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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  50 reviews
It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.

In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world en
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 23rd 2015 by Curiosity Quills Press
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Laurelyn I understand that it's planned to be the first in a series, but it's definitely self-contained enough to read on its own. It reads, to me, as if the n…moreI understand that it's planned to be the first in a series, but it's definitely self-contained enough to read on its own. It reads, to me, as if the next book could continue with this book's narrator or pick up the story with different characters in the same world - I wouldn't feel 'robbed,' if you see what I mean.(less)

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Ben Alderson
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the whole thing today! What an incredible read, about survival, friendship and sacrifice... I feel emotional after this book

Arc provided by Curiosity Quills Press through Netgalley
Book status: Already Released ( March 23rd )

For me the main problem with this story, is that it feels as if it suffers from multiple personality book disorder.

This was supposed to be a YA sci-fi story, but with a fourteen, a fifteen and even a younger kid, there's times in which this is clearly a middle grade story.
However there are other moments in which this crosses to "the adult road" _ a lot of swearing for instance and misogynis
*I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Wow. I dont even know what to say. Untaken is one of the first books that has actually legitimately creeped me out in a long time. Like, I dont even know what to say. Okay, lets start off with saying that Untaken is a Sci-fi book. There are aliens, and thats what has me creeped out. The way that Anckorn describes these aliens…. Holy shit. They are. So. Freaking. Creepy. Another thing about Untaken is that I was genuinely as anxio
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
3.5 Stars

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So this had been sitting on my kindle for a while, and I finally decided to read it one day because I was really in the mood for a specific type of post-apocalyptic read, and it seemed like this would satisfy my craving.

(Plus it has a gorgeous cover. That always helps.)

It actually didn’t end up being quite what I was looking for at that moment, which might’ve affected my rating, but what it did end up being was incredibly character-driven with complex characters who showed r
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A real alien invasion is not just like in the movies. Except that it read exactly like watching one of those movies. Giant alien spacecraft arrive, doing nothing for some time, until they start harvesting. The few people left over are trying to survive and slowly start to realise there might be something more threatening out there,

The story contained the typical characters in a (post)apocalyptic YA. The protected character who will have
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

The characters in this were okay, but I couldn't warm to them enough to love them.

This wasn't a bad read, but there was a few times where I felt bored, as the story dragged quite badly in areas. Apart from that though, it was an okay read.

Overall, An okay Sci-fi/Apocalyptic read.
Jeff Raymond
Young adult novels continue to be a hot property as of late publishing-wise, with readers of YA novels pretty much driving the industry at present. Even so, straight, non-dystopian YA science fiction tends to be a little hard to come by. We've come a long way since the Heinlein juveniles and the Tripods series, yes, but when everything feels like it's either a retread of The Hunger Games or Twilight (and may the higher powers help us all if someone ever finds a way to combine those two things), ...more
Eureca Laurice
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
This type of genre in a book that I considered one of my guilty-pleasure, Apocalypse plus phenomenal invasion, e.g. Natural Disaster + Apocalypse or Alien Invasion + Apocalypse. That type of story might made sense or not is what I was always looking for, fantasy and its fiction. Considering it, I always turn on a blind eye to its flaws, always, like every time.

One summer day in the US...
... when I squinted up at the blue summer sky, all those big, silver ships still hung there, like clouds th
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This is an action packed, fast paced, thrilling and mysterious read!

I don't even know where to start with this book..


First.. What is this book all about?

It's about aliens coming to Earth, taking some people with them, but leaving some too.. with weird yet powerful traits in them. It's also all about the people who are truly left behind. People who haven't been touched by the aliens and continue to struggle living in fear.

You see, our characters Gracie, Brandon and Jake once had a normal li
Hannah Cassie
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

A copy of the book was kindly provided to me by the publisher but it does not influence my review in any way!

