Captivate Submerged Sun #1

Captivate Submerged Sun #1➺ [Reading] ➼ Captivate Submerged Sun #1 By Vanessa Garden ➯ – In a glittering underwater world nothing is as it seemsFor the past twelve months since her parents’ death seventeen year old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained t In a glittering underwater world nothing is as it seemsFor 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 Captivate Submerged PDF \ 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 swimAwakening days later Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Markothe King of this underwater civilisationNineteen 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 uickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard However she soon discovers that even underwater people are hiding dangerous secrets. Ok so I thought it was a mermaid book at first I was expecting thisBut it turns out that it's an underwater civilization where everybody is human and apparently none of the women there are able to have childrenThen the King Marko and his sister Sasha I changed her name cause Sasha sounds like an evil name come up with the brilliant idea of kidnapping a girl from a beach and they send Marko’s best friend the lead guard and he gets the wrong girl because she was suppose to be 18 years oldHow he kidnapped herAnyway this girl Miranda is a 17 year old girl who thinks she kills everybody she loves because her parents had died like the year before in a car crash which she thought she caused and her best friend Aiden was lost at sea after a fight with herI felt like she was really calm for being a CAPTIVE lolShe tried to run away once and failed miserably and then they told her that they brought her there as a breeder so she can have the kings babies She took that information with a little to much ease for my liking I don’t know about you but I would have been like Later on she tried to persuade the king’s best friend help her escape He told her he wanted to help her but couldn't because he was loyal to his king and best friend Anyways in the meantime they took her around the city and showed her around view spoilerThroughout the book I wasn't really sure who she was really in love with whether it was the guard or the king but it turns out at the end it was the kingBut then as soon as we find that out the guard tells her that he loves her and sends her back to the surfaceAnd it doesn't stop there NOOOOO SHE GOES HOME and she is all depressed because she fell in love with the king She had a ring that was a locket and it had a note from the king saying that when she turned 18 if she wanted to go back he would be waiting for her at the same place where she was kidnapped hide spoiler A copy was provided by Harleuin Australia in exchange for an honest reviewBREATHTAKING UNDERWATWER COVER Should've known better right? To be fair it wasn't particularly bad but it was definitely strange and clichéThe book reminded me a lot of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge the 'kidnapping to be made a bride for the king' part and Renegade by JA Souders the 'underwater city surrounded by dark mysteries' part Sadly I did not like this book as much as I liked the two aforementioned booksCaptivate doesn't waste time getting to the action By action I mean the kidnapping that sounds so wrong So we don't get to know the dynamics of Miranda's relationship with her sister and her grandparents very well While I appreciate the 'hit the ground rolling' opening it was hard for me to feel Miranda's desperation to go back home because I wasn't being shown the strength of her family bond Granted we were told that Miranda harbours a secret she's been intending to tell her sister Lauren and she wants to seek her forgiveness but I think it helps if a brief details of Miranda's relationship with Lauren before their parents died was provided so that the readers can establish an emotional connection with MirandaWell I was hoping for that so so much because honestly I did not like Lauren at all so if only I could learn something good about her then I could probably empathise with Miranda and her wish to be back home Here's Lauren's uote that irritates me so much; Mum always used to say I had the metabolism of a racehorse With the stumpy body of a Shetland pony Lauren would add with a smirkWHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TALKS TO HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? Uhview spoilerAnd let's face it Their parents death was IMO Lauren's fault I'm 100% agree that she should have never leave Miranda alone on her birthday But playing dumb for over a year letting Miranda feels the guilt and never tries to make amend before Miranda confesses to her is just vainSERIOUSLY WHAT KIND OF OLDER SISTER TREATS HER YOUNGER SISTER LIKE THAT? hide spoiler It's New Year's Eve the eve of Captivate's official release date so I thought I'd pop in and wish you all a fantastic New Year with much love laughter and prosperityIt has been a long road to publication but an enjoyable one Getting Captivate published with my dream publisher Harleuin Teen Australia and getting to share Miranda's story with you all is an absolute dream come true I hope you enjoy reading Captivate I love reading reviews and I'd like to thank readers and reviewers in advance for taking the time out to read andor post your thoughts here on GoodreadsHave an