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I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope. Dad isn't here. No one is, but me.Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famouI open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a slice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope. Dad isn't here. No one is, but me.Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world's most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit - and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .A thrilling, well-crafted, ever-relevant story from a talented new voice in YA fiction....

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Number of Pages : 228 Pages
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Captive Reviews

  • Jess
    2019-05-01 22:58

    Possible 2.5 star. Let's get real here, it was terribly underwhelming. Full Review To Come. To avoid being my snarky snark self, I'm going to keep this short and concise. Great topics tackled--kidnap, conspiracy, corruption by leadership heads, extremism, the ethical lines blurred around pharmaceutical testing. Downfalls sat with the narrator, the blandness of the tail (why, with a premise like that is beyond me), the horrible attempt at characterisation and character motivation. Way too much of the romance that, to be honest, reads damn more like stockholm syndrome. But guys, she's just a teenage girl trying to get through life with a sense of normality, which includes a tortured hottie mchottie as a boyfriend. Oh young love.

  • Donna {Book Passion for Life}
    2019-05-08 22:50

    As soon as I heard about Captive by A.J. Grainger I was instantly intrigued. The plot of the story sounded interesting and I couldn’t recall reading anything that sounded like it, however, while Captive had some positive things about it, it failed to hold my attention.As the Prime Minister’s daughter, Robyn Knollys-Green is always in the public eye. Nothing goes unnoticed, especially after a failed attempt on her father’s life put her in the spotlight even more. But when Robyn is kidnapped and hostage by the animal rights activists it’s there that Robyn realises she’s on her own – her father will only come on his terms not her kidnappers. As time moves on Robyn starts to get close to the boy who guards her but by doing so, she uncovers secrets that involve her father that she can’t believe he’d have any part in and it soon becomes a struggle to figure out the truth. Can Robyn make it home alive in one piece and discover the truth?I really liked the idea of Captive and for such a short story I think the author did an okay job. I was immediately pulled into Robyn’s life and got to know what she was like as a character. I liked her, I didn’t love her. I felt at times I couldn’t connect to her as much as I would have liked – more so towards the start of the story – but towards the end, I couldn’t understand her reasoning’s for doing the things she did. She’s just likable – nothing really stood out about her as a character.Then there’s Falcon – who I was more intrigued by. I liked Falcon. I felt he was a deeper character than Robyn just because of the things he’s been through at such a young age. He’s a strong character, one that doesn’t always make the best choices but he definitely makes up for it through-out the story.Robyn and Falcon’s relationship was definitely the best part of the story that did hold my attention and the main reason I kept on reading. They’re connection felt real and quite frankly honest. They don’t meet in the best circumstances and they recognise that their friendship isn’t a normal one, but I liked that. I liked that it was something different and it wasn’t all hearts and candy. It felt more real this way.The whole story isn’t just focused on Robyn and Falcon’s friendship, it’s about the animal rights activists and Robyn’s father. This I didn’t enjoy as much as I would have hoped. I found it a bit boring and it’s here that I started to lose interest, even though it’s a pivotal part of the story.In all, while Captive had some pros and cons about it, the only way you’ll know for yourself is if you read it. So go read it.Thank you to Simon & Schuster for giving me the opportunity to review this book, in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-26 04:14

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK Children's and NetGalley.)This was an okay story, but I did struggle to stay focused on this.I didn’t really love any of the characters in this book, none of them really irritated me, but then they didn’t really engender any strong feelings at all. I can’t say I really cared what happened to any of them really.The storyline in this just didn’t really hold my attention well at all, and I wanted to put this down and do something else instead. I felt like I was waiting for her to be kidnapped, and then other than a couple of shock situations, I just wanted her to be found and for the book to be over.As we got towards the end, some things were revealed that shed some light on why Robyn had been kidnapped, and the information which was being hidden from the public by both her father and another large company. I did find this to be the most interesting part of the book, but even then I was eager for this to be over.The ending was okay, but I wasn’t overly impressed by the little romance that cropped up.Overall; slow conspiracy story,6 out of 10

  • Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
    2019-05-15 20:51

    See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.Diversity Rating: 0 - What Diversity? Racial-Ethnic: 0QUILTBAG: 0Disability: 0Intersectionality: 0If you've read and liked Stolen by Lucy Christopher, then I like you and we should be friends. You're probably hoping Captive will be in much the same vein even though Robyn of this novel is held hostage by a terrorist group akin to Peta on crack so they can blackmail her father into releasing a comrade. Confusing the two novels won't be easy, that's for sure. But is Captive good? Nope. My good friend Bekka asked me to read this because she was uncertain about it and I'll be sad to report to her that this book is just plain bad.There's little good to say about the novel, but it at least has the potential to be something complex and intriguing. As the events unfold and Robyn's captivity goes on, her flashbacks reveal her father's corruption and complicity in the cover-up of a young boy's death after a drug illegally rushed through trials killed him. She knows this and had she related that to the terrorists or become sympathetic to their cause, Captive would have taken a turn for the unique. It did not do any of that. It having potential is still better than it being a trainwreck from the start, so I'll stick with my backhanded compliment.Shallow characters make obvious choices, the book plods along, and you may find it increasingly hard to care. Captive is a thriller devoid of thrills thanks to too-familiar twists. Robyn's golden father not being so golden? Duh. Bell-Barkov ignoring ethics and covering up deaths? Yawn. At this point, it would be more surprising for a company to be morally upstanding with no skeletons in the closet. Even among books that present similar evil companies as is and without nuance, this book does and especially poor job doing anything with the concept.The real lure is the romance between Robyn and Talon, one of her captors--and I call it a romance instead of Stockholm Syndrome because no attempt is made at creating the psychological complexity of the infamous condition. From the very start, Robyn is unable to stop talking about Talons very green eyes and how pretty they are. Talon, unlike his co-conspirators Feather and Scar, is not as militantly dedicated to the cause and comes complete with a sob story so be can be A Good Man and Robyn doesn't have to feel bad about falling for him for much longer than a few pages. He's not bad, just a kid that got caught up in something bad!AG AG AG. So yes, Robyn and Talon's romance is framed as a romance from start to finish. The sanitizing of a terrorist cell member like Talon into an innocent rather than a portrayal of him as a complex radical is what really makes Captive one big crockpot full of poo. I've seen Stockholm Syndrome done well and done badly, but none have done it worse than this book. It's all one big cop-out in relation to anything with the possibility of complexity.Plus there's the fact Robyn knew her father was involved in covering up the death of that boy. She knew he was in the palm of Bell-Barkov's hands due to his friendship with company head Michael Bell. She knew all about the mess she got kidnapped over and is still surprised and bewildered when the terrorists reveal all that information to her. It's like she's never heard it before when she has! Ugh, it's headache-inducing. Laser-guided amnesia much?Don't read Captive. Just don't. You won't find anything here that will entertain you, tickle your brain, or do anything other than frustrate you. Read or reread Stolen by Lucy Christopher instead. It's everything Captive is too soft and afraid to be.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-27 03:05

