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Held by Edeet Ravel
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Nov 17, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-fiction, read-in-2011

The voice is there, but it's not necessarily believable. This is an example of too much tell and no show, and throughout the book, the Stockholm Syndrome is handled poorly because it's tell-tell-tell. The captor continues telling Chloe she's experiencing it.

Chloe herself isn't really developed, and lot of her episodes are classic Stockholm, but they're taken almost to an unintentionally funny degree. There's no explanation for anything but that, and it's almost like the joke is on the reader the whole time, which is unsatisfying.

It's unfair, but it's impossible not to compare this to Stolen, where the same phenomenon is handled so well (I mean, the fanfiction alone). This is much more immature.

That all said, I read it in one sitting because I was interested enough in seeing how it all played out, even if it wasn't satisfying. The writing's not the best, but it's seviceable, and Chloe's voice is engaging enough to pull a reader in right away.
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Reading Progress

November 17, 2011 – Started Reading
November 17, 2011 – Shelved
November 17, 2011 –
page 155
63.27% "Reminiscent of STOLEN."
November 17, 2011 – Shelved as: ya-fiction
November 17, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
Finished Reading

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