Book Review: The Things They’ve Taken by Katie McElhenney

Entangled: Teen
Published May 1, 2017
278 Pages

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.- Goodreads

Jumping right into things, I would like to say I cannot tell you why I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book two.

The thing about it is the overall story was written well.  I loved the concept of someone who knows nothing about the other world is willing to do whatever it takes to get her mother back. But despite that, there are some things that caused the book to drop in rating for me.

Firstly, Lo. She wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box and she is constantly blinded by her emotions AND she believes the whole world should be revolving around her mission to save her mother. She was selfish and even at the turning point ending, I still strongly believe she was selfish. Although she is justified for being hurt, her selfishness, her immaturity completely makes things so much worst than what it is.

Secondly, not much really happens in this book. There is a lot of driving, a lot of meeting new people and Lo reminding the tracker she paid him to do a job. Predictability is within this book, however, the author was still able to pull a trick out without being seen. I strongly feel that the author didn’t put enough in the book; enough character development, backstory or even romance.

Despite all of this, because I know it is a lot, I want to read book two. I want to know what really is going on. What is the tracker’s backstory, what didn’t Lo’s mom tell her, where is Lo’s father… there are so many questions that the author does even touch but they are there and I want those answers.

I liked the story and it moved faster than a book that didn’t have a whole bunch going on should. I appreciated that. I know that I gave a lot of negatives to this book but I recommend it because there is a crap load of potential in this series and I am looking forward to its growth.

3 Pickles

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