Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Review: "Captivate" by Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate

Author: Carrie Jones
Series: Need book 2
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Synopsis: Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they did-sort of. The pixies are sill locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. It is enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims that he is different, that there are pixies that can live peacefully with humans. Zara wants to believe him...until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen. There is no way Zara will ever turn pixie. She's got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they're practically inseparable. But when the very thing that Zara wants to protect most is exactly what's at risk, she is forced to make a choice she never imagined....

Overall Review: GOOD BAD UGLY

One of the things that draws me to this series is the setting. Having grown up in New England and spending time with family in Maine, where the story takes place, I am reminded of things I have sort of forgot about in my nearly ten years in Georgia. The description of bitterly cold Maine winters, getting "grinders" (sub sandwiches) from the deli, eating "home fries" (hash browns), using the adjective "wicked" for everything that is awesome., and most of all the environmentally friendly tree-huggers who will keep the planet healthy for us. I was drawn in immediately with the first book and I couldn't wait to read the second. One of the best things about Carrie Jones' series is that although it is younger teen friendly, it still has enough scare, blood and gore to keep the older reader's interest. I think that a reviewer got it right, when they described Jones' first book like this, "If you grabbed Stephen King and Stephanie Meyer and asked them to author a book, they would come up with need."( Justine Magazine) I wholeheartedly agree, I love this series. I enjoyed the second book, Captivate, as much as the first. The characters are unique. Zara, is most unusual she is pacifist, vintage t-shirt wearing, Amnesty International writing, fiercely loyal teenager. Nick is a handsome, macho, overprotective (in a good way), super sweet, jock-werewolf who madly adores Zara and would die for his friends. Issie is the hyper, chatty, ever supportive, always positive, absolutely human best friend to Zara, she is also madly in love with Devyn. Devyn is also a were-shifter. He changes into an eagle like bird. He is super nerdy, ridiculously smart, except when it comes to noticing Issie, he was in a terrible accident that left him in a wheel chair but hopefully not for long. His shifting is healing him slowly. These are some original characters, yet they could be your best friends and I so enjoy that. Big decisions are made in this book, huge plot lines are intertwined, and one big heartbreak brought tears to my eyes. This a fast-paced read that once again I couldn't put down. As usual, read Need first and then this one.


  1. i have not read this series yet but after reading your review i think i may just have to pick it up!!! fantastic review!

    btw, i love your background! quite beautiful!

  2. oh, and if you're not aware of it ~ head over to the armchair bea's for all of us bloggers who could not attend book expo america. there's giveaways, great interviews, blogging topics, publisher info, etc. if you're interested. i can't think of the link right off hand ~ i keep putting armchair bea in my google browser (LOL!)


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