Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ARC Review: Captive by A. J. Grainger



A Plot with so much potential but it didn't sizzle

Title: Captive
Author:A. J. Grainger
Publisher:Simon and Schuster, UK
My ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Released: 29th January, 2015
A new UKYA author writing about a girl in captivity! I was all overt his book, as soon as it came out. The premise goes like this. Robyn is the daughter of the Prime minister who lives under the constant fear of the media and danger. Her every move is chronicled and her family is under scrutiny all the time but one day she gets kidnapped. Imprisoned in a dark cell and awaiting her fate, Robyn learns more about her captives and about one in particular. Soon she starts wonder if her growing sympathies are her own or is she suffering from Stockholm syndrome.

I was curious how a captivity story will be treated as I have read many stories about captive and captor romance and I have loved them in the past. This part of the human psyche is so intriguing and twisted that it never fails to surprise me as how some emotions change to the opposite side of the spectrum. Unfortunately, Captive failed to really grasp me. It was nothing is particular that put me off. thaw writing was fine, the plot dragged a little in the middle but was ok and the romance had a strange pace of it's own. All in all it was not bad but it was the culmination of these above that it failed to capture my attention.

I have read many books in this type of scenario and I have seen the potential drama they offer but I believe as this was a YA title, it failed to grasp and fully utilize this dark and serious subject.

Over all, Captive was an average read for me, which failed to raise up to it's expectation. The topic was a difficult subject to write on and the author did an acceptable job of it however it failed to make an impression on me.

ARC received from Simon and Schuster, UK via NetGalley


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