Sofyy’s Book Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

17838475The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Series: The Taking (#1)

Published: 29th April 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Goodreads: 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?”

Review:

Kimberly Derting didn’t disappoint. As a huge fan of her other book series -The Body Finder, I was  expecting great things from The Taking. When I heard that this baby existed all I could think of was “Kimberly Derting”; “aliens”; “hot book bf” and “sign me up”.

I immediately ordered The Taking (hardcover version), because obviously I don’t joke around. I take my shit seriously. And by shit I mean the “book reading business”.

The Taking is about a 16-year-old girl, Kyra, who is mysteriously kidnapped in a white flash of light, only to return 5 years later. However, when she comes back she has no recollection of those five years, as a matter in fact, when she is Returned she is still wearing her softball uniform, with the same bruise of her shin from 5 years ago.

When Kyra gets to her house she finds out that her parents got divorced, her mother has another family, her boyfriend is dating her best-friend, and her father is a loser who is totally and completely obsessed with aliens.

Kyra finds herself being drawn to Austin’s (her ex-boyfriend) younger brother, who is now a 17-year-old hottie. But as their relationship develops, Kyra notices she’s being stalked by a guy with weird eyes and a men-in-black wannabe.

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Soon Kyra discovers that she didn’t come back the same person.

-Add evil laugh here-

SPOILERS:

  • I really didn’t like the way her Return was dealt with, especially when she sees Tyler, Austin’s younger brother. For her, it was if she had been dating Austin just the day before, and then she sees Tyler, all grown-up, and she’s suddenly in love? I don’t like insta-love, it’s annoying, unrealistic and superficial. You just don’t forget your boyfriend from one day to another.
  • If I’m ever kidnapped by aliens and returned to my home the first thing I’m gonna do is check if my blood is contagious to anybody. And if yes I have world domination to plan.
  • When Kyra meets the other Returned people and goes to their secret camp I felt like I was revisiting the Half-Blood camp from Percy Jackson. I love secret camps, they’re so… secretive. (I’m feeling extra-smart today).
  • I’m not sure whether I like Tyler or not. Perhaps on the second volume he will grow on me. If he Returns, that is.
  • I hope that when/if Tyler Returns he has super cool powers like invisibility and x-ray vision (I’ve always wanted to have that. I wish I was kidnapped by aliens; I would put good use to my new powers. –Like planning world domination).

All in all, you should read this book if you are an Alien lover (I know I am). If not, you might still like it.

4 Chibis

Ana’s book review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Series: Red Queen (#1)

Published: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Orion

Summary: “The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?”

Review

This book had so much buzz going on about it that I didn’t resist reading it. As I’ve said several times before I’m not a huge fan of dystopian novels but it seems that I have a trend going: I keep on picking up books set in a dystopian world. Fortunately, I actually quite enjoyed Red Queen. It wasn’t perfection but it was highly enjoyable and I am certainly looking forward to reading the much awaited sequel, Glass Sword.

First of all I’m not going to lie and say I didn’t get certain vibes from another books in Red Queen. Many people have said that the premise is the same of Red Rising by Pierce Brown but since I have never read that book and I can’t make a comparison and say if that is true or not. I can say, however, that I thought obvious the influence of The Selection by Kiera Cass in the making of this book. Now, I didn’t love The Selection and only read it because I wanted to see where it was going (and didn’t end up finishing the series and most probably won’t pick up the 3rd, 4th and so on, if they happen, ever). Despite this, I felt like the competition between the Silver girls to marry the princes was better conceived and the fact that the competition wasn’t the whole plot and only made up 10% of the book and it was right in the beginning made me more favourable towards the future premise which would undoubtedly have much to offer. I wasn’t wrong on that part and while I thought that some parts could have been more carefully planned or structured, I believe Red Queen is a great beginning to what will be an action packed, albeit with hopefully a good romance, series.

Unlike many books that have been coming out for some time now, Red Queen does an excellent job with its world building. I’ve read some books in which authors introduce the readers to a new world with no explanation of how it was formed or how it works at all and when things happen they do so without justification: oh a person has powers now, awesome, it comes out of nowhere but who cares. Red Queen has left many questions unanswered but I know that all my curiosity will be satisfied in the next installments.

Also, Victoria Aveyard will mess with your head. I wouldn’t be completely honest if I didn’t suspect that something wasn’t right with all of Mare’s plans going right and I had a suspition of what was going to happen but I wasn’t expecting that ending. I want to know more about what is going to happen to Mare and Cal and the revolution and you can’t bet that I will be getting my hands on Glass Sword as soon as it is released.

4 Chibis

Monthly Book Challenge – July 2015

I hereby declare that this month I shall read the following books:

The Prestige by Christopher Priest

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

In the Woods by by Tana French

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomun Northup

These books are on the currently-reading list of the Bookworm Bitches Group on Goodreads, check them out ladies.

If this challenge is not completed may my throat be ripped out by Strigoi and my soul devoured by Dementors.

#challengeaccepted

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End of “hiatus”

Hey guys, I know, it’s been too long and I’m sorry for that but I can say that I finally finished my bachelor degree and don’t have any exams anymore! YAY. Well… that is… until August/September.

But that’s only because I got accepted into the masters’ degree of my dreams and will start it then! So, that’s good!

But that’s for another day and I have good news now, a review (a full-length hopefully) will be posted tomorrow! It was about time that I had time again for writing reviews and sharing my opinions about books!

So… See you all tomorrow!