November 8, 2015

Originally Published: 10/29/15

Stolen by Lucy Christopher is about a young girl named Gemma who is kidnapped at an airport by a guy named Ty. He drugs her and takes her to a desert in Australia, where no one can find them. He has planned out their entire life together and believes that Gemma will fall in love with him eventually. Throughout the book, Gemma tries multiple times to escape, only to find her way back to Ty. This book is written in second person, from Gemma's POV, as a letter to her captor.

As far as characters go, Ty is a complex character that I found to hate, love, and adore all at the same time. I never would've thought I would sympathize with a character like him, but after his intentions and his background story were revealed, I couldn't help but feel for him. His outlook and connection to the desert is what drew me to him the most. He has such a beautiful mind and even though his actions where unforgiving and frightening, I fell in love with him. On the other hand, Gemma was a female character that I thoroughly enjoyed. She wasn't a damsel in distress or naive. She was smart and realistic, so to say. The development of her emotions towards Ty easily corresponds to the readers feelings towards him as well. She's almost as drawn and confused as we are.

I'm not gonna lie, the beginning of the book wasn't bad, but wasn't completely great. After Ty kidnapped Gemma and brought her to the desert, things were kind of slow, but in a way I liked it, which is why I kept reading. Towards the end, stuff got real and I was an emotional wreck. Everything kind of happened so fast I couldn't really get my thoughts and emotions together, but I loved it all. If you've already read the story, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm still recovering.

I would really enjoy seeing this as a series. Maybe the next book could be the exact same story, but in Ty's POV? I don't know, I just don't want to let this story go. But at the same time I do think it is a strong stand alone and the heart wrenching ending is what makes the book something you won't forget.
If you've read Stolen, what are your thoughts on it? Did the ending leave you in a pool of tears like it left me?

Thank you so much for reading!

UPDATE: Now that I think a little bit more about this book, it wasn't as great as I hyped it out to be. I still really enjoyed it, but it was really fasted pace and I didn't have time to connect deeply with any of the characters. I still cried because I'm just a sensitive person and the ending hit home. I do wish there is a sequel though, there's more that I want from this story. I rated it a 3.5 on goodreads.

xo, kathlyn

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