Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)

Rated 4.52/5 based on 21 reviews
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. That all changes when Braith claims her as his. More
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Words: 60,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476024066
About Erica Stevens

Though my name is not really Erica Stevens, it is a pen name that I chose in memory of two amazing friends lost too soon, I do live in Mass with my wonderful husband and our puppy Loki and fish Klinger. I have a large and crazy family that I fit in well with. I am thankful every day for the love and laughter they have brought to my life. I have always loved to write and am an avid reader.

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Review by: Erica Boehmer on June 06, 2014 :
My review is not just about this book, but the entire series. The story line is amazing and each book left me with wanting more and more. I had to wait months for the next book to come out and each time I was never disappointed. Erica Stevens is an amazing author and writer, and I think her series should be well known. Maybe it is similar to the Twilight series or maybe even the Hunger Games, but the story line isn't even close to them. This series is in its own level and category as it should be. This series would have to be my second favorite series of all time, the first being Lynsay Sands Argeneau series. The Captive series is one HIGHTLY recommend to anyone interested in supernatural beings. It contains romance for young adults, so don't expect "hot steamy romance". I promise this series will not disappoint you.
(review of free book)

Review by: Starla Slater on Aug. 06, 2013 :
Character and setting seemed to be like the Hunger Games, only with Vampires. Okay for Teen book.
(review of free book)

Review by: Suzanna I on May 26, 2013 :
awesome book. Can't wait to read more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Crystal Dawn on May 10, 2013 :
Good story. Has a lot of emotional twists and turns.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carol on May 04, 2013 :
This young adult vampire romance starts well but languishes once the heroine becomes a blood slave. As the first in the series, the ending is not satisfying and obviously leads into the rest of the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: candi davenport on Jan. 01, 2013 :
Great!
(review of free book)

Review by: K.A Jones on Dec. 20, 2012 :
This is the first book that I have read by this author and it won't be my last.
Got into the story really quickly and couldn't put it down.
Never sure what you are going to get with a free book, I was enthralled all the way.
(review of free book)

Review by: Nicky on Nov. 15, 2012 :
Let me give you an example of the redundancy that you will find in these pages:

...Her eyes widened...
...She stared up at him in wide eyed amazement...
...Her eyes were wide, brilliantly blue as she stared questioningly up at him...

and:
...His strong, masculine scent engulfed her...
...Aria tilted her head back, her mouth parting slightly as she gazed at him in silent wonder...
She had not seen him since last night, but she had not imagined his size, his aura of power, or his hard masculine beauty...

The author would have done well to cut down her word count and trust us to come to the intended conclusions on our own--That Braith is very masculine and sexy and Arianna has big bug eyes that pop out every time she is awe-struck by something (which is unnaturally often). Oh and she cries A LOT for a fierce rebel warrior that "never cries". Psh!
Sorry, it just didn't gel with me, being force-fed unnecessarily repetitive observations. Much too much filler got in the way of the plot.
Speaking of which, is sort of like Beauty and the Beast... vampire style! But without the neat happy ending. So at least there is that.

Aria is taken prisoner as a blood slave to a vampire prince, which we gather means a life of sadistic torture and eventual death, but Braith isn't like all the other vampires. And the two soon develop trust and a forbidden love... Aria has been brought up as a rebel (daughter to the rebel leader, actually) and to hate vampires, yet she quickly and totally becomes enamored by him even though he is a leader of the monsters that are oppressing and using her people.
There are people dying and being tortured around her and she doesn't even consider gathering information to use for the rebels but only considers how she will escape? It is all just too nonsensical for me. Yes the "inexplicably-drawn-to-him/her" love relationship is inevitable, but I think something more could have been done with their relationship and their interactions.

Not that it was totally horrible and I don't see this book appealing to others (because other ratings show that it does), but I just didn't like it. So that's why the one star.
If it weren't for that calamity-foreshadowing ending and the Beauty-and-the-Beast-like similarities, the story would be completely irredeemable to me. But as it stands, (though I'm not a huge fan) I am still kinda curious to see how things will work out after that unexpected conclusion... don't worry, no spoilers! :)
(review of free book)

Review by: holy angel on Oct. 24, 2012 :
can't wait for next one... awesum read..
(review of free book)

Review by: mark mackey on Sep. 16, 2012 :
A young woman is saved from being auctioned off to a vampire by a blind vampire prince, who's rough with her at times, and even goes so far as firing his own staff, when one of them threatens the young woman. They gradually fall in love, and later it is revealed she has a secret past, overall I felt it was a great vampire human romance, worth the time to read.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sherre Leach on Sep. 12, 2012 :
This free book (on smashwords) was a savior during my boring last few days at work. I hadn't expected much from it, since it was free, but it was a a lot better that I had ever hoped. Since the description gives away pretty much everything I could say about this book, and since it was short at only 113 pages, my review will be brief.

