“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. 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 vying 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.*
* one (1) ebook copy of Captivate Me!
While I have had the Alyx Rayer Chronicles sitting on my TBR list for a while, this was my first time reading one of S.J. Pierce’s books. And it will not be the last!! Normally I don’t have high expectations when it comes to Paranormal novels, and thats because after a while all the stories seem similar. But I didn’t find that with Captivate Me at all, I was completely blown away!
Authors sometimes struggle with mixing real life aspects and conflicts into a paranormal world. This book showed that it can be easily done. Pierce has a fantastic way with words, I found myself sitting curled up in my bed not wanting the story to end. There are a lot of plot twists, most I didn’t see coming, and the build up to all the action was perfectly played out.
While there was still romance, I actually liked the fact that the first half of the book focused more on Kat dealing with her emotions. And I LOVED the love triangle! I enjoyed that Pierce was able to easily balance romance with suspense and drama. The only thing I didn’t like, and let me just say it’s a small thing. There was no cliffhanger, the ending is one that will easily flow into the opening of book 2. With all the different plot twist, I was expect a cliffhanger and when I got to the end and there was none I found myself somewhat
disappointed sad. Overall, I found this book to be an easy read. It flowed perfectly, and the characters had the right amount of depth to them! This is one I will be recommending and read again…probably next week :).
My rating: ★★★★.5/5
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.