Friday, April 4, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce

Title: Captivate Me (Captivated #1)
Author: S.J. Pierce
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

“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.

I really enjoyed the world of created by S.J. Pierce.  A world where paranormals aren't unheard of, but aren't really part of society either.  Creating Kat with a mix of paranormal and angel may seem far fetched at first, but when we hear the story of how her parents met and fell in love, it all makes perfect sense.  This love is something Kat hopes to find in her life, but she's not sure if she ever will.  She's willing to except that for now - she's only seventeen after all.  She had a great outlook on life and love and what she wanted out of both.  But two things happen at about the same time that change her life completely.

The first is the strange dreams and visions of a boy in the woods.  Sounds pretty harmless, but they are incredibly lifelike and she feels a physical pull to find out who he is.  Her dream visitor will open her eyes to things she never would have imagined (and that's saying a lot from someone who moves things with her mind and bunks with a fire starter).

The second is the staff and students disappearing without a trace around campus.  The two events seem completely unrelated, but both lead her deep into a web that she becomes trapped in.  She's afraid to talk to her friends, and her boyfriend Levi knows that something is up and that she just won't open up about it.

The storyline was very well developed and kept moving along very nicely with bits and pieces coming out at just the right times.  At one point I think (and maybe I just read it wrong) the count of missing students compared to names got off and didn't match, but other than a quick double take to make sure I had things in my head correctly I didn't find any reasons to put the book down and when I had to for real life it was very difficult.

I'm very interested to see what will happen to these characters in book two.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it! It sounds like a unique and fun book!