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Captivate (Need #2)

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He smiles. It's a wicked smile. Kind but not kind. Handsome but dangerous. Feral almost. I can see why Nick nearly killed him, Nick...
I ask again, "Why were you in the road?"
"I was waiting for you."

Zara and her friends thought they'd solved the pixie problem. And they did - sort of. The pixie's are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king's needs grow stronger each
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 273 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Bloomsbury
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The Holy Terror
Captivate picks up where Need left off. The first half of the book is pretty much about building up the importance of Zara's and Nick's relationship and how in love they are. They try to go on with their lives and live normally after imprisoning Zara's Dad and his pixie subjects. More pixies are coming to their town and they can't figure out why. Zara, Nick, Devyn, and Issie all capture the pixies that come to the town and trap them in the house. This is obviously only a temporary solution.

Two o
Reading Captivate was so thoroughly unenjoyable that I found myself doubting how much I loved Need to begin with. Which is crazy, because I truly did enjoy Need and thought it was a great stand alone book.

So many probelems with Captivate I don't even know where to start. The story itself was....odd. There just wasn't a flow. Lot's of dangerous action scenes. Lots of pukey teen romace between Zara and Nick. But a clear plot never seemed to take shape. When everything was said and done, Captivate
Sep 19, 2010 ♥Rachel♥ marked it as to-read
OHMYGOD THERE'S A SECOND ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CAPTIVATE was better than NEED for a number of reasons:

1) Astley was introduced, and even though that may seem like a bad thing because it puts Zara into an inevitable love triangle, it's nice to get an insider pixie's perspective on things through Zara's eyes. It's nice to see that Zara puts a lot of trust into him while barely knowing him. It's nice to know she can trust him like that. Besides, Astley is awesome. And, him and Zara together make A and Z. :)

2) Nick started to really annoy me in
I Need more! I was completely Captivate-d..... I devoured this novel. This is such a fun and entertaining series, I absolutely loved it.

Zara, my favorite phobic is back, and even more entangled in a pixie web. I did not see the story developing this way at all. The introduction of Valhalla, took the story to a whole new level and I can not wait to see what Jones has in store for us next.

The plot was an emotional roller coaster, I was up, I was down, I was thrown for a loop and it came screechi
May contain spoilers from Need, please read at your own risk.

Captivate was an amazingly entertaining read. Like its predecessor, Need, the novel is full of creative elements. The words fly off the pages, sucking readers into this unique world that Jones has created. The plot picks up right where Need left off: Zara is beginning to settle into her new life with her grandmother, her relationship with Nick is going strong, everything seems to be a positive... except Zara's father. He and the other
I really wanted to like this series but I give up halfway through this book. I can't finish it right now, maybe one day I will. It is just too silly. Nick and Zara are driving me crazy all with all their mushy love talk (and I'm a big fan of romance in books). If you are like me and thought the first book was okay and hoped this was better I'm afraid you might be disappointed.
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Hey, guys! (It's April now because this thing has been waiting for me since April and we're pretending I'm not a procrastinator. Time machines; say whaaaaat?!) And we're going to do another Keels-reads-a-book-online-with-percentages....thingy. Or whatever. You know how this works: I start reading, making comments at various places as I go along. (With percentages so you know approx. where I am in the book.) I will be doing this ALL in one stretch, and then will go back and add GIFS later, for yo ...more
1. The main plot
2. This new Astley Character
3. The fact that Nick is gone.... I know that's mean, but he's not really gone is he?!?!?!
4. Zara's turning into a pixie.
5. All the little pixie tips in the beginning's of new chapters
6. Deveyn and Issie are finally together
7. The Cover of the book
8. The lists of phobias throughout... Atleast I can semi-feel like I'm learning something.

