Book Review: Captivate (Need #2) by Carrie Jones

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 feel strangely ambivalent about this pixie book.  I found the beginning to be really slow.  I got tired of reading about how much in love Zara and Nick are.  I really don't like it when authors keep telling me the same thing over and over.  They're in love, I get it, let's move on with the story! 

Another drawback was the fact that I'm not crazy about books written in the teenage vernacular.  It really starts to grate on my nerves after a while.  This is a major drawback to YA for me, which sometimes feels like reason enough to give up on the genre.  I don't give up on YA, though, because I read so many great YA books that are intelligently written without teenage slang (by authors such as Cassandra Clare, Stephanie Meyer, Melissa Marr, Melissa de la Cruz, etc). 

When I say this book is about pixies, I mean it's really about pixies.  It's all about finding pixies, killing/imprisoning them, wondering if you are one, and keeping the rest of the world safe from them.  All of this talk about pixies made me want to read about the pixies in Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series.  Jenks, the main pixie character in that series, is a tiny Tinkerbell-like pixie who is always getting into trouble.  He is a lot more fun than the pixies in this series, who are mostly evil. 

The story picked up  about halfway through, which saved the book for me.  I was surprised by Zara's decision at the end---I really like to be surprised so that was nice.  There was a certain kissing scene that was Isle of Esme hot!  I find this series to be very Twilight-ish; however, I think it's hard for any paranormal YA to not be compared to Twilight.  The love triangle, the separation, the transformation, the bad guys, all of it was very similar to Twilight for me, and it got old.  Fans of Twilight, Wicked Lovely, and Wondrous Strange will like Need and Captivate

Just One Gripe:
Like Need, Captivate was slow to take off.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I like the new love triangle.  I still can't decide which team I'm on.  Nick is very Jacob Black-ish, so I'm leaning towards Astley.

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters: 2/5
Plot: 3/5
Setting/Imagery: 3/5
Originality: 1/5
Ending: 3/5
Total Score:  12/25


  1. This is a really justified as well as honest review. As for me, I loooved Need, but didn't like Captivate as much...I agreed with most of what you conveyed in this review =) Nice job!

  2. yay!! lol looks like we pretty much agree on the same things and whoop to team Astley hehe so you found the kiss scene i was talking about huh, hot or what!? fab review girl:)

  3. I agree with the first post up there - Need was definitely better. And I think I'm probably team Astley as well. XD
    great review!
    (I'm here from the Comment Exchange Program, and I think your blog is pretty awesome.)

  4. I'm here for the CEP.

    I agree that this book had some pacing issues, and I didn't like being left hanging at the end. I will read the next book, though, because I liked Carrie Jones' take on pixies. They were scary. Really scary.

  5. Thank you all so much for the comments! I liked Need a lot better than Captivate, but will definitely be back for Entice (book 3) to find out how the story ends. And yes, the pixies were super scary!

  6. I had really mixed feelings about this and Need also. Fab review.

    Here from CEP!

  7. Oooo. Say it ain't so! I'm still going to read it, because I did enjoy Need and Carrie Jones is a Maine author. It's such a small state--we need to support our local writers!

  8. Hi Lyndsey---glad to know I'm not the only one out there that had mixed feelings. I was beginning to think I was the only one not in love with both of these books.
    Mrs. DeRaps---I agree about supporting local authors. It was still a good read, just not one of my favorites.

  9. Hmmm ... I'm not a fan of Twilight, so I think I won't be picking this one up. :-)

    I understand your irritation though about repetitiveness. Got the same problem with one of the series I'm currently reading.

    Here from the CEP.


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