Posted on Oct 19th, 2014 by audra
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Atlantia by Ally Condie
Release Date: October 28
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

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My love for Ally Condie’s poetic writing has followed her from the Matched Trilogy to her latest book, Atlantia. Atlantia shows us the bond between two sisters Rio and Bay in an underground city. The residents are safe from the toxins in the air from above, but it comes at a price. Those that live above are taking care of the ones safe below. After the death of their mother, the sisters promised one another that they would stay together, in the below.

After Bay chooses Above, Rio works to unravel the mystery of her mothers death and what exactly is going on with the Below and the Above. Atlantia is a truly magical read from beginning to end with mystery, intrigue and a beautifully written relationship between two sisters.

Given that most books nowadays seem to be trilogies, I was surprised to find out that Atlantia will be a stand alone. After finishing the book I so wanted another chance to explore the world that Ally built. I’m thankful that everything was able to be wrapped up in one book though, and cannot wait to see what Ally comes up with next.

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About the Author:

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

As part of Team Above we had the chance to interview Ally!

What was the world building process like for you while writing Atlantia?
I always have the character and the situation first, and then I build the world around that scenario. It was that way with Cassia and Matched—I knew I had a girl finding out who she was going to marry and that someone else had chosen that person for her, and then I built the world around her, so to speak. It was the same with Rio in Atlantia—I knew I had a girl who had just lost her sister and who was trapped in a place she was desperate to leave, and so I built the city of Atlantia around her. It was a lot of fun, actually, to create something so strange and different, and to think about what an underwater city might look and feel like!
There are a lot of dystopian books out there now, what makes Atlantia different?
I don’t know that I would even call Atlantia a dystopia, even though it does take place in a society that exists after we’ve ruined our world. I think Atlantia is different because it’s largely a story about sisters and about love, and it also has an element of magic, which I haven’t done before in a novel, and which I don’t think we see in a lot of dystopias.
Have you ever struggled with what you would like to happen with a character, and what makes sense for the character?
Yes, definitely. Sometimes I have ideas about what will happen to a character and then when I get writing, I find out that I was totally wrong, that my old ideas don’t fit the person that character has become. That happened with Rio as I wrote Atlantia, and also with the character Maire.
What were some of your influences in writing Atlantia?
Even though there are no mermaids in Atlantia, the Hans Christian Andersen version of The Little Mermaid (not the Disney version!) influenced this book quite a bit. The original tale is very dark, without the happy ending, and I found it very interesting. If you read that tale it’s quite easy to see what elements I used as inspiration for my book. The great cathedrals of Europe also influenced this book—the way common people spent years working to build those places and were told their reward would be in heaven. And I was influenced by my own relationships with my sisters, of course
What books are current faves in your house?
I just read a book called Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson that I absolutely loved. She’s genius. My husband is reading a book by William Gibson, one of his favorite authors. My oldest son just finished reading Spirit Animals, and we’re reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to the younger two boys. And my toddler daughter is very into the Llama Llama books.
What books inspired you growing up?
I was a HUGE fan of the Anne of Green Gables series, and I also loved reading The Babysitters’ Club books. As I grew older, I fell in love with the writing of Wallace Stegner and Anne Tyler. I still love their books.
Did your love of Olympic swimmers have anything to do with a world set beneath the water?
It didn’t, actually—well, at least not consciously. It was more the influence of The Little Mermaid that made me think of putting the city underwater. But when I was trying to decide what True looked like, I saw Nathan Adrian swimming in the 2012 Olympics, and I thought, “That’s him!” So Olympic swimming definitely influenced that part of the book.
What’s something about you that not many people know?
I was once a child performer with the American Folk Ballet. I loved it because we got to wear these beautiful dresses and because the adult dancers were always so kind to us.

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Posted on Jul 4th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased

THE SELECTION changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. Now, only one will claim Prince Maxon’s heart…

It’s swoon meets the Hunger Games in the final instalment of THE SELECTION trilogy!

For the four girls who remain at the palace, the friendships they’ve formed, rivalries they’ve struggled with and dangers they’ve faced have bound them to each other for the rest of their lives.

