Captured (Captive Series #1)

Captured (Captive Series #1)

by Erica Stevens


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Edited by Leslie Mitchell at G2 Freelance Editing and re-released 2/6/13. Extended Edition.

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 she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires don't 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, who 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 any way, 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.

Mature YA/New Adult. This book contains some language, violence, and sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

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This series is now complete. Recommended reading order for The Captive Series.
Captured (Book 1)
Renegade (Book 2)
Refugee (Book 3)
Salvation (Book 4)
Redemption (Book 5)
Broken (The Captive Series Prequel)
Vengeance (Book 6)
Unbound (Book 7)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477679999
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/17/2012
Series: Erica Stevens' Captive Series , #1
Pages: 170
Sales rank: 223,966
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Erica Stevens is the author of the Captive Series, Kindred Series, Fire & Ice Series, Ravening Series, and the Survivor Chronicles. She enjoys writing young adult, new adult, romance, horror, and science fiction. She also writes adult paranormal romance and historical romance under the pen name, Brenda K. Davies. When not out with friends and family, she is at home with her husband, dog, and horse.

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Captured 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 249 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't start unless you want to be left hanging after each book. Worse still in the combined series 1-3 that doesn't end either. You are at the authors mercy as to how many more books you'll have to buy to get to the ending of one story.
LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
Story: GOOD Intimacy Level: N/A Enjoyment: FAIRLY GOOD THOUGHTS While reading Captured, I was conflicted and split in the middle on my feelings towards the story. Although I rated my enjoyment, fairly good, which is till good for me, this book had my emotions going from ok, not bad to good. Although it took me towards the end, I finally figured out what the authors intentions are with the book and the series. The author was establishing a foundation for the characters and who they are in book 1. When the story first starts, Aria is held as a captive and is rescued by Braith, a vampire prince who is over 900 hundred years old. Aria, who is human and Braith, who is a vampire, are both at war for as long as they could remember with their people. Where I felt frustrated was Braith's motives when he has Aria in his possession. I was intrigue but a bit frustrated as well. We only know that he has taken her as a blood slave as that is the purpose of most humans amongst Braith's people. However, as the plot starts to unfold more it started turning around for me. The Braith you read about in the beginning of book 1 is no longer the same Braith at the end of the story. I grew to love Braith although he had a wicked temper when put to the test. Aria was held against her will and was every bit as frustrated as I was with not knowing Braith's true intentions. However, as time goes on, she begins to fall in love with Braith. What I loved about the end of the story, which will continue in book 2, was the metamorphosis of Braith. And what I mean by that and the best way to describe it is star wars. If you know the history of star wars and Darth Vader, he was not always a bad guy. He was a guy in love and good, until that pivotal moment that change everything. And that's where book 1 has left off with Braith. The one thing I will say is that I would have liked to read more vampire tendencies, but then again, this story was a bit different for me and interesting. Still debating reading book 2.
JEGR More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I really enjoyed this book, even though I'm not the biggest fan of the YA genre. There was a bit of Stockhold Syndrome going on here, as Aria begins to fall for Braith, who holds her captive as his blood slave. The post-apocalyptic world setting is not too well described, but we do get the gist of it. I would've liked to learn a bit more of the background , but what we do learn is pretty interesting. Vampires now rule, and humans are their subjects. The ones who resist reside in the forest and live in very primitive conditions.  Aria is the daughter of the human resistance leader, who is captured and sold at an auction to Braith, the vampire prince. He has his own reasons for wanting Aria and he can be a bit scary at times. It was interesting how Aria was, for the most part, treated really well, despite her official status as a blood slave and how torn she is when she begins to fall for Braith despite the fact that he's her enemy.  The only thing that detracts from the story is the poor grammar/editing. I found it to be distracting. This reminds me of an adult romance I recently read along the same vein (Close Liaisons) - although I like that one better because it's got stronger worldbuilding and a lot more steam factor.
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
