Jun 17, 2012

{Review + Trailer} of The Taker by Alma Katsu

The Taker (The Taker #1)The Taker by Alma Katsu
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Immortal, Historical
RECEIVED: Received for review from Wunderkind
AUTHORS BLOG: Alma Katsus Site

True love can last an eternity... but immortality comes at a price... 
On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her, despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.

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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