Saturday, January 15, 2011

Review: Gilr, Stolen By April Henry

Girl, Stolen By April Henry
Publish Date: October 2010
Publishers: Henry Holt and Company
Source: Author/Publisher (ARC)
Age recommendation: There is really nothing to look for, except some curse words.
Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen year-old Cheyenne Wilder is sleeping in the back of a car while her mom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. Before Cheyenne realizes what's happening, their car is being stolen—with her inside! Griffin hadn’t meant to kidnap Cheyenne, all he needed to do was steal a car for the others. But once Griffin's dad finds out that Cheyenne’s father is the president of a powerful corporation, everything changes—now there’s a reason to keep her. What Griffin doesn’t know is that Cheyenne is not only sick with pneumonia, she is blind. How will Cheyenne survive this nightmare, and if she does, at what price?

"Please let me go, I won't tell!"
When I read the summary for Girl, Stolen I though, "How in the world is this author going to portray the point of view of a blind girl?," because before I though that sight was essential to portray a story. Boy, did she prove me wrong. And I have the answer for the question , brilliantly.
Cheyenne, the main character, is so independent and uses her other senses that it made it very easy to relate to her and admire her at the same time.Half of the time I didn't even remember that Cheyenne is blind, and the other half, when I did, I didn't find it difficult to understand and I didn't find so bad that I couldn't see her surroundings

Because, see, that is where I think Griffin comes in. He is ,of course, able to see everything and since he is Cheyennes unintentional kidnapper he is with her at all times. And every other chapter it is in his point of view so it is even more refreshingly different to have the story told from both point of views. Griffin, he is the sweetest and most adorable guy! Don't judge me, I like sweet guys with a dangerous streak, you know you do too.
I loved Griffin from beginning of the book to the end. When he kidnapped Cheyenne not only did that change her life, but his too.

Which is why I am sorry to say that there was sort of one-sided romance with this story. Which is kind of sorta understandable under the circumstances, but still! Not much romance in a one-sided interest. And I think you guys can guess who the love interest is...But other than that the actio
n was great and the suspense was well....suspenseful! =D But being the romance-lover that I am, I am sort of disappointed with that part of the plot but that wasn't the main idea for this novel so all in all, I enjoyed reading it.

Cheyenne was a strong and very admirable main character. I found myself cheering her on the whole book. Her perseverance, which I wouldn't have in that situation, is very impressive. And her intelligence and kick-ass demeanor is what I liked the most about her. But girlfriend should have cut Griffin some slack! He was just doing what he was told to do! Just kidding, sorta.

If you like suspense, this is a short and refreshingly different read.

"Then the cough pushed its way up out of her chest, tore though her throat, and shattered the silence. And then the footsteps charged toward her." Pg. 171

Cover love: Simple and the cover itself tells a story.
What is next?: There is still nothing about a sequel to this book*fingers crossed*. Probably never will be, it doesn't seem like it. But if you liked April's books you can read her other YA thriller Shock Point.

About the Author:

She says: "I grew up in a small Oregon town, and I still remember my mom teaching me with alphabet flash cards. White with a picture of an object on one side and a letter on the other, those cards glowed with magic."

To read more about her and her books go to her site HERE.

Sorry for taking so long to review this. I have been overwhelmed ever since I got the new laptop trying to get back up to my feet after the robbery.


  1. Haven't heard of this one before! Kind of reminds me of Stolen by Lucy Christopher but in a less creepy kind of way. The premise sounds very interesting though. I may just put it on my TBR. Thanks for sharing your review. :)

    And also, great meeting you at chat. :) I'll get to VA soon enough I hope.

  2. I do not know if something wrong with my internet connection. But I cant see the book cover.

    Yeah, cant agree no more. It's always fun to read book which told from two people point of views.

    Will find the cover soon


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