Friday, 14 May 2010

Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Format: Paperback
Released: April 5th, 2010
Grade rating: B/B+

Amazon summary:

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 becomes weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town. A turf war is imminent. The new pixie king is moving in quickly. He swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Zara isn't so sure. Despite herself, she wants to trust the new king, but there's a lot more than her relationship with boyfriend Nick at stake. It's her life - and his.


I'm always a bit skeptical when reading sequels, as I often worry that they won't be as good as the first book in the series. In this instance, I think Captivate was just slightly better than Need, and made for a very exciting read.

My favourite part of Captivate were the two new characters, Astley and Cassidy. Astley is a blonde pixie king who has great chemistry with Zara, and Cassidy is the latest addition to Zara's group of friends. She befriends Devyn, much to the annoyance of Issie, and succeeds in stirring up some relationship drama for those two. I knew I'd love Astley as soon as he appeared on the page - I'm easily pleased when it comes to male characters, and I much prefer Astley to Nick. I'm guessing it's because he's a pixie with deep green eyes and a tinted blue hue to his skin... yeah, you get the beautiful picture.

This book is full of surprising twists and turns, and I didn't think Jones would actually do what she did. I must admit, I was shocked. Too often authors take the easy way out, and never take a risk with their character's journeys. Jones doesn't do that at all, and I really respect her for that. It's good to shake things up, and she definitely does.

I still haven't grown to love Zara and Co. as much as I'd like to, but I think I'm getting there. At the moment, Astley is my favourite character, and I hope we see a lot more of him in the book 3. I'm actually really looking forward to finding out what happens next, as I think the whole pixie turf war could have an amazing outcome. Fingers crossed it'll be an exciting instalment in the series!


Splendibird said...

This is a really interesting review. I loved Need but really didn't like Captivate. Your review has persuaded me to re-read together to see if I can get more into the story. I plan on doing a review of both of them together. I really want to like Captivate but found the expositioning of the mythology a bit clunky and went of Nick altogether. Hopefully it'll work better for me as a re-read!

Kate Evangelista said...

I just wanted to give Nick a big hug after this novel.

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Green eyes and a tinted blue hue to his skin, eh? Interesting. :) Thanks for the great review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm liking the sound of Astley... I have to get myself a copy of this ASAP, especially if it's better than Need.

Book Crazy Jenn said...

Goodness, I have had this and Need on the shelves for a while, I still have yet to pick them up...what's wrong with me, oh yeah - well time has something to do with it, your review is awesome I NEED to pick up this one and Need, it sounds soo good!

Cat @ Beyond Books said...

I had the complete opposite reaction to this book. I thought NEED was a billion times better. I did not like CAPTIVATE at all.

But the covers are so pretty I just need to buy them all!

Thao said...

I've not read this series yet but I think it sounds very exciting. Thanks for the honest reivew, Jenny.

Sasha said...

I prefered this to Need too and like you I was shocked when blank blanked and got taken to blank. (The blanks are to prevent spoilers) :) Fab review! x

Carla said...

I'm interested to see if I agree with you, because I found Need to be pretty average and I saw the twists and turns coming from three blocks away. I never really had an emotional connection with any of the characters, so hopefully they may get cemented when i read the sequel. Fab review as always!! huzzah *flies off*

Swimmer said...

I didn't like the end of this book! said...

@Swimmer I didnt like the end either! But I did like the book.