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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,444 ratings  ·  224 reviews
In a glittering underwater world, nothing is as it seems...

For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded bea
Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 1st 2014 by Harlequin TEEN Australia
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Vanessa Garden There are three - with possibilities of a prequel. I do apologise for not answering sooner, this one missed me somehow :)

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Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I thought it was a mermaid book at first, I was expecting this…



But it turns out that it's an underwater civilization where everybody is human and apparently none of the women there are able to have children.


Then the King, Marko, and his sister Sasha (I changed her name cause Sasha sounds more like an evil name) come up with the brilliant idea of kidnapping a girl from a beach and they send Marko’s best friend the lead guard and he gets the wrong girl because she was suppose to be 18 years
Vanessa Garden
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
It's New Year's Eve, the eve of Captivate's official release date so I thought I'd pop in and wish you all a fantastic New Year with much love, laughter and prosperity!
It has been a long road to publication, but an enjoyable one. Getting Captivate published with my dream publisher, Harlequin Teen Australia, and getting to share Miranda's story with you all is an absolute dream come true.
I hope you enjoy reading Captivate. I love reading reviews and I'd like to thank readers and reviewers in adv
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
A copy was provided by Harlequin Australia in exchange for an honest review.


Should've known better, right? To be fair, it wasn't particularly bad, but it was definitely strange and cliché.

The book reminded me a lot of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (the 'kidnapping to be made a bride for the king' part) and Renegade by J.A. Souders (the 'underwater city surrounded by dark mysteries' part). Sadly, I did not like this book as much as I liked the two aforementioned
'But with each passing moment in these unfamiliar surroundings with all these strange people, and after eating all of these fish meals, I almost started believing that we were actually underwater.

It was impossible, though; completely impossible.'

Prepare to dive into an enthralling tale that will capture your heart and captivate your mind.

Vanessa Garden's Captivate brings to life the YA genre, with a refreshing twist on what's going on in the ocean's mesmerising depths.

With an underwater civilis
Anatea Oroz
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Let's talk about surprising! I must say that I only skimmed through the book description before I started reading it, thinking it is probably some paranormal book with mermaids in it. But this is NOT a paranormal book about mermaids, at least, there are no mermaids in this book, I can't say there won't be any mermaids in the next books in the series. What else is surprising about Captivate, I didn't expect it to be this good, but it was,
Aussie bookworm
The Plot
Miranda has a terrible secret, everyone around her dies.

Miranda and her sister go for a midnight swim, her life is changed forever when a stranger drags her into an underwater city.

Miranda is kept Captive and told that the fate of the city is resting on her shoulders, the women of Marin have become barren, and they need someone who is fertile to marry their young handsome King to produce a heir to the throne.

The Romance

A Love Triangle that is so up and down that you have no Idea which te
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Everything about this book is unique. The world building, characters, and the overall plot. This book is definitely out of the box. Though I wish there was more about the underwater world, I really enjoyed Captivate. Honestly, I picked up this book because of the cover. There is a love triangle. It did bug me at some points but I looked past it. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. I was sad for Miranda, her
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I only just finished Captivate a short while ago and everything is still swirling around in my brain. Not sure where to start lol...

Ok, well firstly the cover, well I'm sure we can all agree it's absolutely stunning! The story that lies within matches the cover to a T, which is awesome! This story was a different experience for me, from all the books I've read not alot revolve around the sea, especially an underwater city. An underwater city, could you even imagine it? ^_^

Now to the story.... Mi
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)
Miranda Sun had been taken against her will to the underwater city of Marin where she is expected to marry the king and bear his children to help boost the barren population. But Miranda is desperate to get home and make up with her sister after the tragic death of her parents. Meanwhile the king’s brother, the exiled firstborn, is a threat to the city. Will Miranda succumb to the lure of the underwater Marin or will she find her freedom?

I liked Miranda as a character. She had all the angst and
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Captivate is an ambitious novel, and although I saw a lot of potential in the blurb, I have to confess I'm mostly disappointed by it.