Now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown – or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realises just how much she stands to lose – and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

The breathtaking finale to THE SELECTION trilogy will make you swoon!

It’s taken me a little while to finish my review for this book mostly because I put off reading it. It took me a while to read the Selection and I was immediately hooked into the story. I think I didn’t want to read the One right away because I didn’t want this series to end. Of course I couldn’t put off reading this one because inside I was totally dying to find out what was going to happen with America, Maxim and Aspen.

My time was pretty limited when I wanted to read this book, so I signed up for a free Audible trial membership (thanks FeaB Podcast for the promo code for this!) and chose The One as my free audiobook. I’ve only listened to a couple of audiobooks in the past and I almost always dislike them. I have a hard time relaxing to the voice of the person reading these books and The One wasn’t really any different. So a couple of chapters in I gave up the audiobook and went out and bought a copy, which was thoroughly devoured in an evening. I seriously could not put this down. I craved chapter after chapter!

The One follows America’s journey after being selected as one of the Elite, still competing for Maxim’s love, attention and affection while the country is under a curtain of fear from the rebels. While there were moments that had me on the edge of my seat throughout the book, I felt that there wasn’t as much action and suspense as I was anticipating. This didn’t lessen my love for this book or the series, but with the whole rebel situation, I felt like I was being built up for some mega fighting scenes which didn’t really happen. That isn’t to say there wasn’t action (there was) but it felt a little short lived.

The One rounded out an amazing trilogy filled with action, adventure, romance, jealousy- pretty much everything was in this series. While I’m sad that it’s over with, The One was a perfect conclusion to this series and I couldn’t have wished for it to end any better than it did.

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Posted on Jul 1st, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

On the Fence by Kasie West was a quick, darling read for me just like her previous books were for me as well. Charlie has been surrounded by a family of men ever since her mother passed away when she was younger. This has lead Charlie into a bit of a tomboy lifestyle where she is left to her own devices a bit to figure out the world of womanhood. Makeup, girly clothes and boy talk is completely foreign to her until she is forced by her cop dad to get a job to help pay off her speeding tickets and her car insurance.

Filled with clichés, Charlie has to navigate the teenage experience- getting her first job, going on her first date, all while leading a bit of a double life. So yes, parts of On the Fence were a bit of cheesy and are reminiscent of a romance novel. Do I care? Not a single bit. I read this book in a single afternoon, I couldn’t devour the words on the pages quick enough.

Charlie has an incredibly strong voice and I love how well written she is. The guys aren’t half bad either and I really love the interactions between all the characters. Seeing how Charlie handles quite difficult situations was empowering and inspirational. For this reason, I could easily overlook some of the formulaic clichés hidden throughout the book and had an enjoyable reading experience with On the Fence.

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Posted on Jun 10th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Born of Deception
Author: Teri Brown
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss

Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.

Born of Deception is an interesting sequel to Born of Illusion. We get to journey to England with Anna where she gets to be a traveling magician in a troupe of performers and reconnect with Cole. This is also a convenient cover for her work with a secret underground group. Of course things go awry and members of the society begin to turn up dead.

This book seemed to be a bit of a departure from Born of Illusion, the first book in the trilogy. I wasn’t entirely sure what I expected from it, but it wasn’t really this. While this was an enjoyable read, it wasn’t as fabulous as the first one. I remember reading Born of Illusion and being absolutely enamored with the story, setting and characters. This time around I felt as though everything was a bit worn down and dull.

I think these feelings mostly surround the issues I had with the book in that for a vast majority of the time there wasn’t much action going on. In a way it seemed to be a little junked up with a lot of other things. Anna is traveling but there isn’t a whole lot going on there. We’ve got this weird love triangle of sorts with this new Southern Cowboy persona that just feels a bit too forced. I was really hoping for more mystery and intrigue and this book seemed to be lacking in both.

I still think the premise of the book is wonderful and overall was still very much immersed in the book from beginning to end. I will still probably continue on with the series to see how things play out.

 

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Posted on Jun 10th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: The Murder Complex
Author: Lindsey Cummings
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Publisher: Greenwillow / HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss

An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.

