Series: Caged #1
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Published by Self Published on December 15th 2011
Source: Author, Tour Host
Purchase Links: Amazon
Book Links: Goodreads
After the death of her parents, Ruby awakens from a lifetime of shadows and finds herself alone, thrust into a world of lies, deceit, betrayal and the supernatural. As her quest for truth continues to come up short, she realizes that maybe some questions really are best left unanswered. When her true identity is finally unveiled, she is forced to choose between two of the mysterious men who continually seem to crop up in her life.She chooses poorly. Now abandoned, Ruby must learn to call on the darkness within to survive, or spend a hellish eternity imprisoned because of it.
I picked this audiobook since Tavia Gilbert was doing the narration and I typically love her narration. In that aspect CAGED did not disappoint; Tavia Gilbert does her usual stellar narration and was the highlight for me. Overall, I didn’t mind this book; I just didn’t “love” it.
My main issue was with Ruby the main character; I just didn’t connect with her. I tend to be drain to witty, sarcastic female protagonists; but Ruby just a little to sarcastic to like. I also had a total lack of connection to Ruby’s “prior” life. I was told alot about this life; but none of her actions or struggles reflected that previous life. For example, Ruby was blind for 28 years but in the span of 9 months (or so) is totally integrated into her new life and business when we are told numerous times that she is a recluse that avoids contact with people and has a difficult time assimilating. Seriously, then how do you move, set up a business, teach yourself jewelry making and learn to dance in that short time. Shesh, she had to be going 24/7 to get all that done in that time frame. There is also a scene later when Ruby is trapped in a dungeon and never uses her past to help herself in that situation. These inconsistencies in plot were difficult for me to absorb and lead to my irritation with Ruby as a character and the whole story line.
There is also a plot twist which I wasn’t expecting and it was a bit much for me; as well as its development for the plot. This major event didn’t appear to further the plot or support Ruby’s character or her development. Major events should have an impact; no one suffers a life altering event without getting some baggage, so this plot thread just rang wrong for me.
Overall, CAGED is not a bad effort. It just lacks some polish, character consistency and depth. I do believe there is potential for Amber Lynn Natusch and I will keep an eye out for her.