March 7, 2011

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Goodreads Summary: 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.


***Spoiler Review***

My Take: I really like this series. To read about pixies and the battle Zara has to choose if someone is good or evil is a nice change for me.

First off, as an FYI...I am going to do a lot of complaining in this review but it is not because I didn't like the book because I LOVED it! SO here I go.

My problem with the book is Zara's personality. I don't mind the obsession with phobias but her obsession with Amnesty International and spending all her free time writing letters to protest for prisoners really bugs me. Doesn't she have other things to worry about? I mean really!
#1 - She has a crazy father that is determined to turn her mother into the pixie queen.
#2 - There are 2 kings that are after HER to turn her into the new pixie queen.
#3 - She is half pixie so she turns blue whenever she is near a pixie king but she does not want to be a pixie she wants to be full human.
#4 - The pixies she trapped in a house are pissed off at her and they are determined to make her pay. (OH and she is still thinking..."isn't it the same that I have trapped pixies in a home when they haven't proven that they are all guilty of evil?" OH PLEASE!
#5 - Her boyfriend is in danger because he is a threat to the 2 pixie kings.
#6 - Her boyfriend is a were-wolf, her grandma is a were-tiger and her friend is a were-eagle...OH AND DID I MENTION that she is half pixie? (LOL)
#7 - Her father is in NEED so the pixies are going to run wild and go after teen boys for blood.
#8 - All pixies are gathering together in her town to start a war.

All that and she is still giving herself carpal tunnel writing for Amnesty International and creating her own Amnesty International at her school! GAG!

Please leave politics out of UF books!



Anonymous said...


Kids today.

What I loved about The Princess Diaries is how the main character cared passionately about world issues. It told readers a lot about what kind of person she was.

Some people actually care about that sort of thing. Even when all sorts of *shit are going down. Not every teenager is an airhead. Just my opinion.

Julie@My5monkeys said...

OMG we were talking about this book when I picked up the books. Yes she had other things to worry about LOL

Mari said...

I loved the first book and really disliked this one. I don't mind if a character engages in something political if it suits the characters personality. That being said in Need and Captivate all the Amnesty talk felt fake/forced. "Now I have nothing to write about so I'll fill in the blank space with some talk about Amnesty".

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