ARC Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Posted April 29, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 12 Comments

ARC Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking

by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published on April 29th 2014
by HarperTeen
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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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 received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2 Stars

You it’s not a good sign when the first thing you think after finishing a book is: “Thank god that’s finally over.” That’s what I thought finishing this one. While it has a very interesting premise and it had a lot of potential, it wasn’t executed very well in my eyes. But that cover is gorgeous.

When Kyra’s sixteen she disappeared in a blinding white light. Five years later she wakes up behind a dumpster at the local Gas ‘n Sip with no memory of what happened. The weirdest thing is that she doesn’t know five years has passed. She still has the exact same body she had five years ago. Even the same bruise on her leg. Her family has moved on. Her parents divorced and her mother has married a new guy and had a kid with him. Her boyfriend is now together with her best friend.

I know that this sounds like it could be a very good, intense mystery book but it’s not. There’s not enough mystery thriller stuff. The only reason I gave it two stars instead of one is because of the powers she develops. I have a weakness for that stuff. But it wasn’t good enough for me to like it. Everything is overshadowed by this stupid romance that I couldn’t stand because it didn’t make sense. Yes, it’s insta love. Yes it failed. I’ll explain why.

So at the time Kyra disappeared she’s still madly in love with her boyfriend. They have their whole future planned out and everything. She wakes up, goes home to find strange people living in her house so she goes to the house across the street where Austin lives/lived. She bumps into Tyler, his brother who was only 12 when she disappeared. She mistakes him for Austin at first but then realizes it’s Tyler and yes boom. Instant unexplainable attraction. Her mom comes, tells what happened the past 5 years. And you’d think Kyra would be more confused and shocked by everything. Especially when she finds out the boy she should still be madly in love with is now together with her best friend, living the life they had planned together. But she’s okay with it and is already in love with Tyler! The whole story focuses way to much on those two and it doesn’t make sense! I didn’t buy it for a second.  Love would be the last thing on my mind at that moment.

The first half is pretty boring because of all that and even when there is a bit more action because of certain events, the romance is still the major focus point. I hated that. I wanted a lot more action, mystery and all that jazz. Instead I got a romance I didn’t care for and maybe a bit of action on the side. The only reason I finished this book was because I wanted to know what was happening. But that wasn’t enough to make me like the book. I didn’t connect with any of the characters and I didn’t buy the romance. I wanted to (and did) bump my head against the table because it was so stupid.

What should have been a very cool mystery thriller with aliens and everything turned out as an insta love story with a tiny bit of mystery on the side. I have no interest in reading the sequel. I’ve seen people give this a very good rating so you may love this book. This is just my opinion after all.


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12 responses to “ARC Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are the only one who understands!

    I haven#t read the book yet, but I must have read 1000 reviews for it. And everyone seems to love it. But what I can’t understand (as a principle, since I haven’t read the book yet) is how Kyla can immediately fall in love with Tyler, who was only 12 when she last saw him, even though to her it must still feel as if she is with Austen! This is just terrible! I am soooo happy that you see this too and that I am not the only one with this problem! This point is actually what is keeping me from reading the book. I am not into the whole insta-love thing.

  2. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Nice review. Sad to hear that you didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone is so far. I did hear about the insta-love. Not a fan of that myself, but still want to give this one a try because I loved the author’s Body Finder series. I know there were other issues with the romance too, like the whole falling in love with her ex-boyfriend’s little brother, although he’s not little anymore! Sounds odd and a bit weird. But again, I still need to try this one out myself.

    Once again, great honest review! I appreciate your honest opinion! 🙂

  3. Uh, what? Oh, so the last five years have gone by in a blink, but it doesn’t matter, because you love your ex-boyfriend’s brother? Yeah, sure… Like you said, I’d think you’d have more to worry about than romance O.o

    I’m glad I skipped this one, it sounds really… bland. Superpowers have me intrigued (always!) but the rest sounds way too meh.

    Great review, Bieke <33

    • Thanks Celine! Plus the romance is so weird. For her it’s like just a night has passed so she should still be madly in love with her boyfriend, who is now with her best friend. She should be heartbroken. Not smooching his brother. T_T If you like superpowers, there are a ton of books way better than this one.

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