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Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2) (edição 2013)

por Jessica Shirvington (Autor)

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Every day Violet Eden wonders whether she made the right choice. She still doesn't fully understand these powers she's been granted as a half-angel Grigori. And worse, isn't even sure she's capable of using them. Stab someone through the heart? Really? No matter how bad things get, though, Violet doesn't run and she doesn't quit. Even if it means she can never allow herself to love the guy she longs for. Even if it means asking her enemy for help. Even if no one is telling her the truth. The war between Exiles and Angels is on, and she's wanted by both sides.… (mais)
Membro:Sythira
Título:Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)
Autores:Jessica Shirvington (Autor)
Informação:Sourcebooks Fire (2013), 464 pages
Colecções:Still Needed
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NB: This review contains spoilers for Embrace

This was much better than the first book in the series, and I'm glad I owned the second as well, because otherwise I probably wouldn't have read on. Don't get me wrong – there's still a lot of problematic stuff in here, but there's also an entertaining universe and an interesting plot.

The problematic stuff is still a big issue, though, and without it, this would have been a four star book for me. The biggest issue is that there is still no appropriate discussion of the fact that Phoenix raped Violet in the first book. If you manipulate someone's emotions, there is no way they can give real consent. And yet, it's presented as a mistake on Violet's part – and one that the other characters judge her for. Worse still, Lincoln (supposedly the good guy in all this) is all hung up on how he won't get to be Violet's first. Virginity is what the individual wants it to be, and can be meaningful or meaningless accordingly, but in these books, it's presented as something that is owned, not by the woman (or girl, in this case), but rather by the men who want to possess her. Scarily, it feels like the attempted rape in Violet's past is also presented to the readers as a way of enforcing just how important her ~purity~ was. There's a weird double standard about sex in the book. It's like it's used for reader titillation, but then Violet must be punished for all feelings of lust – regardless of whether those feelings grow from within or were placed there by someone else.

It makes me really sad when I read reviews of these books and it's not this kind of stuff that readers complain about. Instead, there are so many people who dislike the books because Violet is considered too powerful – and I can't help but contrast it to books where a male lead (*coughHarryPottercough*) is the chosen one, or where it's the male love interest who is superpowered. For me, it's the fact that it's Violet who has this great power, not some whiny guy she's in love with, that makes these books worth persisting with. We should be applauding books where it's the female character who is special – not bringing them down in favour of books where the female lead's only claim to fame is the love of a boy who is.

Okay, so the good stuff about Enticed. The new characters are great. Spence in particular really livened things up, and I hope hope HOPE that he doesn't get dragged into a love triangle in the third book. Especially as we all know that it'll be Lincoln in the end. It was cool seeing more of Steph, and I am interested in finding out more about her family issues. Zoe and Salvatore were interesting as well, and I'm glad it looks like they'll be back in later books. Griffin isn't new, but he was my favourite character in the first book and he is probably still that, although Spence and Steph are up there now as well. I really enjoyed all the stuff with Dapper and Onyx as well. Oh, and Jude. Everything to do with him was very moving, although I have always had a soft spot for that guy largely due to Jesus Christ Superstar, I admit.

So yeah, I'll read on – although I won't be rushing out to buy the third book. I'll grab it when I see it in a library, and hope the improvement continues. ( )
  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Well, finally finished it this morning.

It wasn't as good as Embraced was in my personal opinion.But it was still really good. Once I got into it, I inhaled it like I did Embrace.

But, one thing I can say is that it had me laughing at many points throughout the book.

I find myself still routing for Lincoln and Violet's relationship, even with all the risks. I'm finding myself hoping that they find a loop hole of some sort that Rudy & Nyla didn't...

My dislike for Phoenix grew even more than I expected it to..And I didn't think that was even possible...

I've seen a few say they didn't like the way Lincoln was acting throughout the book, and although I felt the same way at some points...I do have to say that they both were at fault for how he was acting because neither had the maturity level or common sense to open their mouths and talk....to each other! I hated the secrets they kept, secrets that I personally didn't understand why they kept them.

This book drove me nuts & many times, I wanted to slap some of the characters...

There were some newbies in the book that I fell in love with...Others, not so much....

The only reason this book didn't get a 3 was because it did keep me laughing, when the action started, it was really good..

I kind of hope that they make a movie out of this. Even though the descriptions were there, it was still kind of hard for me to picture a few of them vividly...

But, I can't wait to get...

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To see what happens...And I Really love this cover... ( )
  RamblingBookNerd | Jun 5, 2019 |
So. I really wanted like this series. But man in the end I was overly disappointed in the author. #1 I don't think it is appropriate for ya. #2 it borders blasphemy and certainly disrespects anyone with an ounce of religious beliefs. I kept reading thinking it would redeem itself. I like the concept of embracing your destiny and the fight between good and evil. However, I couldn't take the disrespect. I think it is also dangerous to let someone who isn't solid in their beliefs read something like this. There was also just a lot of issues with the story building and characters In the end I quit reading and My girls wont be reading this series. ( )
  cool-mom-e | May 7, 2016 |
Review Originally Posted At: FictionForesight

A not so enticing 3.5 stars.

Entice was a fast-paced read with some of the A, B, C’s that paranormal fantasy lovers enjoy: angels, battles and control.

A Quick Summary:

With quite a few struggles, Violet Eden has embraced the fact that she is a half-angel Grigori. It is the job of the Grigori to protect the human race and “free will”, and in doing so they must deal with angelic exiles who seek to harm the human population. Generally, they do so in one of two ways. First they offer the exile the opportunity to give up their super-human abilities and simply become human. If they choose not to take this route, and few often do, they “return” the exiles, through death, so that they may pay for their crimes.

