Title: The Taking (The Taking #1)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pub Deets: April 2014, HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Series/Stand Alone: Series
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In a sentence or so: Kyra Agnew disappeared without a trace. Now she's back, 5 years later, but she hasn't aged a day. Her old life is incredibly different and feels like she doesn't belong with anyone, anywhere, anymore. A mysterious, suspenseful, and surprisingly romantic journey lies ahead for Kyra and it is most certainly not leading where she expects.
Kyra had her whole life planned out. She was going to go to college on a softball scholarship with her boyfriend. She was in love, she was talented, and she was prepared for her future. Until she got into a fight with her dad on the way back from the championship game. Until she stormed out of the car. Until there was a blinding flash of light. Until she woke up 5 years later behind a dumpster at the local gas station. Yeah, until all of that Kyra really had her life together.
Kyra's confused, scared, frustrated and alone. She finds support from a most unexpected source - her old boyfriend's younger brother. Austin sincerely tries to be there for her, to make Kyra laugh, to listen to her and to help her figure out what happened. Unfortunately for them both, the truth about what happened to Kyra is a little bit crazy and a whole lot of dangerous.
The first half of the book we are dwelling in the mystery of what happened to Kyra, what happened to her family after she left, and struggling with her as she tries to get back into her old life only to discover it is far, far behind. The second half of the book we find out what might have happened to her and what she's supposed to do with this information. Let's just say it's crazy scary (for Kyra) and super awesome (for the reader).
THE TAKING sounded like a YA version of an X-Files episode which is definitely what drew me to the book in the first place! I really liked the mysterious/supernatural elements of the book and was surprisingly down with the romance between Kyra and Austin. Initially I was weirded out because Austin basically replaced her old boyfriend, but he won me over with his dedication to Kyra and her situation. Instalove? Yes, yes it was. But there was enough other stuff going on that it didn't bother me as much as it typically does!
I adored Kyra's voice. Kyra's somewhere between angsty and snarky and I very much enjoyed hearing this story thanks to her character. THE TAKING is shrouded in mystery, takes the time to really explore Kyra's feelings and struggles with coming back to a life that moved on without her for five whole years, and has an unexpected but completely adorable romance.
Fave Quotes: "Surely I wasn't asleep behind the dumpster for the entire five years - The Rip van Winkle of the Gas'n'Sip."
"All I could think of, all that kept going through my head, was that it was a fanny pack that had gotten me killed."
Fix Er Up: I would have liked a bit more focus on the What Happened pieces, but since this is a series, I bet we'll get a nice dose of that in book two!