Captive by A.J. Grainger

captive high-resSummary from Goodreads

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, 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.

Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 29th 2015

My Review

Captive for me was a lightening quick page turner that ended far to quickly for my liking. There were lots of things that I loved and some things that I didn’t but all in all I thought it was an all round great read!

Robyn Knollys-Green is the Prime Ministers daughter and a very interesting figure to the ever watching public eye. But being who she is doesn’t protect her from being kidnapped and held captive. Grainger paints a great back-story that gets revealed in little snippets at a time- with Robyn discovering things along with the reader. I couldn’t wait to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her father and flew through the pages at an alarming rate.

I LOVED the ‘baddies’ in the story, some of them sinister, dangerous but ever interesting. I enjoyed seeing their own pasts get revealed to piece together the over-all story. In particular I liked Falcon, who seemed a deep and very intriguing character with a sad story to tell – his interest in Robyn seemed somewhat strange at the start but I ended up cheering the pair along.

Robyn herself never really clicked with me, whiled I liked her she didn’t really stand up and make me notice her or love her. Her connection with Falcon is what kept me hooked and dying to see how it would eventually unfold.

All in all Captive is a thrilling read about how the most respected and powerful people in society can be hiding the biggest and darkest secrets. It has interesting little back-stories that gave the overall story a lot of depth. I could easily recommend Captive!

4/5 Stars

*Special thanks to Simon & Schuster for the review copy*


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