NO! NO! NO! That was what I was screaming in my head as I got to the last sentence of this book....TOTALLY left me hanging, but I gotta admit, I loved it! Although there are background details that were omitted in this tale, it just makes me want to read #2 that much more. Maybe more details will be included in future installments? The ill-fated love story between Aria and Braith is sad, poignant, and even a little hot (RAWR) -- and the last page or two completely flip you on your ass. Thus, the NO NO NO I spoke of earlier. Awesome vampire short story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stats: 400 nook pages. Free. Paranormal romance. Rated PG13. No actual sex, but lots of sensuality. Vampires rise and make war on humans resulting in world where the only humans free from vampire oppression are are rebel groups hiding in the woods and caves. It felt like the majority of the book was the thoughts of the 2 main characters. That got a little tiresome, and kept me skimming ahead for dialogue and action which is probably how I finished it in a few hours today. I'm intrigued enough to buy book #2, though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was well written, the characters were fleshed out and likeable. The plot flowed well and the ending was not expected. This is a twisted Romeo and Juliette that left me hanging. I can't wait to read book 2 and 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was so good that I had stayed up most of the night trying to finish it but then I had school so next morning I got out my nook and instantly started reading and I could not stop thinking about it all day! SUCH A GREAT BOOK!!! BOOK 2 HERE I COME!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very suprised by this book. I liked it lot and have purchased the second part since the story ends with a little cliffhanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just have to say I was able to get as a free book. I read the whole thing wihin a day. Needed to know what happened in the second book so I bought that one and read it in a day and a half. Just went on line bought the third book and can't wait to see what happens next! Haven't enjoyed a series like this in a long time! Highly recommend reading this to anyone that enjoys a fast pace book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE THE WAY SHE WROTE IT. (Though I hate what Jerico does to get her to leave with him and how Blaithe reacts to it. )If your expecting blantant sex well this book isn't it so move on, but it does provide blood shucking and very close intamacy scenes but never full on sex. It describes a confusing love between a young human rebel leaders daughter and a blind oldest son of a vampire king. It brings us into a world of cruelty, hunger, war,and love. Its like a sickly twisted version of Romeo and Juliet, but instead of Romeo knowing Juliet is off limits he doesn't find out until the last minute and also that Juliet runs off leaving him feeling betraied which turns him into the same type of people he hates. Can't wait to read the next book and find out if their love will last or will she move on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it toook about a hundred pages before i stopped wanting to put this book down. It is a very harsh story line and the world is very bleak. If ou can get past that the book is so good the characters are strong and deep I just can't say enough good things about this book and its free. The book ends very abrubtly and just shows how smart Erica is because I can't wait to start the next one. I am gonna try her other free books because if they are half as good as this one it will be time well spent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good. I found myself hooked and will go on to read the rest. However, this writer needs a good editor. There are way too many errors, run-on sentences, and misspellings! Come on! You are being paid for your work, and it is a poor reflection on you as a writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, read the whole series and loved every moment !!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth Reading. It's a good story where vampires rule the world, not humans. One falls in love with a human, etc. The only fault I found with the book was that some parts were a bit too drawn out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you listen to the lyrics of Sweet Perfection by Nevershoutnever, it goes with the book! It is just amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED these books! I couldn't put them down! I was drawn to the characters and I was sucked right in! I was so sad to finish it because I didn't want it to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I have read a lot of vampire stories and this one is a little different. The story is great and moves along very well. The characters are well written and I was really invested in their story. Like another reviewer wrote, at the end of book one, I was saying No, No, No, it can't end like that. I won't say anymore because I don't want to ruin it. I highly recommend this book, now I have to go buy the next one and find out what happens next!
avilesfam2 More than 1 year ago
awsome kept me wanting more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So impressed with this book! Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! Easy read, sucks u in right away! I'm buying the next book. Beautifully written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that started it all for me and i enjoyed reading all of her books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was referred to this series by a friend of mine and loved it! Every book was amazing.
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
Wow. So, I keep saying Vampires are not my thing, but with Erica Stevens, they can't possibly not be your thing. Her writing is so good it is easy to suspend your disbelief and get roped into the world she has created. If you love a strong female rebel who can take just about anything the world can hit her with, and a moody Vampire who may be starting to see the world from outside his palace, you will love this story. Packed full of suspense, lust, and intrigue that will have you picking up book 2 the second you finish the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good start to the series. Intriguing and good characters.