Monday, 6 January 2014

Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin Enterprises Australia and Netgalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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. Except 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 glittering 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...

Captivate by Vanessa Garden

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Captivate(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.


  1. Hmmm… since you didn't love this and I'm not the biggest fan of underwater stories, I will probably skip this.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. Love the cover, but sorry to hear that it was disappointing and predictable

  3. i loved the book! cant wait for the next one to be out! :)