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Monday, February 15, 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones

**SPOILER WARNING**

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.

To start with, I have come to the realization that Carrie Jones’ titles are extremely descriptive of my feelings on her novels. As in, “you need to read Need” and “Captivate captivates.” That said, I’m sure you can already predict that I enjoyed this one.

With all of the supernatural and paranormal aspects of the story explored in Need, Captivate focuses more on the mythological side of the pixies and Zara’s involvement with them. It takes the time to craft the story and delve into the deeper aspects of the characters, both new and old, and their bonds. Through this adventure into character, Jones is able to really develop each and every character and make them shine. From the slightly shaky mishmash of supernatural beings to this fully realized story, Captivate is a wonderful improvement upon the nice base that Need set.

Unlike Need, however, Captivate is not a self contained story. Where most of the loose ends were tied up at the end of the previous book, Jones left the ending hanging wide open in this installment. It has set a fabulous stage for the following novel and I look forward to seeing how she’ll build upon all that has happened.

This was a great second book, carrying on the interests of the previous novel and setting the tone for its successors, all the while drawing the reader deeper into the mystery that is at the heart of the novels.

4 stars!

Source: Purchased

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