Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Series: The Taker #1
Publisher:Simon and Schuster
Release Date: September 2011
Source: Library
Reviewed by: Amber I.

This was a really unique book. By reading the back of this book I just wasn't that interested. But after seeing Alma at RT and hearing her talk about it, I decided I wanted to give it a try and well I am really glad I did. Right away I was drawn into this story. The way its set up is that we have to go into the past to see why what has happened in the beginning... The Taker is definitely a book for us paranormal lovers that want to give something different a try.

I loved digging into Lenore's past. Her infatuation with Johnathan totally made me infatuated with him too. I know a lot of people don't care for him but I love him. Yes hes an ass, and not like that bad boy ass that turns good. Hes really an ass. He knows Lenore loves him but he sleeps around with everyone else and lets her know about it. He keeps her close and strings her around. And when he finally gives into her, well it pretty much ruins her normal life.

This book starts out just some ordinary people set back in the day. But when Lenore is sent off to have her baby, she is kinda kidnapped by these strange people. Here  she is beaten and raped and changed into an immortal. Sometimes she is okay with what is happening in her new life, but then when she has to go bring Johnathan into it, she wants out.

Its really hard to explain all this. There is so much. We are dealing with a lot of different times in Lenores life. Its hard to get all that out in a review. We start in the present, go into her past at the beginning, then go into Adair's past, then into a few months ago in her past and well you see its a lot.

Adair the man who is in charge of Lenore's new life is crazy, but you can see at times Lenore's affection for him. But he is a bad bad guy. Don't let his sob story fool you.

The biggest thing I didn't like was her present time. I didn't like Luke at all. Why would a man that had a job and kids flee with a fugitive he only talked to for 5 minutes. I thought there instant romance thing was uncalled for. I would have rather maybe been reading from her diary or something else. Luke's really there for us to learn her history, at least that is all he was good for to me. I could have done without that whole thing.

The Taker was just an amazing tale and I can't wait to read more. I have been assured Johnathan somehow will be in the next books and this makes me happy. But be warned there is rape, torture and a lot of not okay things in this book.


  1. I'm really interested in the different time frames and going back and forth. Also, that Jonathon dude sounds like a jerk. I already hate him. Lol. I am definitely going to be reading this one.

  2. Remember when I was facebooking you about that douche that banged the girl against a tree? This is it!


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