Thursday, January 2, 2014

Entice (Ignite #1.5) by Erica Crouch - Ashley's Review

*I received this book as an eARC from Patchwork Press on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Entice (Ignite #1.5)
Author: Erica Crouch
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013

My Ignite Review
My Ignite Pre-Reading

Synopsis: With the aftertaste of Heaven still strong, Pen and Azael cloak themselves in their new demonic destinies, fighting for Lucifer against the angels. Pen, warring against former friends turned vengeful enemies, still struggles with defecting to Hell. But in one short battle, they go from forgotten to famous, thrust into the spotlight where she has no room for uncertainty.

Suddenly top-tiered demons, they’re tasked with seeing through hell’s new agenda: corrupting man. But tarnishing Eden isn’t as simple as they thought it would be, especially when they’re forced to work with another team of demons who are trying to claw their way up the ladder of power.

Entice is an e-novella that prequels Pen and Azael’s story in Ignite.


Review: Ignite was an excellent debut that left me wanting so much more. I wanted to know more about Pen and Az, I wanted to know about Michael and Lucifer, and I want to know what's next for everyone. And while I sit here and wait (not so) patiently for Incite, I'm so glad that I had Entice to tide me over! 

This story actually takes place before Ignite, and gives more insight into the Garden of Eden events that are briefly mentioned. We see a lot of Pen and her misgivings about hell and Lucifer and following her brother in his fall from Heaven, and I think that this story is excellent in helping to develop her character. We also learn a little bit more about Lucifer and his hold over Pen and why she's so faithful in her missions. 

I thought the re-imagining (I guess you would call it that?) about the fall of man was really interesting. Everyone knows how the serpent tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit and how Eve in turn gave the fruit to Adam. But here, Eve and the serpent don't take the traditional form. I thought it was really interesting to see such a popular Bible story told from a different perspective, while all of the major details were kept the same. 

If you've read Ignite, I would definitely recommend reading this novella. I would also recommend this series to anyone looking for a new take on Heaven, Hell, angels, and demons. It's really interesting, and I've enjoyed it quite a bit thus far. I can't wait to read the conclusion as soon as I can get my hands on it! 4/5 for this novella.


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