Renee Conoulty: Stolen by Margaret Windsor


Monday, 4 May 2015

Stolen by Margaret Windsor

“The Lucretias always take what they want. And that includes me.” 

Cayla was told she had nothing to fear from the Lucretias—at least, not more than anyone else in the city. Her aunt and uncle paid their tithes on time, looked the other way when witnessing crimes, and never caused any trouble. 

When the sirens blare at Cayla’s school, she knows that someone has crossed the Lucretias, and the crime family is there to take their vengeance. Huddled with her classmates, she waits for the inevitable to pass. 

Except when the Lucretias knock down the door to her own classroom, Jon Lucretia, heir to the dark dynasty, catches sight of Cayla—and decides to claim her as his own. 

Taken as a prisoner into their opulent and guarded estate, Cayla must decide how to fight for her life, and her heart. 

Hey! Here's my review.

Stolen is a YA dystopian story set in a time when a powerful crime family have come to rule the region. They rule by fear, force and violence. The story starts out with Cayla being taken captive by the family as one of the sons thinks he might like her for his wife. It then skips ahead six months to a conversation Cayla has with a friend. The book then switched to first person and Cayla tells her friend what has been happening over the past six months. This is not a fluffy romance, but a story of survival.

I listened to the audiobook edition of this book, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. Andrea Emmes did a fantastic job of narrating this book and really added to the story. She is great at portraying individual characterisations and when the story took an unexpected twist about halfway through, you could hear and feel the change.

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