Monday, March 22, 2010


by Carrie Jones

# of pages: 288
Age range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

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.

Carrie Jones really "captivated" me (haha) with her first book Need, and I am happy to say she did it again in Captivate. What makes these novel's so unique is the pixies! We combine "were's" which are people/animal shape shifters, elf's, and the pixies. It's a whole fantasy bonanza without the vampires, which is quite refreshing.

The book picks up a few months after the end of Need, and the gang is beginning to worry about an increase in the pixies that are loose in the woods. As they dig deeper into the mystery, Zara learns some disturbing things about herself and her family, ultimately she must make a choice that will change her life forever. A new character, Astley is introduced, and I couldn't help but love him. I kept thinking...Astley, Nick? Astley, no Nick, no Astley! It was great!

Plot wise we get a lot of action, but the book leaves us with a bit of a cliff-hanger. That was pretty much the only thing that bothered me about the book, I felt as though this novel was just preparing us for the next one, a lot of tension is built up but it never got introduced or solved. Other than that the writing was good, and the characters were well developed, and overall it was quite a good sequel.

I look forward to the third novel in this series. If you like this book/series, be sure to check out:

The Dark Divine: Bree Despain
Wondrous Strange: Lesley Livingston
Shiver: Maggie Stiefvater
Immortal: Gillian Shields
Evermore: Alyson Noel
Bleeding Violet: Dia Reeves

Buy Captivate HERE for $11.55 or $9.50 used.

Visit Carrie Jones HERE