Review: Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott

Posted December 18, 2017 by Minx

Review: Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott Captive Rebel by Erin McDermott
Series: The Allegiance #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: July 02, 2017
Publisher: Independently Published
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased
Pages: 176
ISBN: 152171097X
Purchase at: Amazon Barnes & Noble Kobo
Minx's Rating:

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 unforgiving family debt is paid. A pawn in the war for rebels to gain their freedom, she is obligated to become a spy, or her family will suffer.

Driven by revenge after returning from captivity, Prince Ariston makes it his mission to hunt down rebel spies, capturing Marylyn O'Conner in the process.

Desperate, Marylyn knows she needs to escape her alluring captor, or risk the safety of her family.

A fast-paced romance that will have you fall in love with each character and keep you turning the pages for more!


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 that they would keep only the most loyal of followers, the ones who prayed to them daily – now called the Allegiant, and they would exterminate the rest.

What they had not counted on was that the god Hades would take under his protection a small number of humans that managed to escape the extermination and who were hiding in the mountains. Over time, the people who were hidden in the mountains started to develop a rebellion and were trying to build a fighting force strong enough so that they could take back their world. Marylyn O’Conner and her family were one of the many families living in the mountains and Marylyn’s older brother had been a part of the rebellion. It was for his choices, under possible duress, that Marylyn’s family was supposedly targeted and how Marylyn had been taken captive.

Taken at a young age, all Marylyn knew was that she had to train, learn how to fight, and spy for the rebellion. Otherwise if Marylyn did not comply to whatever demands were put before her, she and her parents would be executed. Marylyn had allowed herself to be taken captive long ago in order to save their lives and there was nothing that she wouldn’t do to keep them safe from harm. She was completely committed to keeping her parents safe and unharmed and I loved this about her character, nothing mattered more to her than keeping her family safe, not even romance could turn her loyalty from them. I loved that so very much about her character!

For many years Marylyn had been spying for the rebellion and she was nearing what she hoped was the end, that she has proven herself loyal enough that she would be able to see her parents again. The mission that she was on was by far the most dangerous yet, and she was glad that it appeared that they would be leaving soon. All she and her companions had to do was last a few more days posing as servants while secretly gathering intel at the Royal Allegiant palace. Before their time was up though they heard the news that Prince Ariston was returning to the palace very soon and they knew that their cover was blown or was soon to be blown.

Unfortunately, one of the spies was not in his room when it became apparent that their time was up and the decision to leave was made. The time it took to decide whether or not to leave him behind put Marylyn in a precarious position with Price Ariston hot on her heels. When Marylyn was captured she was determined not to repeat her brother’s mistakes and put the rebellion and her family at risk but she was terrified of what would befall her. What she had never expected was that she would find unexpected kindness and that what she believed to be the truth was not as black and white as she had originally thought.

I enjoyed reading Captive Rebel, it had a fast pace with plenty of action and a little bit of romance. The story was extremely unique with the Greek mythology tied into the main plot, loved that idea, but I wish it had been expanded upon. I also wish that the world had been better developed. I wanted to know more about Prince Ariston’s time in captivity, what was the purpose for keeping him there so long? How was Marylyn and her companions chosen for their mission? I would have loved there to have been more information about the tensions between the Allegiant’s and the Rebels. Also, the romance was an insta-love and I wasn’t convinced by it. Given that this is a series starter though, the world itself may be developed more in the sequel and that would be fabulous. I did love how Captive Rebel ended, it was pretty exciting and did leave my curiosity piqued.


About Erin McDermott

Author Erin McDermott

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 somewhere on the Jersey Shore 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 book, CAPTIVE REBEL (The Allegiance, Book 1).

During her years in college she expressed a deep interest in Greek Mythology, which she incorporates into her current project, The Allegiance Series. She is incredibly grateful to her family for supporting her throughout the trials and tribulations of the independent publishing process.

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