Mini-reviews: Captivate by Carrie Jones and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Title: Captivate
Author: Carrie Jones
Genre: YA paranormal fiction
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from the public library
First line: There are these bizarre people who actually like physical education class.

Goodreads blurb: Zara and her friends thought they’d solved the pixie problem. And they did – sort of. The pixie’s are all locked away, deep in the woods. But the king’s needs grow stronger each day that he is in captivity, while his control over his people weakens. And it’s enough to draw a new king into town. Astley claims he is different. He claims there are pixies who can live peacefully with humans, that it doesn’t have to be all violence and nastiness all the time. Zara wants to believe him…until Astley also claims that she is fated to be his queen.

There is no way Zara would ever turn pixie. And she’s got good friends who will make sure of that. Besides, she and Nick are so in love they’re practically inseparable. But when they very thing Zara wants to protect most is exactly what’s at risk, she is forced to make choices she never imagined….

Captivate pulled me into the story just as quickly as Need did, and I still absolutely love the characters. The addition of Astley made for a nice twist, too. Although the love triangle can be a bit tiresome in YA, it didn’t bother me here. As much as I love Zara and Nick together, I’m undecided about who she should end up with. My only complaint about this book is the ending – it seemed more like a chapter ending than the end of the book. I’m anxious to pick up book three in a couple weeks.

Title: The Last Olympian
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Publisher: Hyperion
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Print copy from my personal library
First line: The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the hood of my car.

Goodreads blurb: All year the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim. Kronos’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

In this momentous final book in the New York Times best-selling series, the long-awaited prophecy surrounding Percy’s sixteenth birthday unfolds. And as the battle for Western civilization rages on the streets of Manhattan, Percy faces a terrifying suspicion that he may be fighting against his own fate.

Loved this ending to the series! It was a little battle-heavy for me, but the boys loved that. And I will say that, in the midst of the battle scenes, Riordan tied up all the character stuff quite nicely. The man definitely knows how to write an adventure story, and we all love his sense of humor. I’m sure we’ll be trying one of his other series at some point.

This entry was posted in children's fiction, fantasy, paranormal fiction, YA fiction and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Mini-reviews: Captivate by Carrie Jones and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

  1. Pingback: The Sunday Salon – November 4, 2012 (We’re moved! Plus, wrapping up October’s reading) | BOOKS AND MOVIES

  2. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    You liked Captivate way more than I did but I’m still continuing with the series.

  3. Kristi
    Twitter: kristiluvsbooks

    I bought the Percy Jackson series for my son a couple of years ago and he turned his nose up at them. All of a sudden he started reading them and has finished two of them this past week. Glad to hear that the ending was strong. I’ve only read the first and enjoyed it, but haven’t continued. One of these days I’ll finish out the series.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies

      Kristi – I’m glad your son is enjoying them now! It really is a great series.