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5.0 out of 5 stars Stole my adoration!
I saw this book online a while ago and considered buying it, but when I learned of how it was written, I was slightly put off. But then, in a bookshop today, I saw it on the shelf and decided to dig a little deeper.. and bought it straight after. Not only did the second person narrative grab me, but so did both characters, which is quite difficult for me, especially with...
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Jess
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2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish it
The writing was alright and plot at the beginning was quite interesting, but I found that through the middle of the book that the plot became repetitive and nothing really happened. She would escape only to be captured again, and then she would escape again and her capture would pretend as though he didn't care before chasing her again. I was quite disapointed, as I...
Published 20 months ago by Jess
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)I can't describe how much I love this book. If i could give it a ten star I would. One of the best books I have ever read. If you are still deciding whether to buy it or not, heres your answer. just do it and you won't look back. Its so different from all the typical teen romances and I wasn't expecting that. Just utterly brilliant. I can't recommend it enough.
4.0 out of 5 stars Appealingly different.,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)I bought this book last year for my teenage daughter, but a recent drought in reading material made me reach for the book myself. How glad I was. This refreshingly different story is told in the form of an open letter. 16 year old Gemma writes with an aching yearning for her home, her freedom and all that is familiar to her, while also writing with compassion for her captor. The vivid description of her desert surroundings brings the harsh but beautiful landscape to life, along with the insects, animals and vegetation which make up the back-drop to Gemma's new existence. Her struggle to come to terms with her situation, her feelings for her captor, and the narrative telling of her childhood in London, her uneasy relationship with her family and her friends, make for compulsive reading. While this book could easily have been a tale of anger, violence and self-pity, it rises above the expected themes of kidnap, and delivers a tale of love, heartache and acceptance in an alien but beautiful landscape.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Magic,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)The emotions 'Stolen' can make you feel are extraordinary, and extreme. I was reminded in this book of 'Stockholm Syndrome' - where kidnap victims become attached to their captors. I previously thought of this condition as strange, and unrealistic. However, reading this fantastic story, I found myself loving, sympathising with Ty. My emotions ranged from passionately hating him, to understanding him. I enjoyed the second person structure of the piece, and was swept away in the maze of emotions I shared with Gemma, to the point of tears. I love this novel, and highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen fiction with adult punch,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)At first I wasn't sure about this book. The abduction of a teenager made for uncomfortable reading, at least to start with. However, as the relationship between Gemma and Ty evolved, I found myself willing to suspend my initial reactions and be drawn into the heart of the story. Lucy Christopher's evocation of the mysterious, terrifying, and awe-inspiring desert is what makes the fate of the Ty and Gemma so believable and so compelling.
Finally, I think the ending was the right one - Gemma in control at last.
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)This book really touched me, i thought it was one of the best i have ever read, you find yourself being pulled into the novel and feeling sorry for Ty and wanting Gemma to be with him in the end a little bit, even though I knew what he did was so wrong it was clear he cared for her and really did think he truly loved her. Gemma knows herself she isn't suffering with any type of after shock from being kidnapped but she does have feelings for Ty. She has to do the right thing in the end even though it kills her and she hates being away from him, having a piece of him with her in the form of a ring he gave her proves that she cares greatly for him and I can't blame her. This book is sad yes and did make a few tears come out but i would recomend this book to anyone, it is utterly amazing and very well written.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, a must read!!!,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)A friend recommended this book to me and said it was good, but she did not say that I should cancel all that I had planned for the day because once I start reading this book, I will not be able to put it down. It is a fascinating, fantastic, extraordinary story. Lucy has written it so well that you just cannot put it down. Enjoy the read, this book is worth every penny.
4.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but worth it,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)At first I really struggled to get into this book, however once I got into the swing of it and got past the half way mark I was hooked. The way Gemma and Ty's relationship progresses fascintated me and seemed like such a natural way ... barring the kidnapping of course. It really got me thinking and has been on my mind for weeks, espeically the ending and the way Gemma knows that although she has two options in reality there is only one way to go. I think perhaps more detail of Stockholm Syndrome would have been good and I am so intruiged about it now. I can't wait to read more from Lucy Christopher and will be recomending this to my younger sister!
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)We meet 16-year old Gemma at Bangkok Airport, telling us about how she was stolen to Australia, by beautiful and mysterious Ty, who was watched over her all her life. Alone and left with her captor in the desert, she begins to develop feelings of sympathy for Ty and becomes a victim of Stockholm Syndrome. But Gemma feels very insecure at this. She knew she had some sort of feelings for Ty but didn't understand why.
A very good and interesting read. At first you feel so angry towards Ty, but as we get to know him and are sucked into his amazing world. We have symphony towards him, At the end of the novel, Gemma never truely understands her feeelings, which made me quite confused.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read..utterly captivating and heartbreaking!,
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This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)I bought this book a while ago and hadn't had time to read it until recently. The second I read the first page, I was hooked. I only wished I'd read it sooner.
As a brief summary, the book is about Gemma, a 16 year old from England who is kidnapped in Bangkok Airport and taken to the deserts of Australia. Her captor, who is instantly different from the stereotypical abductor, is Ty, a gorgeous, tanned young man with attractive blue eyes. It doesn't add up. Drugged and taken from everything she knows and loves, to an alien environment - Ty wants her to love him and stay with him. She tries countless attempts at escape - but she doesn't know where she is. But Ty is different, despite the kidnap, he can seem kind and loving, especially to the desert and environment.
But Ty has a story of his own..one that involves Gemma more than she knows..
Firstly, this book was great simply because it provided a refreshing change from the paranormal, supernatural romances of recent months. Its true-to-life plot was realistic and as a reader, easier to imagine happening; as it actually could! The writer is also British, which I found enjoyable, as the prose was easier to relate to. Instead of the supernaturally challenging, it was a powerful, emotionally binding thriller about kidnap, love and loss.
I agree completely with other reviewers, at first I hated Ty, but over the pages I began to feel something more, as if he was just misunderstood, deserved of love.
He doesn't want to hurt her, he just wants to love her and her to love him.
It really is a story about love and the relationship between a confused young man and a lost young girl, emphasised by the arid desert and a connection..somewhere in the Australian outback.
This book broke my heart. I really enjoyed it that much. It made me laugh and cry. The second person perspective is captivating and entrancing and holds you. I read the whole thing in one night, it is un-putdownable. The plot is aimed at teens but the more mature end, as it is quite contraversial in that the kidnap and surrounding parts are quite explicit in parts, but thoroughly worth every minute of reading time.
I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending, it was clever, but still deserves a full five stars. Undoubtedly one of the best books I have read, if not the best.
Thank you to a wonderful author!
Please read this book - you won't regret it. If you like similar teen books, then this is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving book...,
This review is from: Stolen (Paperback)I devoured this book in a day and would definately recommend it! I ended up sypathising so much with the kidnapper 'Ty' even though there was no getting away from the fact that he had done this terrible thing.
This book left me thinking about it long after the last page but this did mean I wanted more. I still believe that this book deserves the 5 stars that I have given it but personally, I would prefer a bit more closure to the two main character's relationship. Maybe that's just me!
Very much worth a read!
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Stolen by Lucy Christopher (Paperback - 4 May 2009)
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