Review – Captivate by Carrie Jones

Today, we hear from Bookbabbler Aly, and her review of Captivate. This is the second book in the Need series, and Aly has read them both.

Captivate – Carrie Jones

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.

Zara has come a long way since Need and it’s all pretty interesting stuff. I took a liking to Astley instantly. I liked how he was kind and chivalrous, such a gentleman, and seemed genuinely to care for Zara. I also have to say the chemistry between Zara & Astley was much more intense and believable than with Nick. I believe the kiss between the two was nominated for the Best Kiss? and with good reason – it was completely thrilling and the sizzling chemistry was felt left,right and center. The scenes are a bit more bloody in this book and Zara, I feel, is starting to grow up. She still makes foolish mistakes, but with Astley by her side I felt more relaxed knowing that he would protect her. I just wish she didn’t need so much protecting!

There were a couple of things that I had problems with. Cassidy is introduced, and I found her to be a pretty annoying character, and Issie seemed to moan a lot, too. It also massively annoyed me that Zara managed to get into trouble over and over again – it was a ridiculous amount of times!

The ending left a lot of possibilities and I got really sucked into it once I got close to the end, as everything started building up. A lot of things are left unsaid leaving possibilities open for another book, which I hope there is, and I shall certainly be buying it.  This is a series that you will warm to if you can learn to get over some of the flaws. I managed to do that a few times and it made the book more enjoyable .So I’m glad I bought Need and received Captivate to review because they are both definitely worth reading.

Thanks, Aly. We believe there is a third book to this series, Entice, so you can look forward to that!