Life in the Shallows is beyond tough. There is a myriad of dangers to watch out for and Meadow has been trained well by her father to handle herself. Zephyr on the other hand has to do extremely hard work as an orphan of sorts. In typical YA fashion their worlds collide and neither are the same afterwards.

I had a pretty difficult time getting into the book at first, but once I got into a reading groove I was set. Honestly, the book cover really, really turned me off. It’s creepy but it just easily turned me off. I quickly got past that however and immersed myself in another crooked and corrupt book world.

Overall The Murder Complex was extremely fast paced and honestly rather terrifying. I wouldn’t recommend this book for those that may be squeemish around, well, murder. There were moments that I was really unable to read quick enough. I wanted to absorb every letter of every word as quick as possible so I could figure out what the heck was happening. On the other hand, there were moments I wanted to toss the book out the window. One of my biggest pet peeves for books set in the future are when weird curse words are made up. I just simply can’t stand it.

I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series from the library. The Murder Complex was a fun read that really kept my attention. I really enjoyed Meadow and Zephyr and will be looking forward to where the story goes next.

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Posted on May 30th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Life by Committee
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Release Date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher Arc

Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

 

In Life by Committee Tabitha’s been living a bit of a double life. There’s school Tabitha who has virtually no friends and her ex-friends continue to make her life miserable. Then there is the Tabitha that spends all night chatting with Joe. She is positively head over heels for her, but the only problem is his girlfriend. He is hesitant to move on from her and be with Tabitha, and she isn’t sure how much longer she can contain their secret relationship. Then she manages to find the Life by Committee, a secret online group that works in a currency of secrets. You tell a secret and you are given an assignment to complete. If you don’t complete the assignment, your secret is no longer safe.

I was really intrigued behind the idea of this book and really wanted to love it. I definitely liked it enough that it held my attention and had me dying to figure out what was going on. There was a lot of elements of Life By Committee that I really loved. Tabitha was a fantastic character and I loved her constant battle with herself, her unique family as well as her current friend and ex friends. As great as everything was, the whole idea of the committee became a bit lackluster after a while. I also had a hard time dealing with the whole issue of her ex-friends. It was resolved in the end for me, but for a long time just made me feel really confused by what was going on with them.

Overall I really did enjoy the odd mix of characters and felt especially drawn to Tabitha and her parents. Their relationship was oddly comforting to me and really kept me hanging onto this book. I felt really bad for Joe’s girlfriend and all the hoops she was jumping through. Their relationship was a little off to me, and I would have liked to have seen a little bit more mental illness awareness going on to offset some of her issues.

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Posted on May 30th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Exile
Author: Kevin Emerson
Release Date: April 24, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher Arc

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

 

For a split second I had a hard time getting into this book, and after a nod to Portlandia I was hooked. Kevin managed to blend music into Exile to create an extraordinary start to a trilogy. Summer is a student at the prestigious PopArts Academy, where music and music production is huge deal to everyone involved. Summer runs a band management company and is on the prowl for her next project after her last band and boyfriend were taken away once they signed a record deal.

She sees talent in Caleb, hiding away a bit after his departure from his previous band. Of course he’s a bit dark and mysterious and reveals a secret he hasn’t told anyone to Summer. He’s the son of a legendary dead rocker. There are three rumored tracks that he recorded and never showed anyone before his death so everyone embarks on a scavenger hunt thanks to the clues left by his dad to find these tapes, starting with the first track Exile.

Exile is an ingenious read and Kevin nails every single one of these characters. It was so easy to get lost in this book and really care about each and every book. I really love that he actually recorded some tracks for the book soundtrack, which is just themes so well with this book and is SO good. The characters felt a bit like close friends by the end of the book, and I can’t wait to continue their quest for the rest of the tracks in the next two books.

For more information on the Exile soundtrack, check out Kevin’s website.

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Posted on May 29th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Monument 14
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Purchase

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

 

It was just any other normal day. A group of kids from kindergarten to high school were on their way to school when everything went wrong. Their bus is destroyed thanks to crazy hail and the kids are rescued by another bus driver on a mission to keep the kids safe. They have the perfect place to wait out the apocalypse; The Greenway, a mega store akin to Wal-Mart. They are seemingly set until rescue, but of course things start to go awry.

