Entice by Jessica Shrivington
Release Date – September 4, 2011
Publisher Website – Raincoast Books/Sourebooks Fire
Publisher Social Media - Twitter
Pages - 464 pages
My Rating- 4/5
**obtained from publisher via BEA for an honest review**
Here is the Goodreads synopsis
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.Angels, temptation, romance, action. All these are found in abundance in Jessica Shirvington’s engrossing series. A betrayer will be exposed, romance heats up, and new characters are introduced in this second instalment to the Violet Eden Chapters.
The writing in this novel is just as readable as in Embrace. Simple, yet packed filled with descriptions and feelings. Jessica Shirvington’s strength is in her characterization. I was quickly invested in these characters from the beginning and those feelings only grew in this novel.
Violet is still dealing with the aftermath of the events from Embrace. She’s embraced her angel side, and is actively training to be Grigori. She is changed by her connection with Phoenix, but is trying to move on. The Violet we meet in this novel is a little less sure of herself, a little more hesitant, yet just as strong. She is not someone to sit back and let others do the heavy lifting. Her eagerness to dive in is reckless, but it makes her endearing. She isn’t perfect, but she is trying with every fibre of her being.
We get to meet a group of new characters. Spence immediately bursts on to the scene like a firework. Full of energy, anger, and charm. He makes sure you notice him. The other characters are equally wonderful, and learning more about them in subsequent novels will be a pleasure. The development of even secondary characters is substantial for this type of main character driven story.
Phoenix is once again compelling and tempting. This novel however, cemented my Team Linc status. Phoenix is dark, dangerous and volatile. Linc, well he has his faults, has nothing but Violet’s best interest at heart. The two sides to Violet are pulled towards each guy for different reasons. She gets something unique out of each relationship. The one she’s built with Linc feels real, and based on something other than sexual attraction and chemistry. Phoenix is the exact opposite. He is all sexual chemistry and lust.
The tying in of religious elements is done in a way that will appeal to everyone. It balances perfect between the reality of angels being tied into religion without it dominating the storyline. It’s woven is as a captivating part of the story. The race to find a powerful relic relies heavily on action and the religious elements to push the story along.
Violet’s father is of the all too familiar missing parent in Young Adult variety. I have hope that he will realize something is going on with his daughter and become more involved. There are signs that he tries in this novel, but I look forward to seeing how this develops.
The ending will leave you breathless for Emblaze, the next instalment in this fast paced series. This series blends action, romance, and intrigue as well as having some fantastic characters. If you haven’t fallen under this series spell already - what are you waiting for?