My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
THEME: Immortal, Historical
RECEIVED: Received for review from Wunderkind
AUTHORS BLOG: Alma Katsus Site
I’ve wanted to read The Take for some time, I wasn’t sure what to expect and knew it was going to be one intense and quite interested story. I was surprised on the extremely dark tone that this book took but was drawn into figuring out what happened to this woman who shows up mysterious in the small town hospital.
One cold night a mysterious young woman is brought into the ER, the police found her wondering with blood on her and think she might have murdered someone. Her name is Lanore and meets Dr. Luke Findley who is drawn to her. She even asks for his help to escape. Thus Lanore begins to tell her story about what truly happened to her and the main she supposedly murdered to Luke. But she must start from the beginning in the ninetieth century.
The Taker jumps back from the present to Lanore aka Lanny’s past. Lanny begins her terribly sad story about love and the many mistakes she’s made through her long life. Lanny I felt in the past was too obsessive and blind about the love she has for her friend Jonathan. Everyone was drawn to him but Lanny was almost scary obsessed. I felt bad for her in a way because she was so innocent and her mistakes with him got her sent away from her family and friends who brought her to a life that changed her in many ways.
The men in Lanny’s life are Jonathan and the mysteriously cruel and powerful Adair. Jonathan is her friend and someone she’s loved for many years, but he has never truly shown the affection to her that she deserves from a man. Adair is a man who truly changes Lanny and introduces her to a very dark and dangerous world that he has created for himself. Both men are not good for her and I just wanted her to leave both of them behind and start over.
This book has paranormal elements, but they are not as major of a focus as some may think. I thought as many other probably did that this was going to be about vampires, but thankfully its original story and unique story telling is refreshing.
The Taker is a heavy read, not in length but the information that the reader is given by telling an entire person life story. It’s full of character development that really connects you with how tough the lead characters life has been. I enjoyed how the author jumped back in the present and how you rooted for Lanny and Luke to help each other. Overall this was probably one my top list for most intense reads, but a gothic story that I’m really interested to see what happens next for Lanny.
This is an adult novel that contains violence and mature content meant for over eighteen readers.
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