Soul Taken, the debut of YA author Katlyn Duncan. I am 28 but read many YA books. I have found that some YA authors write only for teens. While other authors, like Katlyn Duncan, write for a broader audience. Katlyn has taken great care in developing her characters. You get a feel for their personalities quickly without them being predictable. The protagonist, Maggie, is simultaneously 17 and 100 years old. This leads to the dialogue being sophisticated enough to engage an older (20's -30's) audience with enough flippancy and immaturity to engage the younger audience. The characters are extremely relatable; their struggles though in the "paranormal" world, are struggles everyone can identify with, such as identity, the good vs. bad side of ourselves, and of course love. One of my favorite parts is that while there is certainly a love story going on, it is not over played or predictable like many of the YA books out there. The story line is original, the characters are strong and well developed, and the dialogue is well thought out and fun. It is a quick read and leaves you excited for the next installment of the series. The author gets you into the story quickly and makes you feel for the characters; be it hate, love, frustration, or admiration. Can't wait to read more from this debut author!