    Recommend: Well, it's an alright YA read.Robyn's dad is the British prime minister, and someone wants him dead. Now Robyn is being held captive - but who is really at fault?The short pitch is the most accurate. I’ve read longer pitches which say things like ‘A list celebrity’ and ‘global corruption’... I know a blurb is meant to sell a book, but it’s always funny when you read the pitch after the novel and find that things just don’t match up. I would have enjoyed this novel a little more if I had just read that little short snippet. Either way, this is still an okay young adult thriller.Robyn is a strong character. She may get held captive but she fights... in real life, that’s a risky game to play, but a character with a bit of umph is far more interesting than one who sits back and waits for the rescue.My general view of it is that it felt fresh and gritty at times, cliché and fluffy at other. When that’s all balanced out, three stars felt fair.Every so often a really creative metaphor would crop up which reminded me that this might by A.J. Grainger first novel, but she is by no means an amateur writer. Descriptions were often beautiful and vivid, but further into the book I found repetition of ideas. For example, I believe there were three instances of people’s legs forgetting what legs can do – a trick you can only really use once. A few metaphors sounded odd to me and some chapters were just written better than others. In particular, some of the discussions between the characters tended to waffle on; I guess that’s to help everyone understand clearly what’s going on, but repetition gets a bit tiring.You can tell just from the fact it’s a young adult novel that there would be a bit of Stockholm Syndrome going on, and it only took a few chapters to get there. I enjoyed the connection between Robyn and her green-eyed kidnapper, but strangely found myself rooting for them to just be friends. The connection they had felt situational – of course you’ll like a nice captor more than once that abuses you – but love? It felt somewhat contrived at times. I think young adult writers should appreciate that a strong connection between a female and male character doesn’t always need to end in romance. There’s more to a story than love, and this novel did a good job in showing that for the most part.There’s a strong theme of owning your mistakes. One sole action does not define us, but how we handle it and what we do when similar opportunities come at our door. On this side of things, I really liked the ending. I like the message it portrays. It matched my values well, and offers a different message than most novels on the young adult market.Unfortunately, the other part of the ending was a bit of a reader pleaser, except I felt like it missed the mark entirely. I felt at times that this was a novel written by someone who had the audience in mind, rather than staying true to the characters, plot, and message.This is a strong three stars from me. This book is a good read. I personally wasn’t blown away by it. I wasn’t interested by the politics (which felt a bit generic), but much more thrilled by the action, the mix of tension between her and her different captives, the unravelling family life portrayed through the use of flashbacks. The plot definitely thickens as you read on – if only the characters didn’t goo up and had a bit more to them then I’d be able to rate it a lot higher.Source: NetGalley.comBlog:ScookieReviews

  • Abbie
    2019-05-06 02:50

    Actual rating - 2.5(I received a copy from Netgalley, in echange for an honest review.)This one just couldn't keep my interest unfortunately. I felt quite sorry for Robyn when she was kidnapped, but other than that i didn't feel anything for her. The pacing in this one was too slow for me, and most of the things that happened didn't interest/excite me. I felt like i was waiting for Robyn to be kidnapped for ages, but it was actually only about 10%. It dragged even more than that further on into the story.Overall, Dragged out and didn't interest me.

  • Sydney Crawford
    2019-04-27 00:02

    I read the book "Captive" by A.J. Grainger. It is about a girl named Robyn who gets kidnapped by extremists. She is held hostage in order to get her dad to give over a "terrorist". This is a very good book because it keeps you on the edge every page.This book has a lot of plot twists, causing you to really dive deep into the information you are told. You are forced to question everything about the characters and the plot. Due to the constant plot twists, you are always trying to figure out what information is real and true, and what isn't. The characters are also very difficult to read and understand. The characters' personality, trustworthiness, and background information is always questionable. You will still have a few questions at the end of this book.This book is very well-written in the sense that it keeps you questioning. It is a very good book to read, and I highly recommend reading it!

