Ahhh, one of my favorite posts... When my little inner bookworm gets to come out and write!! The publishers sent me this book to read and review and as of today, it's available for purchase HERE from Barnes and Noble.
But... The first person to comment on this post will receive my copy completely free. You can send me your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send it sometime next week.
Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade is the first in a brand new fantasy series by A.D. Robertson. If you can imagine Fifty Shades of Grey mixed with a world that seems more Middle Ages than modern times - saturated with war, feuding sides, servants, castles, and secrets - then you have Captive: The Forbidden Side of Nightshade.
At the beginning of the book, my mind was swirling to absorb the characters and new creatures I was presented with... But after the first third of the book is read, the world of Nightshade is easily understood and the story unfolds.
Strong, beautiful, and deeply motivated to prove her worth in the struggling Searcher ranks, Sarah finds herself at powerful enemy Tristan's mercy. One of the reigning Keepers, Tristan has been hidden away and protected in a lonely castle where his valuable bloodline can't be disturbed. Tristan believes he understands the world around him, but everything shifts when Sarah arrives.
A modern Romeo and Juliet tale, the story centers around these trained enemies and whether their situation will unravel into a tangled romance or a violent fight to the death.
Don't let the cold castle fool you... This story has some serious heat. Forbidden desire, slow-building tension, and an ancient prophecy only add to the flames. This book is not for anyone underage... Or faint of heart. Not only are the sensual scenes very adult, but the characters' world is very much affected by the fighting and violence their sides have been entangled in for hundreds of years.
My Grade: B-
I love the storyline... Middle Age values of war and protection clash with modern times, and who doesn't love a good Romeo and Juliet tale?? The colorful array of characters keep the more dark or sexy parts from overwhelming the story and keep the plot twisting nicely.
Only one negative critique... I felt that the sensual pieces in the novel lacked the smooth transitions other novels have had.
That being said, if you're a fan of The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Grey you will enjoy the way an age-old war, competition, creatures of every kind, and love are all twisted in this story.