Captured (The Captive Series, Book 1) by Erica Stevens


 My Thoughts:

This first book is free as an eBook and ends on an abrupt cliffhanger! You have be warned fellow readers, you have been warned… (*Laughing manically* -C.L.)

Captured is the first vampire, dystopian-style book I have read, and wow, I was delighted with this first book in ‘The Captive Series’. The flipped society where vampires reign supreme and where humans are little more than livestock was very interesting. I know this concept has been done before, particularly in films, but I haven’t read a book with this concept, and i have to say, I think Stevens nailed it.

Plot was good, story line was good, characters were great, world building was good. I noticed very few errors within the text and the overall story was well written and flowed smoothly. Soaring way above average and better than your standard vampire romances. (I liked this one, I liked it a lot. -C.L.)The beginning of the story jumps right into the action, and paints a very dark picture for the human race. I won’t elaborate too much, but the first few pages flew before my eyes and I could feel myself settling in for a piece of dark fiction. However, it is not all so dark, as the opening scene is quickly moved along and we are introduced to the main male protagonist, Braith.

Mysterious, dark and powerful Braith, he is a vampire prince and he just oozes danger. I liked the fact he didn’t just pick Aria, the main female protagonist, as a blood-slave because there was instant chemistry, but rather because she was an intriguing enigma for him. It gave their chance meeting a realistic edge, too many romances out there are just too quick! People do not fall in love instantly! Anyhow, Braith was rather delicious, like dark chocolate, the kind of chocolate you know you shouldn’t really have at that early morning hour, but desperately want anyways.

Aria, aka Arianna, is the leader’s daughter of a group of rebel humans. She is used to sleeping in forests and surviving off minimal resources. In fact, when she first meets Braith, shes filthy and painfully thin. As much as she is a fiery character, you get a real sense of hopelessness when she is taken by the vampires, particularly when she is chosen by Braith. She’s at the heart of vampire territory and she knows there is next to no chance of escape. What’s worse is that her childhood crush and friend has also been taken and claimed by a separate vampire, and the survival rate for blood-slaves is not good, or rather, horrifically terrible. Aria is definitely a strong and hot headed character but she also has her moments of weakness as the stark reality of her situation weighs down on her. She believes she is going to die, and it is going to be a long, drawn out, painful death. Therefore, Braith’s behavior towards her is rather confusing, and she develops feelings for him that she really wishes she didn’t have. She also learns about Braith’s secret, and the powerful vampires do not appear to be as completely flawless as they seem. (I can’t really say anymore, but Braith’s secret does put an interesting spin on vampires. -C.L.)

Jericho/Jack, also a vampire prince and a rather minor character in this first book. You don’t really meet him until the very end, and then it is all very confusing with a lot of injustice! God, damn, hate injustice! I liked his character, he seems cheeky and a bit mischievous. I believe he will become more of a prominent figure in the next few books, which will be interesting to see.

Agh, cliffhanger ending why do you tease me so badly? Yeah the ending is abrupt and leaves you wanting more, but I guess that’s what all first books in series do, especially when they’re free, so no real surprise there.

A very good first book to the series. Captured is mainly told from Aria’s point of view with a few splashes from Braith’s point of view too. Intriguing concept and world, I think I might have to have a look at Stevens’ other books. Keep going Stevens, your book was a long awaited and desperately needed edition to all the other vampire novels out there!

From The Current Reviews:

The Good: The characters are all well written and scenes well developed’, ‘Erica Stevens is a brilliant storyteller, creating sexy characters; flawed and rigid, but perfect and passionate‘, ‘surprising’, ‘It had everything I loved and wanted to read for so long!!‘, ‘intriguing and kept me at the edge of my seat‘, ‘the writing is strong, the characters well developed, the world-building interesting‘, ‘Hooked!‘, ‘awesome’, ‘It gives readers a whole different out look on a lot of things!‘, ‘surprising big twist’, ‘fantastic book’, ‘ Excellent story that ends abruptly on a cliffhanger‘, ‘Dystopian meets paranormal meets romance, what an amazing combination!‘, ‘Written smooth and clear, this story easily pulls you into an experience you won’t soon forget.‘, ‘a powerful little novella‘, ‘original story with strong characters’, ‘Awesome vampire short story!’, ‘There is something in here that everybody will like‘, ‘a very well written romance’, ‘super original and very good!‘, ‘Stevens’s writing is lovely. It flows like poetry‘, ‘Stevens does a masterful job at character and world-building.‘, ‘It seems like a Hunger Games meets True Blood thing‘, ‘Sweet’, ‘so deliciously good‘, ‘a fabulous story’, ‘slow to start, ripped my heart out at the end‘, ‘beautiful’.

The Bad: The plot and writing is disjointed’, ‘slow paced‘, ‘The story line was alright, but could have been so much more‘, ‘The first half of this book sucked (no pun intended). The second half was amazing!!‘, ‘boring’, ‘unsatisfying‘, ‘I wanted to like this book but I couldn’t. It moved at a snails pace and the characters were lackluster. Editing could have been better too.‘, ‘very little dialogue‘, ‘flat characters’, ‘lots of telling not showing’, ‘Good premise, bad execution‘, ‘I was totally into this book until it just ended and I felt like I had missed out on the last few chapters.‘, ‘Several words were misused, the writing was clumsy, and I felt like I spent a lot of time being told things‘, ‘some important things were simply breezed over‘.

The Darn Right Ugly: To be completely honest, I cannot fathom how this book has such a high rating. I didn’t care for it.‘, ‘This book is so badly written my eyes hurt.‘, ‘It was repetitive, and similar thoughts were reiterated over and over again‘, ‘I think that for every chapter I read of this book, a part of me died inside.

The Unicorns:100 BILLION STARS. . . ‘, ‘CAPTURED is a spiraling, heart-throbbing, gut-wrenching, love-filled, dystopia paranormal romance, that will sway and invade your heart and soul, and keep you twirling in a world of romance and bliss like no other, as it entangles you in it’s web of lies and deception, love and romance, and blood and murder until the very last page.‘, ‘This is like no other vampire story I’ve read before… this was better.’, ‘BEST EFFING SERIES LIKE EVER!‘, ‘I relished every moment of this book, and could hardly put it down.

This Book Has Been Compared/Likened To:
Betrothed by Jill Myles,  Author Kylie Griffin, Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa.

Release date: 1st June 2012

Pages: 189

Age Range: 16+

Contains: This book contains some language, violence, and sexual scenes.

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

About The Book: 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.

Amazon Kindle Rating: 4.5 stars (4.5 Stars)

Goodreads Rating: 4.09 stars (4.09 Stars)

Where to Buy?

Amazon: Kindle Ed, Free.  Paperback £5.35.

About the Author: 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 however live in Mass with my wonderful husband and our fish Klinger, and crazy puppy Loki. 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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Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing and will potentially change in the future.


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