The Taking

imageThe Taking (The Taking #1)
by Kimberly Derting

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.

The Taking is engaging with plenty of excitement. Extremely fast paced, just a enough romance, wonderful presentation.

The narrative was intriguing. The reader had a sketch of the storyline, however, with every turn of the page you weren’t sure what to expect. A general outline was given and numerous twists made it exciting. Despite its SF base it isn’t overdone, the characters and their history created a suspenseful aspect.

Kyra is a lovable. You feel for her entire experience, from disappearing to reappearing her emotions are clear. The author depicted Kyra and her mental state, not to mention her surroundings spot on. So much has changed when Kyra returns, it really is affecting.

Tyler is every girls dream. What a romantic and considerate young man. He is so taken with Kyra and is incredibly supportive of her. Clearly he is Kyra’s rock during this turbulent period of adjustment. The chemistry between these two is evident and their budding romance gives the story a sweet boost. Their romance interaction is slow and paced well with the narrative. You really hope the best for these two lovebirds.

Explaining the past and present regarding Austin and Cat is sad. Life moves on and often it moves in ways unexpected. Tough for Kyra to realize two important people in her life have left her utterly surprised in a bad way. Austin and Cat gave plausibility to the emotional edge of the narrative, I liked this.

Looking forward to the second installment. I will say the first part of The Taking was good but the second part GREAT!! The second portion grabs your attention, filled with angst leaving you white knuckled of what will occur next.

Science fiction lovers should add The Taking to your TBR list.

Published April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen
Pages 357
ISBN13: 9780062293602

Recommendation: 3/5


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