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Captured (The Captive Series Book 1) by [Stevens, Erica]
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Book 1 of 7 in The Captive Series (7 Book Series)
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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 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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  • File Size: 1044 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Publication Date: May 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087G3U92
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I can only imagine (and hope) that the positive reviews written about this illiterate, poorly-written, punctuation error-filled piece of dreck, were written by the author's friends and family. There is hardly a single page, where there is not a glaring run-on sentence (what do you have against our punctuation friend, the period?) or other punctuation error. I should have been warned by the run on sentence in the author's bio--I mean, it was RIGHT THERE--but I foolishly ignored that big, red flag. The author describes herself as an avid reader, but apparently she has never noticed the punctuation rule that a name in a sentence is offset by a comma. I was mystified by her omission, especially since she loves commas so much, she uses them frequently in the place of periods. I had to laugh out loud, however, when one of the characters said, "You don't understand Jack!" I immediately heard in my head, "You don't know jack!" Sadly, that was the only enjoyable moment I had during my reading. About halfway through the book, the author discovers the semi-colon button on her keyboard. She then proceeds to use this in place of some of her commas. Sometimes, it's okay. 99% of the time, the use of the semi-colon is wrong or unnecessary. Here's a tip: semi-colons are wrong or unnecessary 99% of the time! Then there are the odd word choices the author makes. The characters "aspire" several times. Not to be a better person, or to become a rock star, or to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever, but other things that other people might "hope" or "intend" to do. "I aspire never to hurt you," kind of makes sense, but it's not really the right word. Then her hero "leveled" himself on top of our heroine, instead of levering himself (okay, maybe just a typo...), and his curiosity was "peeked," instead of being piqued.Read more ›
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Considering I got this book free on my Kindle, maybe I don't have room to complain too much, but I feel the author could strongly benefit from a better copy-editor and more beta readers. Wary and weary are regularly mixed up, apostrophes are used to pluralize, commas are omitted and added in exactly the wrong places, and a plethora of words are used incorrectly. These issues come secondary, however, to the issues I have with the story itself.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

The protagonist, Arianna, is stated by the author and other characters to be proud and defiant, and yet she -regularly- gets stared down and cornered by other characters, and she generally proves to be spineless. Please, author, SHOW, do not TELL. If the character is strong and defiant, then -have her demonstrate those traits, instead of talking about them-.

She talks a lot for somebody with a broken rib, and she falls in love (in the same scene!) with the man who not three minutes earlier threatened to have her best friend tortured and killed, out of jealousy. The characters are flat and undynamic, and random details and characters keep popping up out of the woodwork without any earlier mention or foreshadowing. If Jericho is secretly Jack, don't you think Jack should have been -mentioned in the first place- before Jericho shows up on the scene? Without an earlier cameo, Arianna's reaction to his assumed betrayal is totally meaningless to the reader, because we have had no opportunity to get to know his character and how it matters to Arianna.

My other problem with this book is the opening chapter and the consistent pattern of highly repetitive, redundant, run-on sentences and fragments it has. Sentences like this one. And this one.
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Captured begins with the imprisonment of Arianna, the 17 year old daughter of the leader of the human rebels. It has been at least a hundred years since the Vampire/Human war that changed everything. Vampires are now in charge, humans are their slaves, and there are only a few barely surviving as rebels in the wilderness. Arianna, by chance, is chosen by a vampire of the royal family, Braith, to be his blood slave. What should have been a master/blood slave relationship grows into something neither of them understand. While Aria settles on her fate, she can not kill the hope that she might one day be back in the wilderness again. Braith, confused with feelings he's never had before, appreciates the short time with Aria in secret, hoping to protect her from the ultimate demise of a blood slave.

The storyline is interesting enough. It's not completely unique, but it adds enough mystery along the way to keep the reader in intrigue. I enjoyed the background setting, but I was left lacking in the information I wanted. Maybe I'm just used to authors explaining their version of the vampire more thoroughly in each novel, but the vampire race in Captured wasn't explained much beyond the fact that they sustain off blood and they're stronger and faster than humans. Also, they have no issue with sunlight and live forever. There was a page or two about how the uprising started and a vague excuse as to why they wanted to stop lurking and hiding from human acknowledgment, but it was no where near the depth that Arianna explained her loyalty to the rebellion.

Although, my biggest disappointment with the book was Arianna's character. I just couldn't fit her into an understandable person.
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