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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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"I let out a huff and forced a smile. “You’re a vampire.”
I stated. “Then why haven’t I sucked your blood Lina?” He
whispered right before pressing his soft lips against mine.
Then he inched towards my neck and lingered his lips on
my pulse.

Captivated (An Affliction Novel)
by: D. Apodaca
1st in series
375 Pages
Feelings after finishing: Love.. pure freakin love..and anger for having to wait for the next one.

Mindy Keenan couldn't shake the feeling that a matter of moments...the boy she once knew was not the one standing before her. 
After Mindy's childhood best friend, Dean Aiken, shuts her and everyone else out of his life, she learns to move on. Years pass and she gets used to the fact that he's no longer a part of her life, but things begin to change... 
Mindy's new best friend, Markus Medina, witnesses Dean kill two people behind a club. Mindy has a hard time believing him, especially when he mentions that the bodies disappear. Poof! Into thin air. Markus decides he has to follow Dean around in order to get evidence that he's been killing people, so he doesn't sound like a nut to the police. Despite Marcus crazy theories about the possibility of Dean not being human. And not to mention the fact that he's dangerous. Mindy can't help that she may be falling in love with him. 
Even after hiding their feelings for each other from the world. Dean and Mindy being together stirs up dangers that neither of them could ever imagine. When she finds out about what Dean really is and the world he tried to keep her away's already too late.

( I want to apologize now, this review is lacking alot compared to my other reviews, it was one of those books that honestly was hard to really write a review, without making it a spoiler review and I didnt want to give you guys any spoilers (: )

You know that feeling when you find a book that was just so great, all you want to do is read it again, OR when a book is so great that you would almost do anything to have your hands on book 2 right then? That's the feeling Captivated by D. Apodaca left me. 

Captivated is threw the eyes of Mindy and Dean. Mindy and Dean use to be best friends, but after a tragic accident of Dean parents death...they never even speak now. Dean is completely cut off from everyone at school, and Mindy couldn't care less. Why should she? Him and her had been best friends, now he won't even look at her.

Just when Mindy thought this was going to be another boring year of high school...weird things start to happen...theres a new guy at school, Shane...and Mindy knows he is gorgeous, and well perfect but she cant help the thought in the back of her head..that something is just off about him. Dean looks angry all the time now...and weird things are happening ever since Shane showed up..

One night while Mindy and her two best friends Markus and Tanya are at a club, Markus tells Mindy he saw Dean kill two people outside the club...but when Mindy asks where are the bodies..Markus decides to confide in her and tells her, that after Dean killed them...their bodies disappeared..Mindy knows he must be crazy, Dean couldn't kill someone...and why would their bodies just disappear? But as Dean starts to let Mindy back into his life, she is falling hard for him..and the more she gets to know him, the more she wonders if Markus is telling the truth...Dean is gone a lot...and lately he is very protective over Mindy, but why? When Mindy decides to investigate she falls into something she never could have imagined..and right when she discovers what Dean truly may be too late...

This book was well to sum it up in one word, perfect. When I first heard about Captivated, I thought "hey, this sounds good" but now that I have finished Captivated I'm like "omg omg omg, BEST THING EVER YOU MUST READ THIS" I seriously just loved this book, all the characters are likable, and you can really see character development in Mindy Dean and Markus, which is nice since alot of books lack character development these days. I feel this book also had really good portions of everything in it, I never felt like anything was forced, the book honestly just flowed really nicely from beginning to end, never too much action, never too much romance, everything was just perfect. After reading Captivated, I can honestly say I will be reading every single one of D's future works, this book was nothing short of amazing.

Oh and can I add Dean and Mindy are one of my favorite couples now? Seriously, they are totally up there with Clary and Jace, Ash and Meghan.

Go read this now!!!!!!!

Thank you D for letting me read and review your wonderful novel (:


Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

Haley...could you hate like...I don't know, one book? Because thanks to you I think I'm going to be in debt for life for all the books I want to buy! Rude.

Book Passion for Life said...

Wow, this looks so good. I wanna read it now!!!! :)

Jules said...

You've certainly sold this book to me - I haven't heard of it before but I really, really want to read it now!!

Great review - I know what you mean about some books being really hard to get your thoughts down on paper about.

LoveOfBooks said...

Sounds really good. I don't usually like covers like this, but I do like this one.

Haley @ YA-Aholic said...

Shawn- I cant help it!! Im a lover not a hater (; i like most books I read (:

Donna, Jess? lol it was REALLY good! (:

Jules-You should read it! It was, wow good! Ya I hate in my head this book is so amazing..but when I read the review Im like "crap" this review doesnt even make it sound as good as it really is" so frustrating lo(:

Christy-Alot of people like this cover, Im not a HUGE fan of it, but its still pretty, just not amazing aha (:

Stephanie said...

Great review!! I really want to read it now :)