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The Taking

(The Taking #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,260 ratings  ·  979 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by HarperTeen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This was Tyler Wahl. Tyler, who looked far too much like his older brother—my seventeen-year-old boyfriend—in looks, in stature...and, most of all, in age.
Tyler, who, the last time I’d seen him just the day before, had been only twelve years old.

This is the story of a special (and different) girl who got abducted by aliens, only to awaken five years later to fall in love with her boyfriend's 12-year old brother.

Who is now 17. But really, does that make it any less creepy, man?

The Summary:
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

So upon reading this book, my initial reaction went something like this:

As in I couldn't articulate, look I'm a novice to YA science fiction particularly when it comes to aliens. But I have watched many movies, I absolutely love watching anything of the extraterrestrial kind. That being said, although I'm a novice, I do feel that this book was very light science fiction, it really appealed to me because first and foremost this book is a romance, it's a coming of age story. A book about a young g
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
This is another of those books that are fun and entertaining, but just don't have that spark that could have made them truly memorable. At least I have plenty of fun during the ride.

With an engaging start, The Taking pulls you right into its plot full of mystery and wonderment. Imagine being blinded by a light, and the next thing you know your world and everyone you know is 5 years older… except you. You're still sporting a bruise left from a game just that week, your phone is still fully charge
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
My second time reading this in preparation for 'The Replaced' and I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH OH MAN

First read -
All of my reviews are spoiler free (unless stated otherwise) so you can go ahead and read my review!

THIS WAS SO INTRIGUING! I honestly couldn't put it down! It follows Kyra, a 16 year old girl who wakes up behind a dumpster and finds that five years have passed and yet she hasn't aged a day. All she remembers is seeing a flash of light before finding herself somehow in the same clothes
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In the end, The Taking wasn't too bad of a read. While I have a lot of nit-picks here and there, but the concept was refreshing and was just engaging enough to keep me reading till the very end.

Just yesterday, 16 year old Kyra was in a softball game. Today, she wakes up behind a dumpster at the Gas 'n' Sip with no idea how she got there in the first place. When she gets home, there's a strange man and boy shouting at her, telling her that this wasn't her home
Emma Giordano
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Faye, la Patata
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've read my share of alien stories these past two years. There's just something about extraterrestrial creatures that intrigue the geek in me - the unfamiliarity, that sense of other-worldliness, the knowing they come from somewhere that's  beyond human comprehension. I'm not sure where this curiosity of mine started, but watching X Files has surely solidified that. Unfortunately, many of what I read that had this subject matter last year have been largely disappointing, and I've yet to read a ...more
I LOVE The Body Finder series, and I've heard such positive things about these books too. Finally starting it, I'm pretty excited!


That ENDING!!!! UGH, I need the next book asap!!!
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received and e-copy ARC of this book from Edelweiss in return for an honest review. Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this story early*

It is very hard for me to put my thoughts into words....

I highly enjoyed reading this book, it was fun and definitely hard to put down!!
The book starts off with the main character Kyra disappearing for 5 years after winning her softball game. Everyone assumed she had been kidnapped or died since she was gone for so long and
Rachel E. Carter
This was the perfect read for a spooky Halloween weekend. It reminded me of Elizabeth Chandler's Dark Secret series I grew up on: a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a protagonist I liked, a bit of creepy, and yea, just a fun read... only of course this had aliens =) Hope to read the sequel at some point <3 ...more
It kills me that I couldn't love this book. Seriously, it hurts. One of my favorite series is The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. It's a great mix of thriller and romance and stars the cutest couple I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I was really looking forward to reading The Taking. The blurb has a very Flight of the Navigator feel to it, which is one of my favorite childhood movies, but at last I just could not love this one.

In a nutshell, this was just to dang fast. I had no time to fee
Victoria Scott
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven't picked up a Kimberly Derting book since I read her THE BODY FINDER series (which I loved, loved). Not only was this book every bit as good as her debut series, but it's forcing me to realize my mistake in not buying THE PLEDGE trilogy. Reading THE TAKING was like watching a new series you totally fall for, and realizing there's another five series already out, ready to be downloaded. You know that feeling? It's epic. And so is Derting's storytelling.

If you need me, I'll be nose-deep i
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: enjoyable-enough
Kyra Agnew plays a game of softball one afternoon, sees a bright light on her way home--and wakes up on another afternoon, five years later. Everyone has changed: her parents, her boyfriend, her best friend. But Kyra hasn't. She's exactly the same, right down to the bruise on her leg. What could possibly--or impossibly--have happened?
I went into this book anticipating a taut science fiction thriller.

