Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Once I started reading The Taking I found that I didn’t want to put it down; at least not until I finished an entire chapter to see what was happening. I was a little confused from the very beginning but I found that I couldn’t put the book down. I kept reading hoping that I would understand what all was going on, but I didn’t until about chapter six.  

I felt like the main female character “Kyra” did; to me it was a different way of reading the book. Some books I’ve read I have felt like I was a part of a characters life, but this novel actually made me feel just as confused as “Kyra” must have felt. Although I didn’t stay confused as long as “Kyra” did. I felt sorry for the main girl and I couldn’t wait for her to find out what things she was having trouble remembering. I think I was just as surprised as “Kyra” about what exactly was going on at the end.  

I really enjoyed reading this story; especially because I felt a different emotion (confusion, anxiety) than I usually do while reading. I think Ms. Derting did a wonderful job in writing this story; I think she did an amazing job on being able to really draw the reader into the main characters life and for them to feel like everything was happening to themselves instead.

 I think she made the chapters the right amount of pages, I didn’t think they were too short nor too long. I feel like many teens would like to read The Taking; as well as those adults who are looking for something a little different to add to their collections to read. I think this would make a great 2015 book club read for any book club. I give The Taking and Ms. Derting a “10.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany

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