This was a love story between Braith and Aria told from their alternating points of view that keeps you wanting more and more. It captures your interest and has you feeling just as confused as they do about it. You find yourself hoping that something could be done to keep these two together. A love like theirs shouldn't be hidden, it should be allowed, but after knowing all about the world they live in, you know that they can't. You know that, like Juliet and Romeo, there's nothing that will stop the horrible ending, there's no way to stop the hate between the two races. There is a second story (which I've already begun to read as I'm writing this) so obviously they don't die at the end, but just know that these two become quite dark and depressed, and I would like to see if they'll every be able to overcome their differences and come back together. I loved this short read and I would probably read it again. Due to the grammatical errors and other little inconsistencies, I can't give this book a full 5 stars, but 4.5 will do the trick.
(review of free book)

Review by: Sherre Leach on Sep. 12, 2012 :
This free book (on smashwords) was a savior during my boring last few days at work. I hadn't expected much from it, since it was free, but it was a a lot better that I had ever hoped. Since the description gives away pretty much everything I could say about this book, and since it was short at only 113 pages, my review will be brief.



This was a love story between Braith and Aria told from their alternating points of view that keeps you wanting more and more. It captures your interest and has you feeling just as confused as they do about it. You find yourself hoping that something could be done to keep these two together. A love like theirs shouldn't be hidden, it should be allowed, but after knowing all about the world they live in, you know that they can't. You know that, like Juliet and Romeo, there's nothing that will stop the horrible ending, there's no way to stop the hate between the two races. There is a second story (which I've already begun to read as I'm writing this) so obviously they don't die at the end, but just know that these two become quite dark and depressed, and I would like to see if they'll every be able to overcome their differences and come back together. I loved this short read and I would probably read it again. Due to the grammatical errors and other little inconsistencies, I can't give this book a full 5 stars, but 4.5 will do the trick.
(review of free book)

Review by: Gina Hunnicutt on Sep. 10, 2012 :
Very good book! The ending leaves you wanting the next book immediately. Highly recommend this series.
(review of free book)

Review by: Tam Winn on Sep. 02, 2012 :
This book was alright. I didn't think there was enough character development. The girl, supposedly is amazing with being one of her father's best fighters, yet nothing throughout the book proves it. It is all telling and no showing. If the girl had acted the way her reputation was made out to be, then it would have been better. The ending had an interesting twist, though, but it ends rather quickly.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mari Arden on Aug. 21, 2012 :
Great book! Can't wait to read the second one!
(review of free book)

Review by: Grace Ashley on July 14, 2012 :
i totally loved this story. It was unpredictable to the end. And oh so romantic... Cant wait to read the next book
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Karen Burns on July 10, 2012 :
I loved this story. A twist on Romeo and Juliette with a surprise cliffhanger. Miss Stevens is a talented writer. Her characters are defined and the plot is never dull. Can't wait to read more from her.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Christine Williamson on July 06, 2012 :
A great book! The prose grabbed me and sucked me in right from the beginning, and the emotional ambiances of the different scenes were really powerful. I wish this would let me do half stars, so I could give it a 4.5. The only reason I'm not giving a 5 is because I found several transitions jarring, and I got confused by some typos and missing words. For the most part, I feel like the POV switches between Braith and Aria were very smoothly done. I'm looking forward to reading more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Zara Amelie on June 20, 2012 :
I love the book! Miss Erica is so talented, her words seemed to flow like magic in the world she had created. I am literally sitting on a ledge waiting for the next installment of the series! Please hurry, I can hardly wait to see how Braith and Aria story unfolds...
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: missmye on June 05, 2012 :
I keep on checking back this page to see if the final of the captive series is out. Captured was great, tender and sweet. Aria and Braith, all their challenges. These are the kind of books I like, there are so few of them, either they are the hardcore 'vampire sex stories' which I dislike, or they are the twilight kind of romances. This is perfect. Funnily enough I am watching the Queen's diamond jubilee and they've just interviewed a young girl called 'Aria' how uncanny!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: jeevie baby on June 04, 2012 :
One of the best paranormal romances I've read in a long time. I love the raw emotion from the characters and I can't wait to read more in this series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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