Captured by Erica Stevens
Series: The Captive #1
Published by Indie
Published on: June 17, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
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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.
This book contains some language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.
A couple of people recommended this series recently as featuring their favorite vampire. I am usually up for a good vampire romance so I went looking. And then found out that this book had been sitting in my tbr pile for three years. Yes, I am kicking myself because I couldn’t put it down. I am not going to say it’s perfect, because it’s got a major cliffhanger and I am not a fan of those, AND I think there is going to be a love triangle. Not a fan of that, unless it’s done exactly right.That remains to be seen, and as I have bought the next book, I will probably be finding out sooner, rather than later. Sooner, because I can’t wait to dive right back into this series even though I finished this one today.
Vampires and humans fought a war about a hundred years back. Humans did not win and now they are servants and blood slaves to the vampires. All except for a group of rebels that live in the forest that surrounds the royal family’s castle and town. I am not sure where this takes place as it’s not mentioned, nor is it mentioned if there are more vampires elsewhere. So the book has a dystopian feel to it right off the bat. Aria is seventeen, and the daughter of the leader of the rebels. She is a warrior and a hunter, and lives in extreme poverty in the forest or caves. There’s never enough to eat, the people stay filthy, but have one goal and that’s to bring down the vampire race. Aria has now been kidnapped by the vampires after a raid on her people. She is put up for auction and ends up being bought by Braith, the oldest son of the king. He doesn’t understand why he wants her, just that he does. On Aria’s part, she’s scared to death, but is not the type to bow to anyone. She is defiant at every turn, feisty as they come, and I really liked her character. Braith is, of course, extremely handsome, and to Aria, very kind. He also has a big secret. A fellow rebel, Max, was also taken with Aria and he has been bought also by a female vampire. He vows to save Aria.
This ended up a real page turner for me, not because of a lot of action, rather because of the two main characters and their interactions, Aria, as the captive, and Braith, as the captor. Of course there are other characters featured. Jealous human serving girls that don’t understand why Aria is being treated so well, a brother of Braith’s that is the epitome of evil, and another brother that just might be a traitor. So there is some castle intrigue going on, but like I said, it’s mostly about Aria and her plot to escape, and Braith’s inner struggle with how he feels about Aria. There’s laws about getting involved with a blood slave, so he has to be very careful with his feelings. The king is a piece of work, and he wouldn’t hesitate to punish his son and kill Aria if he thought he loved a lowly blood slave. What none of them know is, who Aria really is, because she certainly could be used as a pawn in the war against the rebels.
Bottom line, this was a great read for me, and I can’t wait to read the next one. Recommended to mature young adults to adults. No actual sex scenes, but a couple come close. Seven books are already released, so no waiting for the next book, always a good thing! One last thing, it’s a freebie.