Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Captivated (An Affliction Novel) – D. Apodaca

Dean tilted his chin up and smiled. “I have no fangs.”

He said through his teeth.

I examined the glistening white canines. They were normal, just like mine. “You retract them when you don’t need them.” I said.

            Dean moved across the table and put his face up to mine. His mouth was a torturous breath away from my own. “Then why haven’t I sucked your blood Lina?” He whispered right before pressing his soft pale lips against mine. Then he inched towards my neck and lingered his lips on my pulse. His soft breathing tickled my skin and triggered a chill that shot up my spine. My blood jumped to a rush and began to throb for him. If he were a vampire, i swear I’d let him suck me. “why aren’t I biting you right now?” He whispered. It took everything i had in me not to melt into the sea and land as a puddle on the ground.

I give praise to Apodca for Captivated. For me it lived up to its title. It really was a captivating story.  

There were several different relationships  evolving around Mindy and the one that stood out most to me was the relationship Mindy had with Markus. There was no hint at any kind of romance ever existing between them. I loved the way Markus looked out for Mindy and he treated her with respect. He came across as her older brother. The one who loved her and did everything in his power to protect her.

Dean was a really interesting character. Throughout the entire story Mindy was led to believe he was a vampire. Markus was the one who led her to believe this and he told her to keep away from him. Mindy fell in love with Dean and they started dating, only for a short period of time as Dean was trying to protect her by distancing himself from her.

By the end of the story Dean was revealed in a new light, one that I never expected. The ending had so many unexpected things occur without me realising them earlier.

Not knowing all of Dean’s background, apart from the beginning that explains the death of his parents, made the story that much more interesting. It really made Dean stand out because we knew so little about him, but what we did know was enough.

I can’t wait to see where Apodaca takes the story in the next instalment of the Affliction series.


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