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Apr 29, 2014

ARC Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking
Series: The Taking #1
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 368
My rating: 4.5 stars 
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Source: ARC provided by Publisher
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 read The Taking by Kimberly Derting some time ago. It was a wonderful story full of mystery and a great romance.
The Taking is the story of a girl that wakes up after a fight with her father just to realize that 5 years have happened since that day.
In the first half of the book, it’s about Kyra trying to go back to her life, dealing with the changes, dealing with the mystery of why she disappear.
The second part of the book is about trying to solve the mysteries of the day she was taken. Trying to unravel the events of that night.

The Plot:
It was a fast passed read. The Taking was thrilling and surprising. It was suspenseful and enjoyable.
The Taking was an adrenaline roller coaster.
Though, to be honest, the first part was better, the second was too full of love drama.

The Characters:
Kyra, the protagonist was a little immature, but I really understand her. All the changes were hard to take, although she must have understood what 5 years is a lot of time and nothing can be same. However, Kyra grew up with the story, she became stronger and I liked her as a heroine.
Kyra’s family was not my favorite. But I loved her dad. I wish there was something more about him. I wish Kyra would have listened to him before
I didn’t happen to connect better the other characters, except for Tyler; he was really cute and adorable. He was, in my opinion, the best character of this book, a little too perfect, but impossible to forget.

The Romance:
The romance in the other hand was so sweet, but it was a little like insta-love and I would appreciate if Kyra and Tyler spent more time trying to resolve the mystery that involved in the love drama.
Except fot that, they were perfect together, and it didn’t bother me if it was strange –it was- because Tyler was Kyra’s ex-boyfriend’s little brother. The romance wasn't cheesy, it was realistic and cute.

The Ending:
The ending was the best part of the book, there’s still mystery, but many questions were answered. It had me on the edge of my seat. It was mind-blowing. It was heartbreaking and phenomenal.

Overall, The Taking is an amazing sci/fi read, with mysteries, great characters and a plot that will have you asking for more.

**A huge thank you to the publisher for the copy of this book**



  1. Well, Lis, your review makes me want to read this one as soon as possible! I'm glad that even if the romance was a bit instalovey, it wasn't too cheesy and realistic!

  2. Glad you enjoyed this -- I'm a huge fan of her Body Finder books and while I didn't enjoy this one quite so much, I will read whatever she writes!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics


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