  • Josie
    2019-05-04 00:59

    I couldn't suspend disbelief long enough with this one. The kidnappers were the cliché stereotypical bad guys, right down to their awful nicknames (Scar, Talon and Feather. Yeah, seriously). Robyn and her family didn't seem to have a lot of security on their journey, despite the heightened level of threat, but even so I found myself doubting whether Feather et al. really had the intelligence and connections to pull off a successful car bomb.Scar was such a pantomime villain with his lecherous looks and HA HA HA LITTLE GIRL YOU ARE AT MY MERCY speeches. I should've been scared out of my wits for Robyn in that whole situtation, but I never for one moment believed in it enough to feel anything but exasperation. The danger just felt fake.Talon's motivation seemed ridiculously weak. He apologises to Robyn WHILE HE'S KIDNAPPING HER and then spends the rest of the novel feeling bad and apologising (again) and trying to help her escape. Which begs the question, WHY get involved in the first place? I get that he ~wanted answers~ but I feel like you'd have to be really committed to carry out an actual kidnapping, and Talon just... had no personality. I don't understand why Robyn fell for him so hard, because there was nothing to him apart from "my lil bro is dead" and "I like birds". The scene near the end where Robyn tries to free Talon from a holding cell in a detention centre is just beyond ridiculous. There is no way she would've got that far. Also, writing letters to him in prison and having ~deep feelings~ for him IS ACTUALLY INSANE. I can't even justify calling it Stockholm Syndrome because she was with them just over a week and she thought Talon was a ~hottie~ from day one.The description of tear gas was was another thing that had me rolling my eyes right out of the door:The fog -- tear gas, I guess -- is still filling up the room. After taking a deep gulp of air, I take the mask off and put it over Talon's face. Breathe, Talon. Breathe. Breathe.I hold on for as long as I can, but finally I have to take a breath. The gas immediately fills my lungs again. I keep stroking Talon's hair.Is this for real? Could the author not have taken TWO MINUTES to Google the effects of tear gas, or watched this handy two-minute video on YouTube or SOMETHING? I'm not exactly an expert on riot control but even I know tear gas is nasty. You don't just put on a mask halfway through, then decide to take it off like it's nothing.Also, it bugged me that Robyn is described as an "A-list celebrity" for being the British PM's daughter because LOL OUR POLITICIANS ARE SO FAIL. They're not even celebrities, let alone A-listers, and their families even less so!If you're looking for a good book about a hostage situation, I'd recommend Hostage Three by Nick Lake. Don't bother with this one.

  • Rachel (aka Ms4Tune)
    2019-05-01 23:13

    note: 2015-Popsugar-Reading-Challenge #10 A Mystery or ThrillerMy review can also be found HERE‘Word’s are a powerful weapon. A single word can change a destiny. You wouldn’t waste a bullet – or a nuclear warhead. Don’t waste a word.’ Loc 791Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.Captive is an interesting thriller that encompasses terrorism and celebrity culture within its themes. I’ve always found celebrity life fascinating. I don’t know why I presume, but everyone does I suppose, that because I’ve seen them on screen or read about their life, some how I know them. It’s always shocking when your favourite actor is arrested or caught sneaking around with the ‘wrong type’ of person, because how could they? It’s so out of character. But how can we presume to know them really? Imagine now that you do actually know them, that they are related to you. Do you know them now?Robyn is the daughter of the most powerful and influential person in the UK. The British Prime Minister. Robyn is kidnapped while out with her mother and sister by a group claiming to be animal rights protesters. They want the Prime Minister to release their leader and to stop a large research facility from testing and circulating a new drug, OR they will kill Robyn. Will her dad do anything to get her back? Does Robyn know her dad as well as she thinks?I really got caught up in this one. I found it interesting and it kept making me ask myself questions, like… Its a horrible thought to think that the people you love and trust could be completely different people when it comes down to it…Do I know my relatives? and that undertone ran through out this book.I really liked Robyn as a character. She felt sorry for herself, but at no point did she give up, she kept fighting, and used all the knowledge she had. I really liked Talon too, he was misguided and naive, although that is never an excuse. And the romance that developed was really well done, it was hard to figure out if the feelings were genuine at times but I think this added to the ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ accusations. I would have liked more about Michael the drug developer. I know it wasn’t the real focus of the book but I’m curious as to how he managed to get the drug so far along without more questions being asked. Surely people dying would put a stop to realising it? Also I wanted more background on the kidnappers. This too is probably not necessary but I want to know how they met, as they were all so different. I thought Feather and Scar were complete lunatics so how had Talon become part of their group?Overall it was a really good Debut, Young Adult Thriller with a political twist. I will be interested to see what A J Grainger has to show us next.

