Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review: Capture, by Rachel Van Dyken

Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault.

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half?

4.5 out of 5 stars

Capture is a spin-off of The Seaside Series from Rachel Van Dyken, and as a bonus she seamlessly weaves in some of our favorite characters from the Ruin series as well making the end result even more fantastic.  Because let's face it who doesn't want to see more of Alec, Demetri and Jaymeson, plus meet a couple of new characters who you will find yourself falling for as well?  For those of you who haven't read any of the Seaside Series don't worry, Capture can actually be read as a standalone!

Capture centers around Dani (Pris' sister) and Hollywood heartthrob Lincoln Greene (who is wait for it...Angela Greene's brother).  If you have read the other stories in the series, you will remember that Dani is suffering the tragic loss of both her parents.  Emotionally overwhelmed with tragedy, guilt and flashbacks she's left struggling to cope with being left behind and as a result she finds it impossible to verbally communicate with others.  Basically her only form of communication is via texting.  This facet of the story is truly heartbreaking because as readers reading Dani's POV you see each and every one of her inner struggles, her longing to just be "normal" and find her voice again.

Lincoln Greene's newest project is portraying Demetri in a movie that Jay is directing.  Jay all but forces Dani to be Linc's assistant.  Linc is sympathetic to her issues, but also doesn't treat her like she is strange or different because of her illness and anxiety.  Having someone in her life who doesn't know the whole story is somewhat refreshing for Dani.  He frustrates her to no end yet there is just something about Lincoln Greene that Dani cannot help but find herself drawn towards.

Like in her past works Rachel Van Dyken does a superb story creating a beautiful story of loss, forgiveness, healing and acceptance,  She has managed to tackle a very serious subject matter and shed light on it in a unique perspective.  Rachel Van Dyken can always turn even the most tragic of stories into a beautiful, inspiring book.  I seem to always laugh, cry and want to punch someone while reading--and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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