Sunday, December 28, 2014

Book Review: Stolen by Lucy Christopher/Fiction-Young Adult-Thriller

Hello dear Readers,

With this year almost gone, I wanted to take the time to acknowledge some of the awesome books I read this year. On one of my previous posts, I talked about what for me was the best book I read in 2014: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr. I still feel overwhelmed every time I mention or talk about this book because it's a fantastic one. In the other hand, we have Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn which is my second best book of the year. I won't talk a lot about this book in this post because I will do a review of it pretty soon but I will recommend it a 100%. The twist of events is mind blowing. I also read and heard good comments about the movie which I will see once it comes out sometime next year.

To continue with this specific post, today I would like to do a little review of a book that was very interesting and different from all the books I read this year: Stolen by Lucy Christopher.

Title: Stolen
Author: Lucy Christopher
Genre: YA/Thriller
Publisher: Chicken House
Language: English
Paperback: 320 pages

Book Description

A girl: Gemma, 16, at the airport, on her way to a family vacation.
A guy: Ty, rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar, eyes blue as ice.

She steps away. For just a second. He pays for her drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. To sand and heat. To emptiness and isolation. To nowhere. And expects her to love him.

Written as a letter from a victim to her captor, STOLEN is Gemma's desperate story of survival; of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare--or die trying to fight it.

My thoughts
*I gave 4/5 stars on Goodreads

I saw a few booktubers talking about this book on their channels and it sounded good. I decided to buy it on my kindle. I remember posting a picture of it on my Instagram account and some of my fellow bookworms mentioned how awesome this book was. That motivated me more to read it.

The first thing I want to say about it is the point of view on this book is fantastic. Gemma tells the story, is her point of view but told in a letter to her captor.

Stolen is the story of Gemma, a sixteen year old girl who was kidnapped by Ty, a 25 year old man. She was at the airport in Bangkok with her parents and while she was waiting for the plane to leave, Ty approached her and started talking to her and using a coffee which he offered to buy her, put some sort of drug and that is how he could kidnapp her.

When Gemma regained consciousness, she woke up to this house in the Australian desert. Nothing else there but this house and this place that Ty claims he built himself. 

At this point we could think the story is not that interesting or that cannot get any better but it does. Ty tells Gemma that he has been obsessed with her since she was a little girl. He has been whatching her since she was a child and now that he finally did kidnapp her, he plans  to keep her with him forever.

Gemma hates Ty and the place she is. She hates how quite and calm it is. She hates the idea of not being able to escape because everyday she spends there she can see there is nothing else there. She tried to escape once but the heat and the desert were too much for her. When she wakes up she is back in the house. Ty had rescued her and she hated him even more because of that.

However, the time pass by and Gemma starts feeling symphatetic for Ty. She is confused. She knows what he has done to her is wrong but at the same time, deep inside, she feels attracted by him. 

One day, Ty was trying to capture a snake and Gemma gets bitten by it. Gemma starts feeling sick so Ty has no other option but to take her to this mine where she can get medical attention. At the mine, they take care of Gemma and Ty turns himself to the police.

When Gemma wakes up, her parents are there but the only thing she cares about is to make sure Ty is ok and that people do not see him as a monster. He saved her life, she thinks to herself.

Gemma starts talking to a pshycologist who is convinced Gemma is suffering the Stockholm Syndrome and she suggests Gemma instead of talking she writes about the whole situation and her feelings. That is why Gemma is writing the letter and deciding what kind of testimony she will give during Ty's trial.

In general, I liked the book. I never read a story like this before and even there was a moment when the book got really slow for  me and I think in some parts the description was unnecessary but is a well written book, with an interesting plot and the twist of events which for me was when we discover Ty has been watching Gemma since she was a child, that was something I was not expecting at all.

Stolen, a perfect read if you are looking for something different, written in an unique format and with interesting characters.


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