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Caged in Darkness

(Caged #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  717 ratings  ·  118 reviews
A witch raised in a cage of darkness...

Savannah Cross was born into a life of isolation and abuse.
As a child, she witnessed her parents perform acts of malevolent evil, and now feels permanently tainted by their dark deeds.

When a coven discovers a tear stricken child,
wounded on their elders lawn, they offer her a sanctuary she has never known. Savannah spends the nex
Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by Euphoric Publishing & Design
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J.D. Stroube
I am the author. Goodreads asked me to rate my own book, which is why I gave it 5 stars.
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book began by describing Savannah's dark past and then slipped into the current day. It has a unique take on witches and other supernatural creatures, which continues throughout the series.
As I have read the series in it's entirety (one of the few), I think it's important to make sure everyone knows that the ending is unique, which many people are shocked by. However, I will tell you that the ending has a real purpose that's revealed throughout the series. There are 4 books in it and some pa
May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Jackie by: My BFF
Shelves: paranormal, ya, witch, demon
I read this book before most of the other people. There are a few typos in the middle of the book, but not enough to detract from the amazing storyline. I did not notice any strange indentations. I didn't think that there were any drastic character alterations, but there are a lot of twists to the story. I liked that there were twists, because I never knew what would happen. It left me on the edge of my seat! I know another reviewer said that there were unbelievable circumstances, but this is a ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting fantasy novel. The author includes many twists to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat. The ending is not predictable at all-a little unexpected. The reader will enjoy getting to know the characters and watching their progress and growth in the novel; there are a few sudden character development traits that might leave the reader a little confused for a few seconds, but it doesn't detract much from the story.

Savannah is the main character. She has very "negativ
Jessica Roe
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! If you took the torturous pasts/character depth from Lover Awakened (only young adult), mix in some magic from The Initiation and The Captive, Part I, and blend it together with the direct writing in the first Vampire Academy... you would get this book. Of course, that is just the writing style. ;) I don't want to give away any of the plot. I'm glad to see that the next book in the series will be out in October!

Note: This is a fast paced book that takes a lot of different para
Regina Wamba
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As the cover artist for the book, I got a guest pass to read the first half of the book. I've read some passages that J.D. would post, but NOTHING compares to the teaser I was able to read. The writing is detailed and vivid, and it's clean and easy to read.. I fell in love with the characters, and particularly one :) and the storyline so far is keeping me turning the pages. I can't wait to read the rest of this story as I have been thinking about what will happen next ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT. It's ...more
Nissie Lambert
Great book! Review to come!
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty intense! Wow! I'm a little taken back by the ending though - but only because it wasn't what I was expecting - give me time to let it sink in :)

The book starts out with Savannah telling her story of her past - up until she was 9 years old, her life was utterly hell -
As witches, Her parents were thrown out of their coven because they started practicing dark magic - the really bad dark magic.

When Savannah was a baby, her mother adored her , but as time went on - they grew d
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Savannah “S” showed up in the darkness at Maye Emmons’ home. She had escaped her parents – die hard black witches who made her watch sacrifices twice a week: human sacrifices – and was not going back. Fortunately, Meadow Falls knew all about her parents; they had helped found the coven there and had been kicked out of it when folks found out their dark leanings.
Going to school was a chore, S had her best friend Willow and Maye’s other itinerant person, Ash to watch over her but they all want he

With a heart-wrenching beginning, this novella will grab your attention and refuse to let go. Each character helps build emotional connections until you are completely immersed, and it creates the feeling you are experiencing the situation.

Stroube, as a debut author, does a great job with details, flow, and an awesome climax. The open ending does a great job setting the stage for the next book without the feeling of incompleteness. This is a great Urban F
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This book exceeded all of my very high expectations. Read cover to cover in one sitting. Simply amazing.
Maghon Thomas
Jul 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Ok, I'm stuck! The story would be a 5 if it weren't for the ending but then the ending is good because it's not expected! I really liked this one. I look forward to future stories! ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
this was a great book!! i just hope the story continues i want to know who savannah might end up with. at least i hope she ends up with one of them. can't wait to read more!! ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The author provided me with an ARC copy of this book. I thought that it was amazing, with characters that grow throughout the book. Savannah is such a deep character, who has many layers to her personality. I find her story inspiring. Caged in Darkness has a great message to send to people everywhere, which is that no matter how much darkness tries to corrupt you, it is possible to overcome it. The book had a lot of surprises and is so much more than the synopsis relates! I expected this to be a ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Caged in Darkness is the first book in the Caged series by J.D Stroub.

