Captivate Me (Book One: The Captivated Series)

Captivate Me (Book One: The Captivated Series)

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by S.J. Pierce
     
 

Captivate Me is Book One of the Captivated Series - a Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

“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.

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Captivate Me is Book One of the Captivated Series - a Young Adult Paranormal Romance.

“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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045762076
Publisher:
S.J. Pierce
Publication date:
03/12/2014
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
15,999
File size:
475 KB

Meet the Author

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. Please visit www.sjpiercebooks.blogspot.com and sign up for her mailing list or subscribe to her blog if you'd like to hear when new books come out!

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Captivate Me (Book One: The Captivated Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Cooler12 More than 1 year ago
This book captivated me. Good job. We had to have the triangle romance though.That was my only thing.
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I wish the book was longer, but it had a really good twist. I wish they had gotten more into Kat's family and friends, especially the ones at her new school. They didn't even mention the fact her other brother could POSSIBLY be immortal. I also wished Kat and Gabe had more of a chance to build a relationship before the "incident", as they called it. I would have also liked it better if she used her powers more, but that's just me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have become as Captivated by this story as much as Kat got Captivated by Gabe. I love the plot and can't wait to read the next book!
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Good book!
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Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Captivate Me is a fascinating story of the young and gifted...specifically those that are half human and half angel, nephilim. The story of a young girl sent to an isolated boarding school for the gifted, Kat Walsh is surrounded by gifted students...she's not alone. Given the short time she has been attending this school, she quickly makes friends...even a love interest in Levi. Like any other day in high school, Kat and her friends attend classes, sports events and dances...just like any normal high school. The only difference is that they do have classes that teaches these gifted students on how to control and use their abilities. But then, students started to disappear, at the same time, Kat meets this mysterious boy that captivates her heart. This was a sweet and fun YA paranormal romance filled with mystery and twists that will surprise you. Although it has a Twilight-esque theme to it, the story is filled with enough teen angst to make it relatable and realistic.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
This story immediately drops you into the middle of Kat's world as she comes to terms with being in a school for Gifted. She is as normal a teenager as you can imagine - and dreams of finding true love. She thinks that she might have it with Levi but isn't sure. Then events happen and she meets Gabe. There is definitely a pull there but could it be everything else that she is discovering as well as Gabe? This book follows the twists and turns of Kat and her friends as they have decisions to make and choices to live with. The story is written very well and flows from one scene to another. The characters are interesting although some seem a bit too 'nice' to be real. An interesting story to read which will keep you turning the pages to find out what has happened next. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for book 2, Fight For Me, which is due for release in Spring 2015.
shibby More than 1 year ago
Great Paranormal Read! ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the goodreads group LoP or Lovers of Paranormal.*** I really enjoyed Captivate Me and did not want to stop reading it.  Kat is a strong teenage character, and I loved that she called herself out on some of the themes we so often see in YA novels.  At one point she decided she had to make up her mind about two guys she was interested in because she did not want to be involved in some lame love triangle (her words).  I think I love her.  She also cusses!  Like a real teenager!!!  I'm just so excited that this novel includes this very realistic aspect of being in high school.  There is nothing worse than a character shouting "darn" during a lethal action scene.  I mean, really.  I thought I had figure out who the bad guy was right away.  But no, I was way off (love it when that happens).  The ending was full of mush and happy.  I prefer a bit more turmoil (I'm sort of dark and twisty that way), but I still enjoyed it and will definitely read the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was ripped into the plotline and kats world and the romance was complicated but not on the verge of annoying as most are. Little more of everything is what would have made it a five star. But all in all it was good and im ready for round two :)
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This is the best book i have read on my Nook. For real!^^
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Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce Cant seem to copy and paste my review here so I am making it short so I don't have to retype it all. I loved this book and I look forward to reading the next book in the series! I would (and will)recommend this book to many. I like a lot of genres and even tho I am not that young anymore I enjoyed the Twilight Saga and the Harry Potter books and definitely if you liked those I think this will be up your alley.
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
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*
