Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: The Replacement

The Replacement
by Brenna Yovanoff

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'm going to go ahead and say that I originally picked this book up because of the shiny cover... however, I stayed for the interesting image and obviously for the fact that it sounded creepy and interesting, and different;  my favourite. This novel delivers on all reasons I stated, just the right amount of creepy so as not to scare my poor heart to a stop, which is good, as I wanted to read it well into the night, and I probably could have finished it in a day had I had the time.
Poor Mackie, the main man in this novel. My heart was aching for him the whole time, he had so many struggles with just daily things, such as not being able to go to his fathers church, and not being able to kiss a girl with a tongue ring without its metal sending him to his near death (who would have thought surgical steel to be so dangerous?). Things start to get extra bad for Mackie around Halloween, an obvious choice for a creepy story, but not less effective. He starts to get sicker, and his dear sister, Emma, tries to help, which she does, but she also unknowingly throws her little bro into the creep-tastic underworld of their little town. He winds up having to play the unlikely hero to a little girl, and the whole town really.
Despite all of this going on, this novel still manages to make time for a little love story, which I think is well done as it doesn't take over the story, which often happens, and I am not a fan. And really, Mackie and his girl are so great together, I will ship it forever.

Overall this is the best book I've read this summer, I would have been happy with a bit more detail and action, perhaps, but in general I was pleased with this novel and how it really felt finished at the end.

My Rating:

I'd give it 5 stars 

xo Megan

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