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Captivate Me

(Captivated #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  425 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Our Nephilim origins bind us and give us power. Our blood is precious to those who want to rip us apart.

After an incident at school that reveals her powers, Kat's parents ship her off to Midland Pines, a boarding school for the paranormally gifted, where she hopes to finish her senior year in peace. She makes new friends and has the attention of an illusionist name Levi, t
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published January 9th 2014
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Captivate Me is an exciting, new, young adult, paranormal story.

Captivate Me takes place at Midland Pines, a school for the paranormal gifted. Kat Walsh is hoping for a chance to start over. Labeled as a witch and tormented in her home Ireland town for extraordinary abilities, she jumps at the chance to attend a school in the US.

Quickly developing new friends, Kat believes she's fi
Alyssa Janine Busia
Captivate Me is an engaging and astounding novel written by S. J. Pierce that will surely capture your attention.

The story tells the story of Kat – a daughter of a fallen angel and a prophet. She was already aware of her power – telekinesis – so she tries her best to keep it a secret from the people around her. When she accidentally used her gift while she was in school, someone saw what she did and tells it to everybody. Now, everyone thought that she was a witch or a devil’s daughter. Moving t
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
When I started Captivate Me, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought there was going to be a lot of romance from the cover. And even though there is a whole lot of romance in this one, it didn’t really take over the novel for me. There was a plot aside from that, and it was pretty good.

I really liked the school setting and how it is full of gifted students. I’ve always been someone who likes the idea and having a Sky High-esque kind of school with mind readers, elementals and that sort of thing?
Melissa (Ever So Mela)
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)

Honestly after reading the first few pages I knew I had already made up my mind about my feelings toward this but I kept reading in hopes that maybe I'd end up surprised and amazed. Sadly that was not the case.

The Good:
-We have angels or at least nephilims which I always find to be interesting or at least note worthy.

-We have special powers unique to each person.

The Bad:
-There is absolutely no world buil
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the goodreads group LoP or Lovers of Paranormal.***

I really enjoyed Captivate Me and did not want to stop reading it. Kat is a strong teenage character, and I loved that she called herself out on some of the themes we so often see in YA novels. At one point she decided she had to make up her mind about two guys she was interested in because she did not want to be involved in some lame love triangle (her words). I think I love her. She
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
One breath. One simple precious breath. it's something you don't think about until there's a possibility that there might not be another.

Kat Walsh finally feels like she fits in. She had just transferred to Midland Pines boarding school for the gifted. No longer having to hide her special gift, she is finally making friends and even has a boyfriend, Levi. But then she starts having dreams of a gorgeous boy, and the woods surrounding Midland Pines seem to call to her. And that's when things s
Kimber Wheaton
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

3.5 Stars

Captivate Me is a fun YA paranormal read about a 'gifted' girl with telekintetic powers. At its essence, it's about love. How do you know if you're in love? Well, Kat, if you're thinking about that as much as you always did with Levi, that's a pretty good indicator right there. Of course, her mother's lofty advice isn't overly helpful either.

Kat is a sweet girl from Ireland. When she accidentally reveals her powers a
Catherine Thorpe
Aug 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Closing doors with your mind is a quirky party trick to say the least but imagine being amongst a group where occurrences like these are accepted and even embraced. Kat has recently found a sense of belonging at a school for people like her; ‘Gifted’s’.
She lives by her mothers’ words when it comes to love. She was told that when she finds that someone she will know...little does she know that when she experiences the undeniable pull of a mysterious stranger, it leads to more than just finding et
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing story and characters. Felt a bit like a cross between Twilight and X-Men to me.

Kat (Kathrin) Walsh is sent to a school for the "gifted" - because she has a special power - telekinesis. Well, why wouldn't she? She is the Daughter of a Prophet & a former (former not fallen) Angel.

I really enjoyed Kat's character - in this story she show some good character growth and also seemed to learn from her mistakes or events that happened.

