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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,156 ratings  ·  369 reviews
The Gemini Thief could be anyone. Your father, your mother, your best friends crazy uncle. Some country music stars deranged sister. Anyone.

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Thomas Nelson
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Mara Washburn The back of the book has a note that says that the letters are supposed to be from Aulus to Elizabeth Smart, a real life abduction survivor.…moreThe back of the book has a note that says that the letters are supposed to be from Aulus to Elizabeth Smart, a real life abduction survivor. (less)
KATHY HINDENACH It was YA, IMO, & rode the fence on this. I would have liked to have known before I started reading to have a better perspective.

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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
What an astonishing, captivating, complex, dark, dazzling, deep, dreary story!

After you read its blurb you may imagine how a books story can affect you so deeply and put your emotions everywhere. Not easy to read, absorb for every reader!

There is a Gemini thief out there taking three boys and holding them as his captivates from June 1st to the June 31th of the following year. He can be anyone. He can be she. Your pervert uncle, your lovely father, your talkative mother, your creepy teacher or
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
originally read: 04/03/2020 - 04/05/2020
*re-read: 05/01/2020 - 05/03/2020
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs-read

The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper who has haunted the state of Tennessee for the past decade.

Every year, without an apparent pattern, three boys are taken, kept for a year and then released.

When the body of a missing boy is discovered, however, it is assumed that the Thief has escalated. He has never killed before. Was it an accident?

Either way, authorities and citizens alike become desperate to get the bottom of the mystery.

Thea Delacroix has been seriously hunting the Thief
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I have read and loved a few Courtney Stevens books in the past so I expected to feel the same about this one, but that was so not the case. This was.. extremely disappointing :( The story was SO hard to follow and I kept tripping myself up because it is told in a somewhat nonlinear format but I didn't realize that until right at the very end and it was so damn confusing. I also feel like the ending had no grounding in the plot and came completely out of nowhere (not in a good way). Honestly ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, that's disappointing.

Part of the reason this was so difficult to read is because of the same issue that multiple other readers stated in their reviews-the formatting of this e-arc is almost unreadable. There are random pictures inserted in the middle of words, creating a jumbled mess and disrupted flow.

The story itself started out strongly, but proceeded to slog in the middle, with an ending that left too many unanswered questions and seemed to pull a reveal out of thin air. I think the
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Allison at Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

No rating because I just wasn't feeling this one right now. I probably will pick it up again at some point.


[10/17/2019] - thank all that is good and holy. they changed the cover



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Mara YA Mood Reader
Jan 18, 2020 marked it as to-read
01/18/2020 Im here because Nilufer said dark and dreary and other beautiful dark describing words and Im just*gothic heart eyes* ...more
This is a Young Adult Suspense Mystery. I listen to the audiobook, and the narrator was good. The mystery/suspense parts of this book was good, and I always felt the characters where developed. I just felt the police or FBI could have solve the serial kidnapper before all this got this bad. The twist and turn did get me, and I did not see it coming. I felt the answer was just to easy, but I guess sometimes the sample cases is the hardest ones to solve for the police/FBI. I did enjoy reading this ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
The Gemini Thief could be anyone.

representation: black side characters, ermmm i think that's it

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]

✧゚: ✧゚: 2 . 5 s t a r s :゚✧:゚✧

I received an e-arc from netgalley, but since hearing that the arc is quite different to the finished copy, I decided to wait and listen to the audiobook and I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the female narrator, but the male narrator who was supposed to be narrating a teenagers voice
Melanie (mells_view)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Careful with that hope, he said.
Careful with that doubt, I retorted.

I was worried about this one after reading reviews, but I actually ended up enjoying The June Boys. The story is like a darker Nancy Drew. A large cast of characters with a few main ones. One being a victim whose POV is shown mostly through letters, and the other being the one trying to solve the Gemini kidnapping whodunit. The start is a bit of an info dump, and the middle is a bit of a drag, but the last third of the book is
Dannii Elle
Every June, on the first day of the month, a boy is taken. Every June, on the last day of the month and a whole year later, a boy is given back.

This concept intrigued me and yet I remained a little underwhelmed by its execution. The finger was pointed at the correct perpetrator a little under halfway into this book, which led the focus to remain upon his capture. I would have preferred more mystery to feature as I found the early fear of the unknown to keep this an engaging and atmospheric
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The June Boys is simultaneously devastating, captivating, and edge-of-my-seat thrilling; I read it on the heels of a book I absolutely loved, and not only did it not disappoint, it held it's own.

So the blurb pretty much captures what's going on here - every year (mostly), three boys are taken from rural areas in the Southern US, held for a year by the anonymous Gemini Thief (minor quibble; he changes about halfway through the book to Welder but apparently has also been that all along), and then
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The June Boys was a wild ass ride. Beyond crazy and I honestly didn't know who was the actual suspect until the very end. Heck, my mind is still blown from it all. The Gemini Thief definitely kept my on my freaking toes/sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire thing.

Ugh, it was so freaking good. I loved getting to meet all the characters throughout this book. Then there's the twists and turns in each chapter.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
When Thea's cousin Aulus comes up missing she wonders if he is part of the June Boys who the Gemini Thief has taken captured. As the mystery starts unfolding Thea starts to feel like maybe her dad has something to do with it. Thea will do anything to find out who has taken her cousin.

