Sunday, February 13, 2011

Review - The Replacement

Title - The Replacement
Author - Brenna Yovanoff
Genre - YA/Fantasy
Pages - 343
Format Read - Ebook

Description (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, 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.

The Replacement was an  interesing and nice book. /there was not a whole lot of action but it was VERY refreshing to have a male protaganist in a young adult book for once. Mackie is not the most popular boy, in fact hes a bit of a loner, hes constantly sick and can't go near anything iron without getting dizzy. One day a little girl dissapears, and Mackies world is turned upside-down

Mackie is a very likeable character, his unpopularity and modesty was charming and i liked how the author did not make hiim out to ve the jock/pupular/handsome guy. In fact, this was probably my favorite aspect of the book, far too many times the protaganist is far too well off. Mackie has some great friends, Roswell who is the popular one and the twins Danny and Drew. He also has a loving sister Emma. However, Mackie still feels a bit off..

The concept of the 'monsters' under the slag heap is very creepy, they are close and always watching and the town just goes about like the dont know, they ignore the fact that every seven years a child is taken and killed.. well, not this time. Natalie is taken, and Tate, her sister does not believe that the real Natalie the other switched Natalie that was buried is really her sister. Mackie knows where the real Natalie is and its up to him to get her back.

The story flowed very easily and it was enjoyable, not too simple but not over-complicated. There was a bit of swearing (some Fbombs too) but not a ton. I even caught an obscure poem title that I love "The Ballad of Tam Lin" and i was pleasantly pleased at this. If you want a new twist on monsters and YA with a male protagonist, then look nor further, it does not seem there will be a sequel the ending was a bit final but who knows? Hopefully if there is not then Yovanoff will still come out with more books and soon.


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