Captivate by Vanessa Garden

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Title: Captivate

Author: Vanessa Garden

Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Recommended to fans of: Beauty and the beast, Syrena legacy series,Waterfall (The Aquarathi series)

Series: Submerged Sun series (book #1)

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication date: 1st January 2014

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Paranormal

Pages: 300

Rating: 3/5

Would I read it again?: No

[Synopsis] (Taken from the back of the book)

In a glittering underwater world, where danger lurks behind beauty and power…


For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured 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 civilisation.

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…

(Review)(This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book)

  • I went into the book thinking that it would be similar to the syrena legacy series, but its not
  • Miranda is kidnapped into this underwater civilisation and none of them are mermaids, they are all humans who were either born there or moved there
  • None of the females can give birth, thus Sylvia and Marko planned to kidnap someone from land and get them to help save their civilisation through a forced marriage
  • The story gets kind of draggy as Miranda tries to find a way to escape the underwater Kingdom
  • She meets a familiar person who turns out to be her deceased brother, Aiden
  • She enters Frano Tollin’s office and finds strange notes about turning female humans into mermaids and discovers that both Sylvia and Damir have the same book
  • It was quite ironic that when they first kidnapped her they treated her really well, and they still do, but after that they talk about her being dispensable to them and that they have “other fishes in the sea”
  • Suddenly the book turned out to be more of a mystery genre than anything else as there were a lot of mysteries that were unsolved in this book
  • The story’s progression seemed to get more boring and not exciting at all
  • The ending was strong, but she fell in love with Marko too quickly and the story ended with a cliff hanger for the next book
  • The character and story arc was not strong as Miranda only came to a realisation rather than going through an entire change

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