#Book Review, Blog Tour and #Giveaway: The Taker CLOSED

Friday, September 02, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
True love can last an eternity... but immortality comes at a price...

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae - Lanny - walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town's founder, Lanny 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 all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

Part historical novel, part supernatural page-turner, The Taker is an unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain, but also to blind and ultimately destroy, and how each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.

My Review
It's hard to believe that The Taker is Alma Katsu's debut novel. Her enthralling storytelling, well-researched historical background and powerful characters kept me captivated, turning page after page. This dark and mesmerizing tale is above all a tribute to eternal love. The narrative effortlessly goes from present day Maine through 19th century Boston to 14th century Europe. I usually do not care much for the supernatural but The Taker would not be the same without it. There are ancient alchemy secrets that make people immortal, unimaginable cruelty and evil, great passion and extraordinary love that transcends life.

Ms. Katsu has written an extraordinary book that stays with me, hauntingly, long after I turned the last page. The Taker, coming out on September 6, is the first novel in a trilogy. I just can't wait to see what literary magic she will conjure next.

The Giveaway
Thanks to Gallery Books, one lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of The Taker!

To enter, please comment below what's the best book you've read this year.

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, #79 DonnaP!

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.

139 comments:

  1. Karen C said...

    This is a very difficult decision because I have read some really wonderful books this year. I'm going to go with The Color of Heaven by Julianne MacLean.

    Thanks for the chance to win The Taker.

    kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

  2. Laura Kay said...

    So funny to see this giveaway, 'cause I've been on the hunt looking to win this book! I'm very excited!

    Let's see I already follow you on twitter!
    I already follow @AlmaKatsu
    I'm now following @gallery_books
    I already follow @simonschuster

    I really hope to win!!! Thank-you!!!

    Laura Kay
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    www.anovelreview.blogspot.com

  3. Anonymous said...

    The Hunger Games, most definitely.

    -Britt T.

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  4. shana said...

    I read Patty's review of this book. Sounds good if you both liked it!
    I read a lot, but not as much as I used to, so the best book?...it was Clive Cussler, but I can't remember the title!

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  5. shana said...

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  11. ann said...

    Never knowing was a great book and the girl who disappeared twice.

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  12. ann said...

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  13. ann said...

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  15. AnneLoyd said...

    The best book that I have read so far this year has been Break the Skin.

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  16. AnneLoyd said...

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  24. AnneLoyd said...

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  25. Anonymous said...

    Probably the best one so far was NurtureShock. sarah.greeners (at) gmail (dot) com

  26. Anonymous said...

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  27. Anonymous said...

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  28. rubynreba said...

    The best book I read was Dewey.
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  29. rubynreba said...

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  30. rubynreba said...

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  31. Small Footprints said...

    My favorite book this summer was The Linen Queen by Patricia Falvey
    Thank you for this opportunity!
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  32. Small Footprints said...

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  33. Small Footprints said...

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  34. Small Footprints said...

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  36. Small Footprints said...

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  37. Small Footprints said...

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  38. Small Footprints said...

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  39. Small Footprints said...

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  40. Small Footprints said...

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  41. Small Footprints said...

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  42. Tore said...

    I am a follower and email subscriber at Tore923@aol.com.
    Tori, Reviewer at Sidhe Vicious Reviews.

  43. Tore said...

    I read Torment from the Fallen series. That was really good. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com/Tori, Reviewer at Sidhe Vicious Reviews

  44. booklover0226 said...

    I read The Administration series by Manna Francis and loved it! I can't wait for the next book.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D
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  45. booklover0226 said...

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  46. booklover0226 said...

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  47. booklover0226 said...

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  48. booklover0226 said...

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  51. DonnaP said...

    I've read many good books so far but if I had to pick one - What the Dog Saw.

  52. DonnaP said...

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  53. DonnaP said...

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  54. DonnaP said...

    I voted for you.

  55. Linda said...

    I've read tons of good books! This one was tough. I think it was probably The Laurel Series by Aprilynne Pike. smithlinda60(at)hotmail(dot)com

  56. Linda said...

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  57. Linda said...

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  58. Linda said...

