ARC Review: Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Posted December 21, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 1 Comment

ARC Review: Captivate by Vanessa Garden


by Vanessa Garden
Series: Submerged Sun #1
Published on January 1st 2014
by Harlequin TEEN Australia
Genres: Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harbored a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilization.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets...

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2 Stars

I don’t know how to feel about this book… It wasn’t bad but I didn’t love it either. It was just… I think it belongs in the big group of ‘meh’. It was okay, but like so many other mermaid-books, a bit disappointing.

Miranda is still grievingher parents’ dead when she is dragged under water during a midnight swim. She awakens a few days later, discovering she’s being held captive in an underwater city by a guy names Marko, who seems to be the king of this civilisation. He wants to marry Miranda to keep his crown, but Miranda wants to go home so she forms an alliance with a guard named Robbie. But nothing is as it seems.

The story started a bit slow for me. Well, not really slow… I would’ve like a little more introduction and build-up, but it starts with Miranda being dragged off and it’s pretty slow after that until I was about a third in. The writing was okay, but I wanted more world-building. I always want that, but in books about mermaids and stuff, it’s really important for me to have great world-building to make it more real. The romance… Well… It’s kind of a love triangle. On the one hand we have Miranda and Marko, they have a few moments and it gives me a bit of a ‘Stockholm Syndrome’-vibe and on the other hand we have Miranda and Robbie, which was the one I preferred, but still… I hate love triangles. And I just didn’t feel the romance part in this book.

The characters feel a bit… standard for me. They’re nothing new in the Young Adult world. I didn’t feel a connection with them, which didn’t help with the romance so. It got a bit better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to make me love the book. Like I said, just… meh. I do love the cover, it’s really gorgeous!

I recommend this book to fans of mermaid books who don’t mind a love triangle. Would I read it again? I don’t know, maybe. But I hope you love it more when you read it! This is just my opinion anyway.


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