By Erica Stevens
Genre: Supernatural Romance
The Captive Series: Book One
*This series is recommended for a young adult readership
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. *This book contains some language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up. (Amazon.com)
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I have not found such a riveting vampires series since I read Vampire Academy, but this one really surprised me with its depth and development. I find that vampire series tend to rely on many cliches and steal ideas from one another, but this one is set several hundred years after humans have lost a world war to the vampires, and now they are treated as slaves and blood bags. Aria is a human and a daughter of the leader of the rebels, rebels who are doing their best to survive in a world where vampires rule everything. She is captured and taken to be sold at market to the highest bidder. Braith, the future king of these vampires, is the one who purchases her, and things just keep getting more interesting from there.
I recognize that conflicts in a vampire novel get many eye rolls because so many people struggle with the entire premise of vampires in general, but there is no denying that the complex issues in this situation can be related to interracial relationships and the struggle many people faced in the 1800s up until the civil rights movement, and even then it took quite some time for interracial couples to not get an eyebrow raise or two. Even my own husband and I have dealt with some form of racism in that respect, so just imagine the insane hatred between two warring species and the kind of obstacles that explosive situation presents for a future vampire king and the daughter of the leader of the rebels.
Yep. Makes for some intense situations. This is the first book in the series, but the entire series does not disappoint. Their relationship develops so nicely. You are not dealing with love at first sight, thank you very much. There are a lot of misconceptions Aria and Braith have to overcome in order to find some common ground. It is work to develop something meaningful, something that can survive so many years of hatred. I appreciated the fact that as a reader I could enjoy the journey of their relationship instead of being thrown into some crazy, lustful attraction turned into true love. This is much more believable. There are moments when you hate the characters choices or the mistakes they make and other times where you wonder if it would simply be better for them to give up and remain on opposite sides of this battle, but in the end you are right there rooting for them to succeed.
If you have never tried a vampire novel due to preconceived notions or the fact that paranormal romances really are not your thing, I think I would give this one a go. It will really surprise you with the difficult themes it tackles and the twists and turns it takes.
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