Taken by Erin Bowman releases today!

TAKENToday is the launch day for Erin Bowman’s TAKEN, and we here at Pub(lishing) Crawl couldn’t be more thrilled!

Seriously—no exaggeration—we are all flipping out with excitement over this book’s release. Not only Erin is a great writer, a great friend, and also a pivotal part of the inner workings of this blog (we wouldn’t be here if not for her—heck, she designed the graphics of this site, after all!), but we’re also HUGE fans of Taken.

We are—as the awesome phrase goes—taken by Taken. 😉

After selling her book back in 2011, Erin’s AWESOME YA dystopian thriller is finally hitting shelves TODAY, and we just cannot stop the celebrations over here. We all stayed up until midnight, video-chatting to ring in the launch day with Erin, and today, we’re all heading out to buy copies (in addition to all the preordered copies that will be arriving in the mail).

For those of you who don’t know what this book is about, here’s the synopsis:

There are no men in Claysoot.

There are boys—but every one of them vanishes at midnight on his eighteenth birthday. The ground shakes, the wind howls, a blinding light descends…and he’s gone.

They call it the Heist.

Gray Weathersby’s eighteenth birthday is mere months away, and he’s prepared to meet his fate—until he finds a strange note from his mother and starts to question everything he’s been raised to accept: the Council leaders and their obvious secrets, the Heist itself, and what lies beyond the Wall that surrounds Claysoot—a structure that no one can cross and survive.

Climbing the Wall is suicide, but what comes after the Heist could be worse. Should he sit back and wait to be taken—or risk everything on the hope of the other side?

And if that doesn’t make you want to read it, then check out this trailer (seriously, the trailer gave us CHILLS).

Or, if you’re still not convinced to check out Takenour very own Marie Lu called it “an action-packed thrill ride from beginning to end.” Yeah—that pretty much sums it all up, and we are SO glad the book is finally going out into the world so it can captivate other readers as much as it captivated us. Basically, so YOU can now be taken by Taken. 😉

To celebrate this exciting release by our lovely Erin, we are giving away a copy! There are lots of ways to enter, so be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below and also leave a comment wishing Erin well on this super exciting day!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


85 Responses to Taken by Erin Bowman releases today!

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    Anna J. Boll Apr 16 2013 at 7:05 am #

    Happy Launch Day, Erin!

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    Fly to the Sky Apr 16 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Good luck Erin!!!! I can’t wait to read the book!!!!!! It sounds amazing.

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    Brooke Apr 16 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Congrats! Happy launch day!

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    Jess W Apr 16 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Can’t wait to read this it sounds amazing!

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    April Alvey Apr 16 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Good Luck Erin !!!!!

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    Jesselle Apr 16 2013 at 7:30 am #

    Happy book birthday and congratulations, Erin! 🙂

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    Natalie Aguirre Apr 16 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Happy Release Day, Erin! I was lucky enough to get an ARC and loved it!

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    Stephanie Jacob Apr 16 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Congrats Erin!

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    June Seghni Apr 16 2013 at 7:48 am #

    this is so exciting, sounds intriguing..congratulations…

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    A. Barone Apr 16 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Congrats on it being publishing day! I actually managed to pick up a copy from Chapters on Sunday… they put it out on the shelves early :/ After I read “What’s Left of Me” , “Taken” will be next. I can’t wait to read it!

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    Manni Apr 16 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Congratulations! And Good Luck!

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    Alicia Batista Apr 16 2013 at 8:01 am #

    Yes, I’ve DYING to read this book! HAPPY RELEASE DAY ERIN! 🙂

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    Bayram F. Apr 16 2013 at 8:04 am #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can’t wait to read Taken

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    Leigh Smith Apr 16 2013 at 8:10 am #

    I don’t even remember how long ago I read the synopsis of this book, way before it had a cover, and I’m dying for this book. Can’t wait to read it! Congrats, Erin!

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    Tina Sawyer Apr 16 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I am excited! Congrats!

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    Tiffany Drew Apr 16 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Congrats, Erin!!! So excited to finally read it 🙂

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    Parajunkee Apr 16 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Happy Launch Day! Very excited for TAKEN.