amazing 2014Vanessa xoxo 'But with each passing moment in these unfamiliar surroundings with all these strange people and after eating all of these fish meals I almost started believing that we were actually underwaterIt was impossible though; completely impossible'Prepare to dive into an enthralling tale that will capture your heart and captivate your mindVanessa Garden's Captivate brings to life the YA genre with a refreshing twist on what's going on in the ocean's mesmerising depths With an underwater civilisation a fight for a crown and a dangerous attraction the tale of Miranda Sun is sure to become a fast favourite with readers introducing them to a world so like our ownlying just beneath the surfaceWill Miranda choose love or duty? Her pastor her future? This review is also posted on my blog Anatea's Bookshelf Let's talk about surprising I must say that I only skimmed through the book description before I started reading it thinking it is probably some paranormal book with mermaids in it But this is NOT a paranormal book about mermaids at least there are no mermaids in this book I can't say there won't be any mermaids in the next books in the series What else is surprising about Captivate I didn't expect it to be this good but it was and I ended up really loving the bookThe story starts when Miranda is kidnapped by Robbie King Marko's personal guard Marko is the King of an underwater city called Marin and his citizens are in danger Miranda is brought there to bare Marko's child and help continue the royal line While all she tries is escape a lot of unexpected things happen before she even realizes she is in danger and maybe in love with MarkoSome things in Captivated were uite predictable but it didn't bother me much I was so engrossed in the story that I didn't even think about those things The plot was really great and the worldbuilding was done very nicely I loved finding out about the city of Marin and the people who lived there I loved how determined Miranda was to escape and to return to her family even after she realized she has feelings for Marko She was kidnapped thrown into a world that only exists in dreams but she stayed strong and focused on her goal Marko on the other hand was a great King He had a lot of stuff to deal with and he always tried to do what is best for his people Despite his impulsive character I really liked him in the end As far as the romance goes I think it could be done better but I still enjoyed it It wasn't an insta love but maybe a little stereotypical? What got to me the most is the ending What a cliffhanger I honestly couldn't believe the book ended the way it did I know I will be counting days until the next book comes outAll in all Captivate was a great book with an amazing story development Maybe there are books placed underwater but Vanessa Garden's writing brings in a fresh breath and just makes you fall in love with its characters and the city of MarinBlog | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest Checkout my full review on my blog about this book is uniue The world building characters and the overall plot This book is definitely out of the box Though I wish there was about the underwater world I really enjoyed Captivate Honestly I picked up this book because of the cover There is a love triangle It did bug me at some points but I looked past it I felt so many emotions while reading this book I was sad for Miranda her kidnapping and her confusing relationship with Robbie and Marko The premise of this book is emotional Miranda's haunted past and Marko's underwater world in the brink of extinction The ending really broke my heart I can't wait for book 2 The whole mermaid thing seems to be coming up and in books and I have been intrigued by it but so far the books I've read weren't able to deliverAfter reading Captivate I felt like half of the book was missing there were so many holes in it and lack of explanation description and developmentFirst of all kidnapping a girl to force her into marriage and conceiving children is never the right idea Taking the wrong girl since Miranda is only seventeen and not of age is completely stupid Besides she wasn't specially chosen no she was just at the wrong place at the wrong time Seriously Robbie gets the order from Sylvia Marko's sister to go to the surface and bring back a woman That's it No detailsThe whole reason Miranda is down there is because nobody can produce children any So here is hoping she doesn't have any fertility problems or she would have been kidnapped for nothingThe biggest problem I have with the story is how nothing seems logical Marko is nineteen and king but his dad got murdered by Marko's older brother when he was still young like ten years old So Damir has been in hiding since then and Marko has been king since the murder? Why didn't Damir take the throne back then? Also there is this law of who has an heir first gets to be king Which means if Damir gets someone pregnant first he would be king? Another weird thing Damir has been living in the underworld Which I first took very literal since I was still in the believe of them being some kind of mermaids so there might have been something involved with gods But no the underworld just pretty much means the bad side of town How big is this city that you can't find one guy and throw him in the cellar? It's not like the dude has any special powers