  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    2019-05-12 22:05

    Stronger first half. I didn't quite feel the connection between the two love interests but I liked how much of the story felt like it was about asking difficult questions and about taking responsibility for your actions. Full review soon!Full review:I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Captive by A. J. Grainger. It's a book by a debut author and I hadn't heard very much about it when I first read it. I even requested it on NetGalley on an absolute whim ... and it turned out to be a whim that paid off. I quite liked Captive and some of the events that happened really made me think. This is the story about Robyn Knollys-Green, a teenage girl who is a bit different from most teenagers. That's because Robyn's father is the Prime Minister of the UK and in Captive, Robyn is taken hostage by a group of environmental activists and used as a pawn in order to make the Prime Minister own up to his involvement in dodgy dealings and to release a prisoner who they believe is being held unfairly. I think what I most enjoyed about this book is the thriller aspect of the book. The first half is so very addictive and exciting and I was on the edge of my seat about what would happen next and what Robyn and this group of terrorists would do next. It has a great pace to it and I found myself feeling very engaged with Robyn's voice and also emotionally invested in her story and situation. I quite like how throughout Robyn's captivity she begins to see her father and her father's position of political power in a different light. Especially when faced with the information provided by her captors. I think it's always difficult when somebody first sees their parents as being infallible, as people who make mistakes and aren't perfect. But it was particularly painful to watch Robyn come to these realisations as she really had put him on a sort of pedestal. I also really loved this theme that runs throughout the book of taking responsibility for one's actions and of asking the difficult questions in order to get to the truth of things. I really enjoyed that this book is about politics and environmental issues and that it made me think and question. I hope that it gets teenagers to take an interest in politics and other social issues that mean something to them as well. Unfortunately, I felt like the second half of the book wasn't quite as gripping for me as the first. And this is mostly down to the romantic element of the story between Robyn and one of her captors. I didn't quite feel or believe in their connection to each other and a lot of the events in the second half of this story rely on that belief. But even with that small criticism aside, I did still really enjoy this one. I felt like it was addictive, exciting and thought-provoking! I shall definitely be looking out for more by A. J. Grainger!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 20:58

    3.5 starsCaptive is a new UKYA thriller from debut author A.J. Grainger and it's a great addition to the genre. This is the story of sixteen year old Robyn, daughter of the British Prime Minister, who has been taken hostage by environmental activists so they can use her as leverage to get one of their group members released from prison. Robyn has already witnessed an attack on her father but that was nothing compared to the terror she now faces as she is held prisoner by a group of masked assailants. Unfortunately for Robyn, the kidnapping is only the beginning and as she gets to know one of her captors she realises she's at the centre of a conspiracy that may turn her whole world upside down forever.This is a very fast paced story that throws readers into the action quite quickly as we see Robyn's capture in a terrifying second attack on her family. Robyn was very easy to relate to and I thought her reactions to the situation she found herself in were very realistic, she is frightened and uncertain but she is also incredibly brave as she tries several times to escape. Robyn is forced to examine the relationship she has with her father and it is incredibly upsetting for her when she realises that he won't do the one thing that will guarantee her release. She also has to ask herself some difficult questions about her family and whether her Dad has been lying to her.Captive is the kind of book that makes you think, it touches on environmental issues, love and loyalty to your family and about being brave enough to face the truth even when that means uncovering something distressing. I think my only complaint was that the ending felt a little rushed and as much as I ended up liking both Robyn and Talon their relationship was a bit too Stockholm Syndrome for me to be able to take it seriously. What I did like was that all of the characters took responsibility for their actions and they suffered the consequences for them. I think I would just have preferred a longer epilogue to give us a bit more detail about how things turned out, I guess the advantage of a fairly open ending is that readers can all choose how they would like to see the character's futures. Either way, Captive is a great debut and A.J. Grainger is definitely an author to watch out for!

  • Leah
    2019-04-28 04:57

    Captive is a book that I've been excited to read for what feels like forever, It sounded so exciting and I never seem to get around to reading many YA thrillers - they don't seem to grab me as much. There was something about the back of this book that had me from the get go. I knew I had to read it. It didn't let me down. It was as complex, emotional and thrilling as I hoped it would be. I was excited to find out the motivation behind Robyn's kidnapping and how her character was going to be portrayed as a whole.Although there were aspects of Captive that I felt followed a Thriller 101 Check-list, I still devoured it and would happily read more of A. J. Grainger's work. There was plenty of mystery and tension. On more than one occasion I felt genuinely terrified for Robyn; usually in the presence of Scar. I felt like this was such a plausible plot which definitely added to the enjoyment of the book. It isn't often that I read books from the point of view of a political family, but this one hooked me from the word go. I loved the unreliable nature of Robyn's father and I loved finding out some murky truths through her eyes.One of the things I wasn't all that keen on was the romance element. It was all a little far-fetched for my liking. All I kept thinking was Stockholm Syndrome. It just didn't work for me at all. I don't know if that was what it was meant to be, but it just didn't sit right with me. I got that the motives of some people were more understandable than others,but at the same time it just didn't work. With the revelations that come out in the book, it really wouldn't work. Captive is a nail-biting rollercoaster of a book. It was tense, exciting and definitely intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading more books by A. J. Grainger!

  • Leah
    2019-04-27 00:54

    Wow!!!! What a book! Captive is one of the most captivating (sorry) books I've read this year. From beginning to end I didn't want to put it down, because it was just so pulse pounding. It's one of those books you just can't put down, and I was hooked. I love a good kidnapping tale, especially with a feisty heroine, not willing to just give up and roll over and Robyn was amazing. If I were to ever be kidnapped, I want her spirit.I loved the fact the novel was about a prime minister's daughter, too. Very rarely are there books set in that world and it was a nice insight, though for what it's worth I would hate to be the prime minister's daughter. Talk about pressure! Especially with all the angry people willing to kidnap you... ;)Captive was such a good read. So, so good. And I even loved the thing, whatever it was, between Robyn and Talon. It was intriguing and also a bit weird but also really nice. What can I say, I see the romance in every situation. I'm a hopeless romantic, even if it is someone who helped kidnap you. Am I weird? No, let's not go there! I loved the book so much. I read it in a few hours, almost start to finish, and was barely able to put it down, it's one of those books that reinvigorates your love of reading because it's just that good and you can just lose yourself in their world so easily. I easily got lost in Robyn's world, and I was so, so sad when I got to the end because I just wasn't ready to say goodbye.

