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review: “captivate” March 24, 2010

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Captivate by Carrie Jones.
Bloomsbury // Hardcover // 288 pages.
Reviewed from purchased copy.

Zara and her friends ended the reign of Zara’s pixie king father at the end of “Need” by trapping him in a iron-barred mansion. Now, all they have to do is make sure no pixies escape and everything will be fine…or so they think. By trapping Zara’s father, they’ve made way for a turf war between neighboring pixies, and for other pixie kings. But when Astley, a pixie king, shows his good side to Zara — she begins to wonder if all pixies really are evil. And when the stakes are raised, siding with the pixies doesn’t seem so horrible after all…

I really loved “Need” and was really pumped for “Captivate.” I came out with mixed reactions to the sequel. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the new directions — but I did have some major out-of-character moments.

Zara was much more wishy-washy in this book, and instead of the smart heroine I loved, I had to read about her boyfriend issues over and over again in the first half of the book. And I honestly thought I was going to scream the next time that Nick called her “baby.”

What kept me reading was the immediate chemistry and intrigue between Zara and Astley. I’m not sure that Astley is truly “good,” and I’m not sure that I want him and Zara to get together, but I was so invested and interested in their scenes together — a thousand times more than Zara and Nick.

Now, I had really enjoyed Nick in “Need,” but he was reduced to a boyfriend doing nothing but “protecting” Zara by un-empowering her. This really bothered me!

Issie and Devyn are the cutest friends in the world, and I am so glad to see that they are continually being included in the story instead of being dropped now that Zara has a boyfriend!

And as for the plot, the beginning of the novel is very slow and took me a while to get into. But the last 100 pages flew by and the cliffhanger ending left me already counting the days to the sequel. I will definitely be sticking around for the third book, but I do hope that the Nick from “Need” returns this time around.

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Carrie Jones




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