April 24, 2015

The Replaced Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for REPLACED! Today I have my review of the book to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.

The Replaced (The Taking #2)
Author: Kimberly Derting
Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen


Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.

Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost?

Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.

The Replaced is the thrilling second installment in a young adult science fiction trilogy. Our main character, Kyra, is finally back after being taken for five years. She's on the run from the NSA and seeks out others like her who have been returned. Kyra is dead set on finding Tyler - the guy she's in love with who was also taken. So when her group finds a message stating that Tyler might be alive but captured by an underground government organization - one that experiments on people who have been returned. Kyra knows she's risking her life by going to find Tyler. She might be walking right into a trap they've set for her, or worse, Tyler might not be the same person she fell in love with. Will she be able to find Tyler and save him? Or will the people she's running from finally catch up to her?

I've read several of the author's other books, so I have to admit that I had some pretty high expectations and hopes for this one. Once again, the author knocked it out of the park. The book surpassed all of my expectations and hopes - and then continued on to blow my mind. It's hard to write a review after reading a book that sticks with you long after you're done reading it - my mind is scattered all over the place, so I apologize if I ramble on or don't make much sense. First off, I'm going to say it again - I absolutely loved this book. Sometimes the second book in a series can tank and end up ruining the series. In my opinion, this sequel was just as good as the first. The author's talent is clearly evident from the very beginning of the story - I found myself sucked back into Kyra's world from the first paragraph. It was like I had never left. The book was fast paced and gripping - it had me reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. There were lots of twists and turns in the story that I totally didn't see coming, which - in my opinion - made the novel even better. This book has something for everyone - science fiction, fantasy, paranormal/supernatural elements, action, suspense, and lots of thrills - and lovers of all types of fiction would surely enjoy this book and series.

Kyra is a great main character for the series/book. She's strong - mentally and physically - and can take on serious bad guys and obstacles that get in her way. Once she has her mind set on something, she's determined to see it through and will go to any length to make sure it gets done. She matures even more in this book and I really enjoyed watching her character grow. She has to make hard decisions and do things she never thought she would just to stay alive. I'm excited to see what she'll do in the final book and where things will end. The plot continued to be unique and exciting - I was riveted from the beginning and didn't want the book to end. The author continues to surprise the reader with each passing chapter. I can't wait to see where the final book will go and what surprises await us. I very highly recommend this book (and series) to fans of all genres, as there's a bit of something for everyone - especially those who enjoy science fiction, fantasy, aliens, and thrillers.

Kimberly Derting is the author of the award winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE trilogy, and THE TAKING and THE REPLACED (the first two books in The Taking trilogy).

Her books have been translated into 15 languages, and both THE BODY FINDER and THE PLEDGE were YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selections.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest, where the gloomy weather is ideal for writing anything dark and creepy. Her three beautiful (and often mouthy) children serve as an endless source of inspiration and frequently find things they say buried in the pages of their mother's books, or on Twitter for the world to see.

You can learn more about Kimberly and her books at www.kimberlyderting.com, or follow her on Twitter: @kimberlyderting. 

Website: www.kimberlyderting.com / www.thebodyfinder.com

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