Here is the premise of Captivate: Marko is the king of an under-water settlement of humans, and he's usurped his psychotic elder brother Damir's throne. His people can no longer reproduce, a side effect of living underground with no sunlight and other things that humans generally need to survive. His elder sister, and Damir's twin, suggests kidnapping a girl from t
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
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The whole mermaid thing seems to be coming up more and more in books and I have been intrigued by it, but so far the books I've read weren't able to deliver.

After reading Captivate I felt like half of the book was missing, there were so many holes in it and lack of explanation, description and development.

First of all, kidnapping a girl to force her into marriage and conceiving children is never the right idea. Taking the wrong girl, since Miranda is only seventeen and not of age, is completely
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, aussie-ya
It was the gorgeous cover that drew me to Captivate, and underwater worlds have always fascinated me, so I just had to read this book. The underwater world in this book was different than I expected, with it's own unique twist.

Miranda is kidnapped and forced to live in this underwater world. She is told she is to marry the king, Marko. Miranda is determined to be free, trying to escape anyway she can. She is guarded by Robbie, a handsome boy not much older than her. She becomes close to him, ho
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
It's been a year since seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun's parents were killed in a terrible car accident, but she's still harbouring a secret guilt that has damaged her relationship with her older, beautiful sister Lauren. That January, when their grandparents take them to the family shack by the beach at Bob's Bay for two weeks of summer holiday, Miranda is finally preparing herself to open up to Lauren when her situation drastically changes, and she disappears while taking a midnight swim.

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Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Our story begins on a midnight swim in Bob’s bay, Australia. Lauren and Miranda are visiting their grandparents and spend every summer at the old holiday shack since they were born. It was the first time in almost a year the sisters spend any real time together or were really speaking to each other since the death of their parents, but before they could clear the air about what really happened on that faithful night, Miranda gets dragged underwater, drugged and taken captive. When she wakes she ...more
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Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review: Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden Thanks to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy for reviewCaptivating; the one word that perfectly describes this book from start to finish.4.5....I absolutely fell in love with this book. Everything picks up straight away and we get thrown into life in Marin. Garden creates a stunning underwater world.We first learn about Miranda and her life in Aus. I can instantly imagine her grandparents shack as well as the surrounds. Miranda is suc ...more
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Captivate was an exciting tale that totally took me by surprise. I was expecting a mermaid tale, but it had a different twist to it. Imagine a city, deep in the ocean, where humans first moved to at their own free will. It was amazing, beautiful and sweet.

Miranda was swimming with her sister when she was taken to this city, Marin. She was basically kidnapped and held against her will. The longer she stayed there though, the more she became to like it, but it came at a price. Her feelings were th
Char ღ Denae
Oh wow! I really loved this book! So original and consuming! It just grabbed me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. I finished it in one sitting.

At first, I thought it was going to be a mermaid/merman story but the whole, city-under-the-sea thing was really cool, and I loved the possible-submerged-space-ship angle. The descriptions of the city were perfect, not overdone but just enough to let your imagination take over, and the crystals were a very unique touch.

I felt I could really
Nicki Markus
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Captivate started slowly and I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy it, but about a third in, I suddenly found myself getting more and more drawn into the story and by the halfway mark I was keen to see how it would end.

The book takes a different slant on the mermaid idea, defying expectations right from the word go. The characters are perhaps a little too stereotypically YA at times as I found myself anticipating their every move, having seen a similar thing countless times before, but the plot interest ma
Angelique The Gilded Pages
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, i-loved-it
Um, yes! This book was everything. I couldn't find a single thing that I disliked.

Robbie and Marko? They were so drool worthy, especially Robbie.

I loved the setting, the characters, the action, and the plot. Marin and it's plight were really interesting, and the idea that they "take" girls from the surface really caught my attention.

The ending tore my heart apart for both Marko and Miranda. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, because this book was so exciting.

