“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.” -synopsis from Goodreads.com
Finally, a review on a vampire novel! When the vampire fad emerged in full force, I skirted around it in order to avoid reading stories that all seemed overwhelmingly similar to Twilight. While I don’t dislike vampires, I was tired of them. Now that the vampire “thing” is over, I thought it was about time to give Captured a chance, and it didn’t disappoint!
Vampires are sadistic, blood-sucking beasts, especially in the world created by Erica Stevens. After a long and bloody war, the vampires emerged victorious and enslaved humanity, killing or torturing the ones who rebelled. One hundred years later, the rebellion continues its attempts to thwart the vampiric rule by any means possible. Arianna, daughter to the rebellion’s leader, is captured and sold as a blood slave to the vampire Braith, prince and heir to the throne. Thus begins Arianna and Braith’s complicated relationship.
My last few book reviews featured strong, fiery female characters, and Arianna fits the bill. I admire her bravery and stubbornness. She passionately stands up for her beliefs and justification of the rebellion, even to the prince of her enemies. Braith, handsome and well-versed, exhibits a volatility of emotion that borders on terrifying. He can go from kind to livid in the blink of an eye. That being said, I never doubted his intentions toward Arianna or his feelings for her.
Captured gave me a “Beauty and the Beast” vibe. Even though Arianna plays the role of captive, she fearlessly and carelessly stands up to Braith like none have before. The gentleness Braith displays while interacting with Arianna causes her to doubt her previous beliefs, and she begins to have feelings for him. Obviously they fall in love and it’s wonderful!
So everything is fine and dandy, right? No. This book has a horrible, gut-wrenching twist. This was my second time reading Captured, and I had completely forgotten about said twist. Consequently, I basically hyperventilated due to shock and cried a little. It was just so unexpected and heartbreaking. Even now, my throat constricts thinking about it (and I’m already into the second book).
My final advice: READ IT. Not only is it free and a great book, Erica Stevens is also a talented writer, so you’re bound to enjoy it! I own all the books in the Captive series and will be posting their reviews! If you have read any of the books in the Captive series or any other books by Erica Stevens, please feel free to share your thoughts!
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