Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Title: Entice
Author: Jessica Shirvington
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 12, 2012
My Rating: 4 stars
Pages: 438

Genre: Paranormal- angels

Violet Eden is Grigori - part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels.
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.

Enticed is the second compelling book in The Violet Eden Chapters.

Warning: This is a review of the 2nd book in the series. It may contain small spoilers of the first book.

I wasn't too impressed with Entice, the first book in this series. I felt that the writing fell short and the plot was cliché. TI picked this book up for a couple reasons. One is that I have a hard time quitting on a series. It takes a lot to make me not finish a series. The other reason is that I was bored and looking for some simple entertainment. This book delivered on the entertainment part but it was far from simple. I felt that the story became more unique and developed in this book. This book changed my opinion of the series quite a bit.

The writing, to me, seemed very good. I did find it to be too simple a few times. I don't think I would've noticed that if it hadn't bothered me in the first book. It wasn't too bad in this book. Besides that I really enjoyed the writing. It flowed, gave me an insight on the characters/ setting, and was an overall success.

After everything that happened, Violet's life is finally beginning to settle. As much as it can for a human who's part angel anyway. She is getting used to her angelic status and even meeting people her age in the same situation as her. They're having fun together all while saving the world. Their fun is interrupted when Phoenix shows up. He needs something and needs Violet and her friends help to get it. To add to the drama, Lincoln is in cahoots with Magda doing something secret. Something that may be endangering his life.

The story was fast-paced and filled to the brim with action. I was never bored. At all. The only problem with the plot was that there almost seemed to be too much going on. Moments that should've been important weren't a bi deal. The cliffhanger at the end of the story didn't shock me too much because there was a couple cliffhangers (big moments) throughout the story. That wasn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, it's hard for a story to have too much action.

Violet is a strong person. She went through a lot with her mom's death, dad's distant attitude, and betrayal of a major person in her life: Phoenix. But she became a stronger person because of it. She wasn't afraid to jump into battle or put her life at stake for others. Phoenix's presence (literally) wasn't very strong. He only showed up in the book a few brief times and appeared evil for most of it. He never really got to tell his side of the story. Hopefully he will in the next book. There was a lot more Lincoln in this book. You get to know him better despite his secret. I ended up realizing what a good person he was. I just wish he would stop being so stubborn about his relationship with Violet. Then there was Violet's best friend. Steph is a very likeable character because she was supportive of Violet but not annoying about it. Finally, there was the new Grigori in town: Zoe, Salvatore, and Spence. I really liked Spence. He became close with Violet and was a good friend.  He was a bit of a troublemaker, but that only made the story better.

Besides the action there was also quite a bit of drama. With three new Grigori in town it was bound to happen. Added to that is the reappearance of an old (and evil) character. Lincoln and Violet are still trying to work through the risks of their relationship while dealing with secrets and the jealousy of other people. There was a ton of stuff happening. I loved it.

In conclusion I found Enticed to be a very enticing book (yes, I went there). The plot was just so amazing. I really want to see more of Violet and finds out what happens next. With any luck there will be more of Phoenix in the next book so I can find out what's going on there. Seriously people I need the next book. Anyway, I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal/ action-packed stories or angel stories. This book is begging to be read.


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