Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: Captivate by Carrie Jones

Captivate (Need, #2)Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publishing Date: January 5th 2010
Pages: 273
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Need #2
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads 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 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.

I was really excited to get started on the next installment of the Need series. This book did not disappoint. Captivate introduces me to new drama, new looming evil, and new characters.

The story continues after Zara and her friends find a way to capture and deal with her evil father. Zara and Nick think that they have time to breathe and time to focus on their relationship and some hunting of rogue pixies in between dates. Enter Astley!

Astley is the new pixie in town and he is obsesses with Zara. Astley wants Zara to be his queen so his people can be stronger. There is a power struggle going on between the kings to take Zara’s dad’s place. Astley claims to be one of the good guys, not an evil pixie king, and he needs Zara’s help.

I really love where the story is going in this series. The first book could have been a stand alone, but it continues and so does the pixie problem. In this book we see so Zara struggling with her human side and her pixie side. She is drawn to Astley but loves Nick and despises pixies. This book focuses mainly on Zara/Nick/Astley’s relationships. Most of the time I struggle with reading the love triangles found in YA books today but this one just seemed to fit so well with the story.

I really wanted to root for Zara and Nick in this book, but I couldn’t help falling for Astley. He seems caring, protective, and very hot. I thought he shined much brighter than Nick. Nick is the all around good guy, but he doesn’t stand out to me anymore. Astley has won my heart will he win Zara’s?

The book ends on a cliffhanger. So be prepared. I would suggest having Entice close by. I really did love this book!


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