Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking (The Taking, #1)
Release date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: The Taking #1

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?


My Rating: 5 Roses

A thrilling and romantic read that was full of secrets, The Taking was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this brilliant book. Loved it!

Kyra was a good heroine. She was put in a rather difficult situation. She disappeared for 5 years, though she doesn't remember having been gone, and wakes up to a vastly different life. But she dealt with it as best she could and stood strong despite everything that was thrown at her. My one problem with her, though, is that she could be a bit bratty and somewhat selfish and kind of petulant. I understood that her life had changed drastically and she wanted it all to be as it was, but she acted really immature and wasn't understanding that 5 years was a long time and her loved ones had moved on. So, that was a bother. Regardless, I still really liked her. Overall, I thought she was a great heroine.

Tyler was so adorable. He was so sweet and wonderful and I totally loved him. He'd had a crush on Kyra 5 years ago, but, obviously, she was older than him and, since he was only 12 years old, that wasn't going to work. But, after 5 years, that crush didn't go away and, now that it could go somewhere, it deepened into something much more meaningful. He was just so sweet to Kyra. I could go on and on about how wonderful he was, but I'll just say that I adored him and move on.

The romance was very sweet. I thought it was especially adorable with Tyler's situation and how he finally had a chance to be with the girl he crushed on for so long. I thought they were really sweet together and, after that ending, I really hope they can end up with a happy ending.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were tons of thrills and secrets that had me on the edge of my seat. I really liked the idea of aliens taking people and altering them as some kind of experiment. But, I wish there had been more explanation as to why they were doing that and how. I wasn't really bothered by it, though, because I assume we'll get more of that explanation later in the series. I really enjoyed the story and that ending has me itching to get my hands on book 2. So much changed for the characters and I'm dying to see how it works out for them.

The Taking was a brilliant YA paranormal romance. It had thrills and secrets and an ending that left me wanting more. I totally loved it! Lovers of YA romance, this is a book you don't want to miss.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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