  • Tati
    2019-05-10 21:59

    I'd like to thank NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK Children's for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.This was an intriguing story, thanks to the political elements in it (I love it when books bring some political intrigue, and nothing is ever easy because of it). The fact that Robyn, the Prime Minister's daughter is kidnapped for political reason, as she is a very strong leverage against the leading politician of the United Kingdom.I did feel, however, that the first half of this book was better. It was more focused on the intrigue, on the reasons behind the kidnapping and the negotiations. I felt it would have been better without the sort-of Stockholm's Syndrome that manifests itself. It would have made this book stand out from the others.The best feature of this book was how the characters had their true natures slowly revealed to be shades of grey rather than stark black and white.

  • Kirsty
    2019-05-12 02:07

    I must say I have been very excited about reading this book since it came onto my radar and I couldn't help but pick it up as soon as it dropped through my letter boxThis is a perfect read for fans of Sophie McKenzie. It is fast paced and exciting. It leaves you with lots to think about and makes you not want to put it down until you've finished it in its entirety. I really liked the main character Robyn and seeing her story unfold and I liked getting that different insight into the running of a country and the vulnerability those in charge must feel on a daily basis where whatever they do they'll be criticised. All in all an exciting debut which has got me excited for more from the author.

  • Kirsti
    2019-05-19 01:01

    Meh. I've definitely read better hostage books over the years- I don't think this book ever really tried for Stockholm syndrome, it just went straight to nauseating young love. Puke! Add that to the fact that both characters were completely devoid of personality, and we have ourselves another bad book for the year! I've actually had this book for ages and haven't read it, maybe I should have left it on the shelf? Suffice to say not really for me and moving on. Two stars.

  • Kendra
    2019-05-10 22:10

    I haven't come across many (any?) YA political thrillers before, so this felt really fresh. Well written, with a really satisfying ending.

  • Santana Clark
    2019-05-14 22:03

    Robyn is the Prime ministers daughter she is kidnapped and finds out her father is a lair and that he was helping cover up a murder. one of her kidnappers is very kind and she falls in love with him.

  • Chefossemia Alwaysreads
    2019-04-26 01:02

    THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AWESOMEHEAR THAT? SUPER DUPER AWESOMEokay MAYBE, JUST MAYBE I'm overdoing it but this book is totally underrated in my opinion. Honestly? I dun think I'm being biased at all. First things first, I understand if some of you may be hesitant to read this because ME TOO!! I thought the storyline was abit of a cliché and didn't want to read it. The only reason I picked it up is because I kept seeing it for like, A HUNDRED TIMES and I was like, okay maybe I'm fated to read this book and why not?AND GUESS WHAT? WHAT? After reading it I was like, WHY DIDN'T I PICK IT UP SOONER?!?! I'VE BEEN MISSING THIS MY ENTIRE LIFE !!!! cos it was so angsty and I was thirsty for angst and the book literally squeezed the last drops of blood out of my nonexistent heart til the end. I repeat , TIL THE END.I'm dying to describe it in details but I'm afraid of giving out spoilers so if you really want to find out what happened, GO READ IT. Right, so the character and relationship development was SO GOOD AND HEART RENDING that at the end I REFUSED to put the book down and continued to pour my eyes out.and so yeah, this a story of how my mom found me sobbing over a book while holding onto my shriveled up heart ( air? ) YES, THAT'S HOW AWESOME THIS BOOK IS.Seriously? You guys should give it a try. I mean it. Like, seriously.

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-04 04:58

    I guess there might be spoilers (sort of) in this review because there were things that made me cross and sometimes it's hard to review a book without talking about what happened. Sorry.In my opinion this is a perfect example of a good idea ruined by an unbelievable and unnecessary romance. I just can't get my head around why a 16-year-old girl who has been kidnapped and held hostage for ten days would have any shred of sympathy for her captors. I understand the concept of Stockholm Syndrome but after TEN DAYS? Really? I don't buy it. It just seemed really stupid and I felt like Robyn was being completely immature about the whole situation. Yes he took me away from my family but look at his pretty green eyes. Just... shut up. Are we condoning kidnapping where the bad guy is attractive now? I must have missed the memo. That said I did actually quite like Talon, the hostage-turned-love-interest. He had an interesting motive for kidnapping Robyn and I liked how all the pieces gradually fit together.Unfortunately, I really couldn't relate to Robyn at all and I didn't think she was a very likeable or sympathetic character at all which is kind of crucial in a hostage drama, no? If I don't care about the hostage then it makes the whole thing pretty pointless. At one point they cut off her hair and it suddenly becomes THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. Like, who cares if she's being held hostage, or her dad got shot, or a kid died because of a dodgy drug trial because SHORT HAIR PEOPLE. No. Even the adults keep commenting on it like it's the worst thing that could have possibly happened. I could not understand it at all.I feel like I didn't even really pay attention to much of what was going on with the non-romance part of the story towards the end because I was too busy rolling my eyes. It just got worse and worse and by the last line I couldn't take it anymore. It feels like such a big disappointment because I was anticipating something completely different from this book and it just wasn't what I wanted or what, in my opinion, it should have been.It wasn't all so bad though. Robyn's relationship with her little sister, Addy, was lovely and probably my favourite thing about the whole story. I loved that, despite the huge age gap and the undertones of ever-so-slight resentment and jealousy of her little sister, Robyn was a very loving and protective sister to Addy and even when she was kidnapped her thoughts went immediately to her. I also thought that the backstory involving Talon's family was well done and I think that there is a strong message in this book on the importance of family and the lengths people will go to in order to protect the ones they love.If you are looking for an action-packed YA hostage drama then this is not the book for you. However if you are interested in Stockholm Syndrome and how a teenage girl might latch on to her captor in order to cope with a stressful situation then give it a go. I personally wasn't a huge fan but if you liked something like Stolen by Lucy Christopher then this might appeal to you.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-28 00:03

