Friday, January 11, 2013

Book Review: Entice (The Violet Eden Chronicles #2) by: Jessica Shirvington

Release Date: September 4, 2012
from Sourcebooks Fire
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Source: Huge thanks to ARCycling for this book!
"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."

My Thoughts:

I need to begin this review by saying that I really was not a big fan of Embrace. For various reasons that I rambled on about in this review here (back when I was still posting reviews to tumblr), Violet annoyed me to no end. I thought she was childish and whiny with an extreme case of “why me”. However, I really loved Linc’s character so I decided to give Entice a go. I went into this book know that it would be the deciding factor on whether I stuck with the series or not. After this book, I will definitely be sticking with the Violet Eden Chronicles. Entice was a huge improvement on Embrace in so many different ways. There was more action and some of the stupid decisions are left behind.

Violet is a much more likable character in Entice. For the most part, she has moved past the whining and accepted her life as a Grigori. She may not be thrilled with the changes that have happened in her life, but she is dealing with them. I also found her to be stronger in this book. She doesn’t quit or look to take the easy road. She tries to do the right thing, even if the right thing is incredibly difficult. While she still has annoying tendencies, it was not nearly as bad as Embrace

On to Linc… Oh dear… I love this boy. He is literally my absolute favorite thing about this series. I really cannot put into words what exactly I love about him, but if you read the book I think you will understand. He is just very endearing. However, there was a good portion of the book where I wanted to hurt him. He had a serious case of “need to pull head out of ass and think” syndrome. Thankfully he redeems himself, so I guess I can forgive him this time. 

Phoenix is a really great villain! He is chilling but there is still another hidden side to him. I am very curious as to how his character is going to play out. Another evil person I need to mention is Magda. I hate this girl because she is just a catty witch. She is exactly the type of girl I cannot stand. 

Entice brings some new characters into the mix and I pretty much heart them. Spence most of all! Spence is a fabulous character. I love his personality and the lightheartedness he brings to the story. He is always up for a challenge and will go along with pretty much anything. I also loved his banter with Violet. She really needed a friend like Spence. Speaking of friends, I have to mention the BFF Steph. Love her to pieces!!! She is not the typical BFF in a YA novel. Steph is involved in Violet’s life and stands by her. She doesn’t get catty or any of the other nonsense that happens in a lot of other books. 

Entice is a book that will break your heart. I’m pretty sure we all love Violet and Linc and have hopes that they will work it out. Well, Entice gives you some hope for those two. I was ecstatic, but I should have known not to get my hopes up. Just when things began to look good, everything gets ripped out from under them yet again. In my personal opinion, both of them are being over dramatic and that it is worth the risk. But hey, what do I know… 

Okay, on to the plot. The plot in Entice is fast paced and addictive. There are numerous layers to the story and they all somehow pull together in the end. It also opens up a lot of room for the rest of the series and I’m not quite sure where it is all going. Oh yeah, the ending, it’s a killer. 

Alright, now for the drawbacks, because there were some. A good amount of the plot twists are easy to spot. I always get annoyed when I can spot the bad guy a mile away but everyone in the book is ignorant to it. Also this whole “we can’t be together” crap is already beginning to get old and I have a feeling that it is going to drag on. I’m tired of it already. I enjoy a forbidden romance, but this is just ridiculous. I also am not feeling the whole connected to Phoenix thing. I hate when an author adds something like this to stir up drama. We all know that Violet does not love Phoenix, so why the need for this connection? I feel as if it is a poor attempt at a love triangle. 

All in all, Entice is a huge improvement on Embrace. I am glad I stuck with the series and I am looking forward to Emblaze, even though I’m sure I’m in for heartache.


  1. So glad that the second book swayed you! I still haven't started this series but have read mixed reviews so far. Think I might give this one a go now :)

  2. Great Review, I really love your style =) Your Blog is absolutely fabulous! I wish my Blog was this great. Keep up the good work. By the way, that "readers live a thousand lives" quote, is my all time fave!

    1. Thank you so so so much! I love that quote too cause it is just so true!

  3. I've had Embrace for a while, just haven't stopped to pick it up. I'm glad you gave the series another try, and that it paid off.
    Great review!

  4. I actually haven't read Embrace and I haven't seen any reviews for it, so I don't really know about it, but from what you're saying, it sounds like one of "those" books. I wont completely put it off, because Entice sounds really fun, with a great plot and characters. I can't wait to see for myself how it all turns out. Glad you enjoyed this one much better than the first! :)

    Fantastic review, Teresa! :)

    ~ Maida

  5. I'd been on the fence about this series, so glad to see that book two was much better.

  6. I love this series, thanks for the review!


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