Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Release Date: May 1, 2010
Publisher: Chicken House Publishing
Genre: YA Fiction
The Story: Gemma was a typical British city girl on vacation with her parents when her life was stolen away from her. One moment she was in line at the airport ordering a coffee and the next she had been drugged and whisked away to the Australian outback by an oddly familiar stranger. Her captor, Ty, is charming and attractive and not at all like the terrifying kidnapper you would imagine. The barren landscape of the desert is a stark contrast to the city life Gemma is used to and more than once she tries to escape with no success. She learns that Ty is not really a stranger at all and has been watching her for years. She begins to remember him and is frightened to find herself having feelings for him.
My Review: Stolen is written as a letter from Gemma to her captor and is frightening and intense. Through the letter Gemma recounts her time spent with Ty in intimate detail. This style of writing really puts you in Gemma's shoes and lets you experience her emotions as if they were your own. Her descriptions of the desolate outback are both depressing and beautiful. Even as the weeks pass, Gemma is a strong heroine who refuses to give up hope that she will see her family again. Over time she learns more about Ty and Gemma begins to find it difficult to view him as evil. Her feelings for him begin to cloud and she's no longer sure of the right and wrong way to feel. Stolen is suspenseful and grabbed me from the first page, not releasing me until its end. Lucy Christopher has written an absolutely stunning debut novel. I highly recommend Stolen.
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Lucy and her amazing publicist are going to be giving us a copy of Stolen and a signed bookplate to give away so be sure to check back for that. You definitely want this book!