A 4.5 star rating for me, honestly. As expected, Lauren DeStefano has written a gorgeous, dark dystopian thrill-ride that will keep fans turning pagesA 4.5 star rating for me, honestly. As expected, Lauren DeStefano has written a gorgeous, dark dystopian thrill-ride that will keep fans turning pages well past midnight. There were a few things about this book that did not appeal to me personally in quite the same way Wither did, but this is definitely not a novel to miss.
I was so excited to read this book. Excited beyond all normal comprehension. I had read both Need and Captivate in one huge setting this past January,I was so excited to read this book. Excited beyond all normal comprehension. I had read both Need and Captivate in one huge setting this past January, and loved them. I found out about the upcoming book, "Entice", in August, and waited frantically for it's arrival. When I first received it, I tore into it, and then... I don't know. I just wanted to stop. Although she had her moments otherwise, throughout the first two books, I was able to think of Zara White as a pretty strong character who was at least capable of some kind of sensibility in her decisions. I don't know where that Zara so suddenly went, but she did not stick around for Entice. I get that she loves Nick, but at times the pining got a bit crazy. She was willing to get him back at any cost, which led to the (somewhat odd and anti-climactic) deaths of several important characters in the series. I also just kind of wished she could just let it go, because truthfully, I thought that Astley was a huge improvement over Nick. Also, really? That thing with Frank? If you read the entire book, you will surely know what I am referring to here. I mean, what was that? That part right there was probably my biggest issue with Entice. There were some good points of the story, such as the explanation of Astley`s past, and Zara`s wishing for her mother to somehow except her as she is in her new form. Unfortunately, interesting scenes like this were somehow overshadowed by the same repetitive thought: ``I can`t believe Nick is really dead.``
But still, I loved the first two books enough that, simply for the fact that this one is a continuation of them, I cannot rate it less that three stars, although it really disappointed me. Nonetheless, I may still read the final in the series, just to see if it redeems the events of this book, but I'm not writing the release date on my calender, which I maybe did with Entice. Again, I love the series, and the story, but this installment just fell a bit short next to the expectations I had built up for it. I may look into reading Carrie Jones`s other novels outside of the Need series, to see how they compare, because honestly, Carrie Jones is an excellent storyteller, even if those stories do sometimes get a bit crazy....more