They quickly discover that some of them have an odd reaction to the air. Some turn into crazy rage monsters while others break out in horrible blisters. These kids have to figure out how to navigate this new world hidden away inside the Greenway without any adults when the bus driver leaves to get help.

I had begun to think that this genre had gotten a little played out. Monument 14 broke through those barriers in my mind and had quickly become a favorite of mine. I’m a little ashamed it took me so long to finally read this. I couldn’t wait to go out and buy the second book in the series. I love the action and even the everyday mundane activities within this book. I loved the fights, the make ups and the suspense this book brought. Each character was so well crafted that I just wanted to be right there with them experiencing this (of course not really). Laybourne did an amazing job crafting this world and the characters within.

I really had some reservations going into this book. The thought of a book being entirely contained inside one store wouldn’t keep my attention. This couldn’t have been further from the truth.  Laybourne did a great job pacing the high action moments with the everyday endearing moments. She really sold me on each and every character, which is amazing considering how many characters there really were. Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who is who when there are too many characters in one book, but each one was so distinct without being obviously diverse that it was just such an amazing read.

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Posted on May 18th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: Unforgotten
Author: Jessica Brody
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Source: Edelweiss

Some memories are better left forgotten… 

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.

Unforgotten whisks us away to the 1600′s where Sera and Zen are trying to blend in as best they can without leaving a trace of themselves in the history books for Diotech to discover them. Of course this only works for but a short time considering Sera has barely adjusted to life  outside of Diotech let alone in the time when being accused of witchcraft is as much a threat at Diotech is. So naturally Sera’s cover is blown and actually needs Diotech in order to get out of the mess she’s in.

From there it’s a wild ride throughout different points in time with Sera trying to safe not only herself, but also Zen who has now come down with an awful sickness that is threatening his life. Sera comes across some familiar faces in the future that I don’t want to spoil for you but I absolutely adored the concepts presented in this book. Brody put together such a solid plot that has been carried out flawlessly in both Unremembered and now also in Unforgotten and I cannot wait to see what is in store for us in the third book.

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Posted on May 15th, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: The Taking
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
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?

As a rabid fan of the Body Finder series, I was beyond ecstatic to get my hands on the Taking even though I wasn’t completely sold on the premise. Any reservations I had about this book melted away as soon as I finished devouring the first chapter. I was so hooked that I read it every spare second I had on my work lunch and breaks and then started again the moment I got home, not going to bed until I had finished The Taking in its entirety.

So while I was expecting it to be a bit more like the Roswell TV show (which I loved in all its cheesy glory) it wasn’t so heavy on the sci-fi elements and read a lot more like a contemporary book. After getting in an argument after her softball game with her father, Kyra heads out of the car and down the deserted road with only her father watching her until a bright white envelopes the road and Kyra is gone. She wakes up by a dumpster at the Gas n Sip, and doesn’t find out until she goes home and there is a strange man and kid living there that it isn’t the next day- five whole years have passed by.

Kyra has to get used to a whole new life now since that night. Her father thinks she’s been abducted, while the whole town seems to think her father did something to make her disappear. Worse yet, her long term boyfriend is now in college and dating her best friend Cat. Sounds like the making of a soap opera right? It does come across that way, which is probably why I wasn’t too sure about it at first. However, Kimberly Derting has such a way of crafting stories that just suck you right on in that you don’t even notice the cheese potential. In fact, I hardly found much at all to gripe about. There was only one thing really- I found the nickname Kyr that everyone kept calling her rather pointless. How do you even pronounce that? It sounds like I’m a mumbling drunk when I try to pronounce it.

As a fellow Washingtonian I always love when books are based in this area. It makes everything extra familiar and when it’s something as X-File like as this, I love that there is an extra creepy layer added to things since I know where things are. I also loved that the hideout was based on the Hanford Power Plant, which has seen its fair share of problems lately and is just the perfect place for that.

For some reason I thought The Taking was a standalone and got rather panicked when I started nearing the end and I was reaching more questions than answers. Thankfully the prayers I didn’t know I was asking were answered because there are two more books coming out in this series!

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