Review: Captured (The Captive, #1) by Erica Stevens

Captured (The Captive, #1)

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.

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So, I saw a Goodreads ad for this book and was intrigued by the premise. I went and looked it up on Amazon and jackpot! It’s free! I downloaded it and read it and ADORED it.

The length of this story was perfect for me (about 180 pages). As a personal preference, I like being able to finish a book in an afternoon instead of over a weekend.

In a futuristic world where vampires have achieved rule over the humans, mankind is mostly reduced to menial positions of servitude to their immortal overlords. Still, a few rebels hide in the forests waging guerilla warfare against the vampires. The seventeen-year-old daughter of the rebel leader, Arianna, is captured in a raid and sold as a blood slave to the future vampire king.

Braith, the eldest of the three vampire princes, is fascinated with the human girl in spite of her annoying tendency to back talk and defy him at every turn. Arianna is sure Braith’s a monster like every other vampire she’s seen, but as time passes and he doesn’t force her to give him blood or anything else, she finds herself starting to like, maybe even trust him. But blood slaves are not meant to have long lives and time soon begins to run out for Arianna.

Anyway, this book was awesome. I mean, can you top a YA dystopian paranormal romance with VAMPIRES? Ha! I thought not. The writing style was beautiful and while there were some typos and formatting errors, they could not discourage me from gulping down this story with a gusto. Within minutes of finishing this book, I went and snagged the next one. So what are you waiting for? Go read this thing!
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