Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review ~ Captivate Me (Captivated #1) by S.J. Pierce

Captivate Me
(Captivated #1)
by S.J. Pierce

Synopsis
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.

My Thoughts
Kat, the main character, is the offspring of a fallen Angel and a prophet.  She also has telekinesis, which she accidentally used in school one day which caused some problems.  In order to make her life easier, her parents send her to a boarding school in Colorado so she can be around kids who also have special abilities.

She has a fresh start and begins to make new friends and even gets a new boyfriend.  Everything seems to be going great – until people start disappearing.  That is when everything falls apart.

Captivate Me is a fascinating twist on the paranormal genre, and I like it.  A Lot.  It was indeed captivating!  Although there are some paranormal aspects to the story, it also has a lot of action, suspense, drama and a small dose of romance.   As an added bonus, the story did not leave off in a cliffhanger.  Nope, it was all tied up nicely, just leaving you with the desire to read the next book in the series – which I will because Captivate Me is an amazing start to what looks to be an awesome series.  Ms. Pierce is a very talented author and her writing flows effortlessly throughout the story.  I can’t wait to see where the author takes this series and it is one that I would highly recommend.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars 

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About 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.

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