Author: Carrie Jones
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.