Book Review: The Taking

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Book Review: The TakingThe Taking by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published by Harper Collins on April 29th 2014
Pages: 357
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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?

thoughtThe Taking is a great start to what could be a phenomenal series.

Kyra has two main loves in her life, softball and her boyfriend, Austin. After a huge fight with her dad, Kyra has had enough. But instead of her night ending the way she expects, Kyra is blinded by a flash of white light, then finds herself waking up behind a dumpster at a local gas station. When she gets home, she gets the surprise of her life. The night she thought she lost was more like five years.

The Taking has a great premise. There is no doubt about that. I love stories with memory loss and a mysterious something lurking in the background. The Taking has plenty of that and some to spare.

The Taking has moments where it is extremely fast paced. Which is both good and bad. The good being that The Taking is constantly moving. I never had the feeling that The Taking was having a bogged down moment or that whatever it was that was happening was filler. The bad side of that is that Kyra’s character suffers a bit from this. Her taking happens so early in the read that I never got a good feel for her before it all goes down. Which left me without a starting point of sorts to compare the after events to. Austin being a prime example. We are told Austin is this love of her life, but barely see him before anything happens. Because of this, I wasn’t able to really care about Kyra and her new found situation as much as I would have liked.

This leads into the romance. While it is a decent romance, part of me, if I am being honest, found it a bit creepy. Kyra, understandably, comes back to her life with nothing being the same. Her mom has remarried and has a new family. Her dad basically went off the deep end. The love of her life, Austin, has grown up, gone off to college, and is now dating Kyra’s best friend. Being gone from her life for five years, Kyra has a really hard time getting back into the groove of things. It makes sense and is completely understandable. But then you add in Tyler.

Personally, I like Tyler. I like Tyler and Kyra together. However, in the beginning, it also was just a bit creepy to watch the extent of Tyler’s affections for Kyra. Knowing all the while that Tyler is Austin’s little brother. Knowing that he had a thing for her since he was at least twelve, if not earlier. Maybe it is just me here, but the more I thought about it, the more it just felt a little weird. Thankfully, as The Taking moves on, I finally got some character development that I had been needing so this issue did become less on one. Especially once the Austin and Tyler connection started to take a backseat.

Verdict:
The Taking starts off great, if not a little rocky. Thankfully, The Taking finds its bearings later on, making this a series to watch.
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