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Salvation (The Captive Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
Imprisoned by Caleb and at the mercy of the king, Aria is determined not to let them break her.
However, the more atrocities she witnesses, the more she realizes there are some horrors no one can withstand, and sometimes survival isn’t the best option.
Tormented by the loss of Aria, Braith is forced to choose between his need to rescue her and the impending rebellion he was chosen to lead. Fighting the darkness threatening to drag him under, Braith struggles against becoming like the one thing he hates most… his father.
Faced with their separate challenges, Aria and Braith must come to terms with who they are, what they want, and the likelihood they can never be together.
War looms on the horizon...a war all will fight but not all will survive.
***The Captive Series is mature YA/New Adult. This book contains some language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.***
- ASIN : B00D6K1EZQ
- Publication date : June 1, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1503 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 306 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08KH2LD3Y
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First of all, kudos to Erica Stevens for making her first book in the series "Captured" available for FREE for Kindle users. I think this is a good way to get readers to start reading a series. Then, by the end of the first book, readers need to buy the rest of the series to find out what happens. Not only is this clever but also a good idea.
Anyway, I downloaded the first book because I noticed it was free. I saw the many good reviews it had gotten and thought I'd give it a try. Granted, once I noticed it was a vampire romance novel I was pretty skeptical on reading it, but after I read further in I noticed how unique the novel really is.
But before I get into plot details and slight spoilers, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this series.
Now for my in-depth ratings of: *slight spoilers*
PLOT (of entire series): At first glance I assumed this series to be another Twilight after-effect. Vampires, eternal love, relationship complications, etc. As soon as the first novel opens, readers see Aria, the female protagonist, about to be sold off as a blood slave. This concept "blood slave" is unique, not one I have seen in another novel, so far. However, as soon as Aria is sold off (to the prince of the new world kingdom, Braith) an immediate connection is formed between the two characters. About a quarter way into the novel the two are already kissing and confessing love (okay, well I'm not sure if it was a quarter way in or longer). I took this immediate romance as a sign that maybe author Erica Stevens just needed an excuse to write a novel about steamy love scenes and french kissing, but I was wrong.
The further I went into the novel I found that the connection between the two was in fact, special, and I was sad when "troubles" were introduced into their relationship. It turned out to be an intricate adventure for Aria, who needed to escape her status of blood slave and return to her family (the rebel humans). But how could she leave the one she now realized she loved?
In the second book (spoilers ahead) the two are reunited. In a pleasant turn of events, Braith decides he loves Aria too much to return to his home in the palace, to be a "monster" anymore. He decides to join the rebel cause (along with many other significant characters) and stays by her side because, since he has fallen in love with a human, he now sympathizes with and can see the strife an delicate existence of the humans.
Throughout the last two books, alliances are gained, plans made, and a war waged between the ruling vampires and rebel human/ sympathetic vampire cause. In the end, Erica Stevens was able to create a convincing romance (that I as a reader LOVED to read about; I love how possessive and moody Braith is with Aria, I even love how he occasionally loses himself to his "darker side" in order to keep her safe). The plot was believable - as much as a vampire novel set in the distant future can be - and enjoyable to follow through 4 short novels.
The ending to the series wasn't completely fulfilling, but it sufficed.
CHARACTERS: Just as successful as her plot are her characters. Aria comes across as a stubborn, smart, and cunning 17 year old girl who is more mature than her 17 years. She is brave and overall a good main character to read about. Braith, Aria's vampire lover, is the eldest prince of the current Vampire ruler Atticus. Braith is the next in line for the throne and rule of basically an unknown area (Stevens never really gets into how vast the kingdom is, beside mentioning that it's actually based in Pennsylvania). Anyway, Braith is a perfect choice for a male protagonist; he's in a position of power, and is blind. (HOWEVER, something significant happens when Aria enters his life - SPOILER - he is able to see again).
These two primary characters soon form a bond that is incredibly indestructible. Braith is SO possessive of her, he practically won't let anyone touch her, but it's because he's afraid to lose her because he loves her so much. Their loves runs so deep that the two are actually what Stevens defines as a "bloodlink," a special bond between two beings (vampires only....)
Their physical appearances are very apparent, and referenced throughout.
I could honestly say a million things about these two main characters, but I can't in this simple review. They are very dynamic and wonderful to read about. I loved them both throughout, no matter what happened (well, almost).
More characters include Jack/Jericho, Braith's brother, the younger prince. He is actually an advocate for the rebel humans, and lived with them undercover for 6 years before joining their cause completely. He remains a friend and ally throughout the series.
Gideon is also a well-defined character, though not visually (I could never picture him in my head). He is more outspoken than the rest, and I found myself laughing at him from time to time.
Ashby, Braith's brother in law, ended up being one of my FAVORITE characters overall. He is funny and also very in-depth. On the surface, and at first, he is a conceited, luxury-hungry vampire who basks in the high life (the life he is able to create for himself, at least). However, as he befriends Braith and Aria and follows them in their cause, I could see a passionate man and sympathetic vampire. He is the ONLY other character in the novel that can COMPLETELY sympathize with Aria at a few key points - he also has a bloodlink, one with Braith's sister, Melinda. Ashby turns out to be a good companion and friend for everyone involved. He shows emotions that others don't, says what others can't, and gives a good laugh while doing it (sometimes). I can also picture him visually, due to a present physical description that is very necessary for each character. I love Ashby.
Again, there are countless characters that I could talk about, those are the main ones.
ORIGINALITY: So unique! New concepts were brought forth, and I loved it. Some aspects I have seen before, but others were completely new and it was very refreshing. I know vampire novels (since Twilight happened) have been under some scrutiny from the Twilight haters and vampire haters in general. I loved this though, bravo!
