An electronic copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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 parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.
Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?
When originally reading the summary of The Taking prior to requesting this book I did notice that there was an ‘undeniable attraction’ to the kid brother of her long time boyfriend. I saw this but figured I’d deal with that little bit because the story seemed so intriguing. Sadly, that little bit was entirely too much for me and I had to DNF this book at 20%. I had no clue I was as opposed to having an interest in two brothers until reading this. I couldn’t get over this aspect and it truly ruined everything about this book for me. I kept rolling my eyes and felt disgusted by the Kyra. It seemed so implausible that she’s attracted to Tyler and it’s been ONE day for her–yes, it’s been five for everyone else but ONE day for her and she’s already attracted to the love of her life’s brother?? No.
Beyond that I still wasn’t loving this book. The reason was due solely to all the characters being completely unrelatable to me and unlikeable. I am sad that I’ll never know what that flash of light was and where Kyra went for those five years.
Have you read The Taking? Did the brotherly switch bother you too?