The story was a good concept. I liked the beginning but I felt like I never connected with any of the characters and I felt the story start to drag for me. It took me a little longer to get through the book. I just
Courtney Stevens
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to The June Boys. I hope you wreck your brains wondering Who is the Gemini Thief? and Will Thea find the boys before they die? and when you reach the end, I hope you are deeply satisfied by the answers Ive written for you. Books are supposed to be entertaining.

But sometimes books are more than just entertainment. They certainly were for me. Theres no good reason for a middle class white kid who grew up in rural Kentucky to have been lonelybut I
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I was really looking forward to this book, because the synopsis sounded so amazing. Therefore, I was extremely disappointed when I found myself struggling. It wasn't that far in when I realised, that this wasn't going to be the book I thought it was going to be. One of the most off putting things, was that there was actual formatting issues with the book. There were some pages with
Jul 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
This sounds like something straight out of a Criminal Minds episode and I'm digging it

Jade Melody
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

I'll be honest. I had to drag myself through the first half of this book. It wasn't bad, but it just lacked that oomph that made me want to continue picking it up and making it apart of my day. Court Stevens is a great writer, and she made this story based on true events. That's difficult to do, so for that I give her props. I do think that the first
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The June Boys captivated me until the end. Once I was hooked to the story and mystery, I couldn't put it down! I needed to know what was going on. And now that I've finished it, I can't say the "who did it" really surprised me but this book was one wild journey and I just loved it.

If you're wondering, The June Boys is a story about three boys being kidnapped on June 1st every year (or every couple of years) and are being released after a year of captivity by "the Gemina thief". We don't know who
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think I have unexpectedly found one of my favorite books of the year! The June Boys took me by surprise. When I was reading The June Boys, I didnt feel like a reader: I felt like Theas friend. When I wasnt reading it, I was thinking about it.

The Gemini Thief kidnaps young boys on June 1st and returns them alive on June 30th of the following year. This has been going on for a quite a while in the Tennessee and Kentucky area. This year, Theas cousin Aulus was kidnapped. Thea is understandably
Gerardine  Betancourt
This is my first book by Courtney Stevens so I didn't know what to expect.
The Gemini Thief is a person who has been kidnapping young boys in the state of Tennessee for the past 10 years.
Thea's cousin, Aulus is missing and all clues start to feel that her dad has to do with the disappearances. Thea with the help of her friends will try to discover who is the Gemini thief before it's too late for the boys.
I must start by saying that it was super difficult for me to read this e-arc because of the
Andria Sedig
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book had such a strong start. As a fan of criminal minds, I loved the mental aspects of this thriller. I really enjoyed the concept of this book and was really enjoying this. However, the middle section of this book felt like a bit of a slog and was pretty slow. Not a whole lot happened. I also felt like the big reveal of who had done it felt almost too surprising, like there weren't enough clues to help the ending make sense. I found it a bit hard to connect with the characters which ...more
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight


True story, I have never read a Courtney Stevens book I didn't love. That's it, that's the review.

I jest. Seriously though, this was another hit in a long line of fabulous books. The June Boys is a gripping mystery, but it's also a lot more. It's such a love letter to friendship and family bonds, and asks the really hard questions. Like what would you do if you thought your family
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
Thea's cousin, Aulus, disappeared a year ago. The police said runaway, but Thea knew better. Aul was take by the Gemini Thief/Welder. Thea, her boyfriend, Nick, her best friend, Gladys, and friend, Tank, decided that they would study the case and find Aul. The Gemini Thief started taking boys in 2001. One June 1st, three boys disappear. They're kept in an underground bunker until June 30th of the following year and then released. The boys didn't see their captor's face because they wore a ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to Netgalley. This sounded like a great story. I enjoyed it but it was a bit hard to follow sometimes. The transition between POV didn't always flow well and I really didn't care about the characters too much. Lots of information at the start and then it started to drag a bit in the middle for me and I lost interest until the last part.
lena ☀️
Mar 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with this ARC for review!

If you're looking for a mystery that won't scare you and leave you afraid in your own home then this is a perfect pick! Typically that is just what I need, I need an interesting twist and low scare factor bc I ~have an anxiety disorder~ already and don't need more reasons to be scared every second.

This didn't have that interesting twist for me though, there wasn't space for us to guess who it could have been because the
Ivana - Diary of Difference
Oct 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: tbr-jar
I received a copy of this book from Harper360, and I am so excited to read it!

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Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
i found myself deeply invested in this book, savoring every second i spent reading it and not wanting it to be over. just when i thought the final twist had been revealed (and was slightly disappointed by it) the actual ending came and blew me away. definitely would recommend for thriller/mystery readers who love the suspense but not necessarily a ton of gore or gross details
Greyson | Use Your Words
Content Warnings: Abuse: kidnapping, neglect, death of a minor.
Representation: African-American side character

Youre telling me that its not every teen girls dream of having her own castle??? Sounds fake.

Dad called after me, Youre missing the point. We own a castle. And then another time with joyful oomph. We own a castle.

Okay so maybe that intro is burying the lead a little.

Someone is stealing boys in Tennessee only to give them back after a year.

Except this time one of the boys has been
Jun 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned-books
1.5/5 stars. I was actually really looking forward to reading this book, it sounded like it was something right up my ally, but it just wasnt there for me. For starters it took me a really long time to finish even though it is a relatively short book, which is unusual for me. I also didnt connect with any of the characters and they all felt one dimensional and very bland. The over all story wasnt that intriguing to me, and I had to force myself to read it. I almost DNF this book and honestly I ...more
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