Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff- Review

This book had ambiance in droves!  Grey, rainy and and filled with mystery, The Replacement was everything I'd hoped for over the past year while it mouldered away in the To-Be-Bought file I'm always carrying around in the back of my head.

From Goodreads:
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, but when a friends 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.

Brenna paints a wonderfully wicked world in the Replacement, it's almost Burton-esque in it's depressing greyness and understanding by all that you just don't talk about the strangeness.  The ambiance was so impressive it became the flavour of the book for me.  Against this backdrop she's lined up an impressive array of characters who were intriguing enough to make me want more of them in another book.  Mackie's friends include twins Danny and Drew- who can build or repair almost anything from their mom's vast hoarding collection, Roswell who's charming, kind,and never crabs about having his night ruined, or by the secrets Mackie obviously keeps, and Tate, the tough ass love interest he's known forever but only recently realized he's attracted to.  And don't forget his sister Emma, who loved him so much, from the time he was switched with her brother, that it's the only reason he's still alive.

Like in Cold Kiss, real life teen issues were mixed really nicely into this horror/tragedy story.  Mackie has spent his life struggling to fit into the crowd without drawing any attention to himself, hoping to live life but not draw the ire of the community.  But in the end it leaves him with a very remote half life, where he's constantly in fear of people suspecting him.  The way he longs to be normal, while trying to get by in a world that's slowly killing him makes him lovable despite his background.  Mix in the conundrum his friends and family are in because they love him despite what he is and represents, and you have the main reason I loved The Replacement. 

The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff
Published by Razorbill, September 2011 (paperback)
Check out the fun interview betwen Brenna and Maggie Stiefvater
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Check out Brenna's Blog, or her soon to be released second book The Space Between!


  1. I too have been wanting to read this for quite some time. I love the spooky cover! Maybe I'll get around to it sometime in the near future. ;)

  2. I see this book everywhere and love the cover but after reading the back become unsure. It's one of those things I wanted it but... After reading your review I will be sure to go pick it up!! :)

  3. Well it's now in awesomesauce cheap paperback! So no guilt with purchase!

  4. ''I too have been wanting to read this for quite some time. I love the spooky cover! Maybe I'll get around to it sometime in the near future. ;)'' same here