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Finding You Lydia Albano


Taken from home and family, all they have is each other.

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Isla is kidnapped from a train platform in broad daylight, and thrust into a nightmare when she is sold to a sadistic aristocrat. Locked in a dungeon with a dozen other girls, her only comfort is a locket and the memory of the boy she loves. But as the days pass and more girls disappear, she realizes that help is not coming, and if they’re going to survive, they’ll have to escape on their own.


There was no doubt that we were the two most opposite people in the world. But for all my failings, and the ways he balanced them, I loved him with my whole heart.

“Let’s run away,” he’d say when we were younger. “Think of all the amazing places there are, still secret and undiscov­ ered, just waiting for us.” And he’d spread his arms at the stars and breathe in deeply, eyes aglow with the lure of adven­ ture. And if anyone could have ever made me try something reckless, it would have been him.

But I was the girl who took out a book instead: one about gemstones and minerals, industry in the past century, or the life spans of different butterflies. “Research,” I’d tell him. “You know we can’t go anywhere until we have all the facts.”

And he’d shake his head at me and sigh. He’d groan, “You don’t understand, Isla. The world isn’t in books.” He would climb off the roof outside my window, down the iron bars and gutters, and make his way across the street to his own home.

But the next day he’d be back.

I’d see his golden head appear at the railing, and my heart would start to pound, but I’d ignore it. There’s time, I’d tell my­ self. Time for him to realize I’ve been here all along. Time for him to see me the way I see him. Time for him to love me.

And I was right, for so long. My life—our life—went on. Around us, things changed: Sickness swept through our corner of the city, and my mum died, and his, too. Miles away, someone named Nicholas Carr seized the principal city, Ver­ ity, and made himself our dictator. Copper became less valu­ able and my pa was paid less to mine it. Everyone wanted steel for the steam engines, and every day the noise and smoke of the city seemed to eat up more of the greenery that used to surround it.

Still, we had each other, and we had time.

Some things had changed, and would always be changing, I knew. But not us. Not the lazy afternoons on school holi­ days, talking about futures that still loomed far off. Not the way he’d move closer to me when we heard footsteps behind us on the street, or the grins he’d flash my way when he saw a funny advert in a shop window.

I would always have him. I was so sure.

Until the hottest day of the year I was sixteen, when the boy—who had somehow become a man, suddenly—climbed the rusty ladders to the roof outside my window, dressed all in brown.


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ISBN 9781250098580

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"Isla’s determination to reunite with her beloved Tam will captivate romance fans, and all will cheer her newfound self-reliance." —Booklist

"A timely reminder that female subjugation must always be fought. Hopefully, Isla’s journey of rebellion and self-exploration are only the beginning—a sequel would be a welcome treat." —VOYA

"So many times while reading this book I read the same sentences over and again because I loved the word choices and the imagery they crafted. Beautifully and thoughtfully written, suspenseful, engaging, and wonderfully substantive." —suellen foreman, Swoon Reader

"This book has an uncanny way of getting under your skin and staying there, making you recall not only your first crush but also inviting you into a dangerous world that hits all too close to home—sometimes all in the same sentence. Albano has created something incredibly special with Finding You. This is a story that will give you chills and keep you turning pages until the very end. I know it did that for me. The world needs more books like this one." —Samantha Chaffin, Swoon Reader

"Beautifully and emotionally written! ... Through this experience, these girls—especially Isla—grow and become stronger. They are able take action and come up with plans, despite never thinking they could be anything but weak. Girls can be smart, strong, and badass." —Chen Yan Chang, Swoon Reader

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Patty on March 28, 2016, 2:19 a.m. said:


This is my first time reading a swoon reads book online, so I'm not sure if I can come back and edit this.

I need to sit on this for a couple of days...
But what I will say is that while this book deals with a darker subject matter there is great character growth and development. I'm really curious to know how Swoon Reads plans on marketing and categorizing this book.

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Maria Gonzalez on Dec. 28, 2015, 1:33 p.m. said:

Maria Gonzalez

Couldnt put the story down. It was very well written.

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Tandrence on Dec. 9, 2015, 5:39 p.m. said:


There were some parts if the story that were full of excitement. The escape, when Isla was take, those were really suspenseful. The part if the story that bothered me is that there was no chemistry between Isla and Tam. I was hoping she would end up with Des, that would have made more sense. At one point the story talks about Isla recounting to Tam about the books she reads, and Tam always interrupts her to tell her about something more exciting. That is awful! Also, the story seems to cast suspicion on Tam's presence with the rebels. Then none of that is ever followed up on.

The movie Taken

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Tandrence on Dec. 5, 2015, 10:17 p.m. said:


Some flow issues with the prose, words here and there that don't quite fit with the rest. Also I wish the date were identified. Is this in the future? In the past?

The only thing that comes to mind is the movie Pirates of the Caribbean

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Ana Kriss on Nov. 11, 2015, 9:06 a.m. said:

Ana Kriss

The story is gripping from the start, with a straightforward, yet soft voice. Within the first three pages my bonding with the characters had already begun. Once I started I just couldn't stop.

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inna hardison on Nov. 5, 2015, 10:32 a.m. said:

inna hardison

What did you like about the story?
A heart-wrenching but intriguing tail. It was easy to get immersed in it, to picture the places and the characters, even those with rather small parts, and that's refreshing for a dystopian book. The only thing that bugged me at all were a few moments of what felt like forced, unnatural editorializing of Isla's motives and thoughts. I'd cut those out, if I were editing it:-)

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Vera Garnes Burris on Oct. 30, 2015, 8:22 p.m. said:

Vera Garnes Burris

Hunger Games/The Handmaid's Tale. Of course there are plenty of stories about sex rings (wrote one myself, though it's not as popular) but the girls taking matters into their own hands reminded me of that particular story. The scenes in the cellar were so dark. I know it was necessary for character introduction and I did care quickly about the little band, but maybe it could be condensed a little. Also, there wasn't enough explanation of Lillian and Lucy. I was surprised that Des was so willing to leave after hearing that his sister was with Curram's wife and his reason for being satisfied with Curram's information should possibly come sooner. How did Lucy see Lillian to decide she wanted her for a servant? I agree with the comment about both Tam and Des revealing their feelings with a sudden kiss. I have in mind Des saying he needs to talk Val and their moving away from the group, talking quietly, then Isla seeing Val kiss him. Sweet girl power. I like the sense of mission with which the story ends, whether or not it continues in another book. As they said, it's never really over and all they can do is make it a little better.
Note: In several places, clamor is used instead of clamber. I'm sure the editors will catch it but just in case...

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Chen Yan Chang on Oct. 25, 2015, 12:43 p.m. said:

Chen Yan Chang

Wow, your story is beautifully and emotionally written! I love the details you've written to create this terrible world and the terrible situation these girls are in. Through this experience, these girls--especially Isla--grow and become stronger. They are able take action and come up with plans, despite never thinking they could be anything but weak. Girls can be smart, strong, and badass. I also love how her love for Tam keeps Isla going until she can escape and find him again. It's been an emotional ride reading your book, and I can't wait to see this on the shelves. Congrats!

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Shani Petroff on Oct. 14, 2015, 4:37 a.m. said:

Shani Petroff

beautiful writing!

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icexcoldxeyesx on Oct. 7, 2015, 6:15 p.m. said:


What did you like about the story? Any suggestions on how the writer could improve it?

The Story was really engrossing .It showed us the reality of our World, that it is not as Safe as we think it is.In just one minute we can loose everything that is dear to us but this Story showed us that we can't loose our hope.It is the most important thing to survive.As long as we don't give up we can do everything.

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