Book Review: Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman


Taken (Taken#1) by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Dystopian and Young Adult

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Pages: 360 (Hardcover)

good good

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?


This is a great book. I loved everything about it! Especially Gray who is the epitome of Swoony. He’s so sweet with the way he acts with Emma and Bree. I also loved the world building, the country is properly built and so realistic! Taken had me guessing at every turn and is full of great surprises that will leave readers-

Taken is a really bad book. This week, both book reviews have been on books that start out awesome but quickly fall flat on their faces. The only difference between these two books is that this one is far worse than Kindness for Weakness because this one is predictable before getting to the halfway point. And with that, instead of actually reviewing this I’m going to list everything I hated and use gifs because I’m lazy and I can’t. I can’t review this book properly, I just don’t have it in me.

So, what’s wrong with this book? Well:

1. Characters are so boring I screamed.

Honestly, I get why Bowman made Gray such a despicable character so that readers can find some redeeming qualities and blah blah blah. But the other characters are annoying.  Stiff, stupid, etc. The only one I found slightly better than the rest is Emma because she’s a bitch to Gray at the end. That’s it, all the others make me want to:

2. World Building

The town of Claysoot is actually well put together. I could easily see how the community works and comes together as one. It’s realistic and well described but then is ruined by the country it is in. That country is just a sloppily done mess that’s built far too fast.

3. The love triangle

Can it even be called that? Because I feel like it’s better to describe it as children playing house. 

4. Predictable

Before the half way mark, I knew the ending.

I’ve read a few dystopian so I would have easily let a few of these things go. Crappy world building? Okay, fine. But then nothing good happened the whole time, nothing held my attention and made me grateful that I kept reading. Which is why I hate this book. A freaking lot.

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That Summer By Sarah Dessen

3.6/5 I was so disappointed with this book but I guess that’s why this is her first book.

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

What I don’t like about this book is that Haven doesn’t fall in love with someone. I thought she would find someone-anyone to go out with like in all of her other books but nothing like that happens. Also that the message in this book is clear at times but fuzzy at others, I wish Sarah Dessen was consistent like how she is with her more recent novels. But more importantly, this book was a huge let down for me because she fell short in almost every category that Sarah Dessen usually excels in. 

What I like about this book is how awkward Haven is. The character Haven to me, was very original because she’s a girl trying to figure out who she is, while being so tall that she feels uncomfortable with her height and how much everyone loved to talk about how tall she is. And I the sisterly-love near the end of the book because, really, family is forever. This book shows you that you really can’t change who you’re stuck with and you have to live with what you got. And at the end of the day, would you really want to change your family?