This is NOT a mer
Tamara Martin
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a sensational debut by Vanessa Garden, am very excited to see where she not only takes this story but what else she brings us. This was an incredible, slightly dark, twisted take on an underwater paradise, it takes you to places you don't expect to go but are so glad you went. I loved how bravely she committed to the action scenes, you had to keep turning the pages which your heart in your chest. I think this author is only just finding a groove too which is very exciting for Australian ...more
I had hoped this was going to be a good book. I had been wanting to read it for awhile. However, this was just not that great. It really needed some kind of action.I felt bored throughout. On top of that I just didn't care too much for the main character. She spent too much time whining. It was really annoying. Needless to say I will not be reading anymore of this trilogy.
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I give this a 3.5
After reading so many dark & depressing books lately which I really loved, this book was just a quick read to lighten the mood and I really liked it. I loved the fact that Miranda wasn't the lovey dovey type like most typical female protagonists her attitude and humour made me enjoy the book very much ! And the fact that Marko was super good looking wasn't bad either!
Dec 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Actual Rating: 1.5 stars

This review first appeared on Thoughts and Pens

Captivate frustrated me so much that I was tempted to give it a zero star rating. Except for the interesting premise, almost everything about it was off. Not to mention that I was angry at myself for not really checking it out. I thought that it’s going to be a mermaid book but it’s not. In actuality, it’s about an underwater kingdom of humans.

My interest was very high during the first 20% of the book and then it dwindled as
Bree T
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Miranda Sun is almost 17 and after twelve months is still grieving the loss of her parents and keeping a dark secret. She has been keeping it from her sister Lauren, too frightened to tell her in case it widens the gap between them even more. Miranda’s grandparents have taken the two sisters to their beach cottage, where they’ve spent every summer, to see if it will heal them a little more and help repair their broken relationship.

One night, when she is out swimming with Lauren and about to conf
Taylor Price
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars.*Spoilers*I want to like this book more than I already do.Miranda is a relatable, likable heroine.She's brave and fierce when she's threatened, and I love she how kicks the bad guys in the nuts.That ain't no time to hesitate!She's no whimpering damsel in distress, waiting for the king to come to her rescue.I really love what she did at 89%.Her strained relations with her sister, her insecurities, her grief in losing her parents made me feel for her.It's nice to see a girl who may have ...more
Jackie (Jackie's Book World)
*Review can also be found at Jackie's Book World :)*

Vanessa Garden has written such a captivating story that has made it to my favorite's list. From the beginning to the very end, I was intrigued and fascinated by the world she has created. I don't think I've read anything like it and that's what made it an amazing read.

Seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has been haunted by what happened to her parents twelve months ago, ever since then her relationship with her older sister, Lauren, hasn't been e
Carrie Slager
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]

You know what? I didn’t expect to like Captivate as much as I did. The only reason I really took a chance on it was the fantastic cover. Sometimes, as I’ve found out, you can judge a book by its cover.

At first I thought this would be a mermaid book. In hindsight I’m not quite sure why I thought that but it turns out that this book is more science fiction than fantasy. I don’t want to give the big r
Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
When I received this book for review I really wasn’t sure what to expect from yet another YA mermaid book, but I was pleasantly surprised by this very well-written tale of duty, betrayal and romance.

Miranda has been struggling following the death of her parents in a car crash a year ago. Her older sister, Lauren, has become distant and Miranda feels now than ever that she is living in Lauren’s shadow. During a moonlight swim at their grandparents’ summer beach house, Miranda is stolen away to a
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A bookseller and Young Adult author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not raving about her favourite reads with customers, or mentally casting actors to play the characters in her next novel, she enjoys hanging out with those she loves most.

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“You don’t like me, do you?’ he asked. ‘And yet, you liked it when I held your hand.’
I stood there, burning with humiliation.
He smiled. A spark of interest illuminated his eyes.
‘I find that so intriguing.’
‘I didn’t like it,’ I said, when I finally found my voice. ‘I hated it.’
Marko smiled.
‘Shall we try it again, then, just to be sure?”
“Have you ever read Hans Christian Andersen’s story of The Little Mermaid, Miranda? Have you ever wanted
something so badly that you were willing to suffer the sensation of a thousand blades cutting into your feet?”
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