Saturday, August 20, 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Captivate Me & Fight For Me by S.J. Pierce

Book Blurb:

Captivate Me (Captivated #1)

Publication date: April 1st 2014

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

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.

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My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

After an incident at her high school where she used her power of telekinesis in front of a classmate, Kat is sent away to a boarding school for Gifted kids like herself. She loves the freedom of being herself around other similar people with out judgement, and even though she misses her family, she feels like she belongs and may even have a boyfriend. But things get confusing when she starts to receive flowers on her pillow and has dreams about a mysterious boy in the woods. Add in the fact that people are going missing from her school with no trace, and Kat may be in over her head.

I was surprised by what this book actually was about. I expected a paranormal teen book, that dealt with some mystery, lots of interesting paranormal stuff, the angst and drama of teen life, with a dash of romance. Well, I had it backwards- this was a romance book that had a dash of all that other stuff I mentioned. The main focus of the story was about Kat and how she wondered what being in love was actually like. At least the first half was predominantly spent inside Kat's head where she tried to sort out the depth of her feelings towards her sort of boyfriend, and then her new crush. She pondered a LOT about how to tell if she was in love (I think this is a question that a lot of people probably wonder about, but personally if you have to ask then you most likely are not in love). Anyhow, I think I was expecting something in particular so I was a little surprised by the direction the story took. About half way through, the action and intrigue built a little, which I appreciated and it helped to draw me into the book.

Kat was the main character of the book and the story was narrated from her point of view. I found myself liking her and her quirky ways (minus the fact she put herself down physically all the time- I know it is more relatable to most girls/women to doubt their own attractiveness, but for once I would like to have a girl who fully liked herself), I thought she was a good friend/person who seemed really intelligent and down to earth regardless of her upbringing and talents. Kat seemed to have a level head on her shoulders and make well informed decisions instead of rushing into things as most hormonal teenagers are aught to do, and I liked the openness of her relationship with her parents. So I found it a little out of character when she decides to join the half breeds after knowing them for pretty much just a day. Sure she was infatuated, but to just turn into a sheep and ask "how high?" when they told her to jump came as a shock to me. There was a case of insta-love here, which makes me cringe a little because I am not a fan of it, but at least the potential for a love triangle resolved really quickly and Kat even commented that she did not want to make one (which made me like her more).

Overall this was a very interesting idea for a series and with all the twists the plot took as well as the potential threat on the horizon. I would definitely pick up the rest of the books in the series and recommend this to anyone who wants a paranormal romance.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Book Blurb:

Fight For Me (Captivated #2)

Publication date: February 14th 2016

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

A fresh start – something Kat and Gabriel thought they would find when they left their pasts behind at Midland Pines High and moved to a compound for hybrids. Or at least safety from a witch seeking revenge. But now… that’s all changed. Now, thanks to a flirty hybrid hell-bent on winning Gabriel’s attention, the terrifying visions of another prophetic Gifted, and the strange and worrisome behavior of one of their closest friends, Kat finds herself fighting for things that had once come so easily, including her relationship with her soulmate. And now she’s afraid.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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Author Bio:

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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