Captured (The Captive #1)
Author: Erica Stevens
Older YA Book
4 out of 5 Stars
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.
What a great dystopian vampire story. I was a bit skeptical at first, wasn’t sure how this story was going to plan out but it’s very good. So good I read both books one and two in 2 days! The author has done a great job with creating a world where vampires have taken over everything, and humans are at their mercy. There is a large group of rebellions who want to over throw the vampires and live in caves, underground, or in the safety of the woods where they cannot be found. I liked that in this story the humans have forgotten what a shower is, or a toilet, those little things that we take for granted. Makes you think of how much we have and how much we can lose. There is so much anticipation in this book that it made it almost impossible to put down. There’s action, mystery and romance, all those things you need for a great story. The characters are interesting; all of them have their own uniqueness which pulls different emotions out of you. If you read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy.