Monday, March 31, 2014

**Blog Tour Review & Giveaway ~ Captivate Me ~ S.J. Pierce**

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for S.J. Pierce's Captivate Me. My stop includes all the pertinent details for the book, my review, and TWO giveaways!

You can check out other reviews on this tour by clicking here.

FYI, Captivate Me is **ONLY 99 CENTS** during the tour.

Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: I received an eARC as part of the tour in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4.5 Bookworms

“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.

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.

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 and Sci-fi novels. 

Even though her full-time career has nothing to do with books at all, she has always enjoyed complex storytelling with fascinating characters, and has had a penchant for the written word since grade school. As a matter of fact, her first publishing credit was a poem she wrote at the age of twelve. Why her love for writing never translated into a career, she can only attribute to 'life happens', but her wish is that she can redirect her career path into something that satisfies her creative inner-self.


  1. Great Review! This book sounds like one I would really like so I appreciate your post! I also love the cover! Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    Have a great week!

    Kristalyn @ The Sarcastic Palmtree

  2. Great review, Brandee! I like the sounds of this one - I can always go for a good romance and I like how this has some mystery to it too. Kat sounds easy to root for. Glad you liked it! :)

  3. So glad you liked it, Brandee!!! Thanks again for hosting! :)

  4. Gabriel sounds like he would steal my heart as well. The cover does remind me too much of Twilight for some reason

  5. I like stories where the character has to start over in a new place. And if Gabriel stole your heart then he must be a great character! I hope the return to school after spring break went smoothly!

  6. This isn't my cup of tea, this trope makes me wary but I'm glad that you enjoyed it a lot! We all know that it takes a LOT of time to read a book so it's always a good thing if said book is a winner.

  7. I'm glad the story didn't veer into strictly romance and that you got the action and world-building. Captivate Me seems like a great fit for YA PNR fans!

  8. Great review Brandee! I have read this book myself and quite enjoyed it. I liked the little twists and turns and the small hints back to the original series (which i have read too). I do love Gabriel but I really liked Levi too... he's a sweetie!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  9. Brandee, this sounds like the exact kind of story I really, really love! And four and a half bookworms makes it sound pretty awesome. Of course, before I even finished reading your review, I added it to my TBR - and to my 'Brandee-recs' shelf!
    Thanks for the great review - AND two giveaways *grins*

    I hope your week is off to a great start! BIG HUGS

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  10. I don't think I would mind all the romance, but I am so glad to hear that it deviates a bit afterward.


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