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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Published by Razorbill (An Imprint of Penguin Group USA)

Pages: 352

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers 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.

What if you thought you were the only one of your kind? A stranger in your own home and community. The friends you’d chosen seem to accept you, but at what cost to their own personal freedom? Would they risk their own lives for you? Would your “family”? This is the world for Mackie Doyle, an outcast in his own home and town. Only until the sudden death of a friend’s baby sister draws him to a world he was determined to ignore does he recognize how alone he may truly be. The Replacement is a story of finding yourself, your place, despite what others would tell you.

Mackie’s story was not unlike most teenagers, with the obvious exception of his supernatural tendency’s. He’s an outsider everywhere, including his own home. An outcast, an outsider, someone living on the fringes of life, but dying to be accepted by someone, anyone. If it weren’t for the love of his beautiful sister, Emma, there is a chance Mackie would disappear altogether, if not in reality possibly metaphorically. It’s like this for so many of us and oddly enough I don’t think it’s something that stops once you’re out of high school. We each are seeking acceptance in some form or another, at the very least – a way to connect with those around us, to feel we aren’t abnormal. So many teens and adults reading Mackie’s story will appreciate his struggle and connect to the beautiful image Brenna Yovanoff has painted here.

Without a doubt Mackie’s story is compelling, but the setting is equally gripping. A new world full of dark and terrifying creatures ready to devour whatever gets in their way. Quite honestly, much of the story reminded me of many of the stories I’ve read by Holly Black (one of my absolute favorite authors) and I was so excited to see another author delve into this sometimes creepy existence. From supernatural beings to faeries to goblins – whatever you call them, many can be beautiful one minute but absolutely terrifying the next. The Replacement is perfect for this time of year especially! I don’t recommend reading it after bedtime, unless you are looking for a bit of a fright and the possibility of creepy dreams. But truly it’s one of the best books out there that delves into the underground world of the supernatural.

As for a debut novel, it doesn’t get much better than Brenna Yovanoff. Her writing keeps you turning page after page, on pins and needles until the very end. Her story of Mackie and the underground world of the town of Gentry are hard to forget, sometimes terrifying, but often just what a teenager will need to help find their way in the murky waters of acceptance. If you’re a fan of Holly Black or Cassandra Clare, then you’ll definitely want to pick up The Replacement. Perfect for the spooky Halloween season, delve into the world of Mayhem to find out if Mackie is able to find his place in the world or will perish with all the other outcasts.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 15 and up. A story of finding yourself perfect for teens on the fringe. The world of the supernatural comes to life in Brenna Yovanoff’s debut young adult novel. Those faint of heart or frightened easily may want to steer clear of this sometimes creepy tale.

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19 Responses to Book Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

  1. Courtney says:

    I am really excited for this one…still haven’t gotten around to reading it but glad to know you liked it!

  2. E.J. Stevens says:

    The Replacement sounds fabulous. Great review! 🙂
    xx,
    E.J.
    From the Shadows

  3. The cover’s enough for me want this one! But I’m really glad to the story lives up to it, as well. 😀

  4. jen7waters says:

    This book has been calling for me for a while. Great review!

  5. Carrie K. says:

    I thought this was wonderfully spooky too – she’s definitely an author to watch!

  6. Lou Rohde says:

    This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review!

  7. Oooo I frighten easily. I may need to steer clear. Great review though 🙂

  8. Gina says:

    Oh, I’ve seen this one around…how can you miss it with the spooktacular cover? *shudders…but in a good way* Definitely on my wish list for a future adventure, sounds like a riveting story….

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  10. I loved this book so much! I agree that “The Replacement” works very well as both a coming-of-age novel and a creepy paranormal tale. I loved Mackie’s character, especially the way that he grew throughout the book. I’m definitely a big fan of Brenna Yovanoff now! 🙂

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  11. LivingInTheLibrary says:

    I am Senior and a Library and Media Center Aid for my high school. I read “The Replacement” and am completely in love with it. I highly reccommend this for anyone who loves a good story about zombies, fairies, love, magic, misery, and misunderstood heroes. It is a quick read, mostly because you will not be able to put it down. I am even going to do my next Book Review Assignment on it that will be posted on the school’s library’s webpage! Hopefully others will read this and get as much excitement out of it as I do. 🙂

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