Title: The Takers by Amanda Bigler
Genre: Fiction – Young Adult – Paranormal
Length: 210 pages
Publication date: November 25, 2015
Publisher: Howling Wolf, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Thomas Feist’s only goal for the immediate future was to successfully graduate from high school. After a freak car accident and the appearance of mystery girl Anais, Thomas’ priorities change. Believing that Anais and his friend Z were somehow involved in the accident, Thomas becomes leery of Z and curious about Anais’ background.
When some of Z’s extended family members are found dead, Z attends the funeral where she confides in Thomas that she had, in fact, saved his life in the accident. Z explains that she was sent to protect Thomas, and she offers him an expense-paid trip to Paris to further his studies. Thomas learns that his hosts are unique and must feed from the emotions of others, in order to survive.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Takers by Amanda Bigler. I’d like to thank the author and Ravenswood Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for honest review.
When I started reading this book, I didn’t know anything about the plot. I had read the synopsis months and months prior to reading it but at the time that I picked it up to read it I could no longer recall what it was about so I kind of went in to this book blind, which is how I prefer to jump into a book. When I started reading it, I was hooked pretty much right away. A few of the books I have read so far this year have taken me at least fifty or hundred pages to get into the story but this one had me hooked almost right away. I think the writing is what it did it for me.
I really liked the characters and I especially loved the concept of the Takers and Givers. I am pretty certain that this is a first book in a series as this book definitely feels like it is setting up a pretty interesting story. One thing that I can’t wait to find out more about is how the Takers tie in with Celtic Mythology and how Thomas’ father may fit into the story as well. There were very subtle references to the fact that Thomas’ father may or may not figure into the world of the Takers but I am hoping that Thomas is able to find some sort of resolution on that front as my heart did ache for him when he thought of his father. I also would like to see more about Ana and Thomas and their obvious attraction to each other, as well as the shaky relationship/friendship between him and Z. I also can’t wait to find out more about Thomas. It seems like he is different than other Givers. I also feel like the side characters were all pretty interesting as well and I really want to learn more about them. Any book that makes me interested in not only the main characters, but also about the side characters is pretty great in my book.
Overall, I really liked and enjoyed this book. It definitely has me interested to continue the series and see where this plot and these characters go. After finishing this book, I have quite a few of unanswered questions that I am sure will be resolved in the following books so that’s exciting. It is a promising first book in a series and I recommend for fans of YA paranormal series. I can’t wait to see where this goes and I really love the cover!
About the Author
Amanda Bigler received her BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Kansas in the United States. In 2010 she was awarded the University of Kansas’ Creative Writing award for her short work, “Tightrope.” She then completed her MA in Literature with a negotiated pathway from Loughborough University in 2013. Currently, she is a postgraduate research student at Loughborough University. Amanda’s research focuses on contemporary literature, humanist American and British literature, and technology’s influence on current literature in a post-postmodern era. Amongst her publications are: “Unorganis(z)ed Chaos” (You Is for University), “On the River’s Edge” (The StoryGraph), “Patriots, Lobsters, and Nudity: Exploring Situational Irony in Contemporary American Humorist Literature” (New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing), “Cloven” (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar (GLITS) e-journal of criticism), and “Cardinal” (Wicked Young Writers Award 2014.
AMAZON US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015UR7DS4