OTHER COMMENTS: Erica Stevens desperately needs to get her comma use and proper grammar correct for her next books. Commas were neglected and misused in these novels, and so far this is the only flaw in editing I noticed. A comma also cannot be substituted for a period, which many times I noticed it was. But, after the mention of a name, a comma needs to be used, also.
For example: "I'm sorry, Braith" or "Come with me, Daniel," would be proper. In Stevens' case, she dropped the comma before proper nouns and names. While this is minor, I still noticed it because it's kinda my job to.
Anyway, that concludes my review. Overall, the series earns a 5 out of 5 for excellence. It was so enthralling and engaging that as soon as I finished one book, I was back to buy the next. They were greatly affordable, great to read, and I will be definitely trying out Erica Stevens' other novels.
A Romeo & Juliet love story....IF Romeo was a sexy-blind-Vampire-prince and if Juliet was a tree climbing-woods woman.
The Captive Series has been one of my favorites every since I read the 1st chapter of Captured. I think I facebook "stalked" Erica Stevens for what feels like FOREVER as I awaited the release of Salvation. I normally don't start reading a book with expectations, or preconceived notions of how the book will be...HOWEVER, with Salvation, I started it with the expectation that Erica Stevens would take me on an unforgettable journey with nail-biting twists and turns along the way, and she did NOT disappoint. I am going to try my best to give this review without laying on the "spoilers"...bare with me, it's one of my faves, that may be hard to accomplish!
Erica Stevens has the ability to draw you in with her vivid depictions of the character's surroundings. While reading Salvation, I was IN the forest with Braith, seeing red wanting to rush ahead and search for my love. I FELT cold, trapped and confined with Arianna in her cell. All of this due to Erica's ability to pull you into her writing. After reading the 4th book in the Captive Series, you can't help but become attached to all the supporting characters. I want Jack to have his own book...I want Ashby & Melinda to share their story...I grew to admire Xavier and I want to hear more of how he came to be...I think the brothers Daniel and William should find happiness and love...Gideon...Max...if it was up to me the Captive Series would have 12 books!! For this review I'll focus on Arianna and Braith.
Arianna-proof that GREAT things come in small packages. She's one of my favorite book heroines because of her spirit and her inner strength. Since Captured Arianna has been put into situations that would mentally (and physically) break the average person, yet she not only endures, she survives and teaches lessons along the way. Salvation wasn't any different. In Salvation she shined. We got to see how selfless Ari is, she never hesitates to put her love for Braith and her family first. Her size never impedes her ability to fight for her self respect...her being human and placed in the path of powerful Vampires like Atticus and Caleb, she never lets her fears show, even as they try to break her spirit. Throughout Salvation, Ari's inner strength shines through. Towards the middle of the book we are enlightened as to another reason why she has this resolve and her abilities....and in the end everything is as it should be.
Braith-How can you not LOVE Braith? His unconditional love for Arianna is awe-inspiring. Since Captured they formed a bond that was unbreakable...unavoidable, and no matter how many ways people attempted to keep them apart, they have that "link" that binds them together. We saw how he lost control in Renegade, after Aria left him and the havoc that he is capable of wreaking. Being separated from Aria in Refugee, we saw how lost he was at the beginning of Salvation. However in Salvation we get to see the softer side of Braith, and we see that even while lost, he manages to stay in control and focus on the important task at hand, reuniting with his other half: Arianna. Braith will do ANYTHING to protect Aria, even take on his Father Atticus, the oldest and most powerful vampire alive...and his brother Caleb, the most evil and vicious. I think during Salvation I was able to focus on Braith's heart/humanity...you can see and feel his love for Arianna. I was cheering for them throughout this entire series, and if the series had to end, I'm content with the ending :)
LASTLY....if you are looking for a love story, that has action, thrills and suspense, SALVATION is for you! Erica Stevens managed to pack a huge punch in her final book in the Captive series. START FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SERIES! It's totally worth it! I am hopeful **sending vibes Erica's way** that she will take pity on her die hard fans and give us a few more character books from this series :)
While I loved the love story between the H and h, for some reason the inconsistencies of the whole vampire thing became too obvious for me. For instance, vampires have blood and can bleed, but their hearts don't pump. How does the blood recirculation into the injured flesh. I am usually able to ignore these issues, but for some reason I could not do so while reading this series.
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It picks up where Refugee left off with Aria held prisoner by Caleb and Braith trying to hold himself together and keep the darkness at bay meanwhile Aria fights to maintain her sanity knowing that Braith will come for her but under the unbelievable cruelty and evil that is Caleb and Braiths father it's not easy. The resistance finalises it's invasion plans and all is set for the epic finale, who will win the battle and who will perish. This series gripped me from the beginning not only the story but the truly amazing characters which all seemed so real I feel abit at a loss now it's over but think I might start the Kindred Series something I've held back on because I don't like to have too many series's going at one time.
However the rest of the story came together well for a HEA.
Aria changed in more ways than one and was so interesting to read about.
There are some grammatical errors in it e.g. brother's with a possessive apostrophe when it was referring to the plural.
However I did love it, all the series in fact, and it'll be good to read Jack's story as he seems a more complex and interesting character.
Well-written and a good length story suitable for older teens up. There are sexual situations subtly expressed.
I was hooked on this from the first few pages of the first book, it took me 5 days to read the series and I am in love with the characters as well as the author. To be able to write something this powerful is such an achievement. I am in awe. As well as rather gutted that there is no more Arianna and Braith.
I couldn't put these. books down and you won't be able to either. The story builds so excitingly that you can't stop turning the pages. I've had quite a few late nights reading these but I definitely am not complaining.
An absolute must with such a beautiful story and wonderful characters.