WARNING: Allure is the second book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Series. There may be spoilers for Conjure, the first book in the series. You can find my 5-star review of Conjure here. Allure may also be read without reading Conjure. You may also jump to the end of the review to see a summary and rating of this book.
Author: Lea Nolan
Publication Date: October 1, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Series: The Hoodoo Apprentice #2
Allure can be read without Conjure because Lea Nolan was able to recap the major events in Conjure. I personally did not need it because I had read Conjure 2 or 3 times already so most of the details were still in my mind. However, I think it would be a great help to those who read a long time ago or it would serve beneficial to those who haven’t read the first book. As for me, it was a little unnecessary.
Allure has definitely taken a different turn from Conjure. The only thing I expected from this book was Emma working hard to break the Beaumont curse so I was very much surprised by most of what happened in Allure. Not only does Emma Guthrie have to work hard to break a curse, she also has to deal with new villains and creatures that are capable of too many evil deeds. More secrets would be unlocked but more would also surface. More wonders and more gross details will also play out through the book.
In this book, Emma becomes more vulnerable and emotional, which isn’t really becoming, but understandable since she’s just a teenager. The Beaumont curse is a ticking time bomb. Hoodoo takes too much of her energy and she is left too exhausted. Her romantic relationship is in a very wobbly state. Plus so many more surprises. I cannot even imagine how I could handle all of that in her age. Oh, and there will be four (or more or less) evils lurking about.
I hate the villains the way they should be hated because they were just too evil. And I feel they all have big roles to play in the next book so I am quite afraid of what may happen next. However, I would definitely love to see how Miss Delia, Cooper, and Jack would help Emma along the way, considering they all played major roles in aiding her so far. My personal favorite would definitely be Miss Delia. She’s like the Gandalf in the story. A very entertaining, wise, and powerful old woman. One of my favorite Miss Delia lines:
“…no matter where you go, you’ll never settle anywhere until you’re settled on the inside.”
OVERALL, Allure has so much more to offer than Conjure, but I cannot really stomach most of the details because they were so intense (gross/suspense/painful/etc.). I personally prefer Conjure more, but Allure was still definitely a great read that kept me at the edge of my seat with all the things going on. It’s filled with lovable characters to root for, and despicable characters I wish would disappear. I was caught in the whirlwind of everything that happened in this book, and I can’t believe I have been allured to need the next book. Again. I can’t wait to see where this will go next.
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9/30/2013- Cuddlebuggery – Guest Post
9/30/2013- Step Into Fiction– Review- Allure
10/1/2013- I am a Reader– Interview
10/1/2013- Just a Booklover– Review Conjure
10/2/2013- Candace’s Book Blog– Guest Post
10/2/2013- Endless Reading–Review- Conjure and Allure
10/3/2013- Fantasy Book Addict– Interview
10/3/2013- Bookworm in Boots– Review- Allure
10/4/2013- Fiktshun– Guest Post
10/4/2013- A Dream Within A Dream– Review- Conjure or Allure
10/7/2013- URBAN FANTASY LAND – Guest Post
10/7/2013- Fade Into Fantasy– Interview
10/8/2013- Jenuine Cupcakes– Interview
10/8/2013- Reading Rainblog– Review- Conjure or Allure
10/9/2013- The Cover Contessa– Interview
10/9/2013- Faerie Tale Books– Review Conjure or Allure
10/10/2013- Fangirlish– Guest Post
10/10/2013- BookHounds YA– Interview
10/11/2013- Mundie Moms– Guest Post
10/11/2013- vvb32 reads– Review- Conjure and Allure
- This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
- I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.