want in a couple are connection witch you will find with astley theres so much connection with them and hes just so much better for zara cant wate for part 4!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

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    Even better than the first two!

    Carrie Jones' Need series has continuously gotten better with each book. In this book our heroine has to deal with the fact that things might not be as black and white as she once thought when it comes to Pixies. Our heroine faces some tough choices and continually grows because of them and all of her courage is tested in the third installment of the need series. I loved this book because not only does Zara learn that not everything is what it seems even in the supernatural world, but because she grows in other ways too. This book was full of surprises and had some wonderful interactions with the characters helping readers learn a little more about them and have better understanding of the things going on. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Loved it

    Astley was so caring n patient in this book as he always is :) Love him TEAM ASTLEY. Cant wait for the next book. Read this awesome series. I think in the next book when Zara tells nick shes a pixie (spoiler*again cuz nick's memory was erased) he'll take it badly n hopefully she sees she meant to be with astley.-prediction

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Gotta read the series 3 books. Need more Carrie Jones awesome

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2011

    Oddly not what I expected. (The only reason I read it was because Astley was in it.)

    I was hoping during this book Zara and Astley would become closer and more intimate. Rather than Zara hardcore pursuing Nick, I am hoping and was hoping she simply leaves him and goes for Astley, yet many times the second guy loses to the guy who was first introduced into the story and is left out of the love and hurt. Zara has been hurting Astley so much through this book and it just makes me sad to hear. This book though seemed a bit of a loss book, it was kinda just fill and no real core or meaning to it. I feel as if it all could have been summed up in a less long piece than this and as if the main reason I read it was to find out if Zara and Nick would be broken up and if she would end up with Astley, what really happened to her father was kinda frustrating. I am not going to say specifics but it could have been better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2011

    Perfect example of YA literature and why other series should not be considered in the same category.

    Well written for youth, but holding almost no real character development or depth, this series is the perfect example of what YA literature is. It also shows why a series like "Harry Potter" should not be considered YA fiction. Just because a series is about young people does not necessarily mean it reads like it was written by a young person. This book most certainly reads like an 18 year old girl wrote it. The author captures the selfishness and lack of vision in the young mind very well.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

    Loved+it%21%21%21

    I+love+the+whole+book%21%21+Dose+anyone+know+when+the+next+one+come+out%3F%3F%3F%3F%3F+

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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