Review: Caged

4 September, 2012 / 0 Comments

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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.

This is a really good book that, I think, deserves some hype around it!  I’m quite surprised that it hasn’t taken off more than it has.  The story is very good and kept my interest throughout.  It begins very mysteriously and I had no idea what to expect from it.  The synopsis doesn’t really tell you anything about the actual story.  It rather surprised me!  There are tons of twists and turns in this book as well.  Everything is so wonderfully mysterious that at the completion of the first book, I am left wondering about certain aspects of the story.  I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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…

The writing is good.  I wouldn’t say that the writing style is anything spectacular, but Natusch knows how to capture a readers interest and hold onto it until the end.  This novel is a very quick and easy read.  The chapters are extremely short for an adult book, which I found kind of odd.  But, I don’t mind short chapters.  Short chapters are much better than super long chapters, in my opinion.  At the beginning of the novel, Ruby has flashbacks and I thought that the flashbacks were rather poorly done.  I think that they were rather misplaced and awkward.  One minute you’re reading the current story and then all of sudden the italic words start coming and you are thrust into a different time period.  I don’t like the way this was done and I found it a bit confusing at times.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I will continue to read the rest of the series.  I would recommend this book to fans of paranormal romance and fans of very mysterious books where anything can happen and catch you off guard!  I also love the cover, I think it’s pretty wicked.
4 stars blue


A peak inside the book:
Hatred coursed through my veins. He was evil incarnate,
a cocktail of Satan, Hitler and Bin Laden all rolled up 
into one. I was his, and I was terrified.

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