    3.5 stars. Addictive reading but it has faults. (Review Taken from The Pewter WolfRobyn Knollys-Green is the daughter of the UK Prime Minister. She is also kidnapped. Trapped in a room with kidnappers that seem to think she willsolve everything, Robyn is scared for herself and her family. This wasn't the first time that something this awful had happened to her...But, slowly, Robyn begins to find out that she's in trapped inside a web of global corruption, lies and betrayal. And with one of her kidnappers - the one with the green eyes - might not be the bad guy... But if he isn't, who is?Ok, am going to say this right off the bat. This is a mix bag. It is a debut and it's fairly strong, but there are flaws that made me want to throw my kindle across the room is fury. I mean, seriously?!Ok, let's get the negative out of the way because I had two or three HUGE problems with this. And if I get them out of the way, I can then rave (because I do like this book) about the book's good points.The first problem I had was the term "Princess". It was used a lot by the kidnappers to Robyn. And I totally get why - if they call her by her name, she's a human. She's someone's child. A person. But the more I heard it, the more frustrated I got.My second was Robyn's reactions in some situations. There was one scene I remember where I was shaking my kindle. She didn't react the way I thought someone would in her situation, but the reason for this was because of my third and my biggest problem.There was a hint of romance. A sniff of one, you could say. I was warned over this before I started reading this so I braced myself but still, when I saw it begin to develop at the halfway mark, I instantly hated it. I found it was rushed and really? In that situation? What about Stockholm syndrome - could it be that? Nope, because Robyn knew it wasn't. But, if you had it, you wouldn't think you had it, right? I was just against it and, because I felt that way, I never believed it. But I think this is a me issue. However, with all my ranting, I did like it. I did! I found a good chuck of the book addictive. I love the thriller-element (I love thrillers so I knew I was going to like this) and I never felt bored while reading. Even with the tiny flashback to what happened a few months prior to Robyn being kidnapped, I never felt bored or rolled my eyes. And with AJ giving clues to why this was happening to Robyn and, even then, you couldn't really trust it till you heard it from one person's mouth. It had a feel of a Sarah Alderson novel.So, while this does have its faults, I think Sarah Alderson's fans will love to get their teeth into this...

  • Mrs Wilson
    2019-05-07 00:46

    Captive (No Spoilers):-This is not the normal genre of book I would read (I normally read paranormal, fantasy, romance or dystopian books in both adult and YA) but I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The author is a brand new author and this is her debut book but from reading it you couldn't guess as it kept me hooked from start to finish. The book is about Robyn who is the Prime Minister's daughter. Following an attempt on her Father's life a few months ago in Paris, which Robyn witnessed, she is still understandably shaken from the experience but is trying to move on with her life. Her Father assures her she is safe and the man responsible for the shooting of him is safely behind bars except Robyn is still jumpy and occasionally sees shadows that make her jump. Her Father is wrong. Robyn is not safe. She is taken hostage/captive when the car she, her Mother and her Sister are travelling in is pursued at high speed and flips over. Robyn gets out to get help for the driver who is injured and the next thing she knows she is trying to escape a mans clutches but is soon after chloroformed by his accomplice. Why do they want to take her captive? Where is her Mother and Sister and are they safe? Robyn is terrified but tries not to panic and try's to plan her escape. The environmentalist extreme group who have taken her soon reveal their plans to her and how she has to convince her Father to release the man arrested for shooting him in Paris. If Robyn doesn't? Well her life hangs in the balance. So can she convince her Father? Will she be rescued or can she escape? Is there another reason behind all of this than just Kyle Jefferies release?A brilliant debut book from the author which had me gripped from start to finish. The book doesn't start off slowly it starts off with a bang. It's pretty obvious from the title of the book and blurb as to what is initially going to happen i.e. it's obvious Robyn will be captured but the story of her captivity and what she goes through is totally believable and very gripping. There are flash backs to Robyn and her Father's time in Paris when he got shot alongside the story of her captivity and the reason behind these is clear at the end. The last part of the book is the reason for only 4 stars rather than 5 as I found the relationship a bit unbelievable to be honest but the rest of the story and background parts to do with Jeremy and Robyn's Father all make sense. A really good read that kept me gripped from start to finish. I received this review copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • nagina
    2019-04-23 04:57

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.After reading the synopsis for Captive, I was instantly intrigued by the plot. Unfortunately, whilst I did like this story it wasn’t amazing.This story follows Robyn Knollys-Green, the daughter of the British Prime Minister, as she is kidnapped by a group of animal rights activist. Robyn was an okay protagonist, I didn’t find her annoying but I didn’t love her either. I think my lack of connection to Robyn was probably the main reason I felt disconnected through a large portion of this book.The male love interest, Falcon, was a more dynamic and complexed character than Robyn, and I did like him. I enjoyed discovering more about Falcon’s past and to realise he wasn’t a bad guy but someone forced to make bad choices by the tragic events that had happened in his past.However, the romance within this book did little for me. It felt as though it just happened. Sure, Robyn and Falcon had some interesting conversations where you could see a possible friendship blooming, but none of these interactions felt like they could lead to a romance. I understand that Stockholm syndrome was supposed to play a factor in the romance, but I couldn’t help but root for Robyn and Falcon to remain as friends.A.J. Grainger’s writing was descriptive and creative. However, there were times that Grainger would reuse the same ideas and this repetition soon became dull. For the most part this story flowed well and was easy to read.The most enjoyable aspect of this book, for me, were the flashback scenes that added a unique twist to the story. These flashbacks enabled the reader to uncover information that Robyn was slowly remembering, this was a good approach to give readers the required information to understanding why Robyn was in her present situation, without feeling like the author was info dumping.Unfortunately, a good portion of the plot of this story was predictable. To start with it felt like I was waiting for her to get kidnap so something interesting would happen, but once she had been kidnapped I found myself waiting for her to be rescued. However, there were still a few surprising twists at the end which was definitely a pleasant surprise.Overall, this book was good but it wasn’t amazing. It contained an interesting plot but the mediocre characters really let it down.

