It occurred to me recently that I haven't read a book geared toward someone over the age of sixteen in quite some time.
I quickly remedied that and it was definitely worth it.
Of course, because I don't stray too far from my genre, I read a book that contained immortal love, lots of sex, and hot guys. And so, SO much more.
The Taker, by Alma Katsu, is a Gothic tale that takes the concept of immortal love and weaves a dark and seductive tale that crosses the centuries.
(Taken from here)
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.
The characters in The Taker are complex and robust, and very human, despite the magical themes in the book. Lanore McIlvrae makes for a very interesting heroine - partly naive and innocent, partly full of lust and seduction. The story itself is a refreshingly unique trip that crosses a few centuries and continents.
This isn't your typical love story. There are a few scenes that are dark, while others are full of the young hope of true love. There is a historical aspect to it that made the book very intriguing to read as well, especially since portions of it take place during a time when women were second-class citizens.
It's truly a sexy book, with a dangerous villain who doles out pain as quickly as he would pleasure. The writing style is just as magical, and flawlessly transitions us from one century to another.
So, check out The Taker!
You can also read an excerpt from the story here.
As always, please leave your thoughts or recommendations in the comments!