The Taking of Jake Livingston – Ryan Douglass

I really wanted to like this book, but I didn’t.
The Taking of Jake Livingston sounds promising, but it’s overall a mess.

Very little about the paranormal aspect is explained, I still don’t really understand the gist of it. There’s astral projection, an ecto goo(?) Angry ghouls and yeah nothing is coherent or fully fleshed out.

Characters are very flat and to me, they were too unidimensional, they seem described too much in the present that you don’t even get to see their pasts or feel like they have a concrete personality. Jake also conveniently has new powers whenever necessary and that just felt too deus ex machina.

The antagonist has its own pov’s and to me, they were complicated because it seemed like they were meant to make you sympathize with him. Also it was disturbing to read this character and yet I don’t understand WHY is he after the protagonist.

I wasn’t scared, or tense, or even chilled by reading this. There was no atmosphere whatsoever.

The mass shooting problem, gun control, and mental health aspects were just barely touched upon and it honestly feels sloppy to insert such themes in a novel and then don’t address them properly.

Didn’t like this book and do not recommend it.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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