Review: ‘The Taking’ by Kimberly Derting

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Taking’ by Kimberly DertingThe Taking by Kimberly Derting
Series: The Taking #1
Published by HarperTeen on April 29th, 2014
Genres: Aliens, Family, Love & Romance, Mystery, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 357
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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?

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Kyra has it all, a wonderful loving family, a boyfriend whom she knows all her life, and a best friend by her side. On the night after her softball game, she gets into a fight with her father and the next thing she knows she’s behind a garbage dump. She finds out that five years has passed by and people believe she was kidnapped. With no memory whatsoever she i stills the help of her boyfriend’s little brother Tyler to help her. What she finds can’t be real right? And the ramblings of her father may not be delusional after all.

Started off slow but I guess it was a way to kick-start the romance. It was fairly predictable that it would start off with her abduction. But what surprised me was her super powers. They were all so cool and I loved reading about it. I won’t spoil it for you, but it did kind of sound fun. The middle really started to pick up and I was finally invested in the story when she tries to figure out why she can do the things that she can do. The pacing is definitely a nail biter because I love these books where someone is being chased. It always brings me to the edge of my seat. Sure the romance was quick, but I ignored that in favour of the mystery surrounding the fireflies. I needed to know what they were!

As for the characters, we have Kyra and her being the main character we’re privy into her mindset. Having no memories can be alarming, and tough on everyone. Imagine waking up and you believe it was just yesterday where your whole life was normal only to be living in the present where everything is wrong. It was hard on her, but I believed she acted so much like a bratty teenager. Especially towards her family. There was no need to be mean or rude at all! Then there’s Austin. Who I believed to be a selfish jerk because he talked only about himself and didn’t even care about what Kyra was going through. They were friends for years, yet he gave up on her?! That’s not love. On the other hand, I pretty much loved Tyler. Sure he could be cocky and downright annoying, but he also had a sweet side. He is adorable and loves books and is truly kind to Kyra and treats her well. All those beautiful chalk drawings were so cute! I couldn’t help but smile during those parts. All the other secondary characters played a pivotal roll and I liked them as well. Even the NSA agents. They reminded me of Mr. Smith from The Matrix movies lol

There’s just something about Kimberly writing that I can’t help but love. If you like your chase scenes, with super powers and a whole lot of romance thrown in, pick this one up!


I just don’t want you to settle I want you to experience the world. To go big.
I was a stranger to that life.
A lifetime of memories, all vanished. Erased. As if I’ve never existed at all.
It was the oldest and lamest story in the history. Betrayed by the two people you trusted most in the world.
You’re a supernova, Kyra. Somebody you’ll burn so bright none of us will even be able to look at you.
I would trade a million lifetimes for the one I’ve had with you.
Love required sacrifice and making hard choices and doing things that were bigger than just you.





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  2. The Cover Contessa

    February 20, 2015 at 6:10 AM

    YAY!! I adored this story. I can’t wait to jump into The Replaced. This was my first Derting book and I thought the writing was really good. Glad you enjoyed it.

    • giselle

      February 20, 2015 at 1:04 PM

      Me too.. The story is fast-paced. I read THE REPLACED already and really enjoyed it too

  3. abouttoread

    February 19, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    I’m curious about where this story will go, but I didn’t like Kyra at all. I agree that she was very bratty, but I also found some of the parenting things to be really unbelievable. Why would her dad actually let her out of the car. She was 16 and throwing a temper tantrum. A lot of the characters just bothered me to the point where I don’t think I’ll be picking up book 2.

    • giselle

      February 19, 2015 at 11:39 AM

      Aww yeah she was pretty bratty at the beginning. Though I already read the sequel and I love where the story is going.

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