Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: September 21, 2010
Hardcover: 352 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
I love dark “Faerie Tales” so I was excited to read The Replacement.  I found the premise pretty interesting.  For hundreds of years, residents of Gentry have had their children stolen and replaced with changelings.  Changelings do not usually survive very long, except for Mackie Doyle.  He has lived among humans for 16 years, although he is constantly suffering from exposure to iron and blood. 

Mackie can’t go onto consecrated ground.  He’s spent his whole life trying not to stand out and reveal his true self.  Other than that, he’s a typical teenage boy.  But he suddenly finds himself drawn into the faery world when his friend Tate’s little sister dies.  Or more accurately, the sister’s replacement dies and Tate wants to find out what happened to her real sister. 

I liked The Replacement but didn’t love it. It’s a quick read and fast paced.  It is very imaginative. The author does do great job of describing the town and the faery world. The characters are likeable, but with the exception of the main character, they are not very memorable.  And with all the setup, the excitement never really kicked in and the story sometimes comes across as a little flat. 

The characters tend to deal with major revelations very nonchalantly and a lot of the issues are glossed over or wrapped up fairly quickly.  The writing is solid but lacked weight.  I liked the darker subject matter, but ultimately I just wanted to feel more invested in the story and the characters. Solid read- recommend to those that enjoy the fae!  


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    1. That's exactly why I picked up the book! :)

  2. I've had it on my shelves for a while, and guessing from your review, I won't make it a priority to read it. After all, there are so many other books I'm dying to read, and this one sounds average. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out! :)

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