Friday, 19 March 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones

[Spoiler warning: This book is the sequel to Need, so don't read if you don't want spoilers for the first book]

Captivate by Carrie Jones

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.

It's no secret that I adored the first book but if possible, Captivate was even better.

All of the charm of Need was there - the suspense, the wittiness and romance but somehow Carrie managed to make me love this one even more than the first.

Zara is still a the brilliant strong heroine from the first time who manages to get herself into dangerous situations but not come across as a damsel in distress even when she needs rescued and she still has a strong heart and conscience, which I loved, after the drama in the first book and her being sucked into this supernatural world she didn't know existed, it would've been understandable for her to stick to just fighting supernatural battles but she continues to make time for her Amnesty International work and all that.

I liked the balance the book had, sometimes characters will lose aspects of their original personality when the supernatural stuff is introduced but Carrie kept her characters as awesome as ever having them juggle pixie drama and other things while still appearing to be normal teenagers.

I loved the fact that there was sort of a gray area as far as the bad guys go in this one, it was present in the first one too but it was clearer in Captivate - there isn't just good and bad, this book kind of shows that what someone is doesn't matter, each person -- or pixie -- has the potential to be good or bad. It's very easy to write bad guys who are just all bad, evil, but to write the bad guys that leaves the reader torn and feeling almost sorry for them, that takes talent (and not just the reader, the main character feels it too).

The minor characters are great, the relationship between Devyn and Issie is so sweet and it's something a lot of girls can relate to
, the little moments between them were so adorable and managed to affect me almost as much as the main characters do.

I really loved new plot twists (I was not expecting the introduction of a certain mythological creature) and the new guy, Astley, which surprised me. Normally in love triangles I strongly favour one guy and almost dislike the other, but Captivate had me as torn as the Gale VS. Peeta dilemma from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins which does not happen often.

To sum up, it was brilliant, it is definitely right up there with my other all time favourite book series' and I cannot wait for the next book to be out to find out what happens next.


1 comment:

  1. Great review! I cannot wait for Captivate, though I've heard very mixed feelings about it. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did :)



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