Series: Captivate #1
Publisher: Self Published on April 1, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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“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.
The plot was definitely the deal breaker in this novel. The way this story flows is a bit unrealistic, but the events that happened made up for it. It wad full of action and mystery and betrayals that you could kind of see coming, but still come as a surprise. It was a nice start up to the rest of this series.
Kat Walsh is gifted, so her parents send her to a special boarding school for the gifted once she slips up and uses her telekinesis at her school. I’m not quite sure how I felt about Kat. She seemed a bit shallow at first and at points in the novel, but you couldn’t help but root for her. She also did some not great things to her boyfriend, which was the main turn off for me. But she was an interesting character to read, and I’m curious to see if I can come to like her more in the upcoming novels.
Gabriel was the love interest. He was the same thing that Kat is (can’t spoil it!) and he lived in the woods outside her school. The thing about Gabriel was that he was a bit of a creeper. He could turn invisible and he would leave things in Kat’s room…and that was what made me a bit iffy about him. But he was just so innocent, it was hard to hold it against him. I liked him more than the other boy, but still. He could use a bit of improvement, and I feel like his character will be developed more in the upcoming novel.
There is no other word to describe this romance than insta-love of epic proportions, which just, unfortunately, didn’t do it for me. They were sweet and adorable, sure, but it just happened a bit too quick for my liking. On the other hand, Kat’s brief romance with Levi was more natural in my opinion. I wish we could have seen more of that, or seen a slower progression with Gabriel and Kat.
Pierce did create a unique world that reminded me of the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. She also created history and characters that were idiosyncratic. I can’t wait to see where Pierce continues to take this story.
Captivate Me was a decent novel that I could recommend to those who like the paranormal genre. Although I thought the characters were decent at best, the plot line was able to get me through and enthralled enough to be looking forward to the next novel and seeing where Pierce takes this story next.