Book Tour, Giveaway & Review: Taken by Amy McKinley

Posted 05/09/2016 by Isabelle MBTL in giveaways, review, tours / 35 Comments

Book Tour, Giveaway & Review: Taken by Amy McKinley

I received this book for free from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Tour, Giveaway & Review: Taken by Amy McKinleyTaken by Amy McKinley
Series: Five Fates #2
Published by Champagne Books on June 6, 2016
Pages: 240
Source: Goddess Fish Promotions
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Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation. ‬‬‬‬

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.‬‬‬

Series Rating: four-stars



Five Fates #2

Amy McKinley




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Mythological; mixed-paranormal-beings; intense!!!


review 1


  • The plot is very creative, with an amazing world-building and a story that kept you guessing until the end.
  • I like both main characters and also several secondary characters as well. They are all muti-dimensional characters that have so much to offer.
  • Wow! This is so complex, the author’s creativity is beyond anything. She takes real mythological characters, and mix them with some fictional one and put a spin on mythology with a brand new prophecy and it’s really incredible. It’s fresh! Something you haven’t seen it before.
  • It was a very intense read for me. That was so much going on, that I was really into it, wanting to understand and afraid of missing anything.
  • I MUST go back and read book one to keep on with the series.


Review 2


  • First, my own mistake, was reading reviews saying that  I could read this story as a stand-alone and trying to start this series with book number 2. I don’t recommend it to anyone. I definitely must go back to truly understand everything that I read. I was completely lost, for a big part of the book, having to reread a lot. I almost stopped, acquired book one to start over again. But I had a due date, and didn’t have time for that. I will do it now!
  • That’s a lot going on here. Sometimes if even feel like too much. But maybe, after I read book one, I will understand it all.
  • I think the author rush some of the romance. I missed their first encounter and more couple’s interaction. They are a great couple and  I would love to see more of their love story.
  • I don’t love the cover. Covers for me are the beginning of the story and this one didn’t tell me much before I read the book. It did made more sense after I read it, but I still don’t think I would read this book only looking at this cover.


You MAY buy this book because you love mythology; you SHOULD buy this book if you have read book 1 of the series; you MUST buy this book if you are ready for something totally different than everything else you have read before!!!





Sunlight sliced into Layla’s eyes the moment she cracked them open. An impending threat itched along her skin. Outside, mostly naked and vulnerable, she jackknifed to a sitting position. Darkness roared to life. No! She’d dropped her guard. Out of the corner of her eye, she just managed to register Thaull lunge for her before her vision faded.


It was different this time…the reemerging. She took stock of her shaking limbs, the hand clamped onto her wrist, and the deep rumble of displeasure rattling in a male’s chest as reality seeped into her consciousness.


Her free hand grasped for her knife, her senses expanding, filling. Thaull. She knew his smell, and from last night, his name. Oh gods… What had she done?


Terrified to see the condemnation in his eyes, or worse, the pall of death filling them by her hand, she slowly turned. Transfixed by the splattered blood covering his bare chest, she followed the trail up his neck until her gaze landed on his face. His raw carnality hit her like a blast of heat. Was he always this way? His calculating eyes narrowed, observing her every move.


Unsure what to say to him, she cleared her throat. “Get out” hardly seemed appropriate.


Before she could speak, he was on her. His mouth forced hers open, his tongue filling her, fighting for space. He kissed the breath from her, and she was glad for it.


With his hand fisted in her hair, he tugged her head back, staring with an unfathomable look that pierced the depths of her soul. She stood, plastered against him, because he willed it. What just happened?




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August 22: Long and Short Reviews
August 29: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
August 29: Liz Gavin’s Blog
September 5: The Reading Addict
September 5: More Books Than Livros
September 12: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
September 12: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 12: Novelist Eryn LaPlant

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About Amy McKinley

Amy McKinley is a freelance writer and author of the Five Fates Series. She lives in Illinois with her husband, their four talented teenagers, and three mischievous cats. You can find her at

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Overall: three-half-stars
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35 responses to “Book Tour, Giveaway & Review: Taken by Amy McKinley

  1. Amy McKinley

    Thank you for hosting and for the review, Isabelle! I’m happy to answer any questions about the series and good luck with the drawing. 🙂

    • Hi Amy. Thanks for visiting! I’ve already bought book one and I believe after reading the first I will understand everything. 🙂 I love mythology and it was nice to see some real gods there.

      • Amy McKinley

        Thank you, Isabelle! I’m hopelessly addicted myself 🙂 And thank you for buying Hidden (hugs). That should clear up quite a bit and I’m going to have to amend my thinking that this can be read as a standalone. Clearly I’m too close to it 😉 Best of luck in the drawing!

  2. Peggy Hyndman

    Who are some of your favorite authors; what strikes you about their work?

      • Amy McKinley

        Hi Peggy! I agree with Isabelle on Nalini Singh…love her books. It’s been a while since I read Linda Howard, better check her books out again! Kresley Cole, Karen Marie Moning, and Gena Showalter are a few that I adore for entire series. There are a ton that I’ve picked up a book or two and fell in love with their novels. Way too many to list 😉

  3. abrennan09

    Always looking for my next read – thanks for the recommendation.

  4. Cathy French

    I’m excited to read how the author takes real mythological characters, and mix them with some fictional one

  5. Robyn B.

    Sounds like it would be a good read. I like the cover too. Good luck with the tour.