ISBN – 978 1 4088 0741 5
Publisher – Bloomsbury
First Published – 2010
Pages – 273
“Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they had – sort of. They’re locked away, deep in the woods. But the King’s needs grow stronger each day that he’s in captivity while his control over his people weakens. Who will fill the power vacuum? Astley. He claims he’s different. He claims that it doesn’t have to be violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him… until Astley also claims that she’s fated to be his queen.
There’s no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who’ll make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when the very thing Zara most wants to protect is exactly what’s at risk, she’s forced to make choices she never imagined.“
Captivate is the second book in Carrie Jones’ ‘Need’ Series, following ‘Need‘. Captivate was a highly enjoyable and original read that I just couldn’t put down. The plot was engaging and well thought out with twists that even I didn’t see coming (well…sometimes). Our review for the third book, ‘Entice,’ can be found here.
Again, I am absolutely stunned by this cover. The gold is absolutely beautiful – I just can’t tear my eyes away! But back to the content…
I found Captivate to be far more enjoyable than its predecessor, Need. It had the same amount of hilarious quirk and the same lavish descriptions of Maine, but with the extra oomph of a ramped up plot and new, interesting characters.
The old characters of Issie, Nick, Devyn, Betty and Zara were still there – though I found myself really disliking Nick and Devyn in this installment. There were, however, some introductions of some great new characters, including Cassidy and Astley. I’d have to say, Astley was my favourite character in this novel and I liked how he was far less prejudiced than Nick (another reason to dislike Nick right there).
The introduction of Norse myths was an aspect of Captivate that I really enjoyed (Yep, if you know me, you’ll know that I love my mythology) and though I knew little of Norse mythology in particular, it was thoughtfully explained so that everyone could understand it.
The plot of Captivate revolved around the weakening of the Pixie King (a.k.a. Zara’s father) and his imprisonment, as well as the introduction of a power vacuum in the Maine area. The plot had several twists that kept me interested, and left us on a cliff hanger for the next book in the series, ‘Entice’, to resolve.
The subplot revolving around Cassidy was also interesting, and I was really thrown off track when I tried to guess what was going on there. Kudos to Jones for fooling my completely. :)
I’m entirely glad that I didn’t give up on Need, because I didn’t really love it. No, I’m very glad indeed because I was truly Captivated (if you pardon the pun) by Captivate. I did miss the phobias (don’t fret, there were some in there, but not nearly as many as there were in Need) though I found the ‘Pixie Tips’ at the beginning of each chapter cute and funny.
I think Jones managed to make her writing a lot clearer this time around, as there were only one or two scenes where I found myself having to read back over them to know what was happening – unlike in Need where I was confused quite a bit. I had hoped that Astley and Zara’s father would get a bit more page time, but I guess we’ll see what happens in Entice.
I really found myself enjoying Captivate, especially towards the end as the plot quickened and I wasn’t able to turn the pages fast enough. I’m really looking forward to Entice, and if anyone was dissuaded from reading the series because of the first book, Need, I’d encourage you to power through because Captivate is fantastic, and definitely worth it.
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