During this first story she is a bit torn between Levi -
Kat Walsh knows she is different, in fact her parents have always been honest about who she is. However her unusual talents have left her a target for people who do not understand her she is different in ways no one could understand. With a fresh start at a school who acknowledges the the uniqueness of it’s student. Kat finds herself attached to a boy who should have her falling head over heels in love, however there is something that is holding Kat back.
Without divulging too much, this story c
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lovers of Paranormal or LoP*

Kat is a teenager with extraordinary abilities. One day at school she accidentally lets the "normal" kids at school see what she's capable of. After being treated horribly by her peers, her parents let her attend Midland Pines. A school for teens with paranormal powers. She ends up meeting Levi, a super hot, popular boy. And he likes her. However, Kat is dealing with things she doesn't understand.
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
After reading the synopsis I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book but it ended up being a lot better than I thought. It all begins with Kat being outed at her old school for having the gift of telekinesis and of course the people freak out. She is then sent to a new school where she gets to interact with other teenagers with special gifts too. She then begins to dream about Gabriel and eventually she finds out that he is real. Once they meet she finds out that she is immortal and everyth ...more
Aug 20, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
**4.5 Stars**

Captivate Me is a YA spinoff of Ms. Pierce's Alyx Rayer Chronicles, although you don't have to read that series to enjoy Captivate Me. I quite enjoyed my introduction into Kat's world.

Kathrin Walsh has always been able to hide her special ability from the outside world. However, following an incident that was the result of a simple mistake made when she was running late, Kat now finds herself at Midland Pines, a school for the Gifted. Here she finds there are others like her, and sh
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
The plot was definitely the deal breaker in this novel. The way this story flows is a bit unrealistic, but the events that happened made up for it. It wad full of action and mystery and betrayals that you could kind of see coming, but still come as a surprise. It was a nice start up to the rest of this series.

Leading Lady

Kat Walsh is gifted, so her parents send her to a special boarding school for the gifted once she slips up and uses her telekinesis at her school. I’m not quite sure how I f
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
4 Stars

Ok, so I am not really one to read or gravitate toward paranormal books but when offered to do a review for this book something made me decide to take a step out of my “smut” shell and go for it. I am so glad I did because it did not disappoint!

I’m not going to get into a ton of detail because I think it is worth you taking the time to read. It wasn’t just your normal paranormal plot. Because it involved teenagers the author also threw in normal everyday problem
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apparently, this book is a sort of sequel to another series that I only discovered later, but I am glad I discovered the earlier series later. Both series are amazing, but Captivate Me is written from the perspective of a senior in high school and is therefore a tad more pristine.

Captivate Me is a fantasy-type novel with supernatural elements and an alternate reality of sorts, where many humans possess a set of gifts above and beyond regular human capacity. Like everyone at her school, Kat Wals
Rhea Dsouza
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Paranormal Romance / Twihards
Captivate Me is written from the perspective of a teenager. And guess what?

It felt like it.

We teenagers? We have petty problems. We over-react. We like two boys at once. We’re perpetually more curious than we should be. We’re easily swayable. We believe in love at first sight.

Captivate Me brought forth all of these emotions and more. Far too often, books that are supposed to be YA, don’t quite feel like YA. Either the writing is too immature—which makes it middle grade, I guess?—or too mature. B
Paula  Phillips
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Are you in the mood for a paranormal/supernatural read ? Something to mix up the usual reads lately of Dystopian and MC and Stepbrother novels ? In Captivate Me we meet Kat Walsh who is seventeen and gifted, in fact the majority of her family minus her younger brother all fall somewhere on the gifted scale as her mother is a fallen angel and her dad a dream prophet. She has always managed to keep her skills under wraps as of course the world of normals can't seem to handle anything that they can ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantic-suspense, mystery, paranormal, and YA fans.

S.J. Pierce gave me this ARC for an honest review. I've read all of her other books: Marked for Vengeance, Tethered by Fate, A Race to the Finish, and Destined for Fire. They're all excellent and Captivate Me is just as incredible. What an imagination!

