Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: THe Taker by Alma Katsu


Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Gallery Books (first published 2011)
1439197067 (ISBN13: 9781439197066)
edition language:  English
original title The Taker
Maine (United States)
Massachusetts (United States)

Book Description:

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

My Review

I would give this book 3.5 stars on story telling. I was deeply engrossed in the story. This is a very deep read. Some dark moments. It's not what you would call a love story, Although Lanny confides her love for Jonathan numerous times throughout the book. There is talk of love, but you do not get your traditional love story.  This is a tragic love story, no Happily Ever After.
This is truly a different type of read.  I wanted to keep reading just to find out what happened. Ms. Katsu knows how to keep you interested!

The story jumps from past to present, as Lanny tells the story of her past while her and Luke travel (escape).  The only Paranormal in this book is that the selected few are immortal.

This story contains the following:
     *sex/violent sex
     * drugs
     *magic/dark magic

My copy had a section in the back for bookclubs- questions and discussions.  Plus a small interview with the author.  
My giveaway for this book has ended, and I thank all of you who entered.  Please look for the review and giveaway for Book 2: The Reckoning soon.


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