on June 6, 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)
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...
...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)