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The Overtaking (The Overtaking Series Book 1)

The Overtaking (The Overtaking Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Victorine E. Lieske
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Product Description

Shayne believes he's living the ideal life.

He attends a great school in the Midwest, gets along with his roommate, and has fallen for a girl who seems perfect for him.

But it’s all a lie. And Shayne starts to figure it out.

Danielle didn’t mean to fall in love with one of the Maslonians. She was only supposed to observe and report. But now she must choose to help Shayne...or betray him.

This book is 59,000 words, 288 pages in paperback.

From New York Times bestselling author of NOT WHAT SHE SEEMS.

About the Author

Victorine and her husband live in NE where they raise their four children. Victorine's first novel, Not What She Seems, sold over 100,000 copies in the first year and was on the New York Times Bestseller ebook list for six weeks.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461189454
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050P4ZEC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #419,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping start 26 Jan 2012
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This book is the first of a series in the fantasy genre. The plot and characters are interesting. If you like Anne McCaffrey you may like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual but good 3 Feb 2013
By Raffles
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Not the sort of book I normally read and was very unsure about it but I thoroughly enjoyed it. A friend suggested I read it as she had enjoyed it as well. It just goes to show that sometimes it's good to go "off piste" Can't wait for book 2
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED THIS!!!! 7 Jan 2012
By The Book Runner - Published on
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I was organizing my kindle and accidentally clicked this story open. The words captured my attention and reminded me of the teaser called The Gathering that I had previously read and enjoyed. Unable to tear my eyes away from the story, I was drawn deeper and deeper in and kept thinking how lucky I was to download such a wonderful story.

In The Gathering we meet Danielle as she reluctantly kidnaps the powerful and handsome Shayne to have his memory erased and his powers taken away. In The Overtaking, Shayne is an unsuspecting student in college with no idea he or his fellow countrymen have been abducted from their land and put in a Holodome to live. Fortunately, Shayne's memory of his mother starts to surface and then he gets some of his power to read other's thoughts back and Danielle, who has fallen in love with him, becomes afraid of turning him in and believing that she might have been lied to by her own people. What follows is a lot of adventure and heartache, but a desire to be free no matter what the cost.

This is a fabulous dystopia that anyone who liked the Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael Book One) series would enjoy. It does not have any profanity or sex but does have a very sweet love story that any YA would enjoy. I and my daughters (ages 15 and 22) will most definitely be reading the next book in this series.

Would I/Did I buy it? Free Download
Would I read it again? YES
Would I recommend it to friends? YES!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imagine there's no evil - Not What It Seems 15 Dec 2011
By Clare Chu - Published on
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Ever wonder what a world without badness would look like? Or how it would feel to live in a perfect environment? The Overtaking takes you to a place where goodness reigns and bad thoughts can simply be erased. People are transplanted from a harmful society to a manufactured city without crime and worries.

Danielle believed the premise. She thought she was kidnapping Shayne for his own good, taking him out of an evil environment and giving him paradise. But Shayne's memory wipe does not go as planned, and he retains his mind-reading abilities. Memories of a mother he was programmed to forget pop up, and he starts to realize that things are not as they seem. As Danielle's eyes are open, she and Shayne fall in love and discover a nefarious plot built on an illusion.

The story is fast paced and fresh--cute and heart-pounding and joyous and gut-wrenching all at the same time. This book was a great start to what will be an epic and exciting series. The cast of characters includes many talents and special abilities as well as two members from the overlord group. Shayne is a cutie-pie, Danielle is gutsy, and Jennaya upbeat and friendly. My only complaint is that one of the heart-throbs died. He had so much potential! (sob, sob, sob).

Summary: Delightful sci-fi romance and great start to an engaging series. Victorine Lieske has gathered a personable cast of characters, Shayne, Danielle, Nolan, Celeste, Jennaya, Kellec, Asia, and Gita to fight an evil empire bent on mind controlling a peaceful planet and raiding it for their resources. I can't wait to read the next installment.
18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite overtaken 25 May 2011
By L. H. - Published on
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Although I hate to say it, I was somewhat underwhelmed by this book. I had high hopes because I've heard good things about Lieske, but I just never connected with this book. I read a lot of YA and enjoy fantasy and scifi, so I thought this book would be right up my alley, but I was never sucked into the story...never able to forget I was reading a book. You know how when you're reading a book that you really connect with, you can lose yourself in the story? I was never able to lose myself.

It wasn't a bad story. I thought the premise was interesting. Being a comic book fan, I enjoyed the idea of the characters having powers, but it would have been nice to see the powers used a little bit more. It sounds like the powers may play a more key role in later books, so maybe I'm just impatient ;)

With a romance central to the story's plot, I didn't "believe" it. Yes, the characters are young and therefore may be forgiven for acting silly, but it still seemed a bit fast to be throwing around the "L" word after only a few dates. Since this story is obviously going to take up more than one book, I think the romance aspect may have worked better for me if it had been a slower build up across the whole trilogy/series(?).

This is also a small nitpick, and maybe it's a regional thing, but Shayne spelled like that makes me think of a girl's name.

Note: I read a free review copy from author
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable 13 Dec 2011
By Linda Grant - Published on
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I love it when I find a book that leaves me hankering for more. It was definitely a fun, exciting read that kept me wanting to know what's going to happen next. I'm looking forward to the second book in this series and am also planning to explore other books written by this author.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overtook me. 14 May 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Another thrilling journey by this author! The Overtaking is well written, with its draw you in and keep you there pacing. This series will be a definite page turner since it features the perfect combination of action and romance. It may take a few chapters to get your bearings, don't fret, the writing will answer any questions you may have about the story. Victorine has no problems taking risks in the addictive alternate universe that she has created, a place where likeable characters can be killed off and the fate of your race is up to you to determine.

I really hope the sequel is soon coming, because I can't wait to know what happens next!
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