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The Replaced

(The Taking #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,043 ratings  ·  295 reviews
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 be
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

The word made me feel not real.”

This was an interesting sequel, and I liked the twists!

I felt sorry for Kyra during this book, it was obvious how much she loved and missed Tyler, and having to deal with all the sci-fi stuff that was going on wasn’t easy for her either.

“Because here’s the thing: if I could dream, it would be of him.

The pace in this b
Grace (LovingDemBooks) Z.
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3 of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below).
As someone who really enjoyed the first book in The Taking trilogy, I was definitely surprised by the take that Kimberly Derting took on the
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

I gobbled this one up right away because the ending from The Taking was so crazy and left on a cliffhanger. I was sad that this eventually suffered from second book syndrome AT FIRST, but then it changed on a dime and you're bombarded with a ton of action and a plot that just keeps moving it will make you dizzy.

Kyra just keeps trying to find
Lindsay Cummings
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
such a fun sequel, with a pretty crazy twist at the ending! and of course, a cliffhanger too! video review to be posted tomorrow :)
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I was super in love with The Taking, so of course my head nearly exploded when I saw this on EW.

I'll be completely and totally honest. I struggled with this book. There are two huge plot points that I absolutely hated.

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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this novel as much as I did the previous one. I couldn’t connect with the main character and resented the extra love interest who was added in.

Opening Sentence: Dead.

The Review:

Spoilers for the first book! In The Taking, Kira realized that aliens abducted her and took five years from her. She’s not the only one who’s been stolen away, but she is the only one who has been gone longer than a couple days. When Tyler wa
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
I really really liked The Replaced last year. It was fun and different and I liked that exhilarating feel of 'what the hell is going on???' that the book had. I was really looking forward to the second book in the series, especially after that killer cliffhanger (and I don't think many books end in cliffhangers). Unfortunately, the downside of waiting so long for a book is that I sometimes tend to forget what happened in the first book by the time the second book is released. This was the case w ...more
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and The Body Finder series, this gripping second installment in The Taking trilogy explores what makes us human....."

So I was first introduced to Kimberly Derting when I picked up her YA trilogy, The Body Finder. I literally flew through that series and became utterly obsessed with Kimberly's writing....When I heard she was coming out with another series..I just could not wait to get my hands on it...and I was not disappointed!! I really loved the first bo
J. Dominique
2 stars.

I remember liking the first one. A lot. Because of the sweet romance and interesting premise. But this one fell pretty flat for me. Was it because of the lack of that sweet romantic interest? Maybe. (Although I do think it's good to get some distance from romance every once in a while to get perspective.) But more so, I found myself irked by Kyra and her childish narrative and actions and especially her forced romance with Simon. I hate it when we're introduced to a love interest in the
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Last year I read The Taking. In my review I mentioned the romance and how I hoped the author would fix it. Well, she 'fixed it' by continuing the love triangle where the MC's ex would try to get back with her all while his brother and the current love interest of our heroine is missing. Lame, bro!

Can't say anything important happened in this book since the whole time Kyra was trying to find Tyler. People were chasing them, she kissed her ex, the same old, same old.
Erin Arkin
The Replaced is book two of The Taking series by Kimberly Derting and I have been waiting to get my hands on this book since I finished book one. The book picks up shortly after The Taking ended and if you haven’t read that one yet, you might want to hold off on reading this review. Not because I am going to spoil anything with this book (or at least try not to) but because I don’t want to give anything away on the first book.

Ok, so this book picks up shortly after book one ends. Kyra has been a
Colleen Houck
If I had to pick one of the heroine's superpowers other than healing which would be the obvious choice, I'd choose holding my breath for a long time. The drama is ratcheted up a notch with the kids on the run. New characters really add to the story. Jumping right into book three! ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
I want to thank Harper Teen for supplying me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I absolutely adored The Taking. The characters, the plot, the everything. And then, when it ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I had to have the next book. So jumping into this one was no effort at all. If you haven't read the first book in the series, STOP HERE! This review will contain spoilers for that book! So turn arou
Brandi Kosiner
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 good (enough)
I wanted to read the replaced because I remember really enjoying the first one. even though I really don't have a whole lot of memory about it besides I liked the romance all the complication of her disappearing and then coming back as well as the whole alien angle.

It got right back into the mix of the story with her at a camp for the returned people who have been taken by aliens and then brought back to Earth. she's with some guys I guess you met last time and she really beli
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
When you love a first book so much, it is really hard not being excited about the sequel and even harder to not have high expectations for said sequel. Which is why I went into The Replaced with such hope that I would love it every bit as much as I did the first.

