Series: Captivated #1
Publication Date: April 1st 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
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Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Review: Captivate me is a wonderful story that definitely captivated my heart! It was so great, if I could have, I would have read it in one sitting.
Captivate Me is a story about Kat, when she is whisked away to Midland Pines, a school for the Gifted. Kat has the power of telekinesis, and possibly the power of profecy, which should be expected when you have an angel mother and profet father. Things at the new school seem normal, until she starts seeing mysterious people in the forest, and students/staff start disappearing, could Kat be next?
I found this story to be very charming, it was mostly about the romance aspect of the book with a hint of fantasy. This book definitely surprised me with the romance a little, I loved how the author made Kat fall in love with Levi first, it made the reader feel like Kat is more of a real person rather than a character, I feel like most people go through the relationship where it's like "I wonder if he's the one?" and you're not sure, but then you realize that he isn't. We all go through that at one point, and it was just so lovely to read a book where "the one" isn't the first person they've been with. I definitely give props to the author for getting out of the norm.
I had mixed emotions about Kats character, I found her very relateable and pretty awesome, except in the cases when she turned really whiny and annoying. But overall I liked her more than I some of the characters. Plus her relationship with Gabe was really cute and I loved every part of it.
Overall, this was a fantastic book, and I definitely recommend it to everyone.