- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 675 KB
- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (28 Jan. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A22UVNM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #926,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I always like books that make an entire new world, to someone like me (with little or no imagination) that seems like a herculean task so I admire that in an author. I liked Sasha - she was broken but determined to be strong and survive and that trait in her made me hate Nathan for forcing her into the situation above.
But, of course, Nathan manages to change my mind as we find out he actually has feelings for Sasha and isn't just in it for his sister's sake - he wants to help Sasha get on with her life.
Also, I hate Guy and Marco ... that's all I'm going to say on that.
Buy this book, it's a fun, quick read.
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I wasn’t as convinced by the love-triangle or love interest. I appreciate that Guy betrayed Sasha, but that she had absolutely no residual feelings for him (except repulsion) didn’t quite ring true. Despite the fact he’s a drug dealer, he doesn’t actually come across as that bad a fellow. Sasha didn’t seem conflicted about betraying him, which felt a little heartless. Nor was I wholly convinced by the attraction between Sasha and Nathan. Sasha’s uncertainty about why Nathan would want her as a recovering drug addict, on the other hand, was very realistic and made her highly sympathetic.
I liked the dark future setting, but would have liked it to be a little more fully realized. I didn’t have much of a sense of how (or even if) this future evolved from our present, and I would have liked at least a hint of that. I also felt there could have been more thought put into the small details of the setting. Sasha wears wool, for example, which struck me as odd, given the futuristic setting. Do they have sheep on this mining world? In a future where we’ve spread to other worlds, why haven’t we developed alternative materials?
These are small quibbles, however, in a book that I otherwise enjoyed a great deal. I’ll look forward to reading future releases by Cathy Pegau!
I loved the characters. Sasha, despite her dark past, is an immediately likeable and sympathetic character. Even after being broken and having to rebuild herself from the drug-addicted shambles she's become, she's strong, intelligent, and a warm human being who doesn't wallow in self pity but lives with her regrets. She had every reason to tell Nathan Sterling where to stick his request (and frankly I'm not sure what he was offering was good enough a prize), yet she knows what Nathan's sister is heading for and wants to help.
I liked the world building and the idea of Amber, but felt that it wasn't as in depth as I'd like. It was the character and plot that prompted the five star rating for me.
What I didn't like.
Nathan - despite his good intentions and desire to protect Sasha, I'd like to give him such a slap. He still put her in serious danger for his own ends, and ultimately I found that a little too selfish. I felt he used her, no matter how sorry he was about it and how he fretted over her. From a personal perspective, I really hate to be used. Guy - I've no doubt he was a bad man, but I found myself conflicted over him. He genuinely appeared to care for Sasha and *potential spoiler* dealt with the real creep of the piece, so I actually found it hard to hate or understand him.
This reminded me of a Humphrey Bogart thriller/detective story but in a futuristic setting. Not something I'd normally go for, but the author won me over with Sasha and the lovely dark, slightly Bladerunner-esque feel. The tension was good, both romantic and plot-wise, and the one sex scene was done well. I'd like to have seen more on the world building side. If you like spy thrillers along the lines of James Bond in the future, this is for you.
This book earned 5 stars due to being phenomenally written in these categories:
1. World Building. Cathy easily creates a futurist world within the mind of the reader that has enough common elements so it isn't completely alien while still being unique enough to give it a live of its own. You get a strong sense of the environment of the planet, the political and culture of the inhabitants, the technology and the history without being drowned in details or long meandering explanations Cathy gives the reader enough credit to let their imagination do much of the leg work, using her expressed details to act as foundations. This is the hallmark of a great world builder.
2. Characters. The three main characters in this book are so three dimensional that you can easily see and connect to them and their stories. Sasha is a woman with a shaded past, caught up in drug addiction and hooking up with the wrong man. She is struggling to keep her head down, follow the rules of her parole and fighting against a strong sense of justice that calls for her to help out those who are caught up in the drug-world of her past. Nathan is a hero who admits to using Sasha as a means to an end until he realizes that his ending is incomplete without also being able to save her from Guy. Guy is a villain that you rarely come across - he is a villain that you find yourself liking and having sympathy for despite there being no question about his cruelty and the fact that he is a drug overlord. He is complex, conflicted and dangerously appealing.
3. Romance. There is no love at first sight or the female protagonist throwing herself into the arms of the male lead here. Normally, this means that there will be angst. Lots and lots of angst. Not in Caught In Amber. The romance in this book is mature, emotionally speaking. It is realistic and progresses at a pace that fits with the character's current states and their history.
4. The plot. This book has a great plot, full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing at every avenue. I was thrown for a loop a few times, expecting Cathy to go one way with the story only to have her go in a direction I never considered. It is a thrill ride from page one to the last page. Much of this has to do with Guy and his incredibly written character. I was never sure what he was going to do next or how he would react to something the other characters did or said. He was a complete surprise every time.
If you are new to Science Fiction or Science Fiction Romance, or if you haven't even gotten your feet wet, I highly recommend Caught In Amber as your first introduction to the genres.