By Vanessa Garden
Release date: 1st January 2014
Published by: HarlequinTeen Australia
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 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...
Vanessa Garden lives on the coast of Western Australia with her husband, their three chatty children, and three calming goldfish. When she is not writing, Vanessa can be found at the local bookstore where she works part-time. Being a bookseller as well as an author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not gushing about her favourite reads to customers, or dreaming up her next novel, she enjoys spending time with the people she loves most.
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I find nothing more appealing when I can read a book, ogle the cover and see that it reflects what’s inside the pages. This story is filled with an underwater world and a city within but with secrets of their very own. A smooth flowing storyline, that will keep the reader intrigued till the very end. Initially the story did start a little slow but the pace certainly picks up not long after.
It’s a fairy-tale of some sorts, awakening in a strange world, strange people yet a very handsome yet scary king. (I won’t go into too many details I don’t want to spoil the story)
Captivate started slowly for me, but I found as the story progressed so did my interest in the story. I found it a very enjoyable ya story, with a wonderful world that the author has created.
The author has put a spin on the normal mermaid traits, which I really liked; this I found made the plot interesting and the characters well balanced and enjoyable.The characters were very realistic, Miranda being a normal teenage girl, dreams, hopes and insecurities. The boys loyal and devoted to the ones they care about.
The romance was mininal , Id liked to have seen a little more , certain parts predictable . However I liked the characters put forth and Overall, I really enjoyed this story, and the underwater Tale this author has written