After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural. As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered. When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.She chooses poorly. Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.
by Amber Lynn Natusch
December 15, 2011 (ebook)
June 11, 2014 (audio book)
To celebrate the release of Caged (Caged Series #1) in audio book format, the author is giving away 3 audio book copies of the book!
Open to residents world wide. Audio book copies are provided via Audible.com.
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I am going to write this review in two parts – my original review of the book, then my assessment of the audio book.
MY ORIGINAL REVIEW OF THE CAGED BOOK
I don’t even know where to start this review. I have so much that I want to say and I am pertified of giving away any storylines! Caged could very possibly be one of the best Urban Fantasy novels I have ever read. Coming from me, a die-hard lover of urban fantasy, that’s saying something! I can honestly say with no hesitation that there isn’t a single thing I dislike about this book.
From page one, I instantly fell in love with the main character, Ruby. She’s independent, sassy, sarcastic and (much like myself) she has an uncontrollable (albeit totally justifiable) addiction to fabulous footwear. She’s an artist and an all-American girl wrapped into one. To top it off, Ruby lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire, the state where both the author and I live. I heart Ruby. She’s just fantastic.
This book has a little bit of everything. It is almost non-stop action from beginning to end and the parts that are not action filled are meaningful dialog that helps to build the story (instead of fluff to fill pages). There is drama and intrigue. There are many twists and turns. There is mystery, danger and comedy. There is anger and love. And what story wouldn’t be complete without a few somewhat steamy scenes?? Caged has got them! I don’t think that I could put a label on what type of story this is because the book covers so many different feelings and facets of life.
Amber Lynn Natusch has a major hit with Caged. She has developed an original storyline that will keep you burning through the pages. I started reading this book a little over 24 hours ago and was finished this morning – that’s on top of working my normal day job. She’s got a great cast of characters that will instantly win any audience over. Caged is a complete and total hit in my eyes and I, for one, can not wait for the next in the series to be released!
Overall, this is an amazing book. Very well written. Good characters. Great storyline. Caged gets 5 stars!!!
MY REVIEW OF THE AUDIO BOOK
I am such a die hard Tavia Gilbert fangirl. This is one narrator that can just do no wrong. Once again, she takes a cast of characters and brings a totally different kind of life to them. Each with their own voice, each with their own style.
I will say Sean sounded a little different than I had in my head, but that’s not to say she did a bad job. I honestly dont know that there’s anyone who could capture exactly what Sean sounds like in my head. Other than Sean, I felt like she NAILED every single other character and she captured every bit of raw emotion in this book. Another job well done, Tavia!
If you’re dying to know more about me, allow me to put you at ease. I’m a sharp-tongued, sarcastic cancer, who loves vegetable smoothies, winter storms, and the word “portfolio”. I should NEVER be caffeinated, and require at least eight hours of sleep to even resemble a human being. At thirty-four, I just now feel like I can keep a straight face while saying the word “rectum” (which is actually a huge lie because I just laughed out loud while reading this to my husband). I live with my iPod firmly affixed to my body, drive too fast, and laugh/cry at inappropriate times.
At the end of every novel I’ll be attempting to recreate this magic with more random facts about me.