Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to


By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Need follow-up does captivate, but it's more violent.

Book Carrie Jones Fantasy 2010
Captivate Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (2 ):

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.

Book Details

  • Author: Carrie Jones
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: January 5, 2010
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Last updated: February 4, 2020

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate