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Captive Rebel

(The Allegiance #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In a world where Greek Gods rule over the Allegiance, Marylyn O’Conner struggles to survive.

Marylyn is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion’s bidding until an unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war against the Allegiance, she is obligated to become a rebel spy, or her family will suffer.

When word spreads that an Allegiant Prince, Ariston, has escaped rebel c
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published July 2nd 2017
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Lana Campbell
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A future world where unrest rules. Marilyn has had to grow up faster than a young girl should in a world ruled by two factious entities, the rebels and the Allegiants. Marilyn is a rebel spy ensconced in the Allegiants world as a servant girl. Her greatest desire is to escape the Allegiants world and return home to her parents. One night she attempts escape with other rebel forces only to get separated from them and caught by none other than an Allegiant's prince, Ariston. Ariston isn't the evil ...more
Paige Green
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

Genre: Young Adult Romance/Fantasy

Recommended Age: 16+ (slight mature content, violence)

I was contacted by the author to review this book and then bought my own copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Destined to be enemies, bound by fate... Prince Ariston rules over the Allegiant - an elite faction favored by the Greek Gods. Separated from his family at a young age, he became a prisoner to the rebellion. Marylyn O'Conner is a rebel, forced to do the rebellion's bidding until an un
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
As soon as I read the summary of this one, I knew I had to read it. Anytime the phrase 'rebel spy' is mentioned I'm immediately sold. Luckily, Captive Rebel proved to be not only a stunning debut but a fantastic start to a new series.

Captive Rebel introduces us to Marylyn O'Conner, one of three rebel spies in the Allegiant. Maralyn was likable as well as easy to root for. At the start of the story, Marylyn is not-so-much weak- because it does take strength to be a rebel spy, especially in the pl
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
One thing that I enjoyed about this book is that Marylyn wasn’t the typical young adult heroine. Her main agenda is to complete this mission and be reunited with her parents. I appreciated that change of pace. A lot of the YA books I pick up anymore feel the same. Marylyn has been trained to fight, which is evident and well used, but there is no savior complex. She felt a lot more human to me than other YA heroines.

The other part of this story I appreciated was that there was no clear “good guy
Clare O'Beara
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
So a young woman who is hanging around with rebels and thieves, needs to steer clear of a prince called Ariston, yet runs into him everywhere she goes, gets captured, taken aboard ship, develops Stockholm syndrome and starts to question her loyalties before arriving at his father's palace. At great length with many oddities, like why the prince doesn't just have her killed or flogged as a lesson to other rebels. Why he takes her from a dungeon just to boast and have conversations; he'd surely ha ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great debut for this author! Captive Rebel has it all, friendship,action, angst and romance.
We meet Marylyn O'Conner and immediately recognize a strong minded, fierce, opinionated, young woman, who underneath her persona is really so lonely and scared. Even Marylyn isn't aware of her own vulnerabilities. She has had to stay strong and brave for so long she doesn't know how to be anything but.
Prince Ariston, her sworn enemy, is introduced into her life and Marylyn starts to question ev
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Captive Rebel is the first book in The Allegiance series and this series promises to be a fast-paced action-adventure with a heroine who will protect those she loves at all costs. In this dystopian world, the humans are clearly divided into two different factions. Their division was credited to the meddling of the Gods. The way the tales are told, Zeus and Poseidon had wanted to decrease the numbers of the humans on Earth because the planet was dying and so they came up with a plan. The decided ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
“‘I may be an Allegiant, and you a rebel, but those are only meaningless words in the grand scheme of things. They don’t determine who we are.’” -Erin McDermott, Captive Rebel

Are you a Rebel or a part of the Allegiant? Imagine that you are a rebel spy living in the royal palace as the prince is being held captive; and now he’s headed home earlier than expected. Now you must run before you are caught or risk yours and your parent’s lives. Erin McDermott, author of Captive Rebel, takes you on a wi
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
Title: Captive Rebel
Author: Erin McDermott
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Format: Ebook
Pages: 164
Rating: 5
Heat: 1

Thoughts: Wow!! Can I have book 2 like right now?? Other than Prince Ariston seeming to fall in love with Marylyn way too quickly, which gets explained much later in the book, I had so much fun reading this. I could barely put it down (which is why it was read in one day)!! So very glad this is a series, otherwise I’d be very upset that so many things were left hanging. I cons
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
I liked it but I didn't love it! I wanted to read this book because the synopsis of this book really intrigued me. This was an enjoyable read but I wish this was a bit longer because the story felt rushed including the romance between the two main characters. There's no brief background story which made it difficult to understand the world. I liked the greek mythology aspect in this story where the rebellions prays to the Hades for protection and the Allegiants Prays to the sea gods like Poseido ...more
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Captive Rebel is a mix between dystopian and action with some romance sprinkled in, and it was pretty good! The main character, Marylyn O'Conner, starts of with this this go-with-the-flow personality that gets her into a few spots of trouble, but turns into this tough, strong character after she is captured. I love protagonists with spines (it's a pet peeve of mine when they don't), and every time she reminded her captors t
Amanda Hupe
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Captive Rebel is the first book in The Allegiance Series by Erin McDermott and takes place in the future. The world as we know it, is gone. The world is ruled by an elite group called The Allegient. They are favored by Zeus and Poseidon. However, a group of rebels, who live in the mountains are desperate for their freedom.

Due to a grave mistake made by her brother, Marylyn O’Conner must serve the rebellion to free her family. She is trained as a warrior and goes to live in the Allegient King’s h
I won a paperback copy of this book in a giveaway last year, and I finally got around to reading it about a week ago. I've been reading a bit each night, and I just finished.

Marylyn is a strong woman, and I really admired her drive to save her family and not give in to her captors. She was awesome and I loved her, even though she was impulsive at times.

Ariston was sweet, and I liked him. He was clearly willing to fight for Marylyn.

The side characters (Charles, Fanny, Ian, Orion, etc.) were al
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott was a fun short read. I really liked the premise of the book, ancient Greek Gods going to war with humans, destroying what is our world and creating a new one where there are rebels, those that do not pray to Zeus or Poseidon and the Allegiant, those who do pray to Zeus and Poseidon. The Allegiant are the rulers of the world and rebels are what is leftover from a time gone by (our time, like 2018). The story is set hundreds of years into the future and the rebels ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
I really enjoyed this quaint romance that pitted "good" vs. "evil" in the guise of warring factions. The elites and the downtrodden have guided their populations so far from one another that everyone believes they are either an Allegiant or a Rebel, based on their religious preferences (Greek Gods).

This is how rebel Marylyn (Mary) finds her own thinking until she meets the Allegiant Prince Ariston and immediately finds comfort with him. She spent her life always believing that she could never be
Celine's book corner
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a complementary copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Captive Rebel is the first book in The Allegiance series (or rather the first prequel, as there is a second prequel after this one).
In Captive Rebel, we meet Marylyn O’Conner, a teenage rebel who has spent the last few years spying on the enemy camp, the Allegiant, by infiltrating the Allegiant King’s castle and working there as a servant. Marylyn was assigned this mission after her brother betrayed th
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got as a gift for an honest review.

First time reading from the author.

When saw the Greek Gods mention in the detail of the story, I had to read to see if they were just mentioned or do they get to play a part in the story. Half way through, all I see is statues of the Greek gods or Marylyn begging for their help. Which seems to never come.
Marylyn’s character makes me think of an older version of Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. No clue why, just do. Marylyn character is very likable and pulls
Suilyaniz Cintron
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When looking for a kindle book to read I saw Captive Rebel was free to download and intrigued by the blurb which spoke of Greek Gods decided to read it and it was so good with interesting characters and a unique premise. Captive rebel tells the story of two groups of people, the Allegiants and the rebels who have been divided for many years. While the Allegiants are loyal to the Gods Zeus and Poseidon who tried to destroy humanity, the rebels are loyal to Hades who saved the surviving people. En ...more
P.S. Meraux
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s unusual to characterize a dystopian novel as sweet, but this one certainly is, which is a testament to the author’s skill with a story line.