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  59. rubynreba said...

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  60. rubynreba said...

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  61. Sandra K321 said...

    One of the best books I read this year was "On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet".
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  62. Sandra K321 said...

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  63. Start To Finish Supplies said...

    So far "The Help" is the best book I have read this year.

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  64. Cassandra said...

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    Tweeted giveaway:

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    Friend requested you: BM Dimension

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    Will tweet 9/6/11 -9/14/11


    Really want to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

    My e-mail:hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com

  65. Cassandra said...

    For under Cassandra or Cassandra Ruiz

    Tweeted giveaway:
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  66. kimyunalesca said...

    Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto

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  67. Hollowsins said...

    wow..best this year..I have no idea what the best was there have been so many,but I suggest reading
    A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

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  68. Hollowsins said...

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  69. Hollowsins said...

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  70. Hollowsins said...

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  71. rubynreba said...

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  72. rubynreba said...

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  73. rubynreba said...

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  74. holdenj said...

    One of the best books I've read this year is The Keeper of Lost Causes.
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  75. holdenj said...

    I am an email subscriber.
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  76. holdenj said...

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  77. holdenj said...

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  78. holdenj said...

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  79. DonnaP said...

    I voted for you today.

  80. holdenj said...

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  81. Cassandra said...

    For under Cassandra or Cassandra Ruiz

    Tweeted giveaway:
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    Shared on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=131907090241111&id=100001958199467

    Voted on Picket Fence today:
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  82. ani hearts japan said...

    I think "Be Different" has been the best book I've read this year. It was definitely thought provoking and eye opening.

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  83. ani hearts japan said...

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  84. ani hearts japan said...

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  85. ani hearts japan said...

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  86. ani hearts japan said...

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  87. ani hearts japan said...

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  88. ani hearts japan said...

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  89. ani hearts japan said...

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  90. ani hearts japan said...

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  91. ani hearts japan said...

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  92. Cassandra said...

    For under Cassandra or Cassandra Ruiz

    Also almost forgot to answer the question including on all my other comments. My favorite book I read this year, The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.

    Tweeted giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BookLoverC/status/112914388771540992

    Shared on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/bm.dimension/posts/174128859328249

    Voted on Picket Fence today:
    http://picketfenceblogs.com/category/lifestyle?similar=2953

    My e-mail- hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com

  93. holdenj said...

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  94. Rebekah said...

    The Righteous by Michael Wallace

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  96. Rebekah said...

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  99. holdenj said...

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  100. Cassandra said...

    For under Cassandra or Cassandra Ruiz

    Also for the question including on all my other comments. My favorite book I read this year, The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Tweeted giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BookLoverC/status/113432874220396544

    Shared on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/bm.dimension/posts/269930053030707

    Voted on Picket Fence today:
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    My e-mail- hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com

  101. Anita Yancey said...

    The best book I've read this year is The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. Love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  102. Anita Yancey said...

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  103. Anita Yancey said...

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  104. Anita Yancey said...

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  105. Anonymous said...

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  106. nfmgirl said...

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  107. nfmgirl said...

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  108. nfmgirl said...

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  112. nfmgirl said...

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  118. holdenj said...

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  119. Cassandra said...

    For under Cassandra or Cassandra Ruiz

    Also for the question including on all my other comments. My favorite book I read this year, The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Tweeted giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/BookLoverC/status/114471123030253568

    Shared on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=176435149097583&id=100001958199467

    Voted on Picket Fence today:
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    My e-mail- hernandezcassandra50@yahoo.com

  120. holdenj said...

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  121. jenblizzard said...

    The best so far this year that I have read is Confessions of a Catholic Cop written by Thomas Fritzsimmons... Great Book

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  122. jenblizzard said...

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  126. Stephanie said...

    The best book was "The five people you'll meet in Heaven"
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  127. Stephanie said...

    I am a twitter follower
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  128. Laurie said...

    probably Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

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  129. Laurie said...

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  130. Laurie said...

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  131. Laurie said...

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  135. Laurie said...

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  136. Laurie said...

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  137. Laurie said...

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  138. Laurie said...

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  139. holdenj said...

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