Review: The Things They’ve Taken PLUS Giveaway

The Things They've TakenIf you’re looking for a paranormal romance…


All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the what else that’s out there…

Until one day, the what else chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.

Length: 278 Pages

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Release Date: May 1, 2017


KatieKatie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens).


I really wanted to like this book. And I did…sort of. But for me, there was too much lacking. The Things They’ve Taken is the story of a Lo, a teenage girl, whose mom is taken by a demon. Lo hires a tracker and they set off to find her. That is all the summary this book needs, cause not a whole lot else happened.

First off, I felt no connection to her mother who is missing, because we never actually meet her before she is taken. Rather than just telling me what Lo’s life was like before her mom went missing, I wish we would have experienced some of it.

Also, there was no real magical world built. Along the way we have demons and other supernatural beings occasionally thrown at us, but we have no idea what kind of supernatural world exists. There was no order to it. It felt like Lo and the Tracker were aimlessly wandering around trying to find her mom for the whole book, without a real sense of what they were doing.

Lastly, there is supposed to be this huge connection going on between Lo and the tracker, and I never felt it. I never cared if they got together or not.

I won’t bring up the ending because I wouldn’t have a big enough spoiler alert sign for it, but I was super annoyed at the ending too. Want to know why? Message me in the contact section. 🙂

Sorry, reading this over, I sound super complainy (not a real word, I know. My computer has big, angry squiglies yelling at me. They are under ‘squiglies’ too.). I just felt like it had so much more potential and I was super disappointed at the end.

Overall I think I’ll be giving it 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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