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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Book Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Publication Date: January 5, 2010 (Bloomsbury USA)
Pages: 288 Pages
Reading Level: Young Adult

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 gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

Pixies are so troublesome, aren't they? Always battling over their precious turf or toying with unsuspecting humans for their own twisted amusement. Those pointed teeth are most unpleasant and gold dust does not come out in the wash. Why can’t they just play nice?

NEED was one of my favorite books last year and I couldn't wait to dive into its sequel. Captivate picks up soon Need ended. We find ourselves back alongside our heroes- Zara, Nick, Issie and Devyn. They have been keeping the forest free from the murderous needs of the dangerous pixies from the first book, as well as some new stragglers making their way into the sequel.

Carrie Jones did a fantastic job with the plot twists and turns for Captivate. The new elements surrounding pixie lore were intriguing and sparked my imagination with wonder at how the series will play out with the next installment. I enjoyed seeing Zara’s growth and her reactions to the dangerous situations she was forced to repeatedly face. Instead of phobias as chapter titles, we got to read amusing little lists with helpful facts about pixies. I thought this touch added to the storyline and also illustrated just how much Carrie Jones has personalized her pixies in this series. They are unique and unlike all the other books on the market. The gold dust, blue skin and their hierarchical ways are so intriguing that you can’t help but want to immerse yourself into their world and learn as much as you can.

My favorite aspect of Captivate though was Astley, the new pixie king who comes to town and stirs up a lot of changes for Zara. As much as I have always loved Nick, I have to admit that I started to want Zara to move on to Astley. Astley had that whole dark, mysterious and definitely dangerous bad boy appeal going on, and I am a sucker for that whole vibe. (For me, Nick wasn't as exciting as he used to be, and WAY too liberal with the use of the word "baby"!) I think Astley's addition into the story was an intriguing and important plot twist for Jones to build upon for future books.

The cliffhanger ending of Captivate blew me away – I absolutely had no idea that the story would take the turn it did, and I am most anxious to read the next installment!

Purchase Captivate HERE.
Read my Review of NEED.

Carrie Jones likes Skinny Cow fudgsicles and potatoes. She does not know how to spell fudgsicles. This has not prevented her from writing books. She lives with her cute family in Maine, but she grew up in Bedford, NH where she once had a séance with cool uber-comedian Sarah Silverman.

The Meyers brothers are from Bedford, too, so you’d think it would make Carrie funnier, coming from Bedford N.H. Obviously, something didn’t work.

Carrie has a large, skinny white dog and a fat cat. Both like fudgicles. Only the cat likes potatoes. This may be a reason for the kitty’s weight problem (Shh… don’t tell). Carrie has always liked cowboy hats but has never owned one. This is a very wrong thing. She graduated from Vermont College’s MFA program for writing. She has edited newspapers and poetry journals and has recently won awards from the Maine Press Association and also been awarded the Martin Dibner Fellowship as well as a Maine Literary Award.
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1 comment:

Becky said...

I only finished Need on Monday and Captivate isn't out for months in the UK. I so can't wait to read it. Great review.