Captivated (An Affliction Novel) by D. Apodaca

Format: Kindle ebook
Published: June 10, 2011
Publisher: Eminent Books
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal

Mindy Keenan couldn't shake the feeling that a matter of moments...the boy she once knew was not the one standing before her.

After Mindy's childhood best friend, Dean Aiken, shuts her and everyone else out of his life, she learns to move on. Years pass and she gets used to the fact that he's no longer a part of her life, but things begin to change...

Mindy's new best friend, Markus Medina, witnesses Dean kill two people behind a club. Mindy has a hard time believing him, especially when he mentions that the bodies disappear. Poof! Into thin air. Markus decides he has to follow Dean around in order to get evidence that he's been killing people, so he doesn't sound like a nut to the police. Despite Marcus crazy theories about the possibility of Dean not being human. And not to mention the fact that he's dangerous. Mindy can't help that she may be falling in love with him.

Even after hiding their feelings for each other from the world. Dean and Mindy being together stirs up dangers that neither of them could ever imagine. When she finds out about what Dean really is and the world he tried to keep her away's already too late.

I have to admit, I was initially lured in by the stunningly beautiful cover of this novel. It is haunting, beautiful, and mysterious. D. Apodaca managed to pull all of those same elements into her plot.

Main character, Mindy, is your average teenage girl until her friend Dean's parents are tragically murdered. Dean undergoes a radical transformation into a withdrawn, brooding person that Mindy no longer seems to know.

As the years pass, Mindy makes a new set of friends, continues her everyday life, and then her new best friend Markus tells her he has just witnessed Dean murder two people...and made the bodies disappear.

With this revelation, comes the question: who is Dean and WHAT has he become in the years since they were so close? In addition to this, Mindy and Dean are beginning to reconnect their friendship and the embers of their old friendship are igniting into something more serious. Mindy is falling in love with someone she isn't sure is even human.

This book was extremely good once I got into it. The beginning was a bit slow and hard to immerse myself in, but once I hit around the 50 page mark, I literally could not put it down! The action picked up, the characters' personalities form, and you start rooting for the characters and their plights and wanting to find out their fate.

One thing I really loved about this book was how the author left the mystery of Dean and the paranormal open to the reader's imagination up until the end of the book. The ending was absolutely amazing and left me speechless! Readers will immediately be wanting the sequel!

Rate: 4/5




  1. This book is very high on my to buy list however it is not sold in Canada and I don't have credit to order it. I do however look for reviews on it as I have seen both the good and the bad... I am glad that the good still continues to outweigh the bad. Thank you for keeping my hopes up fpr this one!


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