Monday, May 1, 2017

strictly literary: the things they've taken by katie mcelhenney

in the things they've taken, lo campbell wishes she didn't have the ability to see past the glamours of the supernatural. because now that she has seen past them, she can't unsee it. when her mother is taken by an ancient demon after casting a summoning spell, lo is determined to find her. she is told she needs the help of a tracker, and after promising a favor to a lesser demon named rashkour, she's sent in the direction of shaw.

their first meeting isn't very promising. she's incredibly drawn to him and he is surly and uncooperative. as they launch their quest it's clear that there will be no end of bickering, mostly from lo, since as the strong, silent type, shaw excels at being stoic.

except the more time they spend together, you start to see some cracks in his fa├žade. he warns her not to trust anybody, and he means it. lo shouldn't trust anyone in this supernatural world. not even him. but lo can't help but be drawn to him. this quest that they're on brings them in close contact, through some pretty crazy scenarios.

both lo and shaw have lost their last connection to family—only lo is lucky enough to have a chance to get hers back. this book ends on a cliffhanger, with some bombshells about shaw's real motivations being revealed. but lo and shaw's journey isn't over, and i, for one, am interested in seeing where they end up.

**the things they've taken will publish on may 1, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled: teen) in exchange for my honest review.

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