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 was so excited to read Captivate I began reading it almost as soon as it arrived at my house. Luckily I was not disappointed. Picking up soon after Need left off I was once again sucked into Zara’s world. There was a lot of action in Captivate that kept me reading and I couldn’t stop until the last page. Carrie Jones has a terrific writing style and I liked how she didn’t spend a lot of time reminiscing from the last book. The action began right away and there were tons of new twists in the plot. New pixies are introduced- both good and evil, and some other creatures as well. The fight scenes had me at the edge of my seat and I liked not being able to guess what was going to happen next. A lot of secrets were revealed in Captivate as well. Secrets about Nick, Devyn, and Zara’s father. Although it seemed like nothing more could happen, the ending was a real cliff hanger and left me dying for the next book in the series. There was excitement on every page and some unexpected things happened that made me unable to put the book down.
Another great thing about Captivate was the characters were more developed and some new likable characters were introduced. Astley was really likable and I couldn’t help liking him more than Nick. Nick treated Zara like a child most of the time, he took his protection to the next level. He also couldn’t go a sentence without calling her “baby”. That really bugged me. I understand he felt it was his job to protect her, but I think he needed to let Zara take care of herself more. Astley was nice and honest and I think he made Zara realize how controlling Nick was. I’m hoping in the next book to find out even more about Astley.
In the end, Captivate did captivate me just as the title said it would and I've added this series as one of my favorites. I’ve already bought a hardcover copy to add to my collection. If you haven’t read Need yet, you should. This series is fantastic and I’m counting down the days until Carrie Jones releases any info about the third book in the series.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
January 5, 2010/Bloomsbury USA/264 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two