The Krinar Captive by Anna Zaires

In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Krinar Captive is a prequel to the Mia and Korum series that was released by this author in the last few years. It does not have to be read as a part of the series; everything is explained and the reader should not be confused if this is read as a stand-alone.

From Goodreads:

A new standalone romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Twist Me and The Krinar Chronicles

Emily Ross never expected to survive her deadly fall in the Costa Rican jungle, and she certainly never thought she’d wake up in a strangely futuristic dwelling, held captive by the most beautiful man she’d ever seen. A man who seems to be more than human…

Zaron is on Earth to facilitate the Krinar invasion—and to forget the terrible tragedy that ripped apart his life. Yet when he finds the broken body of a human girl, everything changes. For the first time in years, he feels something more than rage and grief, and Emily is the reason for that. Letting her go would compromise his mission, but keeping her could destroy him all over again.

NOTE: This is a full-length, standalone romance that takes place approximately five years before The Krinar Chronicles trilogy (aka Mia & Korum’s story). You do not have to have read that trilogy to enjoy this book.

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I hate to say it, but I didn’t like this book. I do not feel that it added anything to the universe that was already established in the Krinar Chronicles. As the heroine, Emily, was introduced to Zaron and his alien species, the reader learns along with her. But for someone like me who read the other three books, this period of discovery is complete deja vu.

Been there. Done that.

Nothing new to see here folks.

It is too bad because I desperately wanted to love something new from this author. I absolutely adore another of her series (Twist Me) but nothing I have read since has quite measured up. The Krinar Captive is very predictable, and the characters seemed rather pale and bland. They didn’t grab my attention and suck me in. If it wasn’t for that fact that I received a review copy and felt I needed to finish the book just in case, it would have been a DNF.

So what would have made the story better?

Adding new dimensions to the universe that we have not already learned. Introducing exciting new technology (since the Krinars are waaayyy more advanced than measly humans).

Adding plot twists or creating more friction between the hero and heroine. Something to grab the readers attention. If you are not going to do it with intellect, a book needs to latch on with emotion. With heart.

This book just didn’t do it for me. Hopefully the next one I try does.

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