1. The author's need to make Nick call Zara Baby every 5 seconds.
2. The Ending... which is not really
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“What happens to us all is partially up to me and it is my job, my duty, to protect my friends”

Zara, Nick, Issie, and Devyn maintain a tenuous hold on normality. Sure, Zara is half-pixie, Nick is a werewolf and Devyn is a were-eagle, and the entire gang keeps a watch for new pixies, but life goes on. Until a new pixie king arrives warning of danger to come.

NOTE: After reading the third book and being hugely disappointed - enough to sell this book back! - I have gone back and downrated this to th
I loved this more than the first one! Why probably because of Astley! I'm such a sucker for the "other guy" I swear it is my downfall in books. I so rarely prefer the main guy.

The evil pixies are still trapped in the house in the woods. Zara and the gang continue to monitor them but something is up. A bunch of new pixies have been coming to town and they are up to something. Nick believes they should just continue to kill them off one by one. But when Zara runs into one tied up to a tree near d
Sara MH
Does the title speak true?, you might ask yourself. The answer is no. I was not captivated. Ok, so I'm not hard-core feminist, but I am on a minor level, and Nick got under my skin so much. He called Zara 'Baby' and 'babe' so many times that I was tempted to clock him over the head. He is always telling her what to do and all, "No,no I can do it, but you can't becaue you are a puny woman. Leave the pixie slaying to us big men."
How could she stand that? I mean, honsetly, I liked Nick in the first
Unfortunately this book was just as bad as the first.
Zara continued to state the obvious “This is not good.”, although I was quite impressed at a choice she made towards the end of the book. Issie on the other hand whined and felt sorry for herself a lot.
The storyline once again seemed a little immature and dragged. I wasn’t really interested, and didn’t really care what happened. The supposedly interesting events made me roll my eyes, and I can’t say I was particularly impressed.
The ending was
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Actual rating - 2.5

I was hoping this would be better than Need, but unfortunately, it wasn't.

Zara annoyed me in the last book, and she annoyed me just as much in this one.
She continued to chant phobias like she did in book one, but thankfully, she didn't do it as much in this one.

The book just bored me, and i couldn't get interested in it at all. When the "interesting" things happened, i didn't really care.
The only thing that i liked was the ending - Not what happened at the end, just the fact
Geez, what a mess. Where do I start?

First-Setting up the story: When did Zara become valley girl in her speaking? And when did the words "Baby" and "Oh (insert name here)" become manly for a werewolf?! And then you have Devyn appearing to be cheating on Issie? And all in the first two chapters? This is wrong on so many levels and completely turned me off before I even knew what was going on in the book.

Second-Writing Style: I don't remember Need being written like Captivate. If you like short c
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Quick & Dirty: This is a fierce tale that will evoke every emotion and leave you wanting more.

Opening Sentence: Sometimes there are these bizarre people who actually like physical education class.

The Review:

Our favorite lovable phobic is back. Once again, Zara takes the reader on an amazing journey filled with heartbreak and death. We get a glimpse at some of Zara's new phobias, but we also get a "Top Ten Things to Remember When Dealing with Pixies" list, as well as some pixie tips and hints
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One of the reasons I enjoyed Need (the first book in this series) so much was because of the honest and thoughtful voice of the protagonist, Zara. She was understandably melancholy (read my review HERE), but completely lacking in self pity. She was a realistic teenager without any of the CW-esque superficiality. In Captivate, after surviving a series of earth shattering experiences, and nearly loosing her life, I expected Zara to be even more
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The second book of the Need series continues with where it last left off. I was really excited to read more of Zara, whom I thought was an independent, loving person, but I ended up uber dissapointed. Captivate is a pretty ironic name, since I experienced nothing close to captivation. Authors shouldn't put thoughts into their readers' heads from their titles. This second installment deals with the unmentionable importance of Nick and Zara's (sappy and pukey) love for each other. It was cute at f ...more
I literally just finished reading this book minutes ago and I'm actually very annoyed. As the end of the book margin got smaller and smaller I knew I was going to finish the book and still want more. I HATE when authors leave endings like that. So here's my basic review.

