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Captivate Hardcover – Jan 5 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (Jan. 5 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903422
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.9 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Carrie Jones is the real thing: a talented author. Her detailing is exquisite, her powers of observation, superb' Tim Wynne-Jones, author Praise for Need: 'If you asked Stephen King and Stephenie Meyer to co-author a book, they would come up with Need' Justine magazine 'An entertaining compelling thriller ... A winning combination for KS3 readers' School Librarian Praise for Captivate: 'This is a thrilling story. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the Twilight Saga ... This tale has every single emotion you could possibly feel hidden inside of it, happiness, humour, love, loss and hope. There is a surprise around every corner' South Wales Argus --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Carrie Jones is an award-winning author who recently graduated from Vermont College's MFA program. In addition to penning Need, she is the author of the YA novels Girl, Hero; Love (and Other Uses for Duct Tape); and Tips on Having a Gay (Ex)-Boyfriend, which was nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick and won the Maine Literary Award as well as the Independent Book Publisher Award (the IPPY) . Her upcoming picture book Moe Berg, the Spy who Played Baseball (from David Godine) is being illustrated by Barry Moser. Carrie lives in Ellsworth, Maine.

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Format: Hardcover
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Story: I liked this story much more than the first book of the series (Need). I found that this plot line is better developed and more captivating. I wanted to keep reading and to know what was going to happen. And the end of the novel made me itch to read the third of the series. Unlike the first book (where I pretty much predicted everything that was going to happen), this book was different. It surprised me! Yay! That is an accomplishment in my eyes. One BIG surprise in particular really took me off guard. Ahhh! If you read this book, you will know what I'm talking about!

Characters: All the main characters are the same, likeable characters. Zara develops quite nicely in this book. And there is a new character, Astley, who I think I like. Astley is the new king pixie in town, but he claims to be different - he claims to be good. I like the way he is presented (just hope we can trust him!).

Writing: The writing quality is better in this book. It is still a bit weak, but it was able to captivate my interest. There are a few errors (or typos), but nothing really worth mentioning. I only mention the errors because there were soooo many in the first book. Big improvement here!

Uniqueness/Creativity: This book was also much better in the uniqueness and creativity department. Jones came up with unique and creative elements that I've never heard of before. So, yay! Good for her! And I didn't feel like I was reading Twilight this time!!

Overall: Overall, this book was good. It kept my interest so that I wanted to keep reading. I am itching to read the third book of the series! Can't wait to see what happens! Would I recommend this book?
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Format: Hardcover
***May contain spoilers***

So the other day I read and reviewed "Need" by Carrie Jones. I just picked the book up at the store mainly for the fact that it was in the bargain bin for $5.99 in hardcover (shame on them! It was worth more than the $5.99 price tag) and I had seen it here and there in the blog world, so I figured that it if other bloggers were reading it, well then there must be something good there. And was there ever! I loved the book so much and it easily became one of the best books that I have read in some time. I thought that the plotline was very unique, combining pixies and weres, and that the characters were totally relatable/ likable/ people I would be proud to call my friends in real life. So obviously when I finished it I knew that I had to get my hands on the second book in the series, "Captivate". I was positive that this story was going to blow me out of the water like "Need" did, however, I am quite disappointed/ let-down by it, and I am even more disappointed because I read quite a few Amazon reviews and every single one of them was positive and every single one of them rated the book as 5 stars out of 5 stars, so I just feel like I should have liked the book since everyone else did- but in all honesty, I didn't.

When I first read Nick refer to Zara as "baby" I "awwww"ed, I thought it was cute and found myself thinking, "Look y'all! They are so in love!" But 5 minutes later I just wanted to pull my hair out- it became very old very quickly. Do people in love really talk like that? Tacking "baby","sweetheart", and other equally lovey-dovey/ barf-tastic (to all those surrounding them) pet-names to the end of every sentence? All I can say is thank goodness that I am destined to be a lonely cat lady for all of my days!
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Zara and her friends locked away her father and his pixies hoping to save the humans of this town, but unfortunately nothing is that easy. It seems that more and more pixies comes to town and they need to take care of them to. Why would they come to Maine? Can they feel there's something wrong with he king? Doubts are confirmed when Astley shows up in town to claim the territory as his own. But Zara won't let that happen.

I LOVED Captivate as much or even more then Need, I really feel for the characters and so much is at stake in Captivate. Zara is now stronger and more confident, and driven by a strong need to protect the ones she loves, and pretty much everybody in town. But protecting them proves to be one difficult task.

Devyn is getting better and unfortunately for Is, an old girlfriend of his shows up in the picture and seems very interested in him again. Poor Is is broken-hearted, I really felt bad for the poor girl, she's always so sweet and caring.

I have to admit I had some tears boiling under the surface at some moments of the story, but I won't tell you why and when, it wouldn't be nice.
But seriously if you loved Need, run and get yourself a copy of Captivate. As the title say, I was Captivated by the story and read it in only a few hours.

It's passionate, engaging, emotional and honest. Everything you can ask for!
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