Blog Tour with Giveaway & Reviews – Captivate Me & Iris by S.J. Pierce

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CAPTIVATE ME

by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult


~ Synopsis ~

“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. But, 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 fighting 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.

~ Review by Jessica ~

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Captivate Me is the romantic tale of a young girl experiencing her first love… but on steroids.
With magic.
And death threats.

I have to admit, Captivate Me did not captivate me right away. Mostly I had some issues with how quickly relationships formed in the beginning. Kat and her roommate Anna’s friendship especially did not feel like it progressed naturally to me. However, I was able to overlook that pretty easily so I won’t knock it too much for that. Kat’s relationship with Levi was developed pretty well. Again, I did feel like it was a little rushed in the beginning, but only a little. It was almost painful to watch it unfold because you just knew it wasn’t going to end well, but as frustrated as I was with Kat, her decisions were totally believable for a teenager. Kat did annoy me a little at first, but I liked how she developed throughout the story and by the end I really liked her a lot. The magical element was very cool, although I would have liked to see Kat using her powers a little more. The plot twist was really great, and while I did guess a part of it early on, I was not able to see everything that was coming! Iris and Kai were especially interesting to me and I cannot wait to jump right into the “Iris” novella! Gabe is still quite an enigma to me, but this is a series so I’m sure we will be learning more about his past in books to come. 🙂 I was also pleased to learn that this is a spin off of another series S.J. Pierce has written about Kat’s parents. I am VERY excited about that because I loved her parents and I definitely want to go read their story now. Overall this story was a little more ‘ooey-gooey’ romantic than I usually like, but Kat is young and sweet so it fits her. 🙂 3.5 books

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Iris

IRIS (#1.5)

by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

~ Synopsis ~

***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.

~ Review by Jessica ~

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Captivate Me definitely left me intrigued by Iris so I was thrilled that there is a novella all about her past! I loved how complex Iris is as a character. In Captivate Me you go through so many emotions concerning her and her actions, but this novella explains why she did everything that she did so well. I found myself hating her, feeling sorry for her, loving her, and then hating her all over again… but most importantly I really feel like I understand her now. People aren’t usually just good or bad, some things are not black and white… and this story is all about Iris and Kai’s very gray morals. Also I LOVED Iris and Kai’s love story. It was surprisingly sweet and endearing. I actually liked this one even better than Captivate Me, so I am excited to see what’s to come for this series. 4.5 books

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~ Purchase Links ~

Captivate Me (FREE)

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Iris ($0.99!)

Amazon US

~ About the Author ~

SJAuthor

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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