Captivate

Spoiler alert!  Read no further unless you’ve read Need by Carrie Jones.  I will, well, spoil things for you.  That’s why they call it a spoiler.

I’ve noticed a weird connection between several of the books I’ve read recently.  They contain connections to Norse mythology.  I don’t know why I’m gravitating toward these books, but it’s kind of spooky.  Luckily, I know a little about Norse mythology, so I’m not too confused about what’s going on in these books.  (When I was a freshman in college, I had to write a paper about artistic depictions of Odin throughout history.  I still remember some of it.  As a matter of fact, I still have that paper.  I got an A.)  Weirdness aside, it is now time to talk about my latest read, Captivate by Carrie Jones, which is the sequel to Need (if the spoiler above didn’t make that clear).  Captivate picks up right where Need left off, and it introduces some new and rather mysterious new characters.  Let’s dive in.

Zara White is still struggling with who she truly is.  After discovering that her father is a pixie king, her grandmother is a weretiger, and her boyfriend is a werewolf, you can imagine that she’s having issues adjusting to everything going on around her.  Well, things aren’t going to get any better any time soon.  She’s dealing with the fact that she and her friends have imprisoned her father and his fellow pixies.  (She’s a member of Amnesty International, so this is especially difficult to stomach.)  These pixies want out in the worst way, and there’s no telling what they’ll do to Zara if they’re freed.  There are also more pixies coming to her new town in Maine.  Why are they all coming here?  What’s so special about Bedford, Maine?

As Zara soon discovers, an ancient war is brewing, and Bedford may be destined to be the battleground.  When Zara encounters not one but two new pixie kings and a Valkyrie straight from Valhalla, she knows that things are about to get really, really bad.  When her boyfriend, Nick, is taken to Valhalla by the mysterious Valkyrie, Zara knows she must do everything in her power to bring him back and stop the bad pixies from completely taking over…even if that means becoming the very thing she fears the most.  Will Zara align with Astley, the “good” pixie king, to save Nick?  Could there be another way to bring him back?  Does Nick even want to come back to Zara?  Read Captivate by Carrie Jones to uncover the mystery.

While I enjoyed Need more, I still think Captivate is a cool book.  I’m hoping things will become a bit clearer in the third book, Entice, which I will probably begin reading in about ten minutes.  I think it will be interesting to see just how much Norse mythology really plays a part in what will happen to these characters.  This should be fun.

For more information on this series and author Carrie Jones, visit http://www.carriejonesbooks.com/.

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