Caged (Caged #1) by Amber Lynn Natusch
Pub date: December 15, 2011
My Copy: eBook, 265 pagesFind this book on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo
I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.
I was too.
After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural.
As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered.
When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.
She chooses poorly.
Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.
The characters are very well developed. Ruby, the narrator, is a likeable enough character. She is, however, quite naive at first and finds herself getting into dangerous situations as a result. I loved how mysterious even she was to the reader, because she didn’t even know everything about herself. So, the reader learns right along with her. Sean…oh, Sean, how mixed my feelings are about you! Sean is also very mysterious and I couldn’t — well, I still can’t — quite figure him out. Is he a good guy or is he a bad guy? What’s up with his feelings for Ruby? I want to love him, but I also want to hate him! I very much sympathize with Ruby about her feelings for him, because I feel the same! She doesn’t quite know how to feel about him or how to figure him out either! Eric…I don’t want to give anything away about him, so I won’t say much. But, he is very mysterious and well-developed. Cooper, who doesn’t make an appearance until about halfway through the novel, is adorable. I love him, and yet he isn’t one of Ruby’s love interests (at least not yet). What’s up with that? Frustrating…