"Captivate" maintained the gripping plot of "Need" but was actually much more enjoyable. The writing was hard to get used to at first because it is written in 1st person and seems juvenile (some incomplete sentences, poor grammar
I'm really, really disappointed.
What happened?! The magic that was Need was absent in Captivate. I definitely had my fill with all the problems that arose that were cured by a kiss on the cheek or a hug. And what the heck was up with Devyn? When did he become a premenstrual crybaby? I also didn't like how there would be this huge, life-changing discovery that would be overtaken by giggling and relationship talk in the midst of serious discussion. It almost felt as if these characters were totall
There is a standard to which I judge fantasy YA books. I ask myself, is this worse than Twilight? If the answer is no, I keep reading. The answer this time was nearly yes.

The fact is, there were so many problems with this book I rarely felt like a book. It felt like a rough draft of a novice writer looking to get published. There was no fluidity to the writing. There was certainly nothing engaging. And the characters. God, the characters.

I'll admit, Zara had charm in the first book. She was litt
(Audible Review)

2.5 stars

Better to read Captivate than listen to its audible version.

I first read Captivate early last year when it first came out. And at that time, I gave it 5 stars, just like I gave its predecessor, Need, also 5 stars. This time around, I decided to grab the audible version of Captivate just to refresh my memory of it before I jump into reading the third book in this series, Entice. So, from 5 stars to 2.5 stars. That's a big decline and half the stars it deserves. Why? Well,
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
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Captivate starts a while after Need with Zara’s father being trapped in the house with his pixies and the friends are stopping other pixies which are arriving more often.

In the first half of the book Nick and Zara are in love, Issie is jealous of Devyn’s friendship with a girl called Cassidy. Also Zara, after rescuing a pixie called Astley, has an internal debate about whether all pixies are evil. I love the additio
I was quite surprised that there was even a sequel to this book, but I was excited to read it. I admit I forgot what happened in the last one, but it was okay.

Zara and Nick are back fighting pixies. The problem? Kings are coming to the area now that Zara's father is out of commission. One in particular seems to be stalking Zara. And to top it off, Nick gets kidnapped and Zara will do anything to get him back.

I struggled a couple of times to keep from reading ahead. The details were great and I w
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed Need. But I also think that Captivate was an improvement upon the series. Carrie Jones has done a great job with this sequel, which gives me hope that the third book will be even better!

With Captivate, I was immediately sucked into the story. A little over ten pages in, and Zara's having an encounter with a mysterious injured boy who's tied up in the middle of the woods. The secondary characters, Devyn and Issie, are once again present right from the beginning, as i
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Carrie Jones continues her Need saga in Book Two: Captivate after Zara and her friends have rescued their missing school mate and confined the Pixies, and Zara's Father, their King, within the house buried in the woods. But they soon learn that it is far from over, and their little Maine town is attracting more Pixies than they can handle. Unfortunately for Zara, two new Pixie Kings arrive on the scene and they want her as their Queen.
An interesting continuation of the Need storyline, Zara is on
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Appealing and dominant, Captivate will pull readers of their feet with it’s compelling characters and intensifying plot. Jones is back with more characters, more drama, more action, and more conflict!

The beginning is well thought out; Zara is trying to settle into her new life and the relationship between Nick and Zara just grows and strengthens. The speed of their relationship was just unbelievable. It was as fast as a blink of en eye. In Need, the relationship was a but rusty and the chemistry
Being the second book in a series, the end is really not an ending. That being said, I enjoyed it.
Captivate continues a little after Need ended- the pixies are trapped, but it's not a solution Zara likes. On top of that, new pixies are coming into town and Zara and her friends have to deal with them. She has to make hard choices, and live with the consequences. I think that's one of my favorite things about her- she's real (at least, as real as a fictional pixie/human hybrid could be!).
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