A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
This draws upon Norse myths.
Readers will have to think about if they truly believe in "good" and "evil" and if it's ever worth sacrificing yourself for someone else.
Positive Role Models
Zara is sometimes too impulsive, but she is brave throughout the book, and even talks about how she would be willing to give up her life for many people, including her boyfriend and grandmother. In the end, she does make a big sacrifice to save someone she loves.
Violence & Scariness
Zara finds a pixie tied to a tree who has had his stomach opened up by her werewolf boyfriend, Nick. After Nick is murdered by a pixie, Zara kills two pixies in the woods. She also encounters a house after a pixie massacre has taken place. Also, if she wants to be turned into a pixie, she will have to allow Astley to kiss her, which may end up killing her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Zara makes out with her boyfriend, and he spends the night at her house. Also, she turns blue around Astley, a pixie king, because they "attract" each other.
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Some mild words like "jerk," "hell," "freaking," etc.
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Products & Purchases
A few mentions of iPods, MINI Cooper, LL Bean.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book is more violent than Need, the first in the series, from an opening scene in which Zara discovers a pixie whose stomach was opened up by her werewolf boyfriend. She also encounters a house after a pixie massacre has taken place, and, after Nick is murdered by a pixie, Zara kills two pixies in the woods. Also, before her boyfriend dies, Zara spends a lot of time making out with him, and he spends the night at her house.
Is It Any Good?
This book does what a good sequel should: There is more of everything here. More violence and a higher body cody count, more romance (and a possible new romance with a cute pixie king), and definitely more of a backstory. The author introduces a much richer mythology here, too, including Norse legends like a winged Valkyrie who takes fallen warriors to fight "for good in the halls of Valhalla."
Readers will once again have fun prowling through Maine's snowy winter woods with spirited Zara, who is both impulsive and loyal, clumsy and determined, mouthy and sweet -- and as such, a very relatable heroine. Captivate ends with a smart development that will leave readers clawing for the third installment, scheduled for December 2010.
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