Captivate Me & Fight for Me [Reviews, Tour & Giveaway!]

Captivate Me & Fight for Me [Reviews, Tour & Giveaway!]
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Title: Captivate Me (Captivated #1)
Author: S.J. Pierce
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 9th January 2014
Rating: 3 stars
Title: Fight for Me (Captivated #2)
Author: S.J. Pierce
Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: 14th February 2016
Rating: 3 stars
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Synopsis for Captivate Me: 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?’


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Synopsis for Fight for Me: A fresh start – something Kat
and Gabriel thought they would find when they left their pasts behind at
Midland Pines High and moved to a compound for hybrids. Or at least safety from
a witch seeking revenge. But now… that’s all changed. Now, thanks to a flirty
hybrid hell-bent on winning Gabriel’s attention, the terrifying visions of
another prophetic Gifted, and the strange and worrisome behavior of one of
their closest friends, Kat finds herself fighting for things that had once come
so easily, including her relationship with her soulmate. And now she’s afraid.

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Mini Review for Captivate Me: When I started Captivate Me, I wasn’t sure what to
expect. I thought there was going to be a lot of romance from the cover. And
even though there is a whole lot of romance in this one, it didn’t really take
over the novel for me. There was a plot aside from that, and it was pretty
good.
I really liked the school setting and how it is full of
gifted students. I’ve always been someone who likes the idea and having a Sky
High-esque kind of school with mind readers, elementals and that sort of thing?
Yes please! Every time a new character was introduced I wanted to know what
their gift was – it was a like a present you just want to unwrap. I also really
loved Kat, the main characters power, which was telekinesis. I want this power
for myself.
Kat was a nice main character. She had ideas in her mind
about true love and I don’t know how I felt about that. But she was loyal to
her best friends and would do anything for them. She’s an artist who loves
painting, truly cares for her family and also is adventurous and daring. I did
find her to be a little naïve and gullible sometimes though. She goes to the
woods and meets these strange people there. They tell her things and she pretty
much believes them immediately. There wasn’t any doubt in her mind about them
being untrustworthy or anything, and I couldn’t help thinking – really? But
aside for that, she was a really nice main character.
I liked her friends who made up the secondary characters.
There were two sets of secondary characters, because there were two groups of
friends that Kat was involved in. But both of them were present and well
included in the novel. Maybe not too deep, but good enough for me to enjoy the
novel.
I felt like the beginning of the novel was a little slow
and introductory, but that’s like any beginning to a trilogy or series, so I didn’t
mind too much. In the end, the action picked up and I flew through it. That’s
the part I enjoyed most!
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Review for Fight for Me: Fight for Me was
the second book in the series and I started it almost as soon as I finished the
first book. I don’t usually read a series one directly after the other so I
worried that it would become too same-y but that wasn’t the case at all.
I found this one to be even better in book one. In this
one, Kat has made some really important choices which would limit her access to
family, but keep her friends and self safe. It wasn’t an easy choice to make or
path to accept, so I can certainly admire her changing her whole life the way
she does for the safety of herself and friends.
Throughout the novel we are introduced to this new ‘area’
where the majority of the novel takes place. With it comes some more
characters. Like in the first book, those secondary characters are well done
but not too deep. I feel mostly for Kat and the situations she is going
through. Gabe is very present in this novel too, which made the romance
interesting. Kat has a lot of conflicts with some of the secondary characters
and I liked seeing her try to handle those emotions and what she did to deal
with it.
The pattern in terms of pacing was much like the first
book – a little slow in the beginning, but the closer we get to the end, the
more it picks up pace. The ending was definitely the best thing about this
novel, especially as it ended on a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to have book three
to myself now, because I want to see how everything ends. The ‘villain’ in this
novel is different from in the first, and Kat’s supporters and the force behind
her are stronger. But the villain is stronger too, so I want to know how this
is all going to come down to a boil.
Sometimes though, there were things that didn’t make that
much sense? Sarah was accusing Kat of something, but Kat firmly stated she wasn’t
guilty of what she was being accused of. Sarah’s a mindreader… so it would make
sense for her to just read her mind and resolve the issue. We also know Sarah
has been in situations where she has doubted the truth before and attempted to
read the others mind to get an understanding of things, so it’s not a moral or
ethical issue in terms of doing so. So why didn’t she just do that to resolve
the issue?
That all aside, I’ve really enjoyed these two reads. I
raced through them and want to know what the conclusion to the trilogy will be
like!
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Olivia’s Question: Do you read books in a series back to
back or take breaks with different books in between?

Olivia-Savannah x


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