Ensnared by Rita Stradling Review

Title: Ensnared

Author: Rita Stradling

Publisher:  Rita Stradling

Format: eBook

Publication Date: May 23, 2017 

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Edelweiss

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

Ensnared was an odd odd book. It was intriguing enough to keep me reading to the end, but it wasn’t entirely believable for me. It has an interesting premise that I thought could be really promising but it very much fell flat for me.

First some good things. I liked that the Artificial Intelligence had enough differences in personality that I could quickly tell the difference between Rosebud, Rose, and Rosette. I liked that Alainn was independent, and that we actually get to see her without the catty step-sisters, but instead a decent big brother. I also liked the sci-fi feel of the world. Aside from that though I just didn’t feel the rest of the book.

I didn’t understand Rose’s motivations, and I didn’t understand Lorcan and his weird desire to stay inside. This poor guy was abused by his parents, and falls in love with the first slightly human thing he interacts with. Granted she was human, but she’s really the only person he’s ever met “in real life”. It was weird, and then he spends all this time trying to make the actual robot love him. Then everything is magically better, even though he still refuses to go outside. I just couldn’t buy into it, especially because Alainn does nothing to get him therapy and help. It’s kind of like “Oh well, we just accept him as it is, even if that leaves him in torment.” Unfortunately with all of those plot issues, I can only give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.

2.5/5  Some issues, but Well-Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**


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