Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ARC, 258 pages
Date Published: January 5, 2010

Description (Taken from Goodreads)
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.

Captivate picks up right where Need left off. Zara has just barely escaped the clutches of her pixie dad and now she, along with her friends and Grandma, must somehow keep the pixies at bay locked in an iron-fortified house. The only problem is that with the pixie king’s waning strength, new pixies are coming to town looking to take over. Not all pixies are as kind as Zara’s dad and not all pixies will allow the humans to survive. Astley, a seemingly friendly pixie arrives and forces Zara to question everything she has done to the pixies. His arrival also brings the potential for a war. Pixies want power and with the king in such a weak state, that power should be easier to obtain. What happens when the threat to Zara’s family, friends, and boyfriend becomes too great? Zara must make a decision that could change everything.

Captivate was just that, captivating. This sequel to Need is much more fantastical. The story is set more in the world of fantasy, as opposed to the more reality-based world of Need. Pixie legend and lore play a huge part in Captivate and the world of pixies is explored so much more. The phobias that were splashed throughout the pages of Need take a backseat to Zara and Devyn’s guide on How to Survive a Pixie Attack. This guide makes for great and funny chapter titles. I will say that I do miss the phobias though. They’re still in Captivate, but not nearly as much as they were in Need. The phobias gave Zara some quirkiness in Need and I feel like she’s lacking that now.

That being said, Zara gets so much development in Captivate. She begins to realize that locking up the pixies really isn’t morally right and maybe they should consider doing something else. Zara also starts to learn who she really is and maybe who she is going to be. There are still more than a few damsel in distress moments, but she finds some inner strength. I have to say that Zara wielding a sword was a little unbelievable to me. I can understand her need to fight, but Zara+sword=fail. It’s just not her. Aside from that I still love her character.

Nick, on the other hand, really got on my nerves. He went from being interesting and sexy in Need to be completely overbearing and controlling in Captivate. I was so thankful and overjoyed when Astley showed up to shake things up a little bit. I found myself completely drawn to Astley and reading on hoping to learn more about him.

Captivate is full of action, which isn’t bad, but I didn’t enjoy this as much as Need. The action seems forced at times; like it’s there just so something can happen. The story could have been stronger if it was more character-driven, but it is still a great follow-up to Need.

The ending leaves so many questions unanswered, so now I’m desperately awaiting the third book (which I’m praying has a whole lot more scenes with Astley).

Opening line: Sometimes there are bizarre people who actually like physical education class.

Favorite line (It’s actually a chapter title): Pixie tip: A pixie’s true skin color is blue. Cookie Monster, Grover and lovable Muppets are also blue. Do not confuse the two. Muppets don’t kill you. Usually.

*This is the ARC version and words, sentences, cover art, etc. may have changed before official publication
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.


Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

I totally agree with your review. I loved this book but Nick was freaking annoying! Astley is just adorable in all the right ways... I am vying for him now haha.

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Great review. I finished Need recently and while I thought it had some weaknesses I enjoyed it. I'm interested to read more about this Astley fellow. He sounds fun! Love the line about the blue pixies.

Rebekah E. said...

Thanks for the great review. Sounds like a good book.

robby said...

I need to read this series.
Like, now.

Kari (Flamingo1325) said...

Hey I have an award for you:

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Astley is all kinds of awesome! I really hope he shows up in the next one more.

I hope everyone has the chance to read both Need and Captivate and enjoy them as much as me.

Rheanna said...

Mys sister over @ "The Book Wars" just received this book in the mail, so I wanted to read your review. I'm definetly intrigued and will definetly be looking into reading Need and Captivate for sure.

misskallie2000 said...

I loved your review. I have not read either book butI definetly am intrigued and will be adding to my to buy list.

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