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    Michelle Sedeño Apr 16 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I’m excited to read this! Congrats to Erin Bowman and happy release day to Taken!

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    Danielle Nguyen Apr 16 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Oooh I’m really excited for this one! Happy book birthday!

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    sarah v Apr 16 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Congrats Erin!

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    Liz Parker Apr 16 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Congratulations, Erin! Hooooooray!!!

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    Alex Ray Apr 16 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Congrats, Erin! I for one have been waiting for this book to come out since I first heard about it. All I can say is gimme gimme gimme!

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    Angelica R. Jackson Apr 16 2013 at 10:07 am #

    So much good stuff coming out lately, but this one stays near the top of my TBR pile!

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    candy hamilton Apr 16 2013 at 10:23 am #

    congrats Erin on the release of your book. I cannot wait to read it

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    Katelyn Larson Apr 16 2013 at 10:36 am #

    Congratulations, Erin!!!! I can’t wait to read TAKEN! 🙂

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    Riley Apr 16 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I’d really like this book, sounds good!

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    Megan Duff Apr 16 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Happy Pub Date, Erin!!! May it be the first in a long line :DDD

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    Annie Apr 16 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I’m so glad Taken is finally here and I get a chance to read it! Happy Launch Day, Erin 🙂

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    amanda Apr 16 2013 at 11:23 am #

    yay! congrats Erin!

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    almendra Apr 16 2013 at 11:56 am #

    congrats!!!!!Erin!!!!! I’m dying to read taken !!!!! Thanks for writing

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    Stormy Apr 16 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Congrats! I’ve been looking forward to reading Taken.

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    Patricia Moussatche Apr 16 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Loved the book trailer! Here’s to a great launch!

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    Katie J. Apr 16 2013 at 12:52 pm #


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    Amie Apr 16 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Happy book birthday, Erin! I cannot wait to read Taken =)

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    Alexa Y. Apr 16 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Happy book birthday Erin! I’m super excited for you. And also, I’m super excited to (finally) get to experience your book! It’s bound to be AWESOME. (And that trailer STILL gets me excited!)

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    Jaimie M. Engle Apr 16 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    Wow. This sounds like a great book. I am so excited with you, Erin. I love how your friends rallied around you till midnight to bring in the celebration, like a New Year’s Eve party. My novel debut is this December, and I think I’m stealing that idea from you.
    Congratulations! I hope you sell a million copies!

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    Caitlin Vanasse Apr 16 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Happy launch day Erin! I feel like I’ve been waiting for Taken to be here for much longer than I reallly have, I think because when you read the description it’s like “why isn’t this available now.” I’m excited for the tour you ladies are going on this summer as well. I hope to see you then!

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    Kate Tilton Apr 16 2013 at 1:42 pm #


    -Kate Tilton

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    Kateri Ransom Apr 16 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    Big, fat congratulations, Erin!

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    Diana Apr 16 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I was excited for this book for MONTHS before I even discovered PubCrawl, and I’m so excited!! Big, huge, heaping plate of congrats, Erin! Off to the book!

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    Krispy Apr 16 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    CONGRATS ERIN!!! Happy Launch day! So happy for you! 🙂

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    Tamara Apr 16 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Congrats Erin!!!

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    Alexa O Apr 16 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Congrats, Erin! The book sounds awesome!

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    Emma Apr 16 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Happy book birthday Erin! Can’t wait to get my hands on TAKEN! <3

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    Peggy Eddleman Apr 16 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Congratulations, Erin, on the release of such an awesome book! So happy for you!

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    Krista Van Dolzer Apr 16 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Woohoo, Erin! I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.

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    Teri C Apr 16 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Happy release day Taken ! I am totally looking forward to reading you 😉

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    Vivien Apr 16 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Congrats Erin!!!

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    Alyssa Susanna Apr 16 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    YES! This is so exciting! Congratulations, Erin!

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    Sara (Page Sage) Apr 16 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Happy book birthday, Erin! Taken sounds sooo good!

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    Carl Apr 16 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    It is an exciting day. Congratulations Erin, and best wishes for all kinds of success!

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    Kristine Apr 16 2013 at 4:39 pm #


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    Alyse W Apr 16 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    This book sounds exciting! Congrats on the book! can’t wait to read it whether I win or not!

