CAPTIVATE

CAPTIVATE

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In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents' death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret - a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda's grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. But before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she's dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she's being held captive in a dazzling underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation!

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There's only one problem: Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie - Marko's personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets...
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 23mm | 254g
  • Harlequin Teen
  • Australia
  • 1743566115
  • 9781743566114

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1,435 ratings
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4 29% (421)
3 21% (307)
2 10% (149)
1 4% (56)

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4.5... I absolutely fell in love with this book. Everything picks up straight away and we get thrown into life in Marin. Garden creates a stunning underwater world. We first learn about Miranda and her life in Aus. I can instantly imagine her grandparents shack as well as the surrounds. Miranda is such an easy to like character, and we instantly connect with her. We get thrown into a whirlwind of emotion when she gets taken, we are as angry and confused as she is when she wakes up. Our feelings already in-sync with hers, even though we are just a few chapters into the novel! And no matter how much we want Miranda to get home, we too, are falling in love with Marin and everything in it! When we see Marin for the first time, I was awe-struck. This was nothing that I was expecting. I was thinking that the people of Marin were some paranormal kind of creature, but nope, think again, and prepare to be amazed at what the reality is! This isnââ?¬â?¢t like other books where we only agree with some of what the main character is doing or saying. Even with her jealousy of her sister, Lauren, I instantly relate to Miranda about not being noticed compared to her sister. It is so easy to relate to this feeling, because it could be towards anyone, friend or sibling, so we know exactly how Miranda feels. I honestly didnââ?¬â?¢t predict anything in this book, EXCEPT THAT SILVIA IS EVIL!! (ok, this isnââ?¬â?¢t even confirmed yet. *anxiously waiting for next book*), it kept me on my toes and the middle-ending of the book kept me on the edge of my seat! Even though there is no actual love triangle in this book, I am horrified to say that I kind of made it one. I LOVE ROBBIE!! There, I said it. From the start, I was cheering for him. But! Just as Miranda starts to fall for Marko, I do too!! I canââ?¬â?¢t believe this is happening, because I want Miranda & Robbie! I got so frustrated because of my conflicting emotions, even though nothing was happening between Miranda & Robbie, I wish it did. At the end, I start questioning my feelings. Marko is amazing too! I donââ?¬â?¢t know what is happening to me, you all know how much I hate love triangles! Somebody virtually slap me. There are some secrets that Miranda hides from her sister, and this keeps us on edge, because we get so close to finding out through the book, but then, when we find it all out in the end and itââ?¬â?¢s a little of a disappointment. All the build up to this and itââ?¬â?¢s not even a dramatic thing. I donââ?¬â?¢t go ââ?¬Ë?oh!!ââ?¬â?¢, or even become shocked from it. But the ending is all about sisterhood, and it makes us feel like we want a connection like that to our own siblings. This is the only reason why I havenââ?¬â?¢t rated this book a 5! When I said before that this book is captivating, I was not joking around. Once you finish this book, you sit back, sigh, and go WOW! Not really ââ?¬Ë?wowââ?¬â?¢, as in explosive, but in an ââ?¬Ë?I canââ?¬â?¢t believe all that just happenedââ?¬â?¢ kind of way. It is only when you finish this book that, I think this really sinks in. You donââ?¬â?¢t realize the potential of the next book until that last chapter. It completely sets the next book in the series, and I canââ?¬â?¢t wait!!show more
by Gina Scarcella
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Enterprises Australia and Netgalley.) 16-year-old Miranda and her sister Lauren live with their grandparents following the death of their parents nearly a year earlier. Whilst swimming in the ocean with her sister, Miranda is dragged below the water, and wakes to find that she is being held prisoner, and worse– she’s being held in an underwater world, where she has been chosen to bear the kings children. Why was Miranda chosen? And will she ever see her sister again? I can’t say I was overly impressed with this book, it was fairly dull and predictable, and by the end the main character was starting to annoy me. Miranda was a bit of an acquired taste. While she seemed alright at the beginning of the book, her plans to escape, and her decisions during the book just went from bad to worse, and then her opinions did a total 180 practically overnight, which was a bit irritating. She also came across as pretty stupid at times, and since when do the mafia have a king? The storyline in this was okay, but mainly it was just predictable. When something happened at the 30% mark I had been expecting it from about the second page of the book, so I wasn’t really all that surprised at all. The storyline about what happened to Miranda’s parents was kept a mystery, other than to tell us that Miranda felt guilty over it, until the very end of the book, which was just too long in my opinion. I found most of this book just dull. It didn’t hold my attention, it was obvious what was going to happen next all the time, and Miranda and her love triangle just irritated me. The ending was then annoying also. While Miranda got what she wanted in one respect, she also complained about it, and tried to undo it. Yep, her opinions had changed that much, and I still can’t work out why. Overall; disappointing. 6 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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