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The Taking of Jake Livingston – Blog Tour

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The Taking of Jake Livingston - Blog Tour

Please note that there are multiple trigger warnings for this book. This triggers could be suicide, sexual assault, abuse and/or violence.

The Taking of Jake Livingston The Taking of Jake Livingston – Blog Tourby Ryan Douglass
Published on 2021 by Penguin
Format: ARC provided by TBR&Beyond
Pages: 256
Purchase Links: Amazon | Audible | iBooks | Kindle
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ, Thriller, Young Adult

Get Out meets Holly Jackson in this YA social thriller where survival is not a guarantee.
Sixteen-year-old Jake Livingston sees dead people everywhere. But he can't decide what's worse: being a medium forced to watch the dead play out their last moments on a loop or being at the mercy of racist teachers as one of the few Black students at St. Clair Prep. Both are a living nightmare he wishes he could wake up from. But things at St. Clair start looking up with the arrival of another Black student--the handsome Allister--and for the first time, romance is on the horizon for Jake.
Unfortunately, life as a medium is getting worse. Though most ghosts are harmless and Jake is always happy to help them move on to the next place, Sawyer Doon wants much more from Jake. In life, Sawyer was a troubled teen who shot and killed six kids at a local high school before taking his own life. Now he's a powerful, vengeful ghost and he has plans for Jake. Suddenly, everything Jake knows about dead world goes out the window as Sawyer begins to haunt him. High school soon becomes a different kind of survival game--one Jake is not sure he can win.

This book was received for free from TBR&Beyond in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of this review.We'd like to thank the publishers and TBR&Beyond for the review copy.

How is everybody’s weekend going? We do hope you had a bit of reading time! We are excited to be today’s stop for the tour of “The Taking of Jake Livingston” by Ryan Douglass. Here is the list of all the lovely blogs participating.

” I hate my own name. It makes me sound like one of them. Jake. It means someone who takes or overthrows by force. That doesn’t sound like me. “

Meet Jake: he is not only the only black kid in his private school, but he can also see the dead. They are all around his school. But as they are harmless, stuck in a time-loop reliving their deaths (is it only me whose mind immediately goes to Westworld, when time-loops are mentioned???), they blur in the background and he almost doesn’t pay attention to them. Almost. Until he meets Sawyer. (Lost anyone? Okay, okay I’ll stop it with the tv references.)

“Have you ever heard your name called so much that you wanted to die?”

Meet Sawyer: he tried to kill himself but his mom released him early from his treatment center. He keeps a diary giving us his POV in the book.

Now full disclosure, I don’t read horror often, and make no mistake this is a horror read, so I was a bit hesitant to pick it up. But I did ended up enjoying it. It flows very easily and it’s a nice blend of contemporary teen angst mixed with horror elements. My only complain is that it ended too fast and I wanted to read a little bit more!


July 12th
DJREADSBOOKS -15 Reactions While Reading The Taking of Jake Livingston
Rajiv’s Reviews â€“ Review
Books With Michelle â€“ Favourite Quotes & Top 5 Reasons to Read The Taking of Jake Livingston

July 13th
Pages & Plots â€“ Review
Andonshereads â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes

July 14th
We Write at Dawn â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes
The Bookwyrm’s Den â€“ Review

July 15th
Stuck in Fiction â€“ Promo Post
Reading Stewardess â€“ Review
Emelie’s Books â€“ Review & Mood Board

July 16th
Nine Bookish Lives â€“ Review
Popthebutterfly Reads â€“ Review
Roving Savant â€“ Promo Post

July 17th
Stuck in the Stacks â€“ Review
The Bookish Coven â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes

July 18th
The Book Dutchesses â€“ Review
The Fictional Journal â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes
Justice For Readers â€“ Review & Playlist


July 12th
bookworm_panda â€“ Review
djreadsbooks â€“ Blogger’s Choice
rajivsreviews â€“ Blogger’s Choice
bookswithmichellee â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 13th
johsjournal â€“ Journal Spread
thescorpion.bibliophile â€“ Review
andonshereads â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 14th
stacialovestoread â€“ Review
we.write.at.dawn â€“ Blogger’s Choice
srbetler â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 15th
tbrandbeyond â€“ Promo Post
skygoddess1 â€“ Blogger’s Choice
emmesbooks â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 16th
antonique_reads â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes
ninebookishlives â€“ Blogger’s Choice
popthebutterfly â€“ Blogger’s Choice
rovingsavant â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 17th
kathreadsya â€“ Review
stuck.in.the.stacks â€“ Blogger’s Choice
the_bookish_coven â€“ Blogger’s Choice

July 18th
fangirlpixiebooks â€“ Promo Post
hoardingbooks.herdingcats â€“ Review & Favourite Quotes
thebookdutchesses â€“ Blogger’s Choice
justiceforreaders â€“ Blogger’s Choice

About Ryan Douglass

Ryan Douglass is an author, poet, and freelance writer from Atlanta, Georgia. His work on race, literacy, sexuality, and media representation has appeared in The Huffington Post, Atlanta Black Star, Everyday Feminism, Nerdy POC, Age of Awareness, LGBTQNation, and Medium, among others. His debut novel, THE TAKING OF JAKE LIVINGSTON, is a YA horror out through Penguin/Putnam July 13th, 2021.

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