Until now. But fear not! Especially when this book is available free on Amazon! Beautifully, descriptively written and full of emotion, I was sucked in from the first page. Stevens has done a great job in creating a dark and intriguing paranormal world, and her characters are all really well developed. I loved it, and am diving straight into the next book. View all 18 comments. A series which transcends the YA genre, and it's wholly entertaining Dystopian Vampire Romance I'm re-reading this series in preparation for the fourth and final book, Salvation The Captive Series from Erica Stevens is the glowing exception to that rule.
I seem to remember that the quality of the narrative trails off over the course of this series, but the inventive and intriguing world that Stev A series which transcends the YA genre, and it's wholly entertaining I seem to remember that the quality of the narrative trails off over the course of this series, but the inventive and intriguing world that Stevens creates, as well as the interesting characters who inhabit it, are the heart and soul of this series.
I hope I'm mis-remebering the next two books as we lead up to the end of the series, but one thing remains certain. This book is a damn' fine piece of Fiction. Some of My Favorite Moments: view spoiler [ Aria was nearly gasping, nearly hyperventilating. She was trying hard to remain brave, but she could feel a shattering growing inside of her, a breaking of her soul that was far more painful than anything she had ever experienced before.
And she had experienced some very painful things in her life. But this, this was the worst. This man was going to do many many things to her. None of them would be good, and all of them would be designed to savage her body, and her mind. View 2 comments. Shelves: horrible-writing , did-not-finish , wtf , authors-i-need-to-avoid , waste-of-money , waste-of-time , paranormal.
This book is so badly written my eyes hurt. Maybe there is a story-line to follow but i missed it because i was focused on so many godamned mistakes. Well it's not. Big no-no's were made by Stevens: Repetition, repetition, repetition Practice makes perfect but not when you're writing a book. The phrase: " The heroine is a part of a resistance fighting for human right to live and whatnot, she has no fury, she has no passion, she has nothing. She is meek and docile as a lamb and thick as a brick. She supposedly spend her entire life hating vampires and fighting for survival but you couldn't tell that from her behavior.
Then there is the fact that our heroine lived in the forests while vamps live like civilized people. Fine, but she can't go from the point of being confused by a fork to the point of arguing certain aspects of civilized life with the prince. The world-building is nonexistent, the characters are all over the place. I truly hated this book. View all 4 comments. Feb 07, Princess under cover rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-paranormal. It was a quick read. Felt like it started to drag along. Tropes overused. But writing was fine.
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Story was fine. Just fine and free. Dec 19, Deborah rated it really liked it. Re-read 1st December - 2nd December This is one of my favourite vampire romances and I can't believe in the many times I've read these books I've never actually reviewed them. Vampires rule the earth, they've come out from the shadows and humans are blood slaves and pets fed from and collared. Aria is a member of the resistance and knows once captured she must keep her identity a secret at all costs.
Aria finds herself purchased by Braith a prince and while he owns her his behaviour is surpris Re-read 1st December - 2nd December Aria finds herself purchased by Braith a prince and while he owns her his behaviour is surprising and she slowly feels herself drawn to him against her better judgement. I loved this book, the idea, the whole world that's been created and of course Aria and Braith. I first read this back in September and I can't remember how many times I've returned to this series which shows how much I like it.
View 1 comment. Apr 10, Jilly rated it liked it Shelves: vampires , fantasy. Although there is a background of a dystopian world where vampires have come out of hiding and taken over society, this really is a romance novel. We learn that there was a war wherein the vampire race took over the earth and humans have become relegated to either servitude, death, or blood slaves.
There is a "rebellion" of humans who live in the woods and fight the vampires and Aria is the daughter of the leader of this group. She gets captured in a raid and is auctioned off as a blood slave. S Although there is a background of a dystopian world where vampires have come out of hiding and taken over society, this really is a romance novel. She would rather have died because blood slaves are tortured and used until their slow death occurs, usually not that much later. Aria is bought by the prince of the vampire's evil monarchy. And all the while, I see how my brother watches her.