  • Aisha
    2019-05-08 00:07

    “Words are a powerful weapon. A single one can change a destiny.”The plot with Captive didn’t go the way I planned. It was much lighter than I expected – the focus was more on the romance and the kidnapping was only about a third of the book. After a while the plot did turn repetitive with Robyn and Talon escaping numerous times and also Robyn saving Talon many times.The main character, Robyn was okay she did get annoying at times but mostly she was strong and smart. She literally survives a kidnapping and torture and remains positive throughout and she asks a lot of smart questions.I really liked how the book was around the UK Prime Minister’s daughter – it was pretty unique for a YA book and showed how although the person in power might be your family (father) it doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of horrible things. In the background the plot idea of international leaders covering up for each other was interesting and delved into well.The theme of family is highly important to the novel. Not just Robyn’s family and the effects of living in 10 Downing Street and the scandal but other families. Feather and her brother were separated which led to the entire kidnapping thing and similar Talon and his brother’s death led to the kidnapping too. It showed how different families were affected by trauma.The romance was between Robyn and Talon and it was instant love. From the first meeting Talon was pitched as the good guy in a bad situation and it would have been annoying but Talon knew he wasn’t the good guy and his actions proved that. The romance was build way to quickly and the rushed feeling of the story made the second half terrible. Also the ending was really awkward between them.I enjoyed the message behind the story of how no matter your good intentions (animal rights) going to extreme methods is never the solution.The reason I gave this book 2 stars was that it was badly written – it was just so boring. It didn’t have an interesting start which led me to think it was going to be a boring book and it was. Plus the flashbacks were pointless and annoying – the conversations between most characters were also useless and annoying!“It takes a lifetime of decisions to make us who we are”

  • Hannah Vice
    2019-05-12 23:10

    Robyn Knollys-Green, the daughter of the British Prime Minister who lives a lavish and secured life finds herself stuck in a situation she can’t get out of. It all starts with her father who was shot in France when om a business trip. He was trying to make a deal with French Prime Minister when he was shot in the arm, though not fatal Robyn was standing right by his side. The suspect was a man from a non-profit animal research foundation called the AFC. Her father was targeted because he was friends with Michael Bell, a pharmacist who tested on animals. While Robyn wasn’t physically hurt she was emotional wrenched.Ten months later Robyn gets in a car crash, not by accident. The AFC would strike again but this time they were after her, not her father. Feather, Scar and Talon, the kidnappers would use Robyn for ransom. Feather, the leader, short but fierce. Scar, the ex-prisoner, no match for Robyn. Talon, the fervent boy, Robyn would fall in love with him. The three of them would threaten Number 10 into spilling all their secrets and impeach the Prime Minister. . Now they have more information, a trial that proves the Prime Minister could have killed an innocent boy, Talon’s brother. Robyn would use Talon and his emotions to try and get out. Robyn is in this constant battle determined that no one is trying to save her. Robyn knows their threats and she knows they are true, but she will stop at nothing to keep her word and save her dad from impeachment. Pictures, letters and videos of Robyn would be sent to Number 10 trying to obtain their goal. Talon knows this is wrong and with Robyn’s help they hind hints in the pictures to reveal their setting. As time goes on Number 10 doesn’t give up, nor does AFC. They plan another attack, this time on Number 10 itself. The day of Number 10 strikes back taking Robyn back and imprisoning the AFC. Robyn does everything to get Talon back, but the future doesn’t look so bright.

  • Manasi Raj
    2019-04-27 01:46

    Captive by A.J Grainger kept me on the edge of my seat. The story follows the British Prime minister's daughter, Robyn, who unsuspectingly gets kidnapped. Throughout the novel, the author emphasizes the strong relationship Robyn has with her family. Her kidnappers weren't hasty in making violent decisions, besides one. Talon was one of the three kidnappers and acted as if he hated Robyn and wanted to kidnap her. In reality, he was actually captivated by Robyn's protective instincts, innocence, and strength. During the story they develop a bond and Robyn has a sense of security around him. This "bond" gradually develops into love. It was a bit predictable that the two would fall in love but it was a bit of a curve-ball thrown, reason being it would change the future dramatically. Feather and Scar were the other two kidnappers. The reason they kidnapped her wasn't for the greed of money or to spread terror, like I thought it would be. In the prologue of the book, Robyn's father was shot and the man behind the gun was Feather and Talon's own brother. Feather stated that her brother was wrongfully accused and was set up, she also creates a negotiation with the P.M . If they release her brother from prison, she will free Robyn. At one point of the story, Talon couldn't control his feelings for Robyn and decides to run away with her. In this era of the story Robyn does unspeakable things and displays courage. At the end however, lies her father held get uncovered and the kidnappers serve their time in jail. Robyn and Talon still rekindle their love months later. Overall I really enjoyed the book which is why I finished in two days. I anticipated a strong love story, and some uncovered dirty politic secrets. The romance added a very interesting yet unusual part in the story. It makes the reader astonished and question themselves, who would fall in love with their kidnapper? The story had a strong climax and interesting outcomes. I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Princess Bookie
    2019-04-30 05:01