Marylyn is a rebel undercover in the King’s castle trying to gather intel for rebel forces. While her allegiance to those she loves is true, her reason for joining the rebellion is not so cut and dried.
The escape of a prince who had been held by the rebels means that she and the other spies must flee to avoid recognition and possible capture. And that i
Izzy {}
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book!!
When I first read the description I knew I had to read it! Girl falls for her captor? Yes please! I loved how fast paced this story was and how it didn't drag on. The writing was very fun and easy to read. Marylyn is brave girl and she knows she has to do whatever she can to save her family. Enter Prince Ariston and things gets complicated...You'll just have to wait and read to find out. The story follows a bit of a greek gods aspect, which was interesting. I loved how
Vanessa Vargas
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

From page one this book had me hooked! One of the many things I liked about this book is that it's pretty fast paced, there is action throughout its entirety so there are never any slow patches that can be boring. The characters compliment each other amazingly making you have a few favorite characters. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read but also want it to be a great story.
Jean A. Byrnes
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book. Once I started it I knew I would not be happy till I read it through. I enjoyed meeting the characters. They had qualities that were interesting and distinctive. Often times funny. The romance develops at a nice pace and Ariston and Marylyn's mental struggles add so much to the importance of the relationship. I find it captivating and Look forward to what happens to them. I hope there is more from the author.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read

The story kept me in suspense and eager to read as quickly as I could . The development of the characters had me rooting for them and was disappointed when it ended. I thought for a young writer Erin did a fantastic job keeping your interest in her heroine and feeling sympathy for her plight. Can't wait for November , I've pre-ordered Erin's continuation of the story. If you haven't read it yet, read it today!
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this young adult romance/fantasy. I liked the mythological aspect of the story and I hope the author incorporates more of it as the series progresses. I really liked that Marylyn was brave and strong-willed and that she was willing to do anything to keep her parents safe. There were quite a few editing errors I noticed, that were kind of frustrating as a reader. However, I still enjoyed the story.
Sophie Baker
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
A promising start (3.5 stars)

The premise of this book and series is a promising one. I gave this three and a half stars in total for a few reasons. Overall I did enjoy the storyline, however some of the writing and language choices did distract me from the story. There were also some small spelling and grammatical errors.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Young Adult Fantasy Romance books with fast paced action and Greek Mythology thrown in!
jody holbrook
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good book!

I really liked this book. It kept me interested and told the story very well. I could not put it down. The only negative thing I will say is that there seemed to be some background missing. I got the feeling there was something I didn't know. But then again, this is only book one so I guess I have to read the next ones to find out:)
pam laporte
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good book

I wish the Prince had been a little more forceful and his father really made me mad. Marilyn was not thinking very straight and their wasn't a lot of a story about either the allegiance or the rebels.
I did enjoy the book but wanted more.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining reading.

Rebels, spies and an attractive prince all gently mixed with romance, adventure, betrayal and hope. As one adventure ends, I suspect another is just approach ing the horizon. Where will the next lead? I do not know, but I hope to find out.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a bit of a light novella in certain places, the characters could have been a bit more developed. The only one that sort of stood out; was Ian Ramos, but even he could have been developed a little more. I would have liked to know the story behind his vendetta. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.
Pam Dise-Moran
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Creative story - interesting concept. Some characters are well developed. Sometimes distracting grammatical errors & repetitive language - perhaps this 1st edition did not have the benefit of an editor since it was published by the author. I’d like to see what happens next in the series.
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Erin McDermott was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated college with a bachelors degree in History. If she's not in her room writing, you may find her cruising around the Caribbean with her family. She has been writing stories since 3rd grade. It was not until after experiencing the fast-paced life New York City had to offer that she decided to finally take the plunge and finish her first ...more

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