Friday, January 22, 2010

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Grade: B


Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The kind's need grows deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his pixies get weaker. So when a new, younger pixie king shows up, war is imminent. The new kind, Astley, claims he's not evil, that his pixies can coexist peacefully with humans and weres. Zara's boyfriend, Nick, isn't buying it; no pixie could possibly be a good guy. But Zara is half pixie herself, and she is just starting to think Astley could be right when Astley let her in on another secret: he believes Zara's relationship with Nick is about to come to an end -- and that she is fated to be his queen.


Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 4/10
Overall Enjoyment: 5/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 5/10
Plot: 5/10
Setting: 9/10
Total Score: 42/70
Obtained: Free ARC provided by publisher (BLOOMSBURY USA)

Age Appropriate?PG-13

Cussing? Some.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc? Not really.
Sexual Content? Some references in conversation, but no explicit scenes.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Murder, death, graphic violence, lots of blood, etc...


Throughout this whole book, I was bored. It isn't that the story itself is unexciting -- quite the contrary. But the teenager-y voice for which the author has been praised just doesn't appeal to me. Zara seemed overly adolescent, immature, and babyish. If I had met her in real life, I don't think I would have liked her at all. She was flat, whiny, annoying.

I can definitely appreciate the humor in the writing, though. It is riddled with clever puns, entertaining remarks, and witty asides. Carrie Jones is a very crafty author, and I feel that she does her research well. The pixie universe and all that it contains was extremely detailed and well-thought-out. Something about it pained me to read, as if I had read it a dozen times before and was bored out of my mind by the repetition.

If you liked Need, that does not necessarily mean you will like Captivate. If you didn't like Need, you may like Captivate. The sequel is just somehow different, less natural and more shallow. All of the emotion seemed like surface emotion to me and I felt like the (sorta-kinda unromantic except not really) relationship between Astley and Zara was ridiculous. I didn't believe a second of it. There was no build-up, no tension, and no result. It was that way with a lot of things.

Will I read it again? No. Will I read the next one? Probably not. Do I think others may find pleasure in it? Definitely. While I did not particularly enjoy this novel, I do not think that the author failed to write a worthwhile story. For a while now I have not been in the mood for this kind of book, and my current state did not make me look generously upon it. I neither encourage nor discourage reading it; if you absolutely cannot wait to find out the next segment of Zara's story, go ahead, pick it up. If you're indifferent like me, it's not the end of the world.


Carrie Jones


  1. Nice honesty! Your review goes against most of the other one's that I've read, so I'll have to read it myself to form my own opinion. I can see myself having the same reaction to it as you did =D


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