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The Taking by @KimberlyDerting – April 2014 release from @HarperTeen abducted me!


I was so excited to be able to grab this book when I saw it. I am pretty proud of myself too. I usually am way behind on my Netgalley books and this year I am making it a goal to get to 80% read and reviewed over there! The Taking  is another Young Adult read for me. Don’t ask! I have no clue but lately instead of my usual zombie and murder mysteries I am finding amazing Young Adult reads which fall straight from reading heaven into my lap! ANYWAY this new one from best selling author, Kimberly Derting. I thank HarperTeen for the oppurtunity to review!


The Taking by @KimberlyDerting – April 2014 release from @HarperTeen abducted me!THE TAKING
Series: The Taking #1
Pages: April 29, 2014.
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen
on April 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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?

I was totally caught off guard with this lovely young adult read. I did not expect to find myself falling in love with a book which involved alien abductions combined with teen romance.

Instead I fell in love and hurt for and with Kyra and everyone involved. The odd relationship she has with her boyfriend’s little brother after disappearing for five years, which felt like overnight for her. The way she was forced to deal with how everyone moved on.

Halfway through it got a bit to heavy with the romance, and I feel if it focused more on what was going on with Kyra and Tyler towards the middle. By 70% of the way through, I rushed a tiny bit through some of it but kept getting caught on these amazing little sentences filled with profound statements from Tyler. Though I did not buy a couple of the things as far as human nature is concerned. The 17 year-old boy conversation was not as believable, though as I said it was beautifully written. It was saved by the nerd-factor. Quoting Fahrenheit 451 topped it off!

The beautiful thing that makes this an amazing YA is she used the changes which happen to Kyra when she arrives back five years later for everyone else and only a night for her to mirror the changes normal young adults go through. For me this is a sign of a well written young adult. Writing for the age group within the conventions of sci-fi and romance can be difficult but she pulled it off well. Bravo! I want to read the rest of her books now!

Anyone who loves YA sci-fi and paranormal with non-stop excitement that does not necessarily have a HEA will love this. I am already highly anticipating book #2! Oh… the cover, ohhhhh the cover, you will get it in the end. And then when you finish it you will want to shout the cover designers name all over. BRILLIANT!

Kimberly is the author of the BODY FINDER series (HarperCollins), THE PLEDGE trilogy (Simon & Schuster), and THE TAKING trilogy (coming April 29th from HarperTeen). She lives in the Pacific Northwest, the ideal place to write anything dark or creepy…a gloomy day can set the perfect mood. She lives with her husband and their three beautiful (and often mouthy) children who provide an endless source of inspiration.

Find Kimberly around the Web!



  1. Sounds really good

  2. I loved this book! Great review.
    Show me some love!

  3. I’m so excited for this book! Glad to know it’s going to be good!
    Show me some love!

    • It was awesome and book 2 cannot come soon enough!
      Show me some love!

  4. Okay now I really need to read this to see what you mean about the cover and story. I love the cover – it’s beautiful, but I’m super curious now. 🙂
    Show me some love!

  5. I still haven’t gotten around to this even though I loved Kimberly Derting’s other books.

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