Entice: An Ignite Novella

Entice: An Ignite Novella

by Erica Crouch


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With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.

Suddenly top-tiered demons, they're tasked with seeing through hell's new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn't as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they're forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.

Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azael's story in Ignite.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927940242
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication date: 11/22/2014
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Erica Crouch is a young adult and new adult author from Baltimore, Maryland. She has a strange blended aesthetic of cute and spooky, and her books reflect her ever changing mood. (You may find romance, you may find gore-sometimes both in the same book, but probably not at the same time. Probably.)

Erica is the cofounder of Patchwork Press, an author-powered publisher of middle grade, young adult, and new adult titles. She is the head of editorial services and design, with nearly fifty projects to her name.

You can find a complete list of Erica's books at ericacrouch.com, or connect with her on Twitter @Erica_Crouch. She loves having online friends, so feel free to email her at becausebooks@gmail.com if you want to talk to her about any of her books, pygmy goats, or the ghosts that haunt her. For free bonus content and semi-regular emails from Erica, subscribe to her newsletter and become a pen pal with benefits!

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Entice: An Ignite Novella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Delicate-Eternity-Books More than 1 year ago
Entice Review As most if you probably know, Ignite by Erica Crouch is one of my favourite books of all time. When I finished it, I wrote a fangirling review that accurately depicted my emotions. I was in love with every word that Erica had written, every twist and turn of the plot, every single thing. So when the team at Patchwork Press invited me to join the Entice blog tour, there was absolutely no chance that I was going to decline. As with everything written by one of your favourite authors, there comes a small amount of trepidation. Will I love this new story as much as the first? I had this thought when I went into Entice. And in all reality, I shouldn’t have. Entice was the perfect novella. It was long enough to provide you with insight into the overall story of the series, and it was just as beautifully written as Ignite. I should never have worried at all. ........ Erica Crouch has again blown me away with the beauty of her writing, as is becoming the norm with her. If you haven’t read Entice, you need to – now! Read the full review at my blog, Books for a Delicate Eternity!
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
Entice is the prequel to Ignite. Here we see Pen and Azael in Hell, after their fall but prior to the events in Ignite. We see the events which led to their being on Earth. If you missed my review of Ignite, which I adored, you can read it here. I've said it before, but I love words. Ms. Crouch's use of words is captivating. She lyrically draws images and her prose is exquisite and delightful to read. I also love her literary references and quotes. :) I somehow managed to miss the significance of Pen's name in Ignite. Pen was a scribe in Heaven - and the importance of that really hit me in Entice. I adore Pen's love of language and stories and her indelible belief in the power of words. I'm curious to see if 'the pen is mightier than the sword' holds true for Pen. "...Words are never enough; results take action......I agree, not willing to fight over the magic words hold again..." Loc 1437-1441 I loved this look at Pen. In Entice, we see that Pen, despite her fall from Heaven, hasn't lost her humanity. Seeing her compassion in Hell made the transformation Pen experiences in Ignite more meaningful. We are also made privy to the reasons behind her decision to fall with Azael. We witness her struggle with that decision. Pen longs for the acceptance and sense of belonging she once had with Azael. Thought the course of Entice, she realizes that is something she may never have again. But now that she's fallen, Azael is all she has. Azael isn't much different in Entice than he is in Ignite. He's angry and arrogant. He believes his place is at Lucifer's side - that he deserves that place following his role in Michael's demise. He believes his actions swung the tide of the war between Heaven and Hell. In Entice, the action revolves around Pen and Azael's mission in Eden. Following the battle which brought about Michael's death, Azael and Pen are give rank as top-tier demons. They are then tasked with bringing about the downfall of man - a race against two other minions of Hell. The tale Ms. Crouch weaves around this well-known story was fascinating. Ms Crouch's description of Hell is interesting. Hell, in her imaginings, is cold, icy and blue. I rather like this portrayal. It naturally follows that her Heaven is fiery - angels wielding swords of flame. I also appreciated Pen's reasons for being disgruntled with Heaven - not that it meant she wanted to choose Hell. "I don't believe in censorship," I smirk back at him. "It leads to arroganze, corruption, and secrets." Loc 518 "Secrets and pride corrupt even the so-called incorruptible." Loc 1458 I truly reveled in getting this backstory for Pen. It helped in my understanding of why Pen chose to follow Azael out of Heaven and why she continued following him. It also provided the foundation to explain her actions in Ignite. And it was gorgeously written. "I tie my tongue around the unwanted gift I've burdened myself with - caring - and bury it in the pit of my stomach." Loc 788 "I think I'll be walking the line between Heaven and Hell forever - swaying toward the darkness but always reaching to the light." Loc 1754