or anything he's just human like they all areThem being regular humans was also kind of disappointing They all pretty much chose to live down on the bottom of the ocean Vanessa Garden tries to portray it as some magical place but honestly I wasn't feeling it To me it felt like living under a dome with a dark sky and surviving on artificial light It's just a big prison to meAlso all the people who've chosen to live there are supposed to be very rich or very smart so to me it seems weird they would go to tactics like kidnapping someone to save their people Which in fact isn't a solution to their problem All the other women and girls still wouldn't be able to get childrenThis relates to Marko not choosing his own wife He goes to the surface once a month to trade their pearls for other goods So the guy has had contacts with humans on the surface why not try to find a girl who likes him and convince her to come back down with him and start a family Once again why the kidnapping?I've been left with too many uestions for me to like the story There will be a second book but I won't be reading it I do believe if Vanessa Garden would have gone deeper into certain areas and characters this could have been a good book As it is now I really am not feeling it The PlotMiranda has a terrible secret everyone around her diesMiranda and her sister go for a midnight swim her life is changed forever when a stranger drags her into an underwater cityMiranda is kept Captive and told that the fate of the city is resting on her shoulders the women of Marin have become barren and they need someone who is fertile to marry their young handsome King to produce a heir to the throneThe Romance A Love Triangle that is so up and down that you have no Idea which team to go for Miranda struggles as a captive as you would expect but while the handsome King tries to woo her and make her feel comfortable in the underwater city she is given the Kings most trustworthy and personal best friend as her guard not necessarily to keep her locked up like you would think but to ensure her safety As they are forced to spend time together Robbie and Miranda become close and develop feelings for each other Miranda uses this to convince Robbie that he needs to help her escapeMeanwhile King Marko is a Frustrated Cranky and brooding but he has good reason for it since his brother is trying to overthrow him and his people are suffering being unable to have childrenMarko tries to get to know Miranda without pushing her into a loveless relationship he tries to befriend her and in the process falls in love with her Miranda has feelings in return but are conflicted because she is being held captiveFor once instead of going tor the moody bad boy I am firmly on Team Robbie although Marko is only trying to do what is best for his people he has a habit of acting like a child The GoodMiranda lives her life in the shadow of her beautiful sister which makes her very insecure and lacking self confidence Marko makes Miranda aware that even though she isn’t model thin or stunningly beautiful she is amazing and beautiful in her own way this is why he loves herMiranda is torn between her life on land and fixing her relationships with her estranged family and a life in a glittering beautiful underwater city with a man she is falling in love withThe BadI could not pick a lot of faults with this book it is amazingly written however a bit emotional depth concerning Marko would have been great so I could connect better to his CharacterConclusionI read this book in nearly one sitting I could not put it down so Captivate has earned it’s spot on my favourite ShelfI have never felt so many emotions in reading a book the heartbreak of Miranda’s family situation to her kidnapping and the up and down confusing relationship between Marko Robbie and Miranda make Captivate a truly memorable original storyCaptivate is from an Amazing Debut Australian Author I highly recommend it and I cannot wait for the story to continue I only just finished Captivate a short while ago and everything is still swirling around in my brain Not sure where to start lolOk well firstly the cover well I'm sure we can all agree it's absolutely stunning The story that lies within matches the cover to a T which is awesome This story was a different experience for me from all the books I've read not alot revolve around the sea especially an underwater city An underwater city could you even imagine it? ^^Now to the story Miranda was out swimming with her sister when she found herself being pulled under the water When she awoke she was in a strange bed and in a fancy room surrounded with mermaid pictures She'd been kidnapped and taken to an underwater city called Marin Where she was expected to marry the King and bare his child to save the city This King happens to be a scary yet very handsome man Despite Miranda's circumstances she finds herself developing feelings for this certain King as feelings started to grow danger reared it's ugly head and Miranda's life was being threatened The Kings half brother Damir was determined to do everything he could to overtake the throne He had spies everywhere a few lurking through the castle watching their every moveRobbie Miranda's captor He was completely consumed with guilt over what he'd done He has half fighting to stay true to his King his best friend While the other half wishes nothing but to