In this followup to Embrace, Violet and her crew of fellow Grigori must team up to hunt down the long-lost scriptures. For it is these scriptures that hold numerous secrets for both Grigori and Exiles that are crucial to each’s very survival. The race is on between both sides to see who will find the scriptures first, and thus, develop the upper hand on the other. Phoenix, Vi’s ex lover and all-around-bad-guy, is leading the charge as leader of the Exiles.

Violet must continue to work her way through her abilities, all the while dealing with bombshell after bombshell regarding everything from her parents, her love life, and her very survival. Everything comes down to Violet. The fate of the world, the fate of humanity and the fate of her soul rests in the balance.

The Good:

So, before I really get into things I just wanted to say that I did not read the first book in this series – Embrace. Why you ask? Why would I read the second book in a series without reading the first? Well, that’s a great question. My answer to that is rather simple. I honestly did not know that this wasn’t the first book. When I was at the library, I was looking around like I normally do and I just happened upon Entice. I wasn’t looking for it, and I had never heard of it. So, I figured why not give it a shot. I took a quick look on Goodreads to see if it was part of a series, but with the title change and series name change, I wasn’t having the best of luck. And frankly, I really wasn’t looking that hard. Anyways, eventually I figured it out, but I forgot to write myself a note. So when I picked up the book again the other day, I had no idea. It wasn’t until about 80% of the way through that I remembered. By then I was already too invested.

So that leaves me pretty conflicted. Should I be happy that the story was able to stand on it’s own? Should I rejoice in the fact that even though the book is part of a series, it’s self-contained enough that you don’t necessarily have to read the first book? I’m just not sure. Now don’t misunderstand me. I’m sure there are quite a few things that I have no idea of since I didn’t read the first book. I’m also pretty sure that if I would have read it, I would have been more invested in the story. Either way though I was still pleasantly surprised. Since I liked the book it almost feels like a small gift. It’s like “oh hey yeah there’s another book out there that will provide some back-story for you”.

Just keep this in mind for the rest of the review, as obviously, this is going to have some impact.

Anyways, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

First, the characters. Now I can’t say that these are the deepest character’s you’ll ever read about, or even the most artfully created. But they aren’t bad either. I liked how Ms. Shirvington crafted her characters emotions in tune with their personality. For example Lincoln always seems to be rather stoic and reserved, so to see him lash out occasionally made it that much more meaningful. Spence, on the other hand, always seems to be gung-ho about everything, so seeing him reserved raises an eyebrow or two. It’s these little trademarks that make characters standout in a sea of cookie cutters. It’s what adds the depth that’s necessary for any sort of connection to take place.

What action there was, I enjoyed thoroughly. It was really quite intriguing to read about all of the abilities of the different Grigori and exiles, but it was even better to read them actually using the abilities in combat situations. Since I didn’t read the first book, I had absolutely no clue what kind of abilities Violet had. The recap in the beginning of the book helped a bit here, but I’m assuming it’s a poor substitute for the real thing. Either way, I thought the abilities were pretty interesting.

In rather general terms, I really like the premise for the book. I know it’s been done before, but I don’t normally read a lot of books revolving around angels. I liked how in the beginning of every chapter there was a quote relating to the situation at hand, usually one that came from the bible or famous speaker. Similarly, I really enjoyed that Ms. Shirvington used actual bible references to back up her story. Giving a base of something as real as the bible helped to ground the story in reality, and present it in such a way that it was believable, even while being fantastical.

The Bad:

I mentioned above that I loved the action in this book, or at least what little action there was. That’s one of the main problems I had though. It’s not that the action was done poorly, it’s that there really wasn’t a lot of it. With all of the talking about feelings and whatnot we lost out on what could have been some kick-butt fun. Now I get that it’s not all about the big explosions and what-have-you, but man there’s got to be something more to keep me pulled in other than the petal plucking bologna “he loves me, he loves me not”.

Same with the romance department. What romance there was, was good. Very tastefully done. But there really wasn’t enough. I get that Linc and Vi can’t be together, or rather shouldn’t, at least for practical reasons, but damn. Throw me a bone here. I was rooting for Vi the whole time, but nothing ever really progressed. I felt like we were marching in circles, and every time there looked to be hope, it was just another rut in the circle.

Also, I quickly wanted to mention that I really despised some of the “twists and turns” that this book took. Primarily, because they really weren’t that surprising. I mean we’re dealing with a book about angels that has bible verses within it, and it’s some huge surprise that the guy named Jude who seems powerful and old is actually Judas! Really? Come on. I kept thinking, duh! I figured that out the moment he said his name. But, oh well, it’s not a huge faux pas, so I’ll let it slide.

Overall:

Entice was, for the most part, a pretty enjoyable book. This isn’t the book that’s going to make your must-read list (probably), but it’s also not going to go into your regret pile either (again, probably). Simply put, it’s just a nice little read. With some more action and romance, we could be looking at a great series, but until then I just see it as average. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first in the series to see if it changes my impression of this book. Either way I’ll be sure to provide an update and let y’all know!

(www.FictionForesight.com) ( )
  FictionForesight | Apr 26, 2016 |
I'm often disappointed by the second book in a series, so I was really happy that this wasn't the case here. It's solidly advances the plot, while keeping the romance factor high, but it also doesn't feel like the author is just throwing obstacles in the characters way. I'm already trying to get my hands on the next one. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
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Every day Violet Eden wonders whether she made the right choice. She still doesn't fully understand these powers she's been granted as a half-angel Grigori. And worse, isn't even sure she's capable of using them. Stab someone through the heart? Really? No matter how bad things get, though, Violet doesn't run and she doesn't quit. Even if it means she can never allow herself to love the guy she longs for. Even if it means asking her enemy for help. Even if no one is telling her the truth. The war between Exiles and Angels is on, and she's wanted by both sides.

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