Except that I have no intention of giving her up. 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. 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.
Would you listen to Captured again? No but only because I typically don't listen to books more than once, even if I really like them. What was one of the most memorable moments of Captured?
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Hard to say without spoilers, but it's a scene close to the end of the book. Very intense and romantic. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes it sure was, it felt like watching a movie, super hooked and just wanting to know what happened next. It was hard to stop listening and get out of the car on several occasions.
Any additional comments? There are only a few things I did not like about this book. Sometimes the internal monologue was a bit too dramatic for my taste, which also slowed the story. Then the descriptions, I could point out words the author seems to use a lot throughout the book, like 'realize' or 'realization', 'glare', and 'clenched fists' were definitely very prominent.
Overall though, I think the story is amazing, full of the type of conflict and tension that keeps you hooked, and I liked the characters, could connect to them, and was intrigued by them, so to me, that made it worth the listen. Can't wait for the next one! Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? Yes I would recommend this to a friend because it was an awesome book. I loved the storyline, the characters, the narration. What did you like best about this story? I liked everything about this book!
But I think I liked the storyline and the chemisty between Braith and Aria best. Although there are more vampire books out there than I can count, this story was not another regurgitated book. It was original and fantastic!
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I loved it all! I especially loved how she sort of used Braiths voice as the narration voice during his POV scenes and Aria's voice as the narration voice during her POV scenes. That probably makes no sense, but it will when you listen. Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry? It made me fall in love with the characters and it left me wanting more! I found this book completely by accident and I am so happy I did. It's such a good story and if you love paranormal book, especially vampire books, you will love this story! If you could sum up Captured in three words, what would they be?
Very good narration, she keeps my attention. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be? Love changes everything! I first came across this book at the kindle store for free. I was immediately drawn to the characters and unusual plot line. I bought the whole kindle series and I can't wait to buy the audiobook versions. I loved this series! I was enthralled and found it to be kind of similar to a cross between hunger games and twilight in some ways.
It was suspenseful and dramatic at times and I couldn't stop listening. The narrator did a pretty good job. A couple of the minor male characters voices sound like a woman throughout the series, but narrator give a male edge to the voices of main male characters. So, it worked. This book is captivating and intriguing from the start. The characters are well developed, and the storyline and plot are phenomenal!
The narrator did a great job! I actually read a couple of the books from this series a few years ago and fell in love. I recently started to listen to audio books and noticed I could upgrade the books I already and decided to upgrade this series.
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I was truly disappointed because the narrator, though she tried, it was a total BUST in my opinion. I even listened to 'Renegade' to try and give her a second chance but nope, just as bad as the first. I'm so friggin' disappointed that these audio books don't have a better narrator. But the books are wonderful, I plan to read the rest though. I liked this book but didn't love. It was an interesting stories with good characters but it was definitely too insta love. It also seemed like half a story.
Maybe the first and second book in the series should have been combined Also very YA. Definitely not the worst I've read by far though! It didn't rely on sex as the hook. I don't want you to think there wasn't any sex but it just wasn't the overwhelming plot. It was a paranormal romance rather than pure sex. Cudos to the author for actually writing a story. I love a sexy paranormal romance but IMO the trend has gone too far and most books in this genre have taken the plot out of books Sherre Leach reviewed on on Sep.
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 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.
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Tam Winn reviewed on on Sep. 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. Mari Arden reviewed on on Aug. Great book! Can't wait to read the second one! Grace Ashley reviewed on on July 14, It was unpredictable to the end. And oh so romantic Cant wait to read the next book reviewed the day of purchase. Karen Burns reviewed on on July 10, 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. Christine Williamson reviewed on on July 6, 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. 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. I'm looking forward to reading more! Zara Amelie reviewed on on June 20, 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!
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