First of all I must be honest, this book was a very close copy of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey with the ending turning out into The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

THE WORLD: Just like in many alien books that are now trending the world is very similar to ours with just a little addition - alien ships hanging up in the sky above people. First nothing is happeni
Jessica Nicole
I was excited to be approved for this book, because it's been a while since I've read a sci-fi book. So imagine my disappointment when I found I just couldn't keep reading at about 85 pages. And I didn't make it through those 85 pages because I was super into the story. Probably about 30 of those pages were skimmed.

The prologue was great. I was getting a “The Darkest Minds” vibe from the three kids traveling through a deserted land where anything could be the enemy. I was excited to keep reading
“Untaken” is a new series that makes me feel as though I were given a gift by being allowed to read and review it. It puts a new take on the apocalyptic theme of an alien invasion, eventually evolving into dystopian territory.

I am going to say this right now, if you see the word “alien” and think it is not your deal, please reconsider and give it a try. The plot is one of survival, with the aliens being the catalyst for the events but not the central focus of the story. The true story is what co
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2015

Copy was provided by Curiosity Quills Press in exchange for an honest review.

I thought I would like this book very much because the synopsis sounded great to me. It felt like it was similar to Angelfall by Susan Ee which is my favorite post-apocalypse book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous too.

The story started pretty okay. The main characters each had a back story. Gracie is a 14 year old nerd girl. She’s into stuff like the alien in
Molly's Book Nook
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
*I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This book is hard for me to give a star rating. Mainly because the first half and second half of the book were very different for me.

The first half was kind of slow. The author was trying to give a perspective of what the lives of the characters were like prior to the aliens... but it was a little drawn out. There was way too much detail about Brandon's drunk father. I mean, that's basically all you learn about B
Sara Tickanen
Apr 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on my blog, The Reality of Books: https://therealityofbooks.wordpress.c...

Untaken, by J.E. Ankhorn centers on 14 year old Gracie and 15 year old Brandon, two of a small number of survivors after an alien race comes down to Earth and swallows everyone that they love into giant silver ships. They form a plan to travel towards Maine and Brandon’s uncle’s cabin; along the way, the pair comes across a young boy they name Jake. Jake can’t talk, and he doesn’t act like
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Want to read a book on alien invasions? Untaken by J.E. Anckorn is a story captured through the eyes of three young kids during a sudden alien invasion. All over the world, there are huge silver space ships floating above random cities. What is even creepier is that they haven’t struck yet… they just float. But when the time finally comes to where they begin to move, no one is safe.

Gracie, age 14, is just a nerdy girl trying to make it through high school. Brandon, age 16, is a high school dropo
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
Thank you to Curiosity Quills Press for this ARC

Very Nice!

This book, to be completely honest, took me a bit of time to get into.
But once it took hold of me, it didn't let go.

This book was well thought out, it had me very reminiscent of The Fifth Wave. I mean, come on, a girl, a little kid about 4 years old and a boy.

Let's get to the plot,
One day everything was normal.
The next, it wasn't.
Ships lined the sky, no communication, nothing weird happened.
The ships were just there. At a stand s
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When the aliens begin taking humans, teens Gracie and Brandon pair up to survive the culling. When they find five year old Jake, they can't leave him behind, but it doesn't take long to figure out that something isn't right with the quiet little boy. Determined to make it to the mountains to Brandon's uncle's hunting cabin, the threesome face dangers both human and alien. Gracie and Brandon are a strange combination. ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved the concept for this book; an alien invasion is something I find interesting, and I like how it was written in this book. A little bit more alien encounters would of been cool, but I did enjoy what was in the book, and I like the type of alien species that is represented in this story. The descriptions the author uses for the spaceships, and alien type things really painted a vivid picture, and I like how the world is in a sort of dystopian world. I enjoyed both of the main charac ...more
Amy Verkruissen
Oct 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book so much I read it in one sitting! It kind of reminded me of The Host by Stephanie Meyer which I really enjoyed as well. The story is told from the point of view of Gracie and Brandon in alternating chapters. Then Jake the child they find takes a turn in the narration. Gracie and Brandon meet up after an alien invasion destroys the world as they knew it. They've both lost their families and have to st ...more
Patricia Kaniasty
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story. A little dull in the second section but the third made up for that. I really thought that the end was setting us up for a sequel...……… but no. Characters were great and I really loved Brandon's story. Sad ending. ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Aliens ships appear in the sky, and, at first do nothing but wait, leading people to wonder what their goal is. But suddenly, they strike, and soon most of the population is gone, killed or taken up in one of their ships, which might amount to the same thing. Two teenagers are among those left behind, though, and they must struggle to survive and take care of a young child who was also left behind.

