Review: Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce {Blog Tour + Giveaway}

Title: Captivate Me (Captivated #1) 
Author: S.J. Pierce 
Genre: Paranormal
Format: eBook
Published: January 9, 2014
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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?'
**This review might contain spoilers. Maybe.**
"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."
Captivate Me was equal parts, romance, humor and mystery that wants you It is one of those quick reads you blow through in one sitting on a lazy day. The story has a great pace never leaving you bored and several swoon worthy moments. 

The plot was interesting, though it didn't go as deep into the angel thing as I expected it would. It was a major point, but I can see how there really wasn't a reason for it. There is enough information there though to understand what happened and what was caused by it. It left me content and happy. I have never been crazy about love triangles. In certain situations I like them. This was one of those times. You have Levi who is really sweet and obvious in love with Kat and then you have Gabriel who Kat has an instant connection with. So which boy wins her heart? One of them do, and my guess on who it would be was wrong. As usual. Then Pierce throws in a plot twist that no one ever expected. What is it with authors and major plot twists? The kind that make you rethink everything you just read. They really hurt my heart. *sad face* 

The romance was cute. Kat and Levi were cute. They were one of those couples where you thought they were dating before they actually where. Kat did care about Levi, she was jealous of another girl that showed interest in him. But then Kat has dreams about Gabriel and then she meets him. Her romance with Gabriel was almost insta-love. Which isn't a bad thing, because in the end it all resolves its self.  

Captivate Me met all expectations and threw them out the window. But as usual, now comes the waiting for the second book in the series. 

RATING: ★★★★

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.

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  1. I love humor and mystery, and that with a good dose of romance def sounds like a great read! It sounds like the perfect rainy weekend read! :) Great review, Amber!

  2. Great review! And sorry to hurt your heart with the plot twist... lol :) I can't help myself with those!!!

  3. I am always looking for great Paranormal Romances. I just love them so much. I am definitely adding this to my TBR!


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