Captivate Me & Iris (#1.5) by S. J. Pierce
Date of Publishing (Captivate Me): April 1st, 2014
(Iris): September 1st, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
My Rating (Captivate Me): ★★★
“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.
Iris (A Novella)
Set before the events in Book One of the Captivated Series, “Iris” explores the depths of family bonds, new bonds, and the lengths a person would go to save the life of a dying sibling. In this novella, get to know Iris and her two sisters more intimately, as well as Gabriel, the first angel-human hybrid who agrees to live under her protection.
Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.
Captivate Me is written from the perspective of a teenager. And guess what?
It felt like it.
We teenagers? We have petty problems. We over-react. We like two boys at once. We’re perpetually more curious than we should be. We’re easily swayable. We believe in love at first sight.
Captivate Me brought forth all of these emotions and more. Far too often, books that are supposed to be YA, don’t quite feel like YA. Either the writing is too immature—which makes it middle grade, I guess?—or too mature. But this book was the perfect mix of a teen’s outlook on certain things and the kind of mature thoughts teens are sometimes guilty of having.
Kat was finally somewhere she belonged. Midland Pines—the school for Gifted’s—was where she finally fit in. She no longer had to hide her gift of telekinesis for fear of being called a “witch bitch” and other such shaming words.
Midland Pines was a place where she could finally be herself.
And meanwhile try to get Levi—her cute senior—to kiss her.
But when people start going missing and she feels an almost surreal pull to a mysterious, nameless, invisible boy—Gabriel—whom we later learn about. Of course, then comes the choice Kat has to make.
Levi or Gabriel?
Love or lust?
If I said that I completely loved this book, then I’d be lying. While the book does have a few things that I personally was not a great fan of, it also had parts where the characters did not do what I’d expected them to do at all and they completely took me by surprise.
All in all, Captivate Me is a fast-pace story with angst and romance and drama and an ending that left me happy.
Iris follows the journey of, well, Iris. She’s one of the major plot-twisters in Captivate Me and boy, has she got personality. The reason I haven’t spoken at all about her is because I liked her better in this novella.
Or maybe that’s because I understood her well here. Her motivations, her fears, her weaknesses and strengths—they were all laid out for everyone to see.
Sure she’s a bitch even when she didn’t have a reason to be, but I’m in the business of respecting bitches—good or bad. Iris knows what she wants and she goes for it. I love that.
I love the fact that she doesn’t require any man in her life to set it straight. She’s good at what she does and she doesn’t care what the world thinks.
I picked up Iris immediately after I finished Captivate Me. I didn’t want to lose the link and I was really, really curious. If you’ve read the synopsis, you know that this one is being deliberately kept vague.
It’s well written, with just the right amount of drama and tension to keep you hooked. A definite winner, this one 😀
(Open INTL – Ends Sept 9th)
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–eBook copy of both Captivate Me & Iris
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.
*I was provided a free ecopy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This does not however–in any way–influence my views of the book and the content of my review*