**(Spoilers for Need and Captivate, books 1 & 2, found below)**
It's common knowledge Nick and Zara are meant to be together--too bad pixies aren't**(Spoilers for Need and Captivate, books 1 & 2, found below)**
It's common knowledge Nick and Zara are meant to be together--too bad pixies aren't common--and neither is Bedford, Maine or it's recent goings on.
And to make matters even more complicated, Nick is dead--or mostly dead--and has been taken to Valhalla, an ancient mythical place for warriors and Zara has turned pixie thanks to Astley's pixie kiss, something she asked for in hopes she'll be able to rescue Nick from Valhalla, somewhere humans can't venture.
There's also the evil group of pixies that's been attacking the town. Not the same group that Zara and co. locked in a house in Need but an evil, evil group doing things like attacking school buses.
Bedford and its residents, the teens especially, are soon in near constant danger. The pixies are drawing more than a little attention to themselves.
Zara has to divide her time and attentions between saving the town from the evil pixies and figuring out how--or even if--she can save Nick from Valhalla.
Nick was absent from a lot of this book, but the strength of the other characters made his absence not a gaping one, just a sad one. I absolutely love Carrie Jones for taking Cassidy and moving her from a character that really kind of peripherally annoyed me before and turned her into character I find pretty adorable.
I also really want Issie to have her own book now--one that somehow involves Buffy and awesomeness.
The imagination Carrie Jones showed in Entice was reminiscent of the brilliant ending to Need. I'm going to be finding the copy of Tips of Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend I own but never read and start it soon--but I'm also really, really going to be hoping for more fantasy books from Jones because the worlds and situations she can come up with are brilliant.
Oh, how I hope there's going to be more of this series--and soon because I'm not quite ready to leave Zara, Issie or anyone else behind just yet, not to mention the ending was pretty open and left me wanting so much more all on its own. ...more
Read as part of the Daily Show/Colbert Report Reading Challenge
Summary: Some of us sometimes see someone somewhere--a newspaper article, a magazine stRead as part of the Daily Show/Colbert Report Reading Challenge
Summary: Some of us sometimes see someone somewhere--a newspaper article, a magazine story, a TV show, a character in a novel--with the same name as us and wonder what their life must be like . . . or how hat makes us different. Wes Moore's story started that way.
In 2000, in his last year at Johns Hopkins University and soon after being named a Rhodes Scholar, he read a newspaper article about another man named Wes Moore on his way to prison for killing an off duty police officer. But Moore had more in common with the young man than just their name. They were from the same area of Baltimore, around the same age, both had lost their fathers at a young age, and both raised by their mothers, but their lives turned out very differently.
In this memoir of two lives, the author Wes Moore looks at what made the difference in two youg mens' lives. What was it that led to him fighting with the 82 Airborne in Afghanistan, speaking at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and working for Condoleeza Rice while the other Wes Moore is spending his life in prison? How did one man from so similar a background and so similar an area become a Rhodes Scholar, an author and accomplish so much and the other is known as the 'Other' Wes Moore now?
A quest to discover the 'what' or the 'why' led student Wes to write to prisoner Wes, an exchange that led to visits that led to the book.
Review: Through alternating chapters that tell each of the men's stories from childhood into adulthood, Wes Moore shows just how much he and his counterpart had in common. It's easy to see the little things as well, though, that possibly made big differences--for both boys.
The book (and the fact that there is a book) works so well because there's not one place where you can point to and say 'well that's where someone chose to fail him ergo he's a criminal'. His motehr tried, as did author Wes Moore's mother. Each boy's neighborhood worked to lure them into selling drugs.
As much as this is a book about how important education is or how important opportunities are, I think it can really be summed up by saying it's a book about: what matters in your life, but also making your life matter.
This book was the first one in my Daily Show & Colbert Report Reading Challenge and I am so glad I made that one up (even if no one else is ): ) because I might not have read this book otherwise. Wes Moore was very engaging on The Colbert Report and really, really sold his story and that of this book. And there was even more in this book that I had expected and I liked it even more than I had expected.
I recommend it highly-even if you don't typically like nonfiction--and it's a fast read. There are also lots of pages in the back of organizations where you can volunteer or just to get information.