Monday, 15 August 2016

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

*Thank you to Xpresso book tours for the review copies*


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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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Giveaway! Enter to win an ebook copy of Captivate Me and Fight for Me, open internationally.

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Captivate Me: Goodreads and Amazon links!
Fight for Me: Goodreads and Amazon links!

Olivia’s Question: Do you read books in a series back to back or take breaks with different books in between?

Olivia-Savannah x

28 comments:

  1. I'm pretty sure I missed my invitation to a school for gifted people ;) As we all know, at the end of the 90s, just as I started high school, Voldemort came to power again and for a long time, there were no letters being sent from Hogwarts. That is why I never got one and why I am doomed to live a regular muggle life forever... ***cry***

    And to answer your question, I prefer reading them back-to-back.

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    1. That's such a shame... You totally missed that shot only based on circumstances. Come to think of it, that's probably where my invitation went missing too.

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  2. Liv? You've put them both as book 1 in the summary/details-type-thing. So I was a li'l confused like... is this a re-write...? Sorry to be the pedantic commenter, but I figured you'd wanna know. Great reviews though :) <3

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    1. Thanks so much for noting that typo! It's all been fixed. You're the best <3

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    1. It was my pleasure to read and review your books x

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  4. I'm glad you enjoyed these novels, Olivia. They're new to me, and it's certainly been a while since I've read something in this vein. Once in a while I crave it, but my tastes nowadays tend to lean towards adult.

    Great reviews!

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    1. Sometimes there are those genres you don't lean towards too much. But maybe these would be a little too young for you.

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  5. Great reviews! This sounds like a fun read and action-packed, too! Glad you liked it! :)

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  6. Sounds good, new to me but love to hear about good secondary characters and a series that gets better

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    1. Good secondary characters always make my day ^.^

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  7. Love that this has a good story in addition to the romance!

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    1. Yes! They weave together but one doesn't take over the other :)

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  8. I tend to prefer series that are complete. Though, I've read plenty of series that are still be written. Glad you enjoyed this one. I suppose it would be nice to read the author's mind and figure out why Sarah didn't use her ability to solve unnecessary misunderstandings. ;)

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    1. That way you wouldn't have to wait for the cliffhanger, like I do now! So I understand. I would have been curious about that too...

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  9. I love it when the book ends in a great cliffhanger!
    Sorry to say though that I don't find the covers very appealing and in fact I probably would not pick it. They do say not to judge a book by its cover though so maybe I will take a peek. :)

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    1. It always leaves me excited to read the next one! The covers, I find, aren't best representative for the book. It doesn't quite match.

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  10. Great reviews! I will definitely look out for this series :)

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  11. I'm not sure this series is for me. I like the idea of prophets and telekinesis, but I don't think the romance doesn't appeal to me. I'm glad you liked them!

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    1. A shame, but thanks for stopping by this post!

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  12. Sounds like an amazing read then. Good luck to everyone who entered!

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  13. I read Captivate Me a while ago, I had no idea the next book was out. There was another novella for this series that really whet my appetite for the next book, Iris. I need to read it now. Great review(s)!

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    1. I hope you can get your hands on the sequel soon ;)

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  14. As always, great reviews! I'm not one for series. While reading the synopsis of he first and second, I couldn't help think about X-Men. Nice to see you back.

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    1. Now, I think it's interesting that you don't like series! But I guess it's all about preference.

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