Captivate Me is Kat's story. She's gifted and finds her home at a school with other gifted teens. There are rules, boys, teen angst, decisions, heartbreak, and lots of surprises.

Beautifully written, sweet, and a wonderful start to a new series.
Romance Readers Retreat
I thought this was a solid effort from S. J. Pierce and fans of the Twilight genre-style will definitely relate to both the characters and the way that the plot unfolds. You get thrown into the action pretty fast and the author doesn’t waste time with a lot of world building. Throughout the book you follow the actions of Kat, a half angel and half human hybrid. She’s gifted with telepathy and as such she attends Midland Pines School for the Gifted. She is referenced by other characters as being ...more
Andrea Heltsley
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! It was a great story of a girls journey through love and life. She has to make the decisions that ultimately everyone faces at some point from who to love to identity crisis issues.

This book was a paranormal gem! I loved how the author weaved in the paranormal with the everyday dilemmas. I can't wait to read the next one and there better be another one soon!!!

I know she had to chose her guy, but I was happy with the resolution of that. There was also a good twist or two along the way.
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Oh,GOD! This book felt so good! Best Paranormal novel ever in 2014 <3
Entering&The End was great. I couldn't wait anything better. I really love to read something about Angels and this is different. Susan gave us a new window that we are seeing something new,Something more unknown about Angels and I LIKE IT, LOVE IT...

There was no cliffhanger but there are a lot twists that I suspected before the subject.
Captivate Me,Totally captivated me when I read the first blurb and it's a amazing read.
Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf
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Brenda Moser
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for the YA group. It's an entertaining story filled with mystery and suspense as well as tons of emotions. The characters are strong and the story moves fluidly. The author paints her scenes perfectly and kept my attention from start to finish. I enjoyed and would recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
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Wow, I mean double, Wow. This was amazing!! I was ‘Captivated’ with this amazing, intense story…. And a pleasant surprise awaited me in the note from the author at the end of this book. I had no idea that Kat’s parents, are none other than Alyx Ryder and Isaac Walsh, from the other series, The Alyx Ryder Chronicles. I had read books one and two, but didn’t know book three was out, so missed out on reading that one. So I didn
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it

Captivate Me was my first young adult, paranormal, in probably a year and I was very much looking forward to it.  The story centers around Kat a young girl who has been sent to a special high school for the paranormal gifted.  Her mother a fallen angel and her father a dream prophet, Kat is one of three siblings and her gift is telekinesis.  As the story begins, we find out quickly that Kat is still the "new girl" having only been at this school for two weeks.  She's finally feeling safe and acc

Katherine Paschal
After an incident at her high school where she used her power of telekinesis in front of a classmate, Kat is sent away to a boarding school for Gifted kids like herself. She loves the freedom of being herself around other similar people with out judgement, and even though she misses her family, she feels like she belongs and may even have a boyfriend. But things get confusing when she starts to receive flowers on her pillow and has dreams about a mysterious boy in the woods. Add in the fact that ...more
Lori Palle
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Who knows? He might be the one.”—Kat

Kat is gifted. And I’m not talking smarts; I mean her quirky DNA lets her do telekinesis and her dreams might be a tad bit prophetic. When her secret gets out, she transfers to a new school with other gifted students. Here, she finally discovers where she belongs and gets wonderful new friends and a fabulous boyfriend! Except, people start disappearing and then there’s the invisible boy who has somehow captivated her heart and haunts her dreams. And her new f
Anna (Adventures with a Book Nerd)
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“One breath. One simple, precious breath. It’s something you don’t think about until there’s a possibility that there might not be another.”

I can deal with a lot of YA tropes that most book lovers can’t. And I think that I’m really understanding of book ideas and the author’s ideas, so I don’t really mind love triangles, lost royalty, and other tropes like that. There are two though that I can’t stand; when characters fall in love with their stalke
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“I sat frozen, but I could feel my doubt and uncertainty melting away. Maybe that was why I could never bring myself to hate him – deep down I knew our connection was real. As real as my pull to him. It was love.
- Kat Walsh”
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