Review | Captive: A Graced Novella by Amanda Pillar

CaptiveCaptive: A Graced Novella by Amanda Pillar
Book #0.5 in Graced

Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: February 11th, 2016
ARC provided by Momentum (Pan Macmillan) and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: Civilization has ended.

Vampires, werewolves, and the Graced are at war with their human creators, and humanity is losing. But one girl might hold the key to salvation. Held captive with her fellow humans by alpha Wolfgang and his pack of weres, Laney secretly inches ever closer to breaking were and vampire blood dependency forever.

But Laney doesn’t have long. Their numbers decimated by plague, humans are being kidnapped and reduced to livestock. And when Laney and her sister are kidnapped by a neighboring vampire clan notorious for its “farming” of humans, their only hope lies in Wolf – who doesn’t know the shocking secret Laney has gone to great lengths to conceal.

With their lives and the future of humanity in the balance, can Laney and Wolf learn to trust each other before their races cease to exist?

Angie’s Review – 3 Stars – C+

Captive: A Graced Novella, is a prequel to the first book in the series, Graced. I haven’t read Graced, but I have to admit that if I had, I think I would have understood the point of this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure what the author was trying to accomplish here. It felt like just a portion of a much larger story, and I wanted more. This take on the shifter/vampire strife was interesting – in this world where humans are few and far between, they are the food source for both species and adds another element to the lore. This book shows just how desperate both species are to keep their humans (in colonies by the weres where they are given a certain amount of freedom or kept prisoner by the vampires with no freedom at all.)

This particular story was very fast moving, and as I mentioned before, it was interesting. Certain humans (doctors, in particular) have more usefulness than others, and the Graceds are feared due to the special powers they have. My issues lie with too much story in too few words. The ending felt rushed, love came way too quickly, and with ‘mating’ being a staple in most shifter stories, I wish we’d been given more of a backstory on these weres. It didn’t seem to be something that was part of their genetic make-up, but I’d have liked to know what was. I really feel like this novella could have been drawn-out into a full length story, answered some reader questions, and been an even more entertaining read.

I originally picked this up because it was touted as ‘being for fans of Anne Bishop’s Others’ series. I think what makes The Others series so special (aside from the offbeat coupling of Meg and Simon) is the world building. Obviously the same caliber of world building can’t be found in a novella that graces a full-length novel, so I’m not sure the comparison fits. What I will say is that Captive was intriguing enough for me to pick up the next book, and I am excited to discover more about this world and how (and if) the vampires and weres can learn to coexist. There are a lot of places this series could go!

I searched the author’s website for more information on this series, and I couldn’t find it. I’m hoping more information about the next book will be forthcoming.

Rating: 3 Stars

Series Reading Order:
0.5. Captive: A Graced Novella
1.0. Graced

Thank you to MOMENTUM (PAN MACMILLAN) and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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