Captivate (Need Series #2)
  • Captivate (Need Series #2)
  • Captivate (Need Series #2)

Captivate (Need Series #2)

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by Carrie Jones

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Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in

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Zara and her friends knew they hadn't solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king's needs grow deeper every day he's stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It's made him vulnerable. And now there's a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he's one of the good guys. Nick isn't buying it, though Zara isn't as sure -- despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it's a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It's her life -- and his.

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VOYA - Alissa Lauzon
Zara and her friends knew that trapping a Pixie King was not going to end their problems. Now other Pixie Kings are looking to take over Zara's father's territory and claim Zara as their Queen. Zara begins to struggle with her belief that all pixies are evil when she meets Astley, another Pixie King who challenges her theories on a regular basis and insists that he is one of the good ones. After tragedy strikes, Zara is forced to trust Astley with her life in order to rescue Nick from Valhalla and fight on the side of good in a battle for ultimate control. Jones constructs another captivating—and appropriately titled—read that will not disappoint fans of Need (Bloomsbury, 2009/VOYA December 2009). She continues to build her world and characters in a believable fashion. While introducing elements of Norse lore, this sequel begins to reveal the bigger picture as the inevitable war between good and evil unfolds. Zara continues to grow, and although she has her clinging and dependent moments, she ultimately asserts herself, takes control, and makes a difficult decision to do what she believes is right. Astley adds new dimensions to pixies—are they truly all evil, or are some good as he claims? Supporting characters add interest as readers, like Zara, will want to smack Devyn and Issie until they get together. Funny dialogue, lots of action and suspense, and an unexpected ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. Reviewer: Alissa Lauzon
VOYA - Mary Boutet
Protagonist Zara is basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer if Buffy were dealing with pixies rather than vampires. The book is full of witty, funny dialogue and nail-biting action scenes, so distracting that you crash head first into the thought provoking messages woven into the story without even realizing it. It is a fun, well-written book with an exciting and diverse set of characters to keep you constantly entertained. The major issue, however, is that the moment Zara loses her love interest, Nick, the snarky, butt-kicking Buffy image quickly falls apart and reveals another weak female character who "can't exist" without her boyfriend—much more Bella than Buffy. That quibble aside, it is a book that I would recommend to any of my friends, and by the time the last page is turned, it is easy to see that it lives up to its title. Reviewer: Mary Boutet, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
The last few weeks have been hard for Zara. She "kidnapped her dad...accidentally saved a blew changed color...not to mention...a Spanish test and an art project due and...nothing to wear to the dance." Worse yet, the trapped pixies (Read the author's first book, Need, to learn about pixies and why Zara and her friends have trapped them in an isolated house.) have escaped and are wreaking havoc in the town. Nick, her boyfriend forever and a "were," who can transform into a wolf, has been grievously injured and taken by a Valkyrie to Valhalla. There he will become a warrior when Ragnarok (the final world-ending battle of Norse mythology) comes to pass. Will Zara allow the pixie king- in-waiting, to kiss her and irrevocably change her from half human/half pixie to fully pixie? In doing so, she might be able to rescue Nick, but possibly at the cost of losing her soul. Readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot, action scenes, and lots of Zara's inner dialogue as she tries to come to terms with what she must do if she is to save Nick, while staying true to her own self. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
Kirkus Reviews
In trademark idiosyncratic figurative prose, Jones continues her supernatural series set during a cold Maine winter and begun in Need (2009). Zara's father is a pixie king, and she's terrified of turning pixie herself. Pixies are malevolent and deadly, burning with not-quite-defined "need." Fighting against them are weres/shapeshifters, including Zara's passionate boyfriend, Nick. This is a flattish middle installment, with steady momentum but little progress. The best aspect is Zara's band of loyal friends: hottie Nick, sometimes wolf; pal Devyn, sometimes eagle; zippy Issie, altogether human; grandma Betty, kickass EMT and occasional tiger. New pixie king Astley claims Zara as his queen but won't kiss her (turning her pixie) until she so chooses. Everything grand hinges on this choice, but for Zara-despite her Amnesty International activism and flashes of awareness about anti-pixie bigotry-only Nick matters. When yet a third pixie king threatens Nick, Zara will do anything to reach Valhalla and save him. Neither the best nor worst of supernatural romance, but the fusion of self-sacrifice and burning love will fully slake the thirst of eager Need fans. (Paranormal romance. YA)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—In Carrie Jones's sequel (2010) to Need (2008, both Bloomsbury; Brilliance, 2009), Zara and her friends have been capturing pixies and locking them up to save their Maine town. Like vampires, but apparently messier and more violent, out of control pixies need to feed on blood. Zara's father, the pixie king, was imprisoned in the first book, and he begins to lose power over his people. But, as Zara and her friends learn, there are rival kings. Julia Whelan does a wonderful job of giving each character a distinct voice, and her delivery and comic timing are spot-on. Norse mythology is woven into the tale, adding a different layer to the fantasy elements. There is plenty of backstory throughout the book to allow listeners to catch up and get to know the characters and their situation. The ending is a bit abrupt, and listeners are left eagerly awaiting the next installment.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA

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Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
Need Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.62(h) x 0.96(d)
HL530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years


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