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    Lea Apr 16 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    Happy launch day!! SO excoted for this book!! Congrats!

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    Samantha Davies Apr 16 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway!

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    Andrea Apr 16 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Congratulations Erin!!!!! I hope this day is everything you hoped it would be except 10 times better!!!! I can’t wait to read TAKEN!!

    (Also, GREAT job on the graphics for this site!!! They’re some of my favorite!!)

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    Kate Apr 16 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    The trailer gave me chills too. Amazing!!

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    Leigh K. Hunt Apr 16 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Oooooh! Very exciting. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy for a read.

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    Kim Apr 16 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    HAPPY LAUNCH DAY! Congratulations too! I already pre-ordered the book. I’m so excited to read it 🙂

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    cait Apr 16 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Congrats, Erin! TAKEN looks draw-dropping amazing…

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    Llehn Apr 17 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Congrats, Erin!

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    Ashfa Anwer Apr 17 2013 at 1:00 am #

    Happy book birthday, Erin! Dying to get my hands on Taken.

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    Lisa Vazquezanzua Apr 17 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Congrats to you Erin!!! You have released an awesome book! And I am SO EXCITED to read it!! YAY!! I’m going to add it to my TBR list. *double crossing my fingers* Thanks for this amazing giveaway!!

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    Desing your baby Apr 17 2013 at 4:25 am #

    This is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this
    one. A must read article!

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    BJ Almeda Apr 17 2013 at 6:33 am #

    OHYEAH \m/

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    Mary Apr 17 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Can’t wait to read Taken!

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    Michelle Roberts Apr 17 2013 at 9:47 am #

    Congratulations! Can’t wait to read this one; it looks amazing.

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    Erin Bowman Apr 17 2013 at 9:59 am #

    SOOZ and Ladies of PubCrawl: Thank you for this post and for all your support. I <3 you guys!!!

    And everyone else: Thank you so very much for the words of congrats! I've been smiling non-stop since yesterday. 🙂

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    Zelda Apr 17 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Congrats Erin!! I am SO excited to read Taken! 😀

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      Zelda Apr 17 2013 at 9:22 pm #

      Hi! Just letting you know I’ve changed my twitter username to @austenish 🙂

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    Kat Apr 17 2013 at 10:43 am #

    I can’t wait to finally read Taken whenever I make my next purchase at the bookstore

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    Itara Apr 17 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    So excited for this book, Congrats!

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    Yolanda Smith Apr 17 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Congrats. Sounds like a great story. Looking forward to reading Taken.

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    Darith L. Apr 17 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Yes, I am! The book has been on my to-read list for a while! And I’ve just read a glowing review of it on TheBookWorms.org 😀

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    Karen Russell Apr 18 2013 at 2:26 am #

    YAY!!! I look forward to reading it!!!!

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    Hannah Apr 18 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    CONGRATS Erin! I’ve been looking forward to picking up a copy of Taken for awhile! I keep going to look for it at the bookstores and was thwarted by the fact that it wasn’t out yet.

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    Kate Apr 18 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    Yes! Oh my gosh I am so excited to read and review this book! Congratulations Erin!

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    Rachel Apr 19 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    No, I am even MORE excited about it than you!!!!! Seriously, this has been my most anticipated book of the year and I have been scouring the internet for giveaways for it or for gift card giveaways so I can buy it. I fell in love with the cover and synopsis when I found it many many months ago and have been counting down the days since then, but with an SSI only income I can’t afford it! I am keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed!

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    Michelle M. Apr 19 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Congratulations on the release! I’m looking forward to reading it 🙂

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    Joni Apr 20 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I can only imagine the hard word and perseverance you had to go through to make it to this point. YOU’VE PUBLISHED YOUR FIRST BOOK! And it sounds awesome- looking forward to reading it!

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    Brittney Apr 21 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    I am SO excited for Taken! 😀 Congrats Erin!

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    Kimberly B. Apr 21 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    I am so excited to read this! I have been seeing this everywhere recently so I know I’m not the only one! Thank you for the chance and congrats, Erin!

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    Jason Burnett Apr 22 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    This looks like a really great book. Congrats on your launch!

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