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The Taker by Alma Katsu
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Sep 05, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: unfinished

I received this book for free through Goodreads first reads, and I was excited to dig in. I only got a few chapters in and lost interest, though. I quickly grew tired of Lanny's obsession with Jonathan, a weak and spineless individual not worth such devotion. Apparently there are some twisted sex scenes later on that you have to wade through to keep up with the story--not worth it for a mediocre read to begin with.


I keep coming back to my review of this book, perhaps because I rarely give one star and since I work with authors, I feel a measure of guilt for doing so. But each time I reevaluate, I feel the same way. The present-tense narration frustrated me so much right from the beginning that perhaps that affected my opinion toward the book. This is a difficult style in which to write, appropriate only for specific stories and writers, in my opinion. And I just grew bored with the stock village and characters. Perhaps they were written so to offset the present-day storyline, but in light of other elements I did not enjoy, it wasn't worth finishing for me. I'm in the minority it appears, but so it stands.
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Heather *live on coffee and flowers* Weak and spineless, definitely. I would like to add "idiot."

Allison Agreed. I have NO patience for women who bind themselves, emotionally or physically, to worthless men!

message 3: by Gail (new) - rated it 1 star

Gail Agree with all the comments here.

Allison Gail wrote: "Agree with all the comments here."

When so many people like a book, you wonder if you're missing something, but I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who had issues with this one.

message 5: by Angela (new) - added it

Angela I also disliked this book. I stuck it out hoping that I would get to whatever parts everyone seemed to love. But my distaste for it was so great that when I got to the part they are in the hotel smoking weed I just gave up and said "to hell with it". Don't know why, but that was the last straw for me. It didn't fit with they story and I couldn't waste any more o time with it.

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