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The Taking | [Kimberly Derting]

The Taking

When 16-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.
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Publisher's Summary

A flash of white light…and then…nothing.

When 16-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 17 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?

©2014 Kimberly Derting (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 05-17-14
    Howard Cumberland, MD, United States 05-17-14 Member Since 2010

    When I like something I'll let you know. If I don't, I'll let you know that too!

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    "Disappearance, return, young love, pursuit & more"

    A strange disappearance after winning a state championship softball game, her return 5 years later, young love, unknown pursuers, a secret government agency and a grand conspiracy. What’s not to love? The Taking is an enjoyable Audible listen of a story about sixteen year-old Kyra Agnew, the winning state champion softball pitcher is abducted shortly after the game and returned five years later without having aged a day. First having to deal with the changes in her friends and families lives during her absence, Kyra has much bigger problems on the horizon. A secret government agency wants to capture her and she has strange new abilities. What has happened to her? Who has done it to her? Are there any others like her? What will happen next - makes for an enjoyable listen without getting too far out into conspiracy land to make it seem to be within the realm of possibility.

    Well written, very appropriate and capable narrator make this an fine production and another great Audible listen. Hopefully, there were be more stories featuring Kyra Agnew .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tania S Dawson 09-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Mysterious Book More Than Mystery Book"
    If you could sum up The Taking in three words, what would they be?

    Unique, Mysterious, Fun


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Disappointed. The ending didn't fill in the gaps. It needed closure and it certainly didn't give us an explanation. Hopefully there is another book to come.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I found the reunion of the family to be the best scene. Parents finding the child they had thought dead, that is unusual in plots today.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the emotional reunion especially with her dad. He had been through so much and had spent so much of his time searching for his daughter. Finding her alive and proving that he wasn't crazy or a murderer was moving.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't checked for a second book yet. It has been a few months since I listened to this book, but I did find it enjoyable material. Not the big novel of the season or anything, but a fun book anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ebony KILLEEN, TX, US 06-20-14
    Ebony KILLEEN, TX, US 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "***SPOLIER***** There WILL be a part 2!!"
    Would you try another book from Kimberly Derting and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Yes I would. I enjoyed the story, and the narration was fine


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Ugh. There were only 20 chapters in the book, and they whole "abduction" thing didn't fully come to light until chapter 13!!! The first 12 chapters was basically a romance story (barf). I wish more of the story was dedicated to the disappearance (and what happened during that time) rather than the budding romance between the main character and her ex-boyfriends' little brother.


    What three words best describe Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    Made charcters believable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO


    Any additional comments?

    By the way the book ended, you could tell there would be a second part. I wish I would've known that before I purchased. I think the author missed that mark on developing a deeper friendship between Simon and Kyra. I just feel like there are too many unaswered question.

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    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 07-30-14
    Meghan SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good but unfinished"

    This is apparently (at least I hope so) going to be a series. The author did a good job of more or less wrapping up the main story of this book while keeping questions open for the sequel. I wish she had tied up a few more loose ends though. I'm not a big fan of having so many open questions at the end of a book regardless of whether it will be a series or not. I was quite impressed by the narration of Tavia Gilbert. I'd not listened to her performances before. She's most definately going on my "good narrator" list. Is this credit worthy? Sure. But I'd wait until at least the next book comes out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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