on March 30, 2012
In the second installment of Channie's story, we pick up right where we left off with a married Josh and Channie hiding out in the Ozark mountains. If you at all felt even the slightest bit bored or aggravated with Channie in the first book...you won't feel that way with Taken, I can promise you that.
Channie has grown up quite a bit in Taken. Josh still struggles between what he knows to be right and what could potentially save his and Channie's lives. Hunter is still a wee bit annoying, but I feel he redeemed himself quite a bit in this book. Aunt Wisdom I could take or leave, though. And Channie's parents...don't even get me started! The ending was just whoa...cliffhanger!
Just like with Enchantment, I stayed up all night to finish Taken. Not because of a blogging deadline, but because I just HAD to finish it all at once. September is too far away for the third and final chapter in Channie's life!
on February 20, 2012
Thank you SOOOO MUCH Mrs. Charlotte Abel for writing this book!!! and for sending me an ARC copy (even though I bought a copy and re-read it too LOL)... If I could say in one sentence how I feel about this book, it's this.... Maghon says, "a book that had me happy, sad, frustrated, conflicted, emotional, and DEVASTATED all in a few hours time (as I DID NOT put it down for anything, or stop reading)... I WILL NOT compare you to any other author, as you are unique in your own, and you deserve to have your own category & be used as a comparison".... so ya know, my big mouth says THAT :)
One a serious note, let's talk about how AWESOME this book is... Channie is scared, and frustrated, and stuck... oh, and don't forget about EMPTY... You know, everyone must make choices, and the one's that Channie made we to save her life and the lives of the ones she loved, but it cost her dearly. She got the fairy tale Prince, but had every single other part of her life taken away. I don't know if you can call it a fairy tale in this instance, but at the same time, LOVE IS ENOUGH :) I believe that's one of my favorite quotes directly from the book... you should read it to hear who says it! There is no one who writes like Mrs. Abel, and words flow, like a summer river... beautifully and strong. Seriously, you know the book is good, when you finish it, look at the clock, and realize that hours have passed and you never looked away from the words. If these people were real, I would be driving them in my car and taking them everywhere with me :) that's how realistic her characters are... with that said, let's talk about the characters!
Channie started out being the main character, and in a way she still is, she just isn't alone anymore. She is growing wonderfully, and has matured so much, as being thrust into a whole new world (again) can be a handful. She has her petty, childish moments, but what 17 year old doesn't? I think it's pretty awesome that Channie's ridiculously HORRIBLE childhood prepared her for this story, but prepare her it did, but boy did it throw her boyfriend for a loop...
Josh, is totally unprepared for this life, and he doesn't want anything to do with "this war" as he feels it isn't his to fight, and he doesn't understand things, but he LEARNS so much in this book. and I know that he loves Channie, and to him that is all that matters. He will do ANYTHING to protect her. And by the end of the book, my heart is shattered for him... read it, really, cuz I'm not gunna tell you why I am in pieces of tears for this :)
I secretely have a crush on Yummy Hunter (that's my nick-name for him) and regardless of the situations that come up between him, Josh, and Channie, I am SO GLAD he is on this journey! As for her sister Abby, and the Trips, I LOVE THE TRIPS, I am glad they are still accounted for in this story, but I swear, my stomach fell out of my toes at the end of this story! I cannot say anything else about this, but OH MY GOD!!! WOW... *deer-in-the-headlight eyes... looks devastated* yep, I was very quiet and stunned at the end... ARE YOU GOING READ THIS BOOK YET?!?!?!
There aren't enough stars for this story, so *sigh* it gets a 5 PAWS from me... and cookies too :) LOL... and severe withdrawls already... I am ready for book 3, like a Klepto needs to steal something :) Wonderfully Amazing!!!
on February 10, 2012
vowing to only read a paragraph or two of "Taken" was literally impossible! The grabbing maelstrom of love, fear, chaos, adrenaline and emotions so overwhelming flooded my senses in wave after wave that kept me turning those pages. I needed to uncover not only the twists and turns of the plot, but to understand each of the characters as they evolved, emerged, and burst to life with and through magic. Sleep is highly over rated, so I'm going to go read "Enchantment" while I wait for the sequel to "Taken", due out in September 2012!
on February 4, 2012
Charlotte Abel is an 'evil' woman who easily manages to leave you panting for more.... she has managed to write another truly excellent book that will leave you breathless. The book 'Taken' follows on from 'Enchantment' and is another easy escape from reality which is very hard to put down. I actually read it in one day squeezing in the demands of family and job around my reading and of course thoroughly enjoyed it. The question is, when is the next instalment in the Josh and Channie saga due... and will it complete the saga? I love to read a series.... when the author has finished writing all of them. I really am very bad at waiting for the next installment to be written.
I downloaded this ebook during a KDP promotion and am very happy to report that the plot is well developed, does not have any contradictions/flaws, the characters are very easy to relate to and of course, the editing is excellent.
So Charlotte, thankyou for great book and 'boo' to you for not having the next book already done ;) the waiting is absolute torture :(
Seriously, when is part three coming and how many parts can we expect?
*taps toes impatiently*