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Captivate (Need #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  37,166 Ratings  ·  1,463 Reviews
Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did — sort of. The pixies are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefull ...more
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Published January 30th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 5th 2010)
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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
Jan 23, 2010 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 04, 2016 Shelby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really good. I would say that it is better than the first book. I thought this book went into more detailed than the first book and it was written better too. I can't wait to start the next book!
Keely *Keelskilo*
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
Jul 21, 2009 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc
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
Apr 01, 2010 Nic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 09, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Feb 10, 2010 Kristy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Crystal Starr Light
“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
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
Jun 26, 2014 Abbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enjoyed
First read: March 2012 4/5 stars
Second read: October 2016 4/5 stars
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 10, 2010 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
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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
Mar 02, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2012 Amelie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finsteres Gold ist eines dieser Bücher bei denen ich Probleme habe eine Rezension zu schreiben. Warum? Ganz einfach: Es war okay, ich fand's jetzt nicht schlecht, aber positiv ist mir auch nichts aufgefallen. Besonders die erste Hälfte des Romanes kam mir vor, als würde ich Flüsterndes Gold nochmal lesen. Es ist nicht viel passiert, der Zustand war derselbe und im Prinzip hätte man diesen Teil einfach überspringen können. Besonders, da es so beginnt wie Teil eins, nämlich mit einem Elfen, der Za ...more
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
Sep 13, 2009 Emilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-arc, reviewed
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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
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
Feb 04, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: engrossing
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
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
Aug 23, 2009 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Read the full review @ Frazzled Book Nommer.

After reading this book, I was left wondering what the heck happened. The writing went down a notch, the characters morphed into one-dimensional fillers, and the romance was not that believable. There was a drastic change from Need to Captivate, one I absolutely didn’t like.

Captivate picks up a few months after where we’re left off with Need. Captivate didn’t transition well from its predecessor – we’re pretty much thrust back into the story without ch
Nov 12, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sigh. I was honestly hoping that this book would be better than Need, that the publishers at Bloomsbury would finally decide to hire a good editor and turn this book into something at least somewhat readable. I was wrong.

Carrie Jones has to be one of the worst young adult authors I've read, and I've read plenty. Her plot ideas aren't so bad, but her writing literally makes me cringe at least once per page.

I'm taking a Women's Studies class this quarter, and we have an essay coming up. My profess
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