A thrilling conclusion

‘Taken by Choice’ – Jessica Frances

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Taken by Choice – Jessica Frances

They failed. They have been taken by P.A.G.E. again and this time Stan and Martha are prepared for them. They’ve made it impossible to escape. They have no choice but to stay in line and behave.

New friendships are made, relationships are put to the test and answers about their abilities are revealed.

Is it possible that they can still take down P.A.G.E. but this time trying from within?

Or will the choices they make endanger the future they were tasked with protecting?

Only time will tell. Unfortunately, it might mean having to give up everything for the chance of ending this once and for all.

Just like the other two books in the ‘Taken’ series, this final instalment is thrilling and fast-paced. I really enjoyed reading about how Zoe and her friends as they battle against P.A.G.E and I am pleased to say that there was a lot more action in this book, which is exactly what I hoped for after reading ‘Taken by Force’.

The focus of this novel broadens as Frances introduces other characters who have a special ability and this time they feature more in the action. I liked the diversity that this brought to the plot as I found it made it more interesting, particularly with how the plot develops. Also, the idea that Zoe and her friends are being prepared for special missions is finally realised in this book. For one, there are more intense training sessions, rather than it seeming like a elongated day at the gym. Secondly, Frances takes the action out of America for a mission in Scotland. I really enjoyed reading this, but wished that more could have been made from it.

Zoe’s dreams are really important to the story and the way that they are presented to the reader meant that you are always trying to calculate the truth behind her “fake” dreams. Presented in a non-linear fashion, it does not become clear until near the end of the novel what exactly Zoe was dreaming of and I thought the dreams provided a really clever insight into time after the story had concluded. This definitely added more depth to the story.

The relationship between Zoe and Charlie continues and at times I found it quite suffocating. Indeed, it did remind me of the intense feelings between Bella and Edward in ‘Twilight’ so I guess that this was just an added feature to the story. However, it was again quite sweet to see how protective Charlie is of Zoe and how he will do anything to keep her safe.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I think the series was great. This book concludes nicely and I felt very satisfied after reading it. Whilst it may be considered a teenage/new adult fiction, I definitely think plenty of other people will find enjoyment in this story. Personally, I feel that my only criticism would be that this seems to be just an e-book; I would love to have this physical book in my collection so I can revisit it again and again.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

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The chase continues

‘Taken by Force’ – Jessica Frances

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Taken by Force – Jessica Frances

Eight months have passed since Zoe, Charlie, Will and Rose parted ways.

Eight months living on the run and starting new lives. 

But when Zoe has a dream and foresees trouble, she knows she needs to reunite them. Can she get to everyone in time? Or will it already be too late?

Even if they survive and escape again, they can’t stay on the run forever. There is no choice but to fight for their lives and try to bring down P.A.G.E. 

Is there a way they can get out of this alive?

Or will this be one fight they’ll lose?

I really enjoyed this second novel from the ‘Taken’ series. I tend to avoid reading books from the same series back-to-back for fear of losing interest, but ‘Taken by Force’ certainly didn’t have this affect on me and I once again couldn’t put it down.

Jessica Frances follows the same style as her previous book, whereby the first part of the story is narrated from four different perspectives as we catch up on their lives. I liked this because it meant that readers don’t miss out on any back story that has come from eight months passed from the end of the first book. Frances cleverly links the narratives together seamlessly so when it does move back to Zoe, it does not come across as a sudden jump.

Like in the first story, I found Zoe’s emotional instability a little irritating and wished she was a bit of a tougher character. However, the connection she has with Charlie remains sweet and I loved how protective he was over her. Indeed, the group dynamics do develop in this story so that they are like a family to one another, but I did find myself wanting a little more focus to go on Joel and his actions.

Readers are introduced to more characters who have special abilities and the glimpse we are provided with left me wanting more. I am sure they will play a bigger part in the final story and hope that all of these characters really have the opportunity to show off their abilities.

The plot continued to have many exciting twist and turns along the way which kept the pace up throughout. It didn’t take me long to read this book because I was enjoying it so much and wanted to find out what happened to the central characters. Despite this, I hope that the final book has more progress for the characters and what their goal is. As I mentioned in my review of the first book, this plot reminded me of a television series and I think to truly become an excellent read, the author needs to have a bit more action from the characters as they fight for their freedom.

I enjoyed the chase that continues in ‘Taken by Force’ and was not disappointed by this second book. I am really looking forward to reading the concluding story and am keen to know what happens next to the characters.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

On the edge of your seat

‘Taken by Surprise’ – Jessica Frances

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Taken by Surprise – Jessica Frances

Five strangers scattered across America have three things in common with each other. 

One: They each have special abilities that shouldn’t be possible. 

Two: They’ve all just had people try to kill them. 

Three: They’ve all just been kidnapped and taken away from their home, families and friends. 

Their lives will never be the same as they’re taken to a government facility and told that their abilities mean that they must train to become soldiers and fight. But are they being told the truth? Or is something more sinister going on? They must learn to trust each other and decide if they should stay on this path or run away from it. Either way there is no going back.

This is the first book that I have read by Jessica Frances and I am really glad I have had the opportunity to review this. Taken by Surprise reminded me of an action series you would find on television and I couldn’t put this one down.

The plot contains a range of elements that work together very well. When readers are first bring introduced to the different characters, the story is being narrated from their point of view. The character we first meet is  Zoe and when I felt that Frances spent more time on her story, the reason why became evident later on as she continues the narrative. On the back I this, I did find myself wishing that the author had given readers more of a snapshot into the final character’s story as this bit did seem a little rushed.

As mentioned before, this books has a range of genres successfully brought together into one thrilling package. Thrilling this definitely is, as you don’t know why each of these characters are being kidnapped until much later on in the story. This is also a science-fiction story with prospects of time travel and changing the course of history. There is also a lot of romance between two characters which, at times, I found a little stifling. Whilst the feelings did make sense, it kind of moved too fast to be believable. Coupled with the fact that Zoe does come across as a weak lead character who always seemed to be crying, I found her just a little too irritating and wanted her to “man up” and get on with things.

Jessica Frances brings on plenty of unexpected twists in the plot and the story ends on a neat cliffhanger. It keeps you guessing as to what the next story will bring and I am really lucky to already have this in my hands, ready to be picked up and read! Whilst some may consider this as teenage fiction, I think this is one that older readers will enjoy. It is an easy and exciting read that keeps you guessing throughout.

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.