And while I did struggle a bit in the beginning with a slow start, I did end up loving this. Maybe not quite as much as the first book but overall I was once again thrown right into Kyra's crazy mixed up life of being on the run, worryin
Ren Santos
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobooks
When I read The Taking my review mentioned the silly exhausting details, how they were absurdly long, and how annoying it was all that prose about her toughs and convoluted feelings about everything around her, even on the most unusual settings. All that really put me off. I hoped the author would fix it in future books.

Well, she hasn't... I tried. For the life of me I just couldn't take it any longer, more of the same. More ridiculous things going through her mind, more feelings of this and th
Sarah {Literary Meanderings}

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*This review will contain spoilers for The Taking (book one in this series)!*

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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 stil
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
It feels like stretching to give this book 2.5 stars. The first book was far more interesting and it pains me to say that. This book was boring. Reveals happen and secrets come out, but nothing that is going to blow you away. This felt like a middle book... a filler. And it read less like a sci-fi and more like a contemp. Kyra was so much more concerned with keeping her feelings true to Tyler (that romance is still weird to me...) and she wanted to "be the first in his heart". What is this, a HS ...more
Stephanie Ward
'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 ...more
Andrea Bednar
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: occult-fantasy
While a number of readers have panned this installment, I enjoyed it just as much as I enjoyed the first book, The Taking. It's a wild and fast read. (There is a plot point that troubles me though (although not enough to have me not read the books)- in book one we learned that although Simon looks about 18, he's really about 49 years old. If so, what does he see in a 16 year old teenager? And, should we be interested in that romance? I have to ignore that detail in order to not get too bothered ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I started out reading this and then switched to audio. The beginning was a bit slow. I was disappointed in this book because I loved book 1 so much. The story did pick up during the end of the book.
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

While this definitely fell in the "second book syndrome", i still really enjoyed it, considering it only took me about 2 hours to read it.
3.75 stars
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finally decided to start this series since I know the 3rd book is coming out in 2 months and it’s spring break, so why not series-binge? I read the Taking and now I read The Replaced. I’m really enjoying this series. This sequel does not disappoint. It’s just as good as the first book. The only probably I had with it was the lack of Tyler, and Kyra romance with him. The Taking series is a fun, entertaining and mysterious sci-fi read. Perfect for fan of the X-files. I watched the new 6-part ser ...more
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The Taking, while enjoyable, wasn't my favorite Kimberly Derting book. I liked it well enough, but my sole reason for heading into The Replaced was my hunt for answers. I am happy I got some - but overall? EH. All the issues I had with the first book rolled over into The Replaced; bringing along some new and irritating things.

It's been a long time since I have thought of a book as having SECOND BOOK SYNDROME but that is exactly how I feel about
Originally posted on City of Books

Plot-wise, this was a great follow-up to The Taking. We finally get some answers, and I like where the story is going. The only thing I'm iffy about is the romance aspect of the book, so my feelings about the book overall are quite mixed.

It's been twenty-five days since Tyler, Kyra's dad, and Agent Truman disappeared. Kyra is in Silent Creek camp, still looking for evidence that the vanished have returned. When they get a lead, a group of them decide to follow i
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The typical road story with that abysmal 2nd book syndrome .... Sorry The Replaced was not my most favorite of the series. Didn't really enjoy this as much as I did the first ..... but it did provide some answers. Kyra has found out that she was not the only one taken, there have been more ..... and the 'but' arrives ..... but she is also the only one to have been gone the longest. Making her different from the rest. When Tyle
Adriana C
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arc
3.5 stars

The Replaced is a book that I was eager to read because of the ending on previous book and I was very happy to find out that this book starts exactly where The Taking left off. Kyra hiding from the NSA (a governmental organization that captures the Returned), but at the same time trying to find news about her father and Tyler; so when she learns of a possible sighting of a boy that might be Tyler, she doesn´t think twice and decide to go in search of him which triggers a series of event
Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Oh god, April, seriously? I can't wait that long, I need to know what's going to happen! (view spoiler)

This book was all I'd wanted it to be. It might have been a little slow in the beginning, but the rest was all the better. It had so much action and was just so wonderfully written, my greatest respect to the Kimberly Derting!

(view spoiler)
May 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm still trying to decided, more than a month after finishing this book, whether I liked it or not. It was definitely better than the first book, by quite a bit. But that's not saying much. I'm really confused about the whole memory loss thing because our only send to hand affected one character out of the hundreds reportedly kidnapped. But I did think that the plot line was continued well in this one. ...more
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Kimberly is the author of the award-winning THE BODY FINDER series, THE PLEDGE, and THE TAKING trilogies. She is also the co-author of the popular "Loves Science" picture book series, featuring our favorite science-loving superstars Cece, Libby, and Vivi!

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


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