Book Tour: Captivate Me and Iris

Captivate Me (Captivated #1)
S.J. Pierce
YA, Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
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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.

 Iris (Captivated #1.5)
S.J. Pierce
YA, Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal
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"Iris" is set to be published September 1st 2014

***This book is meant to be read after Captivate Me***

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.

NB:This review will encompass both books. 

Actual rating is 3.5
I like the idea of angels, schools for people with paranormal abilities, missing children and a little bit of love added to the entire mix.

Captivate Me  has it all, except it focused too much on the love part.

Their school reminds me so much of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and I sincerely was expecting them to see practicing to control their powers.

What I got to see, however, is the protagonist making friends, typical of a student entering a new school year.
Also, the book focused on whether or not the female protagonist would answer her best friend, or follow that call from the woods.

Yes, it's a love triangle right there. And guess who actually got Kat?

As for Iris, I like how it gives perspective on Iris, the kickass witch in Captivate Me. It just goes to show how impressions are not always correct and that there is more to a character than what she first appears to be.

Overall, albeit a tad too cheesy, Captivate Me is a good prelude to the oncoming books from the lovely author. And yet,I wish to see a novella for the story behind Kat's parents because it looks like a story worth telling :)
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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1 comment :

  1. Great review! Even if it focuses a lot on the romance it sounds like it has a really interesting premise and a lot of action. I also like that you get the witch's story in the novella! Glad you liked it! :)