Book 1, Seaside Pictures
Rachel Van Dyken
This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
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?
Sweet and sweet
I really liked it, the trauma and the effect it leaves on you and the romance and their obstacles everything!
Famous people filming in Seaside.
I didn't like the execution of this story. In fact, this story started off wrong from the beginning. The introductions for the two main characters wasn't memorable or very clever. The primary focus of using the death of her parents as a reason to become mute seemed unrealistic considering she was still communicating by texting.
The texting didn't provide the growth and development I hoped to gain in understanding Dani's emotions or feelings for being mute. She seemed to behave as any typical teenager with a phone glued to her fingers.
Unfortunately, I didn't like Dani's character and not because she was mute. She was extremely immature with her foot stomping, pouting, and emoji using usage that had me cringing every time a scene included her. She was a seventeen year old teenager who behaved like an immature seventeen year old. She was mad and humiliated to be turned down by Lincoln for trying to follow the law and protect himself from going to jail.
Capture was about Dani's character who chose to become mute when her parents died. Dani wasn't always mute in fact she was a popular cheerleader in high school who spoke nonstop about inconsequential things. Even while mute she still communicated about inconsequential things with her phone via texting.
Lincoln's character was hollywoods heartthrob actor. At twenty-two he was a ladies man focused on his fame and fortune. As a favor to Jaymeson, he hired Dani to become his assistant, for the summer. Of course, since Dani chose to be mute this captured his attention as a challenge to unlock her voice.
Despite my disinterest in this story's dialogue I continued to read hoping to gain insight about Dani choosing to become mute. Finding out was anticlimactic. This story was a chore to read and I took to skimming to finish. I hoped Rachel could redeem the story with a clever method for regaining Dani's voice, but that didn't happen. I was bothered by Rachel downplaying the significance of a twenty-two year wanting to have sex with a seventeen year old. Both characters had no parental role models guiding or educating them about the laws of having sex with a minor. I could make a long list of reasons why this story bothered me but I won't. It just was not suitable even for fiction.
I want more! If you've read the other Seaside books you would have meet Dani in Fall. If not you still get to know all of the amazing people Captured has as well as some from the Ruin series, even a sly mention from another ;)
This book is what life is like after being drastically changed. How does someone move forward when you can't let go? How can you be who you're meant to be when your life is filled with fear? Life's hard enough without having that fear beat you down daily.
Dani has any amazing support group from her friends and family but is it enough to pull her out? Life gets a little harder for Dani when the hot actor Lincoln Greene becomes her new boss for the summer.
Getting a new assistant shouldn't be that hard for actor Lincoln Greene right? Just tell her what is needed, when and how. But What if your new assistant doesn't talk? What if you find her attractive and know she is off limits?