Monday, March 26, 2012

Review of Captivate

My review of Captivate by Carrie Jones is based on an e-book copy that was loaned to me through a Kindle lending site. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.

Goodreads Summary: "A sequel to the US paranormal smash hit Need, which has teens everywhere thinking about pixies in a very different way . . . Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people becomes weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town. A turf war is imminent. The new pixie king is moving in quickly. He swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Zara isn’t so sure. Despite herself, she wants to trust the new king, but there’s a lot more than her relationship with boyfriend Nick at stake. It’s her life – and his."

For me Zara really started to become her own person in this novel. She was making her own decisions, acting on her own or with her faithful sidekick [her words, not mine] Is whom I adore. In this book she started to take charge and really lead the plot rather than following behind her friends and boyfriend.

Nick annoyed the you-know-what out of me. I don't remember being so annoyed by him in Need but in Captivate he was suddenly way too alpha and starting to completely overpower Zara, which I did not appreciate coming from a relationship were I was in a similar predicament. I know how important it is to stand on your own two feet and Nick just wasn't letting Zara be her own person. It was his way or no way.

In Captivate you meet a new character by the name of Astley who I found myself falling head over heels for. Human? No. Shifter? Nope. Pixie? Oh yeah. I guess pixies fall into the same category as fey for me. You don't learn too much about him in this novel but he's given a big enough role that you know something huge is going to happen with him in the sequel.

I can totally see him as a potential component of a love triangle, and I really hope that I wasn't just imagining the groundwork I found laid for one because I think it would be great! Nick needs the competition. And maybe losing wouldn't be so very bad for him either. That were needs a good kick in the butt.

The plotline for Captivate was awesome. There's just no other word for it. There were so many twists and sudden turns that I felt as if I was on the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. I found myself literally racing through this book, I couldn't read it fast enough. However the ending was literally a cliff-hanger. I read the last line (not knowing it was the last line) hit the page turn button on my Kindle and suddenly found myself reading the acknowledgements. HUH? After flipping back and forth several times trying to figure out the cause I realized I had just hit up on the ultimate in evil cliff-hangers. So yeah, I literally felt as if I was a cartoon character clinging to the edge of a cliff I had just unknowingly walked off of. And now, of course, I WANT MORE.

I'm giving Captivate by Carrie Jones a four out of five stars review. This book was awesome, and despite the totally evil ending, even better than Need in my opinion. I cannot wait to get my hands on Entice.


  1. I agree, I definitely want to get this entire series in physical copies. They're gorgeous.