Captivate by Carrie Jones (January 5th 2010—Bloomsbury)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.”
Review: If you love Need, the prequel to Captivate, you will love Captivate. If you thought Need was okay then Captivate was okay. If you did not enjoy Need then there is no point for you to read this review.
We jump immediately back into town with Zara, Nick, and their friends. The old king, Zara’s father, has been dealt with along with the other pixies—locked up behind iron fences. Then Zara starts to get the tingly feeling and begins turning blue—holy smokes! Pixies are back dun dun dun.
The actions in Captivate are similar to that of baking [we’re doing cookies]. You start out with the general premise—the butter and sugar. Then you slowly add the eggs—the new plot line that sticks everything together. Then with a handful at a time you add the flour, baking soda and/or baking powder and salt—new characters, a couple rising climaxes, and the big HOLY CRAP! But see here, this Captivate cookie has some issues. It’s a bit dry, a bit crackly, and a bit off shaped.
The pacing I found to be awkward at times, sometimes too fast or too slow. You get a sense of déjà vu, a nagging feeling that we’ve been through this before…countless times. There were still a lot of shockers in Captivate, like adding sprinkles or frosting—YUM—which were definitely appreciated and licked clean.
Overall: Action, romance, and fantasy galore.
Favorite line: "'With our lovely Is as the exception," he adds and pets her head. She sort of wiggles."--ARC page 250.
FTC: Review copy was provided by publishers