Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BLOG TOUR - REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Captivate Me (Captivated #1) by S.J. Pierce

Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce 
Publication date: April 1st 2014 
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult


“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.

My Thoughts:

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 start to get interesting. Students start to go missing and that pull that she feels towards the woods is so much more than she ever could have expected.

Despite Kat's gift and her ancestry, she really came across as a normal teen. Struggling with wanting to fit in, being away from her family and her feelings for Levi. Not to mention the mysterious boy from her dreams. 

There's someone you're fated to. You just have to find them.

A lot of the first portion of the book focuses on the romance and Kat struggling with her feelings. While there is a love triangle of sorts, once it comes out in the open it was resolved fairly quickly. Kat's confusion about things was just what she would expect a seventeen year old to be feeling. At first I was torn. I knew who I wanted Kat to be with, but Levi and Gabriel are both special, and I didn't want either of them to be hurt. They each had some amazing qualities. But I was really more than happy with the way that things played out and with how the characters dealt with everything. The title of the book really summed out exactly how these characters felt for each other.

The second half of the book is filled with much more suspense and drama. There was a great build to the action and I have to say that I was just as thrown as the characters were by the way things progressed. I really didn't pick the turn of events at all. 

There were quite a lot of support characters throughout the story that I had to wrap my head around. Some we got to know a little better than others. I did really enjoy the time that we spent with Anna. But I'm looking forward to getting to know them all better next time around.

I really liked that the author didn't leave us with a huge cliffhanger ending but instead set the story up to lead nicely into the next book. There are definitely still questions that need answering, but nothing that had me wanting to throw the book across the room.

3.75/5 Sweet Captivating Stars

Author Bio:
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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  1. Glad you liked it this sounds like a really good romance with some suspense mixed in, too. I kind of like the idea of no cliffhanger ending that's refreshing I find it's so common now to leave us hanging! >.< Great review!

  2. I'm so interested in this book! I love suspense and drama. I also like the fact that it leads up to the next book instead of leaving us hanging, that's always good to know!

  3. Thank you for hosting and glad you liked the novel! :)

  4. This looks amazing! It's definitely going on my TBR shelf!

  5. Looking forward to reading this book!


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