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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY - Captivate Me and Iris by S.J. Pierce


Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult


“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.

**** out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.


Young Adult, Paranormal Romance


This story immediately drops you into the middle of Kat's world as she comes to terms with being in a school for Gifted.  She is as normal a teenager as you can imagine - and dreams of finding true love.  She thinks that she might have it with Levi but isn't sure.  Then events happen and she meets Gabe.  There is definitely a pull there but could it be everything else that she is discovering as well as Gabe? This book follows the twists and turns of Kat and her friends as they have decisions to make and choices to live with.

The story is written very well and flows from one scene to another.  The characters are interesting although some seem a bit too 'nice' to be real.  An interesting story to read which will keep you turning the pages to find out what has happened next.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for book 2, Fight For Me, which is due for release in Spring 2015.

Kindle Price - as of today's date:

£1.85 on Amazon UK
$3.07 on Amazon US


IRIS (#1.5) by S.J. Pierce

Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult


***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.

  **** out of 5 (really liked it)

I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.


Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Novella


Iris is a novella which gives you an insight into the decisions Iris made which lead her to the point in time that Gabe enters her life.  The rest you will know from reading Captivate Me.  I would say that although this could be read as a standalone, it is far better to be read in addition to Book 1.  By itself it is interesting.  Following on from Book 1 means that it sheds light onto the whole perception of a character.  This novella is a brilliant addition to the series and definitely adds to the story.  Definitely recommended for all fans of the Captivated series.

Kindle Price - as of today's date:

£0.77 on Amazon UK
$1.29 on Amazon US




Captivate Me:


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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.

Author Links:
September 1st
-In Between The Lines >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Musings of Immortals  >> Captivate Me
-Simplistic Reviews >> Captivate Me
-Miss Book Eater >> Captivate Me
-Crazy Beautiful Reviews >> Captivate Me & Iris

September 2nd
-Books and Books >> Captivate Me
-Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books >> Iris
-Nomi’s Paranormal Palace >> Iris
-Kinky Vanilla Romance  >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Elienora’s Kindle >> Captivate Me

September 3rd
-The Bookwhore Diaries >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Musings of the Book-a-holic Fairies, inc. >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Bookworm Brandee >> Iris
-My World of Books  >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Archaeolibrarian – I dig good books! >> Captivate Me & Iris

September 4th
-The Avid Book Collector  >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Rhea’s Neon Journal >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Follow the Yellow Book Road >> Captivate Me
-Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Kay’s Book Blog >> Iris
-Underneath The Covers >> Captivate Me & Iris

September 5th
-Mixed Emotions Book Blog >> Captivate Me
-The Book Bratz >> Captivate Me
-Whispered Thoughts  >> Captivate Me & Iris
-books are love >> Captivate Me & Iris
-My Secret Book Spot >> Captivate Me & Iris

September 6th
-Movies, Shows & Books >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Fictional Men’s Page For Book Ho’s >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Livre It To Me >> Captivate Me & Iris
-Karen Blue Reviews >> Captivate Me


  1. Great reviews, Merissa! It sounds like a fun series and I don't often read novellas, but I love it when they're a part of a series and you get glimpses of new stories that add to the overall series!

    1. It was certainly a brilliant start to the series and the novella definitely gave it an added extra :)

  2. Thanks, Merissa! So glad you liked the books!!! <3

    1. Certainly did! You had me hooked at a very early stage. Iris gave me an extra viewpoint and backstory too so thank you :) Looking forward to Fight For Me!