20 April 2014

The Taking; Kimberly Derting

The Taking (The Taking, #1)The Taking by Kimberly Derting
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alien abduction? or simply a girl who ran away? In this case, it's the latter and Kyra's five years away haven't changed her a bit. Who took her? That's not explored. What is explored is the changes the time away have brought: her boyfriend and BFF have become a couple, while the erstwhile boyfriend's younger brother is now a potential love interest. Mom and Dad have divorced, and Dad is now obsessed with alien abductions and the "returned". Even better, just being near Kyra and touched by her blood can kill.

All-in-all, not a bad story, although the characters are completely predictable and it's the start to a series that seems to be going no where special (hence the drop in rating).

ARC provided by publisher.

The Missing One; Lucy Atkins

The Missing OneThe Missing One by Lucy Atkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My biggest gripe about this book? Why didn't Dad just tell Kali what was going on? Oh right: no book if that had happened. But it's that lack of communication that sets everything off, with Kali heading off to the US (from England) to hunt down her mother's past - with nearly tragic results. I'd say the author is going for a gothic feel but the setting and the action don't quite match.

What saves the book is the characters. While some (Susannah) are annoyingly stereotypical, others have depth that you don't quite realize until later. Kali's search, clearly born of grief over her loss and her possibly unfaithful husband, also felt real: who hasn't done something unexpected and stupid as a way of coping with a stressful situation?

ARC provided by publisher.