(The Taking #1)
by Kimberly Derting
Print Length: 368 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (April 29, 2014)
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
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The last thing Kyra Agnew remembers is a flash of bright light. She awakes to discover that five whole years have passed. Everyone in her life has moved on—her parents divorced, her boyfriend is in college and dating her best friend—but Kyra's still the sixteen-year-old she was when she vanished. She finds herself drawn to Tyler, her boyfriend's kid brother, despite her best efforts to ignore her growing attraction. In order to find out the truth, the two of them decide to retrace her steps from that fateful night. They discover there are others who have been "taken," just like Kyra. Only, Kyra is the first person to have been returned past the forty-eight-hour taken mark. With a determined, secret government agency after her, Kyra desperately tries to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had . . . but what if the life she wants back is not her own?At a Glance:
The Taking was a fun, exciting read, with a fascinating storyline. The character development and romance weren't the best I've read, but overall the unique story made up for what it lacked in other areas.
I am HUGE fan of Kimberly Derting's THE BODY FINDER series. With it's perfect blend of romance, mystery and horror, that series was just one of those stories that I have thought about and recommended for years. So when I read the description of THE TAKING, I was really excited. It sounded like it would have a similar feel, only with a different type of mystery. And it was similar, up to a point, but it definitely fell a little short on some things.
What I liked:
Derting does an amazing job at mystery. The pacing of this book was really great, keeping me guessing, nervous, and wanting to know what on earth(?) was going on. The storyline was complex without being complicated, and simple without being shallow. It was just really fun to read, with a little creepiness on the side. There were plot twists and character twists, and I never knew quite where the story was going to go.
What I didn't like:
I didn't feel like Kyra's character was fleshed out quite enough, and the romance was just WAY too fast/awkward/unbelievable. Kyra is madly in love with Austin, whom she has dated for a long time. She vanishes without a trace, and returns five years later, but to her it's the same day. Within a week, she's over Austin (who has moved on because....five years) and has fallen in love with his younger brother, Tyler, who is kind-of four years younger than her and kind-of one year older =/ Tyler is likeable, though somewhat obsessed with Kyra for no apparent reason. But the whole thing just moved too fast, and sometimes Kyra talked to Tyler like he was a kid, which...he was in a way? I don't know, it was awkward. And I didn't get why Tyler liked Kyra so much anyway. There was really nothing about her that stood out, and she wasn't particularly nice to him or anything. It was almost just like he had a kid-crush on her from when he was 12 and she was 16, and she was his brother's girlfriend. It just didn't work for me, sadly.
Oh, and it ends on a massive cliffhanger.
The Good Outweighed the Bad:
I'd say, overall, that the storyline made up for what was lacking, and I could forgive a lot of the romance issues because Tyler was pretty swoonable. I'm not sure if I'll read book 2 when the time comes, but if it were out right now, I'd definitely pick it up to find out what in the universe is happening!
Oh, and go read The Body Finder!
- Sexual Content: Mild
- Profanity: Heavy
- Violence: Moderate
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