Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Got Caged? Blog Tour + Review

Today, The Bookaholic blog is the stop for the Got Caged? Blog Tour! I was provided an e-book in exchange of my honest review for the tour. My policy with blog tours has recently changed though and I would like to make a quick note. Most reviews on the blog with tours do not have star ratings anymore. I simply post my review in its entirety and let the readers draw their own conclusions/make their own decisions based on that review.

Now let's check out Caged!

Title: Caged
Author: Amber Lynn Natusch
Genre: Paranormal, UF, Romance (Adult)

See it at Goodreads

I stood in the middle of the room, unmoving – I barely breathed. My life had just become surreal, impossible, and one enormous lie. I needed to go, to run somewhere, anywhere to beat back the reality that was rapidly closing in around me. The image of him was burned into my retina, flashing over and over again like a warning. He was trapped somewhere between human and decidedly not, and I realized that was my new reality.I was too.

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.

When I first started reading Caged, I admit there was a bit of confusion. I couldn’t quite connect with Ruby and there were a lot of flips and turns through the passages that genuinely confused me as a reader. One minute, she was a recluse, the next she seemed to be quite the social butterfly. The way it jumped like that bothered me a bit, and I had to grasp the story again in order to get it. I didn’t find out her age until later in the story, and admittedly it wasn’t fitting to me. Up until that point, I was imagining her to be younger, maybe just fresh out of college-age at best, around twenty-one or twenty-two, but was surprised to find she was twenty-eight. Maybe it was just me, I’m not sure.

There were instances and hints at insta-love. Which I really do not like. I barely had time to get to know Sean or Eric before there seemed to be crushes and attractions and swoons. Ruby made some terrible decisions. Ruby was always a damsel in distress and a victim in order for there to be any action to pull the story along. These were small annoyances I found while reading. This was almost a DNF, but I pushed through and continued on with the story. Thankfully, it did start picking up toward the middle where I really learned more about what was going on exactly, and found some somewhat interesting paranormal elements that involved a unique take on werewolves.

What I did like is that there was never a dull moment. Once the story picked up, I did find the paranormal elements mixed in a pleasant surprise. I liked Ruby’s voice and witty banter when she had her moments with Sean. She also really developed by the end, growing from a timid and barely noticeable character in the beginning, to one with determination, depth, and strength. That’s what I like when reading characters best: seeing their growth through the pages, a visible change that works for the story.


This is a paranormal read with plenty of twists and turns for a reader to enjoy. Most particularly if you enjoy werewolves and romance. I’ve never been a huge fan of most werewolf stories in general, so it may be better suited to those who love this supernatural creature more than me. It was an entertaining read at best, though.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide my honest review and to be apart of the blog tour.


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