Friday, June 15

Review ~ The Taker


The Taker
by Alma Katsu

5- Moms Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Dessert. It doesn’t get any better!





Synopsis:  (From Good Reads)

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police—Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect—and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she 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 eternity.

What Did I Think?  

Looking at the cover of The Taker one might mistake it for a Young Adult read. I have seen many YA readers reviews of the book and must have just assumed that is what it was. Instead, I got a sophisticated tale that effortlessly spans time from the 1800's to the present day. I can certainly see the appeal to the YA community as much of the story is told when Lanore is a teenager. I hope that the books finds a much larger audience because I think it spans so many genres. There is certainly historical, YA, and a bit of paranormal.

The story starts in the present with Luke, a small town Dr. treating a young woman who is a murder suspect. She asks him for help and begins to tell him her story. I was completely enthralled with every word of that story. I think the writer had the courage to let the book take it's time unfolding and that gave the story an appeal that lasted every bit of the 400+ pages in length. I have read others books that long and wished that they had cut things to get to the point of the story but I never felt that way about a single word of The Taker.

I am a bit late on reading this one since it was released last year but I am just in time for the sequel which will be released June 19th! I love that we got a great ending with The Taker, I was not left feeling frustrated. There was still threads of story left to explore and be excited to discover so I will be getting my hands on The Reckoning soon!!  


Buy it Now: (Clicking the cover below takes you to Amazon)

Source: Unsolicited review copy for review


  1. Couldn't agree more! I just finished reading it a couple of weeks ago and have yet to post my review, but I loved it and am devouring The Reckoning right now :)

  2. Hmmm. I have seen this book around, but am just not sure how I feel about it. But your review sounds great. Dang, maybe I do need to read it.

  3. I loved this book, too. I just got the sequel in the mail and I cannot wait to start. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did, but wow. I agree about the cover, it does seem to mirror many YA covers, but it's certainly NOT a ya book at ALL.

  4. I've had this since last year's DBF! I REALLY need to read it soon. It sounds so great and Alma was so sweet.

  5. I hadn't heard of the book until now. It sounds fantastic! I have just added it to my list and cannot wait to read it! Awesome review.

  6. I have seen this around, and I knew it wasn't YA, but I didn't know if I wanted to read it or not. It sounds really great though. Thanks for the fab review hon!!

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