Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

The Taking - Kimberly DertingPublisher: Harper Teen (April 28th 2014)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Series: The Taking #1
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

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?


The story was okay but it had a bit of split personality disorder and it was quite predictable. Not to say predictable is bad, sometimes it’s nice to have  that comforting feeling of knowing what’s going to happen. But at the same time it risks the problem of being boring. That’s what sorta happened here.

Like I mentioned, the story has a bit of a split personality. It starts off with your basic girl (Kyra) trying to get her life back in order after a traumatic incident (in this case it comes with a touch of paranormal) and falling in love with a love interest (Tyler). Than about half way through it goes into straight up aliens/secret agency/cover ups/UFO/conspiracy theory/girl versus the world. Sounds fun, but not so much when you already know what’s going to happen basically every step of the way.

Truth be told, I didn’t really care about Kyra that much. I was however super invested in Tyler. He’s actually the ultimate over-kill, too-perfect hero but I still really liked him.

Overall it was a bit of a mush mash of teen contemporary with an alien story. It was interesting but also a wee bit too predictable to make it stand out from the crowd. That being said, I still enjoyed it for the most part and probably will read the next book for Tyler’s sake.

{Thanks to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Cyn. I’ve heard some not so good things about Kyra and the romance, but I’m glad you liked Tyler! I might check this out when it’s released.

  2. Uggh, I read a book recently that was like that. It started out as a contemporary romance and then went straight paranormal. I enjoyed it but it had me scratching my head wondering. “What in the world just happened?”

  3. This was a tough book to review. On one hand I liked the mystery bit, a men in black vibe..but the characters..*shakes head* nope and the insta-creepy-love….nope. Great review Cyn!

  4. I’ve heard so many comments about this book and it sounds like I would get really frustrated at it. Thanks for your review!

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