Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The ReplacementTitle: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Pages: 352
Publisher: Razorbill
ISBN: 1595143378

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.


I didn't know what to expect when I picked The Replacement in my list for reads. The cover definitely gave me an idea of what the book and I know that I would enjoy this just basing on that cover. I read The Replacement early in the morning and finished it in the afternoon. That's how easy to read The Replacement is in spite the fact that the story is focused with an eerie story and creepy plot.

I was not let down by the book. I loved it from beginning to end. Though at times I was lost with the story because I have not read a lot about changelings. What I love about the book is the fact that it was balanced in a way that the book contains a heavy and dark story but the love and humanistic approach of Makie and everyone around him evened it out. I was awed of how Yovanoff wrote Makie to be different but in spite the knowledge of being different, Makie's friends and family still love him and cared for him.

I just felt that the book needed a little more. I am not sure what that 'little more' should be but it can definitely need something. The story was great. The characters were well written. For Yovanoff's first novel, this is a success! Looking forward to reading more of her future novel.


  1. This one seems to be getting uniformly good reviews...glad you enjoyed it, and glad to see that you are able to get an internet connection again ;)

  2. I really love the point you made about balancing the creepy world of the story with the love and human approach to Mackie and his family! What a great insight!


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