Monday, May 8, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Things They’ve Taken by Katie McElhenney

Book Blurb:

All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the what else that’s out there...

Until one day, the what else chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Scary, Supernatural, Suspense, Teen, Witches--

Lo is on the search for her missing mother, which is why she finds herself at a seedy bar to ask a demon for his help.​ This is just the start of the dangerous, mysterious, and creepy journey that Lo finds herself in, but she is desperate to get her mother back and is willing to do whatever it takes. With the help of a shady tracker named Shaw who took all her money to hire and his shaggy dog Mange, Lo must face darkness to succeed.

​When I saw the cover for this book, I was lured in. I didn't care what it was, I just knew that I had to get my hands on that gorgeous cover. I honestly had no idea what the book was actually about when I started, just a vague notion of a girl trying to find her mother, but otherwise I was in the dark.​ I found out that this book was a crash course in everything supernatural, be it water nymphs and Seers, to the dark and ominous demon hierarchy. Kinda a road trip from hell.

The best part of the story was the way I could never predict what would happen next. I was kept on my toes and always second guessing what I was reading. An arcade game to win a cheap, ugly prize fit for a Madame who owns a den of sexual pleasure? A seer who lives in a nursing home and trades in favors as she sews pills into her quilt? Being licked awake by an ugly tracker demon? Yeah, I had no idea what was coming next and I was so into the crazy journey that I unexpectedly read the book in one sitting.

This is not the complete story, but the first in a series and fair warning, the end does not really wrap anything up. Sure some stuff in answered, but Lo's journey is not at an end. And I for one can't wait to see where she goes next.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

About the Author:

Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens). Find out more about her at And her social media accounts are:

  Website: Facebook: Katie McElhenney Instagram: katiemcelhenney

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