For 9 years Savannah Cross was held captive in a cage witnessing terrible horrors and being treated cruelly all at the hands of her inordinately powerful parents. When a rare occasion arose for her to escape, she took the chance and headed to Meadow Falls witch Coven which she had previously heard of and was warmly accepted by Maye and Ash who
Aug 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Caged in Darkness had the potential to be a really good book, but the abundance of spelling/grammar/sentence structure issues kept me from enjoying the story (seriously, I want my $2.99 back because it was just ridiculous). The premise was really good, but everything was just poorly executed and the writing needs work.I felt like the character's personalities were never really nailed down; nothing more than words on paper because the writing just wasn't up to par. I could never really form a pic ...more
Chloe (Girl In The Woods Reviews)
When I read this book, I was WOWED by the intensity of the author's written work. It was a fast-paced novel that practically made me clutch the book till the end. This was an exciting read! ...more
Jessen Jardin
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finished this book in 24 hours. It was really good! But the edition I read wasn't the special edition. ...more
Jenny Delandro
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic, e-books
I started reading this book then my E-reader had a major melt down and I lose all my books... unit has been replaced and I have retrieved the book again. Started reading 06/09/11

Savannah begins her journal by giving us some history of how she came to live with Aunt Maye and Ash.
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May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love Notes:

-I love how strong Savannah is! Not to be confused with emotionally available, that she is not.
-Maye, Savannah's foster "aunt" she seemed more like an aunt to me than a mom, was awesome. She wasn't a missing in action "parent" but she wasn't up in the teens business all the time either.
-Ash - there are things I loved about Ash, and things that really irked me about him. On one hand he can be really sweet, and takes care of Savannah the way a good "brother" or "boyfriend" would. (I'l
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults and Adults
Over the past few days I have been reading lukewarm novels that have left me feeling as if I should avoid books by new author for a while. Boy, am I glad I didn’t do it! I read "Caged in Darkness" in one sitting. I just loved it and extremely impressed with the writing of J.D. Stroube. She writes in such a way that illicits empathy for her characters and their plights.

Savannah was terrible abused by her dark magic parents. They were so evil that they had been cast out by not one but two covens.
This is a difficult book to review, I bought it from Smashwords, which shows that the author has revised it several times. It's extremely obvious, because I didn't notice a single editing mistake (Thankfully!).
The book was well written, I like the authors voice. I wish it were longer, but since it's a series I will get more of it. I liked some characters and LOVED others! A lot of events take place in the book at a fast pace, which means I was never bored. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ending! I really
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Caged in Darkness is a book that takes you on a emotional ride. It has it all such as a thought provoking plot, yummy male leads, amazing action scenes and pent up romance that will have you turning the pages for more.

The story starts off with Savannah Cross telling the memories of her horrid life when she was 9 years old. She was an abused child that had to live her life in a cage and forced to watch as her parents sacrificed countless lives to demons. Savannah managed to escape one day, altho
I want to first say I wrote a review already and then hit a wrong button (ACK!) and lost the whole thing. Cannot believe it... very frustrating.

I am not one to go out looking for paranormal romances. Although I have read a few and enjoyed them, my personal preferences are not in this genre. I also want to make clear that I am nearly 40 years old and am aware that young adult novels do not always connect well for me.

I had some issues with the book. Mostly they were at the personal preference end
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I am absolutely stumped about where to start this review. I liked aspects of this enough to enjoy it some and I can see the potential within the story, but overall I can't say I enjoyed reading it.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book was the writing. It didn't seem to flow naturally for me. The writing in the beginning was really gripping and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen, but it seemed to have lost that as soon as Savannah hit her teens. Plus the point of view cha
Nicole Rae
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
I truely LOVED this book! I admit it is my first witch story but it has hooked me in. The way that J.D. Straube writes is beautiful and compelling. This book is very addicting and I'm so excited to get sucked into the next one. This was an intoxicating read that people will fall in love with.

The characters are described in such a way that they come to life on the page and walk right into your heart. Savanah has lived a life that no person should have to go through. However she is strong and has
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Awesome! That’s the best way to describe this book. I bought this for my kindle on a whim, I was disappointed in the series I had been reading and wanted something different. I was very pleasantly surprised. This book was very different than most of the stuff I have read , but in a good way. The story is told from different perspectives, which really made for a great pace. The characters were very interesting and well fleshed out. I LOVED the main character Savannah. She was very cleverly writte
Arlena Dean
By: J.D Stroube
Published By: Euphoric Publishing and Design
Age Recommended: Y Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5
Series: Caged #1

"Caged in Darkness" by J.D. Stroube was a good paranormal novel that once you got into this read you could get caught up into it especially if you love a witch story. This author really knows how to keep the readers attention giving you a very detail read. I found the characters were so well developed and described in such a way they seemed to come to life as
Bridget Bowers
I have to say that this book grabbed me at the start, and at the end left me with my mouth hanging open in shock. The overall plot was exciting, and I was anxious to see where things were going and what would happen next.

Savannah's story was heartbreaking. The character development made me feel for Savannah, and each twist and turn left me wondering where she was going to end up. At the end all I can say is wow. I completely didn't see it coming.

Knowing the book is part of a series, I'm curious
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book was a quick read and a great story until after the halfway point. Then, things started happening that threw me off track (e.g., total character alterations, unbelievable circumstances) which altered my overall enjoyment of the book. I also disliked the ending.

NOTE: I thought it was interesting that the editor added her name next to the author's on the Kindle version of this book. I really like reading new authors and giving them support. But when I see so many spelling, punctuation, or
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J.D. Stroube is an author, artist, and a psychology major. Her writing crosses many genre's, but most often gears towards fantasy and the paranormal.

J.D. intends to utilize her overwhelming need to know and understand things, to aid her in achieving her Doctorate degree. She then hopes to open her own practice to provide counseling for low income families and children.

In early 2014, J.D. suffere

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