Thursday, June 20, 2013

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Captivate by Carrie Jones
2010, Bloomsbury
Series: Book 2 of Need

Synopsis: 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....


The Good: I wasn't completely sold on this series after reading Need, but Captivate really drew me in. There were some very surprising twists and I sort of loved the whole Nick versus Astley thing. I'm glad to see Zara seeming to grow out of her naming phobia's nervous tic thing. She remains interesting, her friends and family remain pretty awesome and more than anything else, Captivate sets up some great future possibilities.

The Bad: Well, I obviously couldn't picture Astley as anyone other than Rick Astley and constantly wanted him to serenade Zara all "Never Gonna Give You Up" style.

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