Captured by Erica Stevens

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((4.5 STARS))

Captured describes exactly how I felt about this book. The forbidden love between the royal family’s first born son and the rebel leader’s beloved daughter was breathtaking and beautiful. Page one had me hooked, making it impossible for me to put the book down until the very last page (yep, it was a long night).

The author did a stunning job of creating a world where vampires have finally left the shadows in which they’ve hid for thousands of years. In this new world they’ve overpowered the humans to the point where they’re forced to live in secrecy in the woods. The humans know nothing of the old world where showers were a daily act and falling asleep with a full, content stomach wasn’t an anomaly.

Without having any overly sexual interactions, the love between Aria and Braith is so consuming and sweet that it’s heart shattering and tragic when the final events unfold concluding the first book of the series. I’m completely in love with this book and I’m certain this will end up being one of my favorite series. I was torn when I was deciding what to rate it. I gave it 4.5 stars but I have a feeling I’ll end up changing it to a 5 in the end. Yes, vampire series are overdone but this has definitely been my favorite vampire read.

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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