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Monday, March 4, 2013

Review: Taken

Title: Taken
Series: Taken # 1
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian
Author: Erin Bowman
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Book: ARC sent by publisher
Video Review: HERE

"There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.
They call it the Heist.
Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.
Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?"

WOW! Let me take a minute here to catch up with my blown mind!!!

This book is freaking good. It's fan-freaking-tastic that I still, even after days of reading it still can't get it out of my mind.  The plot is what captures me. Imagine being in a town where any male that turns eighteen automatically disappears before your eyes. Gone. Just like that. You never hear or see them ever again... Yup, I'm hooked. After reading the first chapter your in the shoes of Gray. A struggling teenager who's about to lose his brother and I'm intrigued. Gray is nothing like his brother. Gray is dark, blunt, and faces everything head on. His brother is nice, kind, and thinks things through. The plot moves at a good pace that I can't help but want it to go faster. I want to discover the wall and climb over it. I want to see what no one else has been able to see. I want. I want. I want.

The love interest in this story is well played. It's not a love triangle but not what you think either. It's so much more complicated than I ever thought. And no, it's not complicated  based on girls
(well, some of it is) but it's mostly complicated based on situations. The lies of the town, where the young boys really are going and what happens once you cross the WALL. Yeah, this is one love interest that I can't help but feel it could go either way. 

Taken is a crazy good book that you will not be able to get out your head for days! With every breathtaking plot twist, things aren't always what they seem. The originality of the plot mixed in with good characters releases an infectious story you want to read. Taken takes you to the edge of insanity that is delightful!

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I like my romances HEA so it kind of scares me that you don't know which way it could end, but I love, love, love the sound if this! I have been keeping my eye on this book since I first found out about it and I can't wait to read it myself. This mystery element is so perfect, I feel, and I just cannot freaking wait. Thanks so much for sharing, Savannah!

    Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination

  2. Yay -- I have this on my kindle and now you've got me so excited to read it.

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. I'm reading this now. Unless something drastic changes it won't get more than a 4 from me.There are too many issues with the flow of the story. I like the idea, but I feel like it's a bit all over the blace.

  4. This sounds interesting. Not the kind of thing I would normally like but I'm intrigued. Especially because you say the love interest is not what you'd expect.

  5. First, can we just talk about that cover for a minute? SO GORGEOUS SAVY!!! I could just sit and stare at it all day:) Second, I'm starting this one today, so I just skimmed your review, but I'm really excited that it blew your mind. I hope it does mine as well!

  6. This sounds really awesome!! I have this one and can't wait to read it. I love plot twists and insanity!! Fab review!!

  7. No triangle? Twist? Hm... you have me curious with this one. So need to pick it up.

  8. I love a book that really sticks with you, it doesn't happen often enough with all the books I read. I'm really really curious about it now. And I love the cover!

  9. Even though your reviews are brief, I love the voice and the tone they have to them!I try to create the best reviews at my blog also. Check it out: And do you have a link for the book above?


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