11 Dec 2012

REVIEW: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Title: Captivate (Need #2)
Author: Carrie Jones
Publication Date: January 5th 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Pages: 273
Rating: 3/5
Blurb: He smiles. It's a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him, Nick...
I ask again, "Why were you in the road?"
"I was waiting for you."

Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they did - sort of. The pixie's are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it's enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn't have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him...until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she's got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they're practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what's at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined...

Review: As you can probably tell by my review of Need- the first book in the series, I was really excited to pick up Captivate. Sadly, I found myself a little disappointed with the sequel. The summary sounded amazing to me- I couldn’t wait to meet Astley and see some Zara/Nick/Astley scenes to spice things up a bit but what we were actually given wasn’t what I expected. I found myself getting increasingly annoyed with Zara especially towards the end (I won’t say why as to avoid spoilers) but I felt like I wanted more. That being said, there are parts of the novel that I really did enjoy, such as: the pixie tips at the beginning of each chapter, Issie and Devyn and the references to the show ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ (possibly one of my favourite shows ever). Despite this, I felt like there wasn’t enough action in this book to keep it interesting especially towards the end and the action that was there wasn’t very satisfying. Therefore, yes I was a bit disappointed with Captivate but I still plan on picking up the third book in the series- Entice, at a later date.