The Taker is a great story. I loved the performance of the reader. And overall the story was very good, well written and so interesting!! I just felt..Show More » that that we didn't get the complete story. Or maybe it was that we had too many very good stories with none of them ever giving that feeling of satisfaction. Though Katsu certainly has set up a series in the making, and I'm looking forward to more.
I didn't get very far with this book before I abandoned it, so I can't say whether it picked up as it progressed. The things that made me abandon it ..Show More »were all story related and I did think that the narrator was rather good. So, for the story, the off putting stuff - first, the author chose to use a mixture of present tense and past tense. I disliked the present tense narration immensely. The plot, as it began to unfold, did not interest me and the characters were already behaving in such unlikely ways that I couldn't find any enthusiasm for continuing. Overall, just not my kind of book.
I'm not sure what all the low ratings I've seen for this book lately on Goodreads are about. I loved this book. I love this series, which I sometimes ..Show More »read and sometimes listened to in audiobook format. My favorite part of the whole thing is the author's style of writing; very elegant, very deep and poetic. So the ratings baffle me. I can only assume that people are so caught up in what's "expected" that they don't like it when something veers off course in the romance world.
This book... no, this series is different. It's emotional, cerebral and thought provoking. It lingers inside your head. Poorly written books don't bother to hang around in your spongy brain matter or imprint themselves there permanently. Unless, of course they're traumatizingly awful. Books that are different stay with you. You ponder over them and think about them for days after you've read them; even if the story made you upset. That's the sign of a good book; when it can mash at all your buttons and stir you up in some way.
This series is not like most of your other typical PNR's. In fact, labeling it is difficult because it crosses genres. I think this may be what bothers people; that they don't know what to expect from it; that it's unpredictable; that it's different. I, for one, like different, like the unexpected, like unpredictability, like books that cross genres and take you on a soul searching or philosophical journey.
But I guess people are disappointed... since there are no vampires, werewolves, zombies or shifters. The heroine isn't some kickbutt, weapon wielding femme fatale; the hero (who is actually rather depraved and debauched in the first book) is not a warrior, alpha male with rippling abs and bulging muscles; and the plot and storyline are not cookie cutter. Go figure.
I have this author, series and narrator (Laurel Lefkow) on my favorites list and wholeheartedly recommend it everyone. Different is good people! It's the best! Step out of your comfort zone!