Thursday, September 20, 2012

Captured (The Captive #1) by Erica Stevens

Captured (The Captive #1) by Erica Stevens.
Reviewed by Tempest:


Blood Slave.
Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know. Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.                                                                                                                                                               

I'll try to keep as many spoilers out as possible. No major plot twists will be revealed. Wow, I really really loved this book! I didn't expect to like it any where near as much as I did! Vampires enslaving humans isn't exactly a new concept, however Erica Stevens voice has a way of drawing you tightly into the story so that any similarities it might have with other works you read don't seem to matter. Her characters all have very distinct personalities, something that sadly more often then not falls by the way side. I fell in love with Aria's bravery and her internal struggle not to get caught up in the beauty of the palace. Having been living in the woods her entire life, scrounging for food, always dirty, it was an extreme change for her to be then thrust into a life where everything is handed over. She has servants to bath her, dress her, and even bring her more food then she could ever imagine. Yet instead of falling madly in love with her new life she's constantly thinking about her family, her people, and their joint suffering. This is also what tears her in two when she starts developing feelings for her kidnapper, a man who just so happens to be a prince of the vampires. This is one of those rare occasions where the person being seen by other characters is also actually the character we readers are getting. Braith talks about how strong she is, how brave, and how stubborn, and we actually see those traits in her our selves. Even Braith's wolf, Keegan has a personality that is easy to picture and connect to him. The vampire prince is caring, but not too caring. This makes him completely believable. I can buy that there are some vampires out there who aren't obsessed with shedding blood and killing. But at the same time I'm glad that there's also that side of Braith that reminds us that he is, in fact, a vampire. If he wanted to he could kill Aria and anyone else he pleased. And wow, I just have to mention that I totally fell in love with that scene where she's trying to escape both him and Jack. I could picture it perfectly in my mind. I will most definitely be continuing with this series, and I recommend it to anyone who likes a could vampire book that has action, romance, and a beautiful expression of the human spirit.


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1 comment:

  1. Talk about getting me out of my paranormal book slump.. Captured has everything I love in a book; adventure, misunderstandings, betrayal, LOVE and heartache. I want to do a full review but I really want to see what happens next so I am off to read book 2.

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