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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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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
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
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

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

Every year, seemingly without reason, three boys are taken, kept for a year and then released.

When one of the currently kidnapped boy's body is discovered, however, it is assumed 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
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

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

[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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
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
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
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
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 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

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
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
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
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
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
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the THE JUNE BOYS blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from March 3rd - March 9th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Kidnapping, Death of a minor, Imprisonment, Abandonment, Shooting by gun, Survival
We live in a strange
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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DISCLAIMER : Thank you Netgalley and FFBC tours for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The June Boys was an emotional rollercoaster for me. The book was masterfully crafted keeping you at the edge of your seats. It was a fantastic thriller with the mystery of the identity of the kidnapper a secret until the end. The book is in a non-linear format with the POVs of Thea and Aulus mixed together. It is
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
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
This synopsis sends shivers up my spine. I really love a great thriller and this one sets up an intriguing plot. I look forward to finding out what really happened to these boys.
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so twisty and kept me wondering until the end! I loved that there were several suspects and misdirection. The letters Aulus wrote were a great insight into what was going on with the boys being held and how it affected their psyches. Thea was a good main character, she wasn't perfect but she cared about Aulus and dedicated herself to finding him. Having someone close to you be accused of something horrible and a lot of evidence against them was a great plot point. You think you know ...more
~ Thank you to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review ~

DNF @ 13%

I simply don't have time to read mysteries that don't pique my interest within the first few chapters. To be fair, I watch way too many crime shows and movies, so it's hard to immediately engage me in a mystery unless it's very new and creative. This one is just way too similar to countless Criminal Minds episodes I've seen to want to continue.

P.S. The e-ARC was so horribly
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Thank you Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I feel really bad rating this book at a one star, but it is what it is and here we are.

I had a lot of issues with this book. A LOT. The main thing that bugged me from the beginning is the formatting of this book. First of all, the Thomas Nelson logo was on every page. Sometimes even twice on the same page which distorted paragraphs and it was confusing to read. Also, in sections of the novel, there
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Disclaimer: I received a DRC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

On June 1, the Gemini Thief selects three to four boys. They are then held for the next thirteen months until they are released without physical damage. But that changes when one of the kidnapped boys is found in a suitcase along a road. Now, there's even more pressure for the police to solve this case and finally figure out the identity of the Gemini Thief.

For Thea, a senior in high school, this case is personal.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A modern fairytale, complete with castle, that riffs on love, lost, grief, family and trust all wrapped up in a truly compelling mystery and gorgeous prose. Couldn't put it down.
Em Jay
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This was??? So good??? I'm thrilled????

I haven't read a whole lot of YA thrillers lately, since I'm more of a fantasy kinda girl, but something about the cover and premise of THE JUNE BOYS caught my attention. Oftentimes, this is a recipe for disappointment, but Court Stevens did NOT let me down. This is my first book by this author, but it will not be my last.

For starters, the writing is *painfully* good. Each sentence is so well crafted, yet it never dipped into purple prose territory. The
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I'm glad I didn't let the negative reviews for this book dissuade me from reading it. I haven't read Courtney's other novels, but if this is her worst and I quite liked it, I feel like I need to move the others up on my TBR.

Maybe it was because I went into the book with low expectations, or maybe because I didn't find the plot or timeline difficult to follow like other readers, but I actually liked how the story was told and thought the Gemini reveal was good too. Really my only cons
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