Aug 8, 2014

Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Title: The Taking
Author: Kimberly Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 4.29.2014
Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi
Series: The Taking #1
Source: ARC from ALA MW

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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?

Things I need in my life:

1. Sleep
2. Chocolate
3. Kimberly Derting books

OK, maybe not in that order, but you get what I’m saying.

I’ve been a fan of Derting’s for years, and I still say tell people to this day that my favorite YA romance ever – my #1 couple – is Jay and Violet from The Body Finder series. They may have a little competition with Kyra and Tyler now, though, because I thoroughly loved THE TAKING.

I’m kind of intrigued with this waking up and missing time idea. I wasn’t sure how I would enjoy it until reading it through Kyra’s eyes, and Derting does a fabulous job of walking the reader through Kyra’s confusion while still keep a witty edge to counter all the heavy emotions.

I do feel like the end was a bit rushed, and I’m hoping (expecting?) a lot of my questions will be answered in the next book.  I cannot wait for the rest of this series, and if you aren’t familiar with Derting’s work, jump on board now.


  1. Yeah, the ending was a little rushed but I feel like that with a lot of books that I enjoy.

  2. I am sad to say that I still haven't finished the Body Finder series (I agree that Jay and Violet are awesome together!). I do plan to read The Taking so I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

  3. I really love Derting's Pledge series. Have you read those books? I haven't read the Body Finder series yet, but definitely need to. I did read this one and wasn't too crazy about it. I thought the romance moved way too fast for my liking although given the circumstances, I could understand why it did. I really did like Tyler though. He was super sweet! I also wanted more info. I know that it's the start of the series and we'll get answers in the next book, but I almost felt like we got nothing with this one. I still enjoyed it though and will definitely be reading the next one!


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