And what I got was a paranormal romance, featuring all the vampire-human romance problems, just
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

Kyra has it all, a wonderful loving family, a boyfriend whom she knows all her life, and a best friend by her side. On the night after her softball game, she gets into a fight with her father and the next thing she knows she's behind a garbage  dump. She finds out that five years has passed by and people believe she was kidnapped. With no mem
May 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi

It just didn't make sense. I'm sorry. There is no way that a person showing up 5 years later, with no recollection of what happened to them, after a huge investigation, would have been sent home after a few minutes in the emergency room. No way. The FBI would have been involved in a missing persons case and would have been there right away. She would have been kept under observation in the hospital with psychologists helping her to figure out what happened and to re-introduce her back in to h
Lindsay Cummings
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ahh I loved this book!! it's the perfect mashup of scifi, paranormal, and contemp. I don't want to give away any spoilers, because there's a fun secret about what's really the cause of Kyra's disappearance. But what a fun, fast-paced read, with plenty of emotion and lots of questions. I loved the relationship between Kyra and was adorable and believable! And the concept for this book is so fun! :) The cover fits it perfectly---there's a hint about everything in the cover, one you'll o ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The writing was great, the characters were relatable, flawed, yet funny. And there was non-stop action. I have no idea why this book doesn't have higher ratings because I honestly felt like I was watching an epic 13 episode television series in my head.

Colleen Houck
Love this one, especially the fireflies. The hero is very swoonworthy and that gets me every time. Can't wait to find out what happens next! ...more
Nicolinia Spurgeon
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Words I have none!!! This book is everything!! Simply amazing!!!
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling and romantic read that was full of secrets, The Taking was a fantastic YA paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading this brilliant book. Loved it!

Kyra was a good heroine. She was put in a rather difficult situation. She disappeared for 5 years, though she doesn't remember having been gone, and wakes up to a vastly different life. But she dealt with it as best she could and stood strong despite everything that was thrown at her. My one problem with her, though, is that she could be
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The Taking is a pulse-racing, action packed story of a girl who doesn’t know what to believe. A stunning book and something I will definitely check out the sequel for!

Opening Sentence: We killed them.

The Review:

Kyla is an ordinary girl, with ordinary parents and an ordinary life. She’s madly in love with her boyfriend, Austin, and she just won the championships for her softball team by her amazing pitching skills. Her father wants her to get a s
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook
The taking⭐️

Everything looks the same but her house is not her house her boyfriend is not her boyfriend. Nothing is as she once knew.

Its been 5 years but what happened in those years and why cant she remember?!
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: april-2014
omg, this gave me such a rush!
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-worst-book

This is the stupidest book I've ever read. I'm making a new shelf just for this book, because thats how bad it was. It doesn't deserve to touch the other books, because it might be contagious. Oh also there are some spoilers below, so if you make really poor life choices and decide to read this book, don't read the rest of this I guess.

Let's talk. Kyra, softball super genius who has been in love with Austin, her boy-next-door neighbor, eternal confidant, childhood friend turned teenage crush, g
Ornella (Nyx)
Dec 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was hesitant to read this book because it was by Derting and her previous Body Finder series just didn't do it for me, but the subject matter and that beautiful cover made me cave in, not to mention I just had to press that little green Download Now button instead of actually requesting. So download I did. I really shouldn't have. I really could have gone without.

I didn't like Kyra. At all. She was a brat, spoiled, and selfish. Worst case of Only child syndrome ever. Look, it can't be easy wak
It shouldn't come as a surprise that I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and The Taking? It has a pretty cover with a healthy dose of interesting synopsis which simply means I really wanted to like it.

If I'm to be completely honest, I did like the actual plot. The disappearance, the aliens, the why of it all, it was compelling. The rest..wasn't.

The main character, Kyra, is your run of the mill Mary Sue. She's good at everything she does, she's got the perfect boyfriend with whom she has a perfect
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Harper Teen for providing me with an early copy of this book to read and review. This is my first book from author Kimberly Derting and I'm so glad that I jumped in! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or my review.

Blurb from 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 d
Donna {Book Passion For Life}
Sixteen-year-old Kyra wakes up behind the Gas ‘n’ Sip gas station with no memory of what has happened to her. All she can remember is the arguement with her father, the flash of light and then nothing. Thinking she passed out and it’s now the following day, Kyra makes her way home, however she suddenly finds that things are how she left them last night. Five years have passed, her family has changed and aged, her boyfriend has a life in College with a new girlfriend but Kyra, Kyra is still the s ...more
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Sara Grochowski
It's been five years since Kyra Agnew mysteriously disappeared after a fight with her father. A lot can change in five years - people age, marriages fall apart, new relationships develop - but, when Kyra reappears, there's nothing new about her. Everything, right down to the bruises and dusty softball uniform she was wearing when she disappeared, are exactly the same. For Kyra, it feels like the softball game, kissing her boyfriend, and fighting with her dad happened mere hours before... for the ...more
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Kimberly is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE, and THE TAKING trilogies. She is also the co-author of the popular "Loves Science" picture book series, featuring our favorite science-loving superstars Cece, Libby, and Vivi!

Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.


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