I just finished The Taking by Kimberly Derting.
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?
So I really had no idea what this book was about when I got it. I mean, I guess I should I have figured it out by the title but I didn't really think about it. I just knew that I had read books by the author before and enjoyed it. And I'm glad I didn't really know. The Taking is definitely sci-fi. And while I'm all about the paranormal, I'm not really into sci-fi. But I enjoyed this one!
I liked Kyra and Tyler but I guess I found their relationship kind of strange. I get that Austin, Kyra's boyfriend when she was taken, moved on. But I think it's weird that Kyra was so okay with dating his brother. So quickly too. I mean, don't get me wrong...Tyler sounded all of kinds of hot. But it was just weird. I could never date an ex's brother.
Anyways, I'm definitely left with a lot of questions. What took Kyra? Where and why? I guess that's kind of what draws you into the book. And what makes you want to read the next one. Because I definitely do! Good thing I have the second book coming to me shortly!
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I traded this book with a friend.