Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix's hold over her is more dangerous than ever.
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet's power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.
This series falls under the "book crack" category. Despite the problems with them, despite the fact that they are so frustrating and even overdramatic at times, there is something so addicting about them. They are so hard to put down, and also leave me feeling satisfied. Admittedly, I do feel like they are too hormone/lust driven, and rely too much on jealousy for the main momentum behind the character's choices. Still, I love the angel lore Shirvington has pulled into these, and particularly in Entice, the depths of everything that is shown, and the new characters we meet.
Despite how they get on my nerves a little too often, I love the cast. With some new characters introduced this time, each with a strong personality of their own, and some interesting abilities thrown into the mix, readers get to see not only more of the Grigori world but who Violet is as well. Her character continues to grow, even with some faults and kick backs of her own still happening, making her very relatable. She continues to be headstrong, and determined to take care of herself, even at the expense of herself. There is something so likeable about Violet, even when she's making me want to hit her a little. Then there's a new boy named Spence, who is quite possibly my favorite character, with his wit and charm and trouble-making ways, second only to Phoenix, the brooding, basically bad guy who I still hold out hope isn't all bad.
While I did feel like the "big twist" with this one was obvious, the build up to it and the ways it happened are well executed and thought out, lack of secret aside. There are some great elements pulled into this one, and Shirvington does a fabulous job of keeping her angels and exiles in a more gray category, rather than purely good or purely bad. Shirvington keeps the pacing up in this installment, having several story lines weaving throughout, and tying many of them up despite the cliffhanger ending. One of my favorite elements of this book, apart from the intricacies to some of the plot details, is the specifics of Violet's power we get to see, particularly in the way she's forced to expand and hone her skills. Add in the easy to fall into writing with a great flow to it, and Entice hits the spot.
Source: ARC received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 4, 2012