(The Taking #1)
by Kimberly Derting
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Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal | Aliens
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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? (Goodreads)
Sixteen year old Kyra Agnew has a great life. She has two loving parents, an awesome best friend, and a boyfriend that adores her. And all that changes in a flash of white light. When Kyra wakes up one morning behind a dumpster, with no recollection of how she got there, she heads home only to find out that five years have passed. While she hasn’t changed at all, everything else in her life has. Her parents are now divorced, and her best friend and boyfriend have moved on with her lives. Nothing is the same anymore, except for Kyra. With the help of her ex-boyfriends brother, Tyler, Kyra sets out to discover what happened when she disappeared.
Poor Kyra, I can’t even imagine being in her situation. One minute she has it all, the next minute years have passed and she’s lost in a mess of confusion. But Kyra is a very headstrong young lady, and she was determined to figure out what had happened to her. And that’s exactly what she sets out to do with Tyler’s help.
Tyler was such a great character. He has definitely made the list of my most swoon-worthy characters. I love that even when he had no idea what to believe, he still believed in Kyra, and that he would do anything that he could to protect her. Not only did Tyler and Kyra make a great team, but they make a great couple as well. Seriously, I could cut through the romantic tension with a knife! Tyler was such a sweetie.
I am seriously kicking myself for not reading this book sooner. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop. I ended up reading the book in one day, which was a bit surprising for me. Once I started reading, I was hooked. There is a LOT of action and suspense in the second half of the book, it was intense! I seriously couldn’t put it down, and was sitting on the edge of my seat, holding my breath, waiting to see what was going to happen. The end of the book left me hanging a bit, so I’m dying to get my hands on the next book to see what is going to happen next!
Overall, if you are a fan of Derting’s already, you will definitely love the beginning of this awesome new series. If you’ve not yet read her work before, The Taking is a great place to start! Add it to your reading list today!