Carrie Jones – Captivate
6. Captivate by Carrie Jones (2010)
Need Series, Book 2
Read my review of:
– Book 1: Need
Length: 258 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Started: 15 January 2010
Finished: 16 January 2010
Where did it come from? From the publisher for review.
Why do I have it? See above.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 30 December 2009.
If you’re prejudiced
against pixies, doesn’t that
make you a fae-cist?
(Boooo, that was terrible, I’m sorry. The bad puns, I cannot resist them.)
Summary: Zara and her friends thought they had solved their pixie problems… but it turns out that their problems are just starting. Now that the previous pixie king is no longer in power, other pixies are moving in to the area, looking to claim his territory and his followers. Zara and her friends are the only ones that can stop them, but they’re also means they’re in the most danger. And when Zara meets a pixie who starts to convince her that the fae might not all be as evil as she thinks, she’s going to have to come to terms with what she’s done, and who she is… and who she’s becoming.
Review: Need, the first book in Carrie Jones’s pixie series, was moderately silly and entirely predictable, but was at least solidly entertaining. Captivate continues to be silly (although it was less predictable than its predecessor), but overall it just felt *lighter* than the first book. I realize that’s a little bit contradictory – complaining that a fluffy book about pixies and werewolves was too light – but while Need was able to hit its few notes solidly, Captivate felt like it just brushed the surface. The romance just wasn’t as involving, the scary parts just weren’t as creepy, and the emotional turmoil just didn’t cut as deeply as it did in the first book. I was still entertained, and I still tore through the book like there was no tomorrow, but I was left feeling like I just wanted *more* of everything.
There were some new additions in Captivate that I really enjoyed, too. Astley was an excellent new character, and I’m definitely curious to find out more about him, and what his true motivations are. The plot goes to some places that I wasn’t expecting, and I’m eager to see how Jones resolves all of the threads she’s set in motion. Plus, any time an author can toss some Norse mythology into the mix, I am a happy girl. So, while Captivate didn’t quite hit on all cylinders, there was still plenty of stuff to keep me interested, and keep me reading. 3 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: Captivate is not a stand-alone book; most of the worldbuilding and a lot of the characterizations happen in Need. But, for fans of the first, while Captivate didn’t quite capture the magic of Need, it does take the plot and characters in some very new directions, and is definitely a fun read.
First Line: Sometimes there are these bizarre people who actually like physical education class.
Cover Thoughts: Hey, look, it’s Sinead O’Connor as a pixie! No, seriously, it’s pretty good – the gold tear is a nice touch, although the title treatment still doesn’t look quite right to me. I also would have liked it if the gold dust was actually sparkly, because I am like a raccoon (or a five-year-old girl) when it comes to sparkly things.