Friday, February 11, 2011

Books I Love – Need & Captivate by Carrie Jones

This week it’s a two-fer! I’ll only post the summary for the first one though, so as not to give away any spoilers.




Zara collects phobias the way other girls collect Facebook friends. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal.
Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

These books are great. I love Jones’ attention to detail when it comes to setting. I went to college in Maine, and as I was reading I kept thinking, “This sounds exactly like Bar Harbor!” I flipped to the acknowledgements page and sure enough, Jones thanks Bar Harbor and the Mount Desert Police Department. I think it’s awesome that she’s captured life in a small Maine town so well. I know Stephen King is the master of making Maine super creepy, but Carrie Jones gives him a run for his money.

These books are also very well paced. Once you pick them up, it’s hard to put them down. The creatures are remarkable and described just enough to be creepy. You may think, “Pixies…seriously?” But these pixies are more like psycho monsters than cute little mischief makers. Captivate ends with a cliffhanger, so I can’t wait to read the third book, Entice.

What did you all think of these?

19 comments:

  1. Ah, these books sound fun and what gorgeous covers! I'm hooked - looks like more dowloading for me. My poor kindle LOL!

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  2. This is the third post I've seen on these just today, so I guess I'm gonna have to pick them up. Thanks for a great post, and you just got a new follower!

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  3. The books sound great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I love getting to meet and follow new writers and bloggers.

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  4. I read Captivate and I did enjoy it. It does leave you with a cliffhanger.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog looks fantastic and I am going back to read some of your posts on the synopsis. I have trouble writing the synopsis, of all things. lol

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  5. Lindsay, Jamie, & Catherine - Defitely check them out.

    J.L. - Thanks. Writing a synopsis is difficult, it's a different skill set than writing a novel.

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  6. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm enjoying yours very much. *ampersand*? omg!

    These two books sounds delish. Grgeous covers too, I am going to seeif I can get the first one on my Kindle.

    Thanks
    Corinne - new follower

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  7. I kind of remember reading reviews of these - I wouldn't mind read them too! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. My favorite part of this series was Zara's obsession with phobias.

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  9. I loved the phobias. Very original idea. So jealous :)

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  10. Hi Demitria - These books sounds exciting. Thanks for the introduction. I'll have to check them out.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, too. =D

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  11. I've only read the first one, but you're right: it does such a great job of making Maine creepy!

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  12. Those covers are awesome, I'd be looking at the covers more than reading :D The books do sound lots of fun though!

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  13. i've heard these were good, but i had no idea what they were about. i love scary!

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  14. I've never heard of these. I get so many good reads from blogs, though! I'm going to see if my local library has it.

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  15. Those book covers make me want to die! LOVE THEM!

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  16. I'm always in need for books that you don't want to put down so soon, the covers are beautiful.Think I need to consider reading them,too:)

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  17. these books sound fantastic! and, thanks for following my blog! :)

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