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Currently I'm a librarian and before that I was an archaeologist, a journalist, and definitely a bit of a world traveler.  I tend to mostly read science fiction and fantasy, though I do love a good mystery and I'm a bit of a book dabbler overall. I've been doing Goodreads for awhile, but a friend thought I might enjoy this as well. Let's see, yeah?

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The Taking - Kimberly Derting

I really loved this book.

 

The set-up sounded interesting -- a teenaged girl has an argument with her father and gets out of the car, wakes up in an alley, and finds out that five years have passed.  She doesn't seem to have aged and everyone else has moved on with their lives.

 

What I didn't realize is how intense the book would feel to me.  I loved everything about it -- from the thriller and mystery aspects as Kyra tries to discover what happened and feels stalked by mysterious people to the emotional aspects of dealing with all the changes with her friends and family.  She may intellectually understand that five years have passed, but it still feels like it was just a night and that is tough.  Derting makes it all feel so real.  I even rather enjoyed the instalove thing.  That usually drives me batty, but the two of them just seem to work together so well despite numerous issues that should make it strange or even a little bit icky feeling.  I suppose I also can't help but enjoy a relationship where someone is really to care about and respect someone no matter what issues there are.

 

I don't really want to talk about the plot too much because I don't want to explore any of the excitement -- there is plenty that you'll probably figure out ahead of time, but in that way that makes you feel like, "Poor Kyra!  You just aren't getting a break..." and not in a "Geez, why do you have to be so dumb?  Can't you see this?!"

 

I noticed that some of the reviews on Goodreads had issues with the level of description in the novel -- as in, they thought it had too much.  Me, I thought it was the perfect amount.  I felt grounded in the real world -- something I needed as the book takes a left turn into the unknown.  The language was simple, yet beautiful.  

 

I'd love to hear what you think of the book if you give it a shot!