Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bookanistas: TAKEN

There are no men in Claysoot. There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate–until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets. The Heist itself. And what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot–a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken–or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

It's pretty awesome when a friend of yours has a book coming out, but it's also pretty scary. I mean...what if you don't like it? It's always a possibility, you know? Well, I was pretty ridiculous to have that worry when it came to my blog and Twitter buddy Erin Bowman's new book TAKEN because it was fantastic. This book was a total thrill ride from beginning to end, with twists and turns that kept me turning the pages like crazy.

My favorite thing about this book? I thought I had a pretty good idea where it was going to go...and then it veered sharply off of that track and into surprising territory within the first 100 pages. The more I read these days, the less I feel truly surprised, and I loved that this book really did take me to places I never expected and kept me guessing all the way through.

Then there's Gray, the narrator of the book. Oh, Gray. I love books from a male POV, and Gray's voice is authentic without being too much. Being in his head throughout this book is a total treat, and his loyalty and general badassery make him one of my favorite YA boys of the year so far. I can't wait for book 2 so I can get more Gray.

I'm not going to lie...I've had a bit of dystopian fatigue as of late. But TAKEN was fun and surprising and I feel like a jerk for ever doubting that I would love it. I guess my friends just really are that good.

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to...

Tracy Banghart revels in ROMEO REDEEMED by Stacey Jay
Corrine Jackson is redeemed by HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover
Stasia Ward Kehoe connects writers with WriteOnCon
Shannon Messenger celebrates upcoming spring reads


  1. This one is at the top of my list for 2013 debuts. I'm so envious that you and Katy have already gotten to read it. Thankfully, April 16th isn't all that far off anymore. :)

  2. Can't wait for this book! Like Jaime, I'm jealous that you got to read it already :)

  3. I can't wait to read this! Also jealous you got to read it early. :)

  4. Jess!!! Thank you so very much for all the kind words. What a fun surprise to see this pop post up in my rss reader today. So glad you enjoyed TAKEN and can't tell you enough how grateful I am you took the time to write up a review. <333

  5. Yay! I can't wait to read Erin's book!

  6. VERY excited for this book! Dystopian, adventure, and a male POV. I've been looking forward to this debut for a while. Thanks for the review, Jess - now I'm even more excited!

  7. This is one that I have been waiting for a while. I really like that it is a male POV too. Great review. Can't wait...

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  8. This book really sounds amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Also totally jealous you got to read an ARC :D

  9. I loved Gray too... Erin totally rocked the male POV. Can't wait to see what comes next in this series!