Captive: A Graced Novella, Amanda Pillar
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy.
I’m not a fan of novella’s and usually avoid them, but the fact this sounds like a prequel to a full series plus this quote “This post-apocalyptic romance is perfect for fans of Laurell K Hamilton, Nalini Singh, and Anne Bishop’s Others series.” drew me in.
There’s a lot packed into such a short space, just over 100 pages. There’s Humans, Weres, Vampires and Graced,who are humans with extras…and all of them hate each other. Thanks to that a civil war has pretty much decimated them, and the few humans left in the world are mostly kept captive by the Vamps, who need the blood and the Weres who eat human liver – eurghh…Given liver surgery is tricky, livers bleed a LOT, I had a hard time believing that a human/were with a bit of medical knowledge but no real resources, could successfully take chunks out of the humans every six months and keep them alive. Its not without risk now, so in these very primitive times most of them would have died…and dead food is finite.
I liked the characters from what little we know of them, but it was pretty obvious what was going to happen, and I just felt a lack of any kind of suspense, any mystery about what was developing. It was almost as if problem and solution was presented in the same chapter. The battles were over before they began, and as for the ending, well, like most of the novel, it was over so quickly, very simplified, and I just couldn’t believe that suddenly the answer to everything came out of a sub standard lab and a couple of people, when humans in their heyday with everything at their finger tips couldn’t do it. Stretched my credulity too far.
I guess as a prequel it works OK in introducing those who I assume ( I haven’t read Graced) are going to be major characters, but as a novel in its own right its just not for me. As for the comparisons with Nalini Singh and Anne Bishop’s Others – No,Nope, Nothing like any of those stories at all IMO. I did finish the novel but wouldn’t have if it had been longer, and I can’t say I really enjoyed it nor yet that I really disliked it. I won’t be reading further into the series, even though they may be stronger reads. Fans of the series may like to get a perspective on earlier events maybe and it could well be a hit with them, but not me.
Stars: sadly a two, just didn’t cut it for me.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers for review purposes
Becky Wicks Day of the Wave is free today. I reviewed this on here a while back, its a great read.