help Miranda escape back home to her family The characters are easy to form connections with I enjoyed being along this adventure with them With such a gripping storyline you'll find yourself compelled to come back for This is definitely one underwater world worth discovering I feel there is to come here Miranda's story isn't over yet ^ Captivate is an ambitious novel and although I saw a lot of potential in the blurb I have to confess I'm mostly disappointed by itHere is the premise of Captivate Marko is the king of an under water settlement of humans and he's usurped his psychotic elder brother Damir's throne His people can no longer reproduce a side effect of living underground with no sunlight and other things that humans generally need to survive His elder sister and Damir's twin suggests kidnapping a girl from the surface to be Marko's ueen bringing in fresh blood and allowing him to produce an heir which will secure his claim to the throneAll my problems with this novel stem from that basic premise The Marin to have surprisingly archaic laws given that the first settlers of this underground city were some of the brightest and most progressive minds of their time It doesn't make sense to me that they would reproduce the kinds of laws that made living underwater so attractive to in the first place The postulation that Marko needs to produce an heir to keep his throne is ridiculous although he has deposed his elder brother it's been well established that basically no one wants the psycho who likes to experiment on his citizens to turn them into merpeople as the King It also implies that if Drake could find a human and reproduce with her his claim to the throne would become stronger It seems like the lawmakers of the Marin really stuffed up on this oneThe second thing that baffles me about this book is the apparent need to kidnap a non Marin girl and force her to become ueen so that she can produce an heir Just having Miranda there and maybe having a baby doesn't solve the issue all the other Marin couples will still not be able to reproduce But even before this inconsistency there's the very idea that kidnapping a human girl is the best way to go about solving the issue of Marko's heirs It's mentioned that Marko goes to the surface every month to trade pearls for supplies that his people need very ill considered given that his brother apparently poses a threat and I can't see why he couldn't also go to the surface to seduce a girl Edward Cullen style into living with him as his ueen I also can't see why they couldn't just steal genetic material from a fertility clinic or similar Yes it's barbaric and morally wrong but a community who sees nothing wrong with regularly tossing people to sharks and kidnapping a 16 year old girl can hardly cling to that reasoning The only explanation given in the book is the reuirement of marriage before producing a baby which is ludicrous anyway considering the baby will be created in a test tubeSo the world building could be significantly improved on What about the rest of the book? The characters are predictable and bland the romances are flat and there is barely anything that kept my interestMiranda is this naive blundering self pitying character that I couldn't like at all but I did grudgingly admire her determination to escape her imprisonment She examines her room for weaknesses and hidden exits puts all her strength into breaking the one vent she sees in her room and makes many attempts at escaping which I applauded However her motivations for escape seem to hinge on her need to reveal some dark secret to her sister concerning the night of their parents' death When she does make it back and tell her sister the secret which wasn't even a secret it was absolutely anti climactic Miranda immediately starts thinking well that's done now I want to return to the weird underwater people who kidnapped me and kept me against my will for six weeks and tried to force me to become their ueen so they could harvest my reproductive material Yeah She doesn't even think of trying to reconnect and bond with her sister doesn't resolve to spend time with her family to appreciate them in the light of her absence and how close she was to never see them again Nope Miranda's raring to go back and spend time with the two boys she's met while she'd been kidnappedThe romance in the novel is uncomfortably reminiscent of Stockholm Syndrome and I had a hard time believing any of it Robbie is my favourite character from the book and when his feelings for Miranda blurred between friendship and something I was a little excited but predictably Miranda finds herself falling for Marko as well Marko is uick to anger and violence and really uite scary but yes let's all fall for him because he's incredibly handsome and forget the part where he puts his best friend in a shark tankSo I didn't much like Captivate it could have been a lot better In particular the world needs a lot thought behind it the characters could have been developed and the plot refined But a lot of other people have liked it and if you pick it up I hope you do too A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for reviewYou can read of my reviews at Speculating on SpecFic

Captivate Submerged Sun #1 eBook ↠ Captivate
  • Paperback
  • 294 pages
  • Captivate Submerged Sun #1
  • Vanessa Garden
  • English
  • 14 November 2016
  • 9781743566114