Author: S.J. Pierce
Publisher: (April 1st 2014)
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Synopsis: “My mom had always told me – when you meet “the one”, you’ll know; they’ll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I had always wondered, though, if my mom’s words of wisdom were finite – if they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to settle for less than earth-shattering.”
Seventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted – a human with paranormal abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it’s always been in her genetic make-up to be extraordinary. But, unfortunately for her, the world can’t handle the strange or unusual. So when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in Ireland, the entire student body treats her like a freak – even the ones she thought were her closest friends.
Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a small Colorado town. At Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she feels as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has the attention of the most popular guy in school – Levi. Everything feels normal again… or does it?
Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom she’s never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees encircling their school seem to call to her. As these disturbing, yet enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen – students and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts while she sleeps. With all of these other things fighting for her attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly captivating her heart, Kat has to make a choice – will she settle for ‘great’ Levi, or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling across ‘amazing’?
From the author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.
Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.
Review: 3 Stars - Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce is an older teen novel with characters who have paranormal abilities due to their genetic make-up.
Lead female character Kat Walsh is Gifted and when she let's her ability slip one day at school her life becomes beyond troubling. With a way out she moves to Colorado to attend a boarding school for others like her. She might be home sick being so far away from her family in Ireland but she's finally found a place to fit in.
Kat is a bit of a romantic. She takes what her mother says about love to heart, yet her teenage hormones are causing things to go a bit haywire. She doesn't know what she's feeling or if she should be feeling more for Levi, but she's willing to see if the Love her mother speaks of can be found in him.
While I did enjoy this title there was so much that reminded me of other books and characters that it took me out of the story as a result it fell a bit flat. Not to say it's written bad, because it's written fairly well and the plot is a bit different so that's a plus.... but the characters and parts of their personalities and even bits of the storyline I found extremely reminiscent of other titles I've read.
Whether this is a good or bad thing should be subject to each reader and their own thoughts after reading. And while it was slightly off putting at times the more I read the better the story became and the less I was reminded of previous titles which in the end was one of the main reasons why I was able to give this title the rating that I did.
There are also a few little twists that I enjoyed that were a great starting point in making this first book in the Captivate series more intriguing while reading.
Another interesting part to the story was a very mysterious boy that Kat dreams about. I wanted to know more about him and I hope we get a chance in the next installment. I will be reading it because the ending here was left with some rather large choices that needed to me made and I know I'd love to find out what happens next.
In the end this title was between okay and pretty good. There was enough that I enjoyed and kept me guessing along the way that I had to finish and see where the characters would end up next. I would have loved it if there was enough uniqueness to this on, which I'm hoping we'll see more of in the second book. Readers who like paranormal titles with YA characters will enjoy this one so be sure to give it a whirl and see what you think. Be sure to come back and tell me what you think because I'd love to hear your thoughts. Enjoy!
About the Author:
Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.
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