Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Captivate Me by S.J. Pierce

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Captivate Me by S.J. PierceCaptivate Me by S.J. Pierce
Series: Captivated #1
Published by Amazon Publishing on January 9th 2014
Pages: 281
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
eBook provided by Xpresso Book Tours


Captivate Me is Book One of The Captivated Series, a Young Adult Paranormal Romance"My mom had always told me - when you meet "the one," you'll know; they'll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I had always wondered, though, if my mom's words of wisdom were finite - if they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to settle for less than earth-shattering."

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.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

Reading time 4 mins

Before Harry Potter I had “views” about people who read YA. Something in my heart has crossed over and now I find myself seeking these books out. Am I too old to be reading/enjoying these books? I don’t care anymore. It’s like reality TV, I can’t deny my addiction. I am a huge fan of YA. Something about these coming of age stories really calls me. I read the synopsis for this and knew I had to read this. This book is like X Men (the school) with a romantic twist. Then there is another twist. The story is so paranormal and it really had me hooked. I am so glad I got to review Captivate Me for the blog tour, and I am really excited about the sequel novella Iris.

So Kat Walsh is a girl with gifts. She has the gift of telekinesis. Being born of an angel mother and a gifted father, that is not so surprising. When she is invited to Midland Pines, School for the Gifted, she thinks she has finally found a place where she actually can be herself. Gifts and all. Right away she has friends, and has caught the interest of a very handsome boy any girl could fall for, Levi. Levi goes to great lengths to get and keep Kat’s attention. Everything is going so well, until…Kat notices something in the woods beyond her school. She is drawn to it, and what she finds puts all her dreams of normal at risk.

I was sucked into this story right away. We ride right along with Kat in this paranormal tale. The heroine is really just trying to fit in. She was discovered at her old school as having telekinetic powers in one stupid incident. After that, normal school was out of the question. The offer from Midland Pines showed up at just the right time for her. This new school holds the promise of the high school experience for Kat. I so wanted this to just be about the school and discovering what her school mates could do. That would have been plenty for me to enjoy this tale. The author had something more adventurous for us to discover, however. Kat starts feeling drawn to the woods beyond her school, the boy she thinks she glimpsed one day. Her dreams hint that this boy in the woods might be “the one.” She gets more than she could of ever expected when she decides to seek him out.

I don’t want to spoil the tale for you. I just want to say that Kat continues to be very different even in this setting. Finding others like herself becomes her primary goal and it almost costs her everything. Kat ends up in a twisted love triangle. There was absolute romance in this tale and it isn’t all about sex. It is a bit more immature, but still so swoon worthy. I was completely torn on which she should choose.

My Rating


I am completely hooked and can’t wait to read the sequel to Captivate Me, Iris.

(as I type this right now Captivate Me is FREE at amazon and Iris is only $.99)

IRIS (#1.5)

by S.J. Pierce


***This book is meant to be read after Captivate Me***Set before the events in Book One of the Captivated Series, “Iris” explores the depths of family bonds, new bonds, and the lengths a person would go to save the life of a dying sibling. In this novella, get to know Iris and her two sisters more intimately, as well as Gabriel, the first angel-human hybrid who agrees to live under her protection.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

About the Author


SUSAN JAMES PIERCE has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare  time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.

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