    My Thoughts: Honestly, when I started this one, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it or not. Sometimes I like kidnapping books, other times I do not. I really liked it. I thought it was a good one. I enjoyed the plot, but I also liked the characters more than anything. We are introduced to Robyn who is just a normal teenager. She has most teenage problems, except for one exception. Her dad is the prime minister of the UK. This means her life is always in danger. Something could happen to her or her family. Terrorists, threats, a lot of things really.When Robyn gets kidnapped it is quite the whirlwind for her. Two of the kidnappers were pretty mean, and jerks. I didn’t like those two at all. Both of them rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. But, there was another one. His name was Talon. I really liked him a lot. I wanted him and Robyn to become friends. I found myself rooting for him many times during the book.I felt at times this book was very fast paced however it did feel like her kidnapping lasted forever. At times, I just wanted her to be found or to escape. I really liked learning about her relationship with her dad and her little sister. I liked her family a lot even if things weren’t perfect. I think I liked the parts between Talon and Robyn the most out of the whole novel. But I never really felt completely right about it either. It was a hard one to grasp. Overall: I did really enjoy this one all in all. I liked Talon and I understood why he was the way he was. It was just hard wanting Robyn to like Talon because he was in on the kidnapping but I always liked the scenes with them. I really liked Captive a lot. Cover: Its mysterious enough for you to want to read it! What I’d Give It: 4/5 Cupcakes________________Taken From Princess

  • Hazel
    2019-05-13 01:54

    This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewCaptive is the debut young adult thriller by British author A. J. Grainger. Set in contemporary Britain, sixteen-year-old Robyn, the daughter of the Prime Minister, is kidnapped and held hostage by three animal rights activists. Until the government agrees to release the person accused of the attempted assassination of the PM four month previously, they refuse to free Robyn from captivity. It soon becomes clear that a lot of lies and cover-ups have been occurring and it is difficult to know whom to trust.The novel gets off to a great start with a lot of action as Robyn and her family is ambushed on their way to visit grandparents. The first half of the book is really exciting as the reader slowly gets to grips with what is going on. Grainger writes really well with great use of descriptive words and phrases. To keep the reader engaged and to lengthen the story she includes other interesting details that are educational in a way – for example, knowledge about birds.Unfortunately the second half of the book is not as exciting as the first. A relationship starts developing between Robyn and one of the captors, which is rather unoriginal and predictable. One thing that I particularly liked about this novel was Robyn’s character. Naturally people may expect daughters of prime ministers to be snobbish and spoilt but Robyn was the complete opposite. She did not care about where her clothes came from or whether or not she went to parties. Robyn was the representation of the average teenage girl preparing for her GCSEs.Despite the clichéd captor/hostage situation Captive is a very enjoyable novel with a few exhilarating twists in the plot.

  • Misty
    2019-05-18 22:53

    I read Captive two months ago and then totally forgot to write my review! Luckily it was a good enough book to stick with me so that I can still remember enough to put some thoughts together about it for you.For starters it felt very realistic and I flew through the pages, reading it in just a couple of days. It could've been a lot more in depth and complicated but I liked that it wasn't, Captive is more about Robyn's isolation than it is about politics, it's about her feelings as she discovers secrets she's not sure she wants to know and meets a boy in a highly unlikely situation.As the story is told from Robyn's point of view, when she is held captive we feel held captive with her because we know as much as she does about what is going on in the outside world, which is nothing. We're locked in a room right alongside Robyn and only know what our kidnappers are telling us with no idea if it's the truth or not.As a reader, I felt you really get to feel the solitude and confusion Robyn feels as the book progresses, which was explored well within the writing.Robyn was a strong willed character and very likable, okay it wasn't the best love story in the world but that's not why I picked up this book anyway, I read it for the psychological and thriller aspects of the books, and on those points, it delivers, And considering the love story was developed under intense circumstances, I still think it was handled very well, I'd like to have seen more of what happened after.After reading Captive I'd be interested in reading more by this author for sure, its a great debut set at a satisfying pace, and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next from her.

  • Maria
    2019-05-06 03:04

    Captive is a book that follows Robyn, the Prime Minister's daughter, and she is kidnapped by people that wanted to get revenge for her father's actions. I really enjoyed this book because the suspense is UNREAL. At the end of each chapter you want to stop so you can save it for later, but something dramatic happens, but you can't, because you NEED to find out what happens. I also like how developed the characters are. The kidnappers, Feather, Talon, and Scar, aren't necessarily bad for the reason of being, well, evil. They each have their own reason for seeking revenge, and you can see how it might drive them to kidnap Robyn, but it is still wrong. Each character has their strengths and weaknesses, which is great. I hate characters that are flawless. Robyn is a great heroine, she is driven to get home and to make sure her family isn't hurt, but she is kind of crazy. I don't want to spoil anything, but the love story is a bit strange, like Beauty and the Beast. Also, I like how the villain is unclear at first, but then you find out who it is. If I were to change one thing, it would be the love story. Although is was good and not the thing that makes the book run, I thought that falling in love with someone who hurt you is weird. The love story is a bit of a push-over. I can deal with it, but I can go without it, too. Hatchet, another book that deals with survival, was great as well and didn't have a love story. Overall, Captive was a great book, and I look forward to reading it again in the future.