*CAUTION : This title contains cursing, graphic violence, and references to sex.*Abandoned as a baby and left in an orphanage for supernatural children, Octavian Julius McKellter— “Jay” to everyone who doesn’t want a punch in the face—now seventeen, is working full-time as a zookeeper at the Bayou Zoo and Aquarium while struggling to finish his GED. The Bayou Zoo, staffed entirely by supernaturals, is one of many zoos across the country secretly housing magical creatures deemed too dangerous by the supernatural community to remain in the wild.Jay ‘s job is made more complicated when accidents start happening too often to truly be accidents and habitats in Area Five—the covert section of the zoo which houses the magical creatures— are sabotaged, allowing some of the creatures to escape.Working closely with Colin, a fellow zookeeper, to determine who’s causing the problems and why, is both a dream come true and a nightmare for Jay. Being gay isn’t something Jay’s prepared to accept with enthusiasm. Colin’s the first male he’s ever been attracted to, and the guy doesn’t even have the decency to be effeminate, which Jay thinks would somehow be easier to accept. Colin’s tall, strong, and everything that’s masculine. And Jay can’t stop thinking about what it would feel like to press their lips together or draw his fingers down Colin’s tightly-packed abs. Because someone’s bent on exposing supernaturals to the world by releasing the Bayou Zoo’s magical creatures, even if it means a little death and destruction in the process, there’s little time for Jay to worry about the ramifications of his shifting sexuality or the way Colin looks without his shirt on. Keeping his sexuality a secret seems like just as big a job as keeping the entire Supernatural community and its captive magical creatures shrouded from the human world. As the sabotage attempts escalate, Jay must juggle his budding relationship with Colin, discovering who’s behind the disruption in Area Five, and staying alive while capturing loosened, deadly Gryphons, Gnomes and Harpies.
Octavian Julius McKellter – Jay to his friends – is a zoo keeper, of sorts. Jay and his two best friends, Alex and Jace work for thOctavian Julius McKellter e Bayou Zoo and Aquarium and to most, the Bayou Zoo is a zoo like any other. But Jay and his friends know the truth: behind the mist and hidden from the general public’s sight is Area Five, the part of the Bayou Zoo that houses some of the world’s most deadly creatures including Sirens, Harpies, Gryphons, Unicorns, Kelpies, Fauns, Phoenix, and a Cerberus. Cool, right? Only if you don’t have to come into contact with them and be sure they are all well-fed and completely contained.
Here’s what I liked:
*The premise: Of course I love the zoo but a zoo full of supernatural creatures that can destroy the world is way cooler than your average run of the mill zoo! I very much like the originality of the premise.
*The plot: someone is out to “save” the caged supernatural creatures; that is, setting them free to run wild and wreak havoc on the world at large. This misguided and rather stupid sense of equality causes all kinds of problems and endangers the lives of Jay, his friends and, everyone else in the universe.
*The idea that supernaturals like Jay and his friends (Yes, they are special too!) are together as a collective group or clan for their entire lives. Like his friends, Jay has no idea who his parents are but he does know Jace and Alex have been with him every step of the way.
Here’s what I didn’t like:
*Some authors are very, very good at developing everything – plot, characters, setting, etc. – in a very short amount of time and pages. Caged is a very short read, only 100ish pages and for me, there was not nearly enough neither time nor length to develop much of anything. I really wanted just a little bit of everything.
*The repeated reminders of Jay’s sexual orientation. I do not care at all that Jay is gay and that he has the hots for Colin – what girl doesn’t like a little guy on guy action? However, in just 100ish pages, there are far too many mentions of Jay’s naughty bits and how said bits react at the mere sight of or nearness to Colin.
*The rather abrupt ending. I will be the first to admit I am not the biggest fan of a cliffhanger but after all the years and all the books, I have accepted the cliffhanger as a necessary part of writing. Caged doesn’t just end in a cliffhanger, it throws you head first off the side of Mount freakin’ Everest!! Boo L
The Bottom Line: I am well and truly on the fence with how I feel about Caged in Myth. I wanted to like this read far more than I did but am also not entirely sure I am willing to give up on the series as a whole. I like the premise and the promise that is there and am hoping book two in the series will not only be a better read for me but also be the hook that keeps me coming back for more. Here’s to round two!
Because of the language and sexual situations, this book is recommended for a very mature YA and above only.