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Monday, 29 March 2010

Review: Captivate

Author: Carrie Jones
Release date: 5th April 2010 UK / 5th January 2010 US
Genre:Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy / Pixie Fiction
Target audience: 11+

Summary from Goodreads.com:
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.

SPOILERS for Need! Lots of them! If you haven't read it, you can read my review here.

Captivate continues Zara's story of her life living with her gran Betty in Maine. The events in Need leave their mark on Zara's state of mind. In this book she is haunted by the identity of her biological father and is struggling with the knowledge that she is half pixie. She is riddled with guilt for the decision she had to make to protect her friends and family from the pixies. She is also hopelessly in love with Nick, her were boyfriend.

I found reading Captivate a very different experience from Need. I found it really hard to suspend my disbelief which surprised me. I actually went back to read my review of Need and I realise that I was really under the weather when I had read it and so I wanted a light and easy read. Captivate followed in this simple and teen-focused style. 

However, there are a few things that alienated me - Devyn's recovery from his accident. It happened too quickly and despite the fact that this can be justified by his were genes, I felt that it was all a bit too convenient. Zara is meant to be a staunch supporter of Amnesty International, a believer in human rights and peaceful solutions. Her descent into violent choices just didn't fit with the rest of her character. Yes, she was under extreme emotional distress and grief but again this was too convenient. Are there things we all do in the name of love? Yes of course. I just didn't find the depth of those considerations explored enough by the author. This is a book that seems to only have one layer.

The climax of the novel was certainly gripping. I was hooked by the events unfolding in the last few chapters. At times I was even moved. The introduction of Astley certainly added a new aspect to the novel. There is a feeling of foreboding and mystery where he is concerned. I definitely want to read the next book to see where Carrie Jones takes the story. Will it be a predictable love triangle? Or will it be something deeper? Captivate has the middle novel feeling. It is the book before the battle. The book that moves the story on but doesn't complete it. Read this if you enjoyed Need. It does have a real appeal to teens and fans of supernatural creatures.

Thanks to Bloomsbury for sending me a copy to review.


Maria the Bookworm said...

Great review :) I enjoyed Need and I'm definitely picking up Captivate someday soon.

TheBookMogul said...

I liked your review. I enjoyed Need but it took me about 100 pages to get into, so I hope I enjoy Captivate as much as I liked Need in the end!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I really enjoyed Need so I definitely need to get my hands on this one. And if I don't like it, who cares, the cover is gorgeous!

Shweta said...

If I remember right , after your review of Need I had desperately wanted to read it.Wanted to put it on hold in the library. Then the forgetful me went and forgot about the book completely. 'Need'to mend my mistake :)

The Book Bug said...

I get what you mean aboout the middle novel feeling. Though I practically worshipped this book, I can understand. Fab review, btw :)

Lauren said...

This is such a well-balanced review. I totally know what you mean about your opinion of a book being influenced by the mood you're in, especially when it comes to 'comfort' reads. I think that's unavoidable really. I'll probably get to this series eventually but maybe wait until all three books are out.

Rhiana said...

Great review Becky. I've just read Need and while I enjoyed it could see some flaws, and they sound similar to the ones you picked up on here. I already have Captivate so I am looking forward to it still, but will go in forewarned now!

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Medeia Sharif said...

I own Need, and I can't wait to read it. This is a series I'd like to finish.

Christina/Book Addict said...

Great review, Becky! I loved Need (thanks to your suggestion) and I can recognize some of the flaws you point out. I do have Captivate on my TBR pile and I look forward to reading it.....definitely sounds like a fun beach read for this summer. Thanks for the honest review.