Monday, September 10, 2012

Candace Reviews Girl Stolen by April Henry

Girl Stolen by April Henry
Hardcover 224 pgs
Published: September 28, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.

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?

This review was first posted at Candace's Book Blog.
I really liked Cheyenne and connected with her immediately. I felt like the situation and reactions were realistic and it was easy to understand her thought process and her love and hate for Griffin. Well, maybe not love, exactly. But not the hate she felt for some others. 
Although Griffin is the kidnapper, the story has interesting twists so he's not really the bad guy, so much.
Cheyenne is blind but there's a history behind it and through out the story we learn more about how it is to become blind, how hard it is to accept yourself and to move on and the strength she's had to survive all she's gone through. Past and present. 
We also learn about Griffin and his past. I found myself feeling for him and urging him to take action to change his life and the situation he's gotten himself into. 
This book takes place here, locally to me. I really liked that. Although there's not a lot of description of places I knew the lay out and the struggle that Cheyenne would have wandering the woods blindly.
Overall this was a great book with strong characters and a unique storyline. It's a fast read, it was only a couple hours for me.

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Disclosure: I had received this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.comtwitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

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