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Peek Inside The Things They've Taken

Lo Campbell wanted normal. Not this crazy road trip with the good-looking and utterly infuriating Shaw, the only Tracker willing to take on her case. His help is costly but no price is too steep to get her mom back from the clutches of an ancient demon.

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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.


The Things They've Taken is a mix of supernatural, fantasy, mythology, adventure and humor. Fun and enjoyable and worthy of a 5 star rating!” –LynnDell Watson, School Librarian

I kept reading until the end without wanting to put it down and I really do want to know how the story progresses, so if you enjoy books about teenage girls setting out on missions in worlds they don't understand with hunky dudes where the stakes are high this one is up your alley.” –Pouting Always

“I imagine this book will be quite the series, and I really wish I had the next one already.” –Olivia Farr, Goodreads Reviewer

“I really enjoy the connection between Lo and Shaw. I think the twist of events that happens at the end is really surprising and necessary to complete the story. The writer does an outstanding job in both the plot line and settings for the story. I found the writing to be superb. Overall a great read!” –Lovely Loveday

“[Lo’s] sarcasm and jabs added a lot of color to the dialogue and made the book more fun to read. Her determination and bravery were proved over and over again in the book and I like that she chose not to adopt the victim persona.” –Megan, Megan Pegasus Booktuber

The Things They've Taken was just the book I had been looking for and didn't even know it until I started reading. [...] It was honestly a breath of fresh air into a overrun genre that seems to have a lot of the same aspects in most of the titles.” –Stephanie Ward, A Dream Within A Dream

“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.” –Katherine Paschal, SMADA’s Book Smack

“Lo and Shaw's journey isn't over, and I, for one, am interested in seeing where they end up.” –Eva, Goodreads Reviewer

The Things They've Taken pulled me in right away. It's well written and I loved Lo.” –Kristi Housman, Goodreads Reviewer

“Overall, this was an enjoyable read, sprinkled with sexual tension, mythical creatures, danger, and plenty of teen angst. Just my kind of book.” –Cindy Hale, author of Destiny

The Things They've Taken was a rather fast paced young adult fantasy dealing with demons and all kinds of other creatures.” –Carrie, Carrie’s Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633759749
Release Date: May 1, 2017
Page Count: 315
Imprint: teen
Genre: urban fantasy, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By Pouting May 13, 2017

Lo Campbell's mother has always been on a search for the answers to the bigger questions in life, moving from commune to temple, each time switching from one belief system to the next. They finally settle down in Kentucky when Lo enters high school and her mother starts keeping company with peopl... ...more

By Annelise May 10, 2017

Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from YA Reads through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

*~.Book Analysis.~*
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :)

I was surprised at how much I actu... ...more

By Lovely Loveday April 28, 2017

Lo Campbell grew up moving from place to place with her mom who is on a search for the answers to the bigger questions in life. Always changing her beliefs with each move. They finally settle down in Kentucky the same time as Lo enters high school. Her mom quickly makes friends with a group of pe... ...more

By Stephanie May 06, 2017

4.5 Stars

'The Things They've Taken' was just the book I had been looking for and didn't even know it until I started reading. It was instantly full of paranormal mysteries, which is always a huge plus for me. It was honestly a breath of fresh air into a overrun genre that seems to have a lot of t... ...more

By Katherine May 08, 2017

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 tak... ...more

By ☘Tara May 09, 2017

If you like starting new trilogies, are okay with slow buildups that leave you with more questions than answers and can handle cliffhangers then you’ll love this book. If you’re one of those that has become so accustomed to the Netflix binge way of life then you’ll need to wait until the whole se... ...more

By Olivia April 28, 2017

“The Things They’ve Taken” is a fascinating YA fantasy. Lo (short for Delores) begins the book confronting a lesser demon, Rashkur, to help her locate her mother. Thus begins her journey into the world of the supernatural and long search to save her mother. Her mother has always been a believer-... ...more

By Eva May 01, 2017

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... ...more

By Kristi April 30, 2017

I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen through Netgalley for review.

The Things They've Taken pulled me in right away. It's well written and I loved Lo. I hope there is more from her BFF in the next book because he's awesome, too. I wasn't expecting so many different creatures and that... ...more

By Cindy May 03, 2017

This book grabbed me and sucked me into its world from page one. The world that the author created was described with vibrant detail, often funny imagery. Throughout the read, I felt as though I was right alongside Lo and Shaw, helping them fight off evil creatures. The book featured multiple set... ...more

By Carrie May 01, 2017

All Lo Campbell has ever wanted was to just be a normal teenager instead of being dragged from one place to another with her mother all her life. But Lo and her mother are not normal in the fact that they can see what others can't from the supernatural world.

One night Lo finds herself in a livin... ...more

By Lynndell May 03, 2017

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review The Things They've Taken by Katie McElhenney! Lo, short for Delores, needs help retrieving her mother from a burning pentagram that pulled her through the fl... ...more

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Katie McElhenney

About the author

Katie McElhenney

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

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