Sunday, May 25, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Taking 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?

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 368
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18
I have to be honest, The Taking was way better than I expected it to be. I adore Kimberly Derting. The Body Finder series was my go-to mysteries for some time. I think she writes suspense and teenagers well. That all carried over into The Taking

At first, I thought: really, another "taking" story? But I heard so many great things about this book around the blogosphere, and I love Kimberly Derting, so I had to give it a go. Plus, um, the cover? It's gorgeous

But I guess what made this book so good was how solidly Derting carried out a very strange situation. It's all too easy to use a million cliches and skate over true reactions in situations like Kyra's in young adult literature. But the character's had such authentic reactions that I was so believable and heart-wrenching. I also loved how Kyra always thought what the reader's were questioning. She never "played dumb" and not see the obvious. That also made the stakes high. 

I also really enjoyed Tyler, the love interest. It is a little weird that he's Kyra's ex-boyfriend's younger brother, but I got over it. He's so sweet and amusing while also able to be serious. That's another thing Derting does well: love interests. They're always amazing. Jay...

Kimberly Derting definitely has her own, unique spin on a abduction story. The fact that it happened to such a normal character made it even better. And pay attention to the has way more to do with the story than its prettiness! 

This book has a little bit of everything for everybody. It's humorous, tragic, romantic, action-packed, eerie, suspenseful, sci-fi, contemporary...the list goes on! If you read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

This book is on shelves now! 
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Happy reading!
Rachel, age 18


  1. Ohh this is tough but City of Heavenly Fire or Opposition byt J. Aremntrout. I would say Heir if Fire but thats after summer i think!!

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Oh, and Tyler is mine. I have proof! Thanks for sharing the review, Rachel. <3

    1. Thank you again for getting it signed for me!!! You are THE very best.

  3. I'd have to go with Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins or Opposition by JLA as well. Thanks for the giveaway and review!

  4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. Thanks very much.

    1. That is Ellie's, one of our reviewers, top book as well! I still have yet to read the trilogy, but with all great feedback I really think I must!

  5. Tough choice, but I'd have to say City of Heavenly Fire. :)


  6. Isla and the Happy Ever After!

  7. I am looking forward to City of Heavenly Fire. Thanks for the giveaway!! :)

    1. Such a popular choice! I hope you all love it!

  8. Ooh, that's hard. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan. But Ruin And Rising by Leigh Bardugo and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins are right up there.

    Yes, that has to be in all caps. ;D<3

  10. One I am looking forward to is Defector (Variants, #2) by Susanne Winnacker!

  11. Dreams of Gods and Monsters (it feels like I've been waiting years for this book. And I kind of have). Ruin and Rising is a close second.

  12. I am going to have to say that Ruin and Rising is my most anticipated summer release but Heir of Fire is my most overall anticipated release this year!!!

  13. I loved The Taking! I definitely agree with yoy on Tyler too. He's way too sweet that I pretty much overlooked the fact that he was Kyra's exboyfriend's brother. Love him!


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