A feature on my blog, every other Friday I share my recommendations with you all of some of my all time favorite books with mini reviews along with the regular Friday Freebies. These two books are five star books for me, some even six. The actual link of all of my favorite books can be found here. Enjoy x
Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Contemporary
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Synopsis: Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist, almost.
- Stolen is a novel I read back in high school, and it has been one of my all time favorites since then. This is a Stockholm Syndrome novel, and I do believe this is the best one out yet. The top reason I love this novel is because this is the only novel that actually makes you consider Stockholm Syndrome. There is no rape which is brilliant, even though Gemma was kidnapped because her kidnapper Ty is in love with her. I believe rape is worse than murder, it's the most vilest thing you can do to someone or something..
- I find other novels that have Stockholm Syndrome but have rape in the content are just depressing and upsetting, those might be good novels too, but I find it sad when you fall in love with someone who hurts you physically and emotionally. If the person is sweet, and kind like Ty it's believable. Although, I don't agree that kidnapping is the right way to confess your love - but he never hurt Gemma once and I appreciated that.
- I love Stolen because it's a refreshing novel, it's not something you would usually enjoy reading, but it's worth experiencing. You can even like Ty - although that does sound sick, but he's an amazing character even though his actions can't be justified. I found this novel to be moving and promising, the the letter format of the novel beautiful, and yes, I cried.
Synopsis: Thick with suspense and simmering with adolescent turmoil, Bad Girls is an action-adventure survival story that pits a group of troubled teens against a forbidding tropical landscape, an elusive enemy, and, worst of all, each other. It's Mean Girls meets Lord of the Flies, and it marks the debut of an innovative new voice in fiction.
Anna Wheeler's parents have had it up to here. They can't seem to control their daughter anymore and so, one night, Anna's yanked from her bed and carted off to Camp Archstone -- bootcamp for troubled teen girls. There, on a vast, remote, sparsely populated island, Anna will be expected to change her ways and repent for the sins her religious father just can't seem to forgive. Here's a hint: There's a boy involved. No, a man. Life at Camp Archstone is Anna's worst nightmare. Every minute of the day is scheduled, the counselors are hardcore, and one girl is crueler than the next. But when a grueling hike into the forest goes horribly wrong, things go from bad to worse. Stalked by an unknown foe and left to fend for themselves, the girls band together to try to find their way back to civilization -- and that's when the real trouble begins.
- I'm quite surprised by how underrated this book, Bad Girls really is. This has been one of my all time favorites since middle school. Anna, the protogonist is thrown into the biggest adventure of her life. Her parents are tired of her reckless behavior, and they decide to put her in this reform camp Island Archstone, which is for troubled teen girls.
- I liked that Bad Girls isn't a love story, it has a few glimpses of flashbacks - but that's about it. It's an actual adventurous story. I loved this book beginning to the end, the very first chapter can attain your attention till the very end. Anna is put through hardships with the counselors and the other teen girls at the camp. She's tested every minute until she can find her way home. The twists, actions, and how Anna's character progresses and changes is amazing.
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“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” —Nicholas Sparks