I was able to read this book free through NetGalley. It had a premise just intriguing enough to re
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was lent this book by a coworker who happens to be related to the author as they thought I would enjoy it, but I was not requested to or expected to review it.

The premise of Untaken is unmistakably similar to The 5th Wave in theme — an alien attack on earth that comes in waves, with two teenagers trying to survive whilst protecting/rescuing a young child. However, it’s been long enough since I’ve read The 5th Wave that I wouldn’t be able to make a direct comparison of specific similarities and
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Forget Armageddon. Aliens have shown up in large numbers in strange silver ships and they did not come in peace. Destroying buildings and killing humans, the aliens have made a right mess of Earth. The remaining people are scattered among shelters, but when they thought they could count on the government to protect them, they soon realize how very wrong they were. Gracie, Brandon and Jake need to get to safety and wait for the Army to rescue them from aliens and the special agencies such as the ...more
Alyce Hunt
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
First things first I need to say a huge thank you to Curiosity Quills Press, for sending me an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest and fair review.

I was fairly nervous about reading 'Untaken', because I haven't read many alien invasion novels, but I read and absolutely loved 'The Fifth Wave' by Rick Yancey last year, so I was worried that this was going to be too similar to that and I was going to end up hating it.
However, 'Untaken' is a completely different novel, which really stands
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Although alien invasions isn’t a unique plotline, I found this book to be quite an intriguing read – even if there did end up being two different first person POVs and one third person. Although it was interesting to see what happened from the two main characters’ points of view, I would have much preferred it if the book had stuck to third person… and definitely not switched between first and third
Casey Carlisle
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopia, paranormal
This book was unexpected. I assumed it was another alien invasion story… and it was, but with a few other twists.

Narrated in alternate P.O.V. from Gracie, Brandon and Jake, Untaken documents their journey of survival through alien and human combatants’ alike, searching for a safe place to call home (in the form of a cabin in Maine). I’m not usually a fan of alternate voices in the narrative, but this time it gave unique perspectives and added something to the story.

I found Brandon to be a littl
Casia Courtier
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Untaken is a young adult science fiction written by J.E. Anckorn. It is being rereleased in March 23, 2015 through Curiousity Quills Press.

The book is written in three point of views with Brandon and Gracie being the most used. Through them, you experience the downfall of mankind and the horrors of who to trust and who not to. The children join forces and become a family unit of their own.

Anckorn writes a beautiful piece that I had to constantly put down. Not because I couldn't get into it. Oh n
John Purvis
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Untaken” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by J. E. Anckorn. This is Ms. Anckorn’s second novel.

I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Young Adult Science Fiction novel is set in contemporary times in the eastern US. A fleet of alien ships has suddenly appeared in the skies over Earth. Nothing happens for months, then suddenly, the ships descend and drones are let out. The drones seem to capture or infect people, leavin
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Untaken is a well-written, well thought out, creative, and entertaining story. While it is considered Young Adult Sci-Fi, I think young and old would enjoy reading about the adventures of the three main characters. Gracie, Brandon, and Jake are left alive after their families are killed or taken by aliens. They bond together to stay safe from aliens and humans while trying to escape to a cabin owned by Brandon’s uncle. Gracie and Brandon are young teens, but Jake is only 5 years old and he can’t ...more
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J. E. Anckorn has been an artist and writer ever since she began to surreptitiously doodle on school supplies instead of learning about practical things, like osmosis and mathematics.

After barely surviving a freak mathematical osmosis disaster, she set out to travel the world, living in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong before returning to her native Britain- just in time to marry an American a

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