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ANFerguson More than 1 year ago
Ignite was an excellent debut that left me wanting so much more. I wanted to know more about Pen and Az, I wanted to know about Michael and Lucifer, and I want to know what's next for everyone. And while I sit here and wait (not so) patiently for Incite, I'm so glad that I had Entice to tide me over! This story actually takes place before Ignite, and gives more insight into the Garden of Eden events that are briefly mentioned. We see a lot of Pen and her misgivings about hell and Lucifer and following her brother in his fall from Heaven, and I think that this story is excellent in helping to develop her character. We also learn a little bit more about Lucifer and his hold over Pen and why she's so faithful in her missions. I thought the re-imagining (I guess you would call it that?) about the fall of man was really interesting. Everyone knows how the serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and how Eve in turn gave the fruit to Adam. But here, Eve and the serpent don't take the traditional form. I thought it was really interesting to see such a popular Bible story told from a different perspective, while all of the major details were kept the same. If you've read Ignite, I would definitely recommend reading this novella. I would also recommend this series to anyone looking for a new take on Heaven, Hell, angels, and demons. It's really interesting, and I've enjoyed it quite a bit thus far. I can't wait to read the conclusion as soon as I can get my hands on it! 4/5 for this novella.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Stupendous - don't miss reading this fantastic book! The descriptive vocabulary used by this author is stupendous in creating characters and worlds that readers can visualise and feel as if they are actually there. Starting with the battle between Heaven and the fallen angels of Lucifer, the scene is brought to life through the eyes of Penemuel (who definitely prefers to be called Pen) who chose to fall to be with her twin brother Azael rather than for any other reasons. She struggles to bow and respect Lucifer, believing the war brought honour to no one but Lucifer uses her love of Azael to threaten and cajole her into subservience. Lucifer is shown as a self opinionated, dark and brutally manipulative character. Much of the rest of this novella relates the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, told with the author’s inimitably competent and compelling style. The conflicting emotions of Pen are portrayed superbly throughout the novella.  I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to YA and adult readers and will certainly be looking out for the next book in this series and other works by this talented wordsmith and author. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Entice is a companion novella to Erica Crouch’s series about Angels and Demons. Although I read this following Ignite, but before Incite, I think its true place in the series, is really as a prequel. In Entice, Azael and Ren are asked to prove their loyalty to Lucifer by entering the sacred Garden of Eden and tempting Adam to sin. The story’s events are referred to at the beginning of Ignite, as well as Pen and Azael’s tenuous relationship with Gus, a diviner who works in Hell. Erica Crouch uses Entice to show us more of Lucifer than we see in any other instalment of the series, The frozen wasteland of Hell is as hard and cold as his heart and the only reason he keeps Pen alive is because Azael is as power-hungry as the devil himself. Lucifer’s actions are driven by a need for vengeance, but Erica Crouch does not include his story as a chance for his redemption. He uses the love between Azael and Pen as a manipulation tool, in order to guarantee their compliance. Entice explores Pen and Azael’s relationship in more depth, as well as the differences in their characters and their place in Hell. Azael is a focused servant of Lucifer, determined to compete for a respected position by his side. Although Pen stays with her brother, she is unwilling to submit fully to Lucifer’s rule and shows her tenacious character, in arguing with him. Pen still has a strong relationship with words in this novella; she is always surrounded by books, or writing in her journal and there are even references made to classic authors, including Shakespeare Entice makes a significant contribution to the Ignite series, particularly in revealing more about our key protagonists and the failure of this essential task, asked of them by Satan. I think this will be particularly enjoyed by readers who are already fans of Erica Crouch, but it could just as easily be a quick read for fans of the fantasy genre. I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
MINOR SPOILERS This story is a novella which gives the readers a glimpse as to how Pen and Azael were like right after they fell from Heaven. I enjoyed reading how conflicted Pen was after they fell and how natural Azael felt when they did. The reader gets a peek into Crouch's form of Hell which I found interesting. I liked seeing Lucifer and the various demons that lurked in Hell but I was a little surprised to see Lucifer wasn't as scary as I expected him to be, maybe it was because Pen wasn't afraid of him, but he was clever and manipulative. If you've read Ignite, you don't really learn anything new that you haven't seen in Ignite. But you do get a peek as to the roles Pen and Azael played when attempting to corrupting man. All in all, this is a nice prequel to Ignite and if you're on the fence about reading Ignite then I recommend reading this story to get an idea of what to expect in Ignite. I believe it is available to read on the author's wattpad account. 3.4 out of 5 rating for me!  For full disclosure, copies of this series were provided by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.