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Wow, I mean double, Wow. This was amazing!! I was ‘Captivated’ with this amazing, intense story…. And a pleasant surprise awaited me in the note from the author at the end of this book. I had no idea that Kat’s parents, are none other than Alyx Ryder and Isaac Walsh, from the other series, The Alyx Ryder Chronicles. I had read books one and two, but didn’t know book three was out, so missed out on reading that one. So I didn’t even know how that series had ended, much less them having a kid. Knowing that now, looking back in this book, I was had a new perspective on the great relationship Kat had with her parents. Just an awesome read. This book is a non-stop, edge of your seat, action packed read, with some sweet hot scenes too. I really liked Gabe, and his connection with Kat. How the whole captivated part was done was brilliant. There are some twist and turns in the plot that I did not see coming. I was very shocked and one main twist, and can’t believe I didn’t see it. This book is written very well. I don’t want to give anything major away, so will stop now, my gushing on this could end up spoiling something, lol. I highly recommend this book, regardless if you read the series about her parents.( Alyx Ryer Series) I didn’t even know, and enjoyed it, I found out at the end in the notes from author. So go check this out. Maybe you will want to read the other series after. But again, not a must. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It’s amazing, a favorite and can’t wait for book 2. (No cliffhanger, so that scores high points with me.) I give the cover 5 out of 5 stars too. It’s amazing, the models are gorgeous, and can easily see them as Kat and Gabe. Covers mean a lot to me, and are very important. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** Captivate Me is a YA spinoff of Ms. Pierce's Alyx Rayer Chronicles, although you don't have to read that series to enjoy Captivate Me. I quite enjoyed my introduction into Kat's world. Kathrin Walsh has always been able to hide her special ability from the outside world. However, following an incident that was the result of a simple mistake made when she was running late, Kat now finds herself at Midland Pines, a school for the Gifted. Here she finds there are others like her, and she can finally be herself. In the midst of making new friends and worrying over finding that special one, Kat begins to feel a pull to the woods beyond the school grounds. It is there she meets a young man. The young man that's been visiting her dreams. He introduces her to his small group he calls family, who share even more startling information about her life. As Kat tries to come to terms with this new information, as well as explore her pull towards Gabriel, students begin disappearing. The story line is initially heavy on the romance - finding it, figuring out what true love might feel like. However, just as it was beginning to wear on me, the mystery and action kicked in. These elements amped up my pleasure. Once all the dust settles, Kat has some important decisions to make. Kat, despite her ruminating on romance, is a likable heroine. Kat is smart and brave and I liked that Ms. Pierce gave her her father's artistic gifts. She's dealing with normal teenage things like making friends, finding the perfect dress for a school dance, and taking exams. She's also missing her family, whom she's close to, now that she's moved to the States. And she also is learning how to embrace her gift and those of others, along with how the information she learns from Gabriel. It's a lot for a teenage girl and it was gratifying to watch her handle it all. The supporting characters are all likable as well. I'm curious to learn more about Sarah, Anna, Dawson, and Ronnie, Kat's friends at school. And I'm eager to find out more of Piper, Aubrey, Brad and Colton's history. We don't get to spend much time with some of them and I want to get better acquainted with them. Levi, Kat's first love interest, is sweet, compassionate and gentlemanly. I liked that he wasn't a typical boneheaded high school boy. But it was Gabriel that stole my heart despite not getting to spend much time with him. Ms. Pierce did well in defining his character in a short period of time. I felt a pull to him as Kat did. He's charming, protective, and even though he wasn't initially completely honest with Kat, he rectifies that issue. I was able to feel the chemistry between he and Kat from the beginning.  I'm fascinated with all that's been revealed to Kat and I'm excited to spend more time her her world. I want to see where she and her cohorts go from this point forward.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly after reading the first few pages I knew I had already made up my mind about my feelings toward this but I kept reading in hopes that maybe I'd end up surprised and amazed. Sadly that was not the case. The Good:  -We have angels or at least nephilims which I always find to be interesting or at least note worthy.  -We have special powers unique to each person. The Bad:  -There is absolutely no world building. We know what her parents are but we know nothing about them, nothing of how they came to be. We are not told why they get powers or how they use. We barely know what her friends powers are. We just get bits and pieces of information making me think there are too many loose ends on that matter and it leaves a feeling of incompleteness.  - The characters did nothing to help the matter. In my opinion they were bland in every sense of the word. No one stood out or made any kind of difference to me. None were likable, or unlikable, for that matter: they were just present with lack of a presence(If that makes any sense) and I consider that a HUGE problem. -Exclamations. Ok, ok it's not that bad but after a while it did get tiresome, at least for me.  -This is just too predictable -As you know this is a very short book, something I would have read in a maximum of two sittings. I found myself procrastinating every single time I picked up this book. I mean I got into very heavy cleaning, laundry, washing the car, cleaning out the garage. Anything that would get me away from it And The Ugly:  Yes there is UGLY. This is basically a "Twilight" and "Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters" offspring. Only difference is: there are no vampires and that was the ONLY thing that made me like Twilight- Yes, I like Twilight and No, I do not care what you think lol -Falling for a stalker- <<<<< that right there makes MY DNF pile. I find that highly unbelievable and Yes, I know this is fiction but COME ON! really?!? REALLY?!!  -The INSTA-LOVE of astronomically epic proportions. This was just ridiculous beyond the point of redemption. I mean they literally just meet and they are already talking abut love Suffice to say: This book failed in Captivating Me...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMGGS I MESSED UP! I AM A FAILURE!