Thursday, 20 August 2015

Book Review: Captured by SJ Harper (Fallen Siren #0.5)

Join FBI Agents Emma Monroe and Zack Armstrong.
She’s a Siren. He’s a Werewolf.
Their mission is redemption.

Emma Monroe is a Fallen Siren, cursed by the gods and banished to Earth for her failure to prevent the kidnapping of Persephone. She’s had many names and many lives, but only one mission: redemption. Now she works for the FBI and is on temporary assignment in Charleston. Solving this next missing persons case could be the key to ending her ancient curse—unless the temptation that’s her new partner gets in the way.

Zack Armstrong is a Werewolf. Tall, dark, and dangerous, he currently works for one of the bureau’s elite Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams. In many respects the man is every bit as mysterious as his secret and perilous past. But there are two things he’s certain about, that he’s going to get his man and his woman.

When Zack finds himself suddenly shy a partner and a third child goes missing in Charleston, Emma goes from consultant to CARD team member in the space of a few hours. The abductions of the first two boys ended in murder, an outcome that neither Zack nor Emma can abide. As they race against time to track down the kidnapper and rescue the latest victim, they find themselves fighting something just as treacherous—a growing attraction that can’t be ignored or denied.

My Review:
Emma is an expert in child abduction cases and is called to help an FBI agent with a new series of abductions. Emma is also a cursed fallen Siren, trying to hide her power from the FBI agent who is secretly a werewolf. I liked the idea of two supernaturals with secrets tryi ng to solve the crime together but it just didn't fully deliver on its promise.

First problem for me was the details given on things you don't give a damn about. Every single meal that they ate during the investigation was described in massive detail, as well as countless discussions about the full menu and what each option was. This got to be very annoying and it added nothing to the story.

We are constantly reminded about their attraction to each other every few paragraphs as well as all the reasons why they couldn't be a couple. This repetition also became boring.

The actual plot was interesting enough but we didn't really see the use of their powers until the very end so it felt more like a basic crime novel than a paranormal mystery. The reason it gets three stars on Goodreads is because it was well written and showed promise but the full length novel needs to really deliver to keep me reading on in the series.  

2.5 stars for this one is a fairer option.

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