Book Review: The Replacement by: Brenna Yovanoff



Publish Date:
September 21, 2010

From Publisher for Review


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Mackie Doyle is the replacement.

Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie 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 slowly dying in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl called 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. 

Review: Mackie isn't exactly like everyone else. Actually, he's pretty unique. It's a not-so-secret that he's a replacement, put in the place of his parents' real son. Things are getting worse for him and he's dying - unless he can find a different way to live. And that means finding his true heritage. But when he sees something that he just can't live with letting alone, he finds he's got more to give than just his life, should it come to that.

This is a very interesting premise - the changeling (the baby left behind when the 'real' child is stolen), Mackie, is one of the very few of his kind to actually survive into adolescence after being discarded for the human world. He's slowly dying from his allergies to blood, iron, and consecrated ground. Mackie's sister made a bargain she didn't truly understand to help him, but Mackie's  already gone to the one place where he thought he'd be understood and would fit in. I liked Mackie a lot - even though he made his share of mistakes, he tries to do what he thought was best - especially when it seems like everything is against him. I throughly enjoyed the story and characters. I wish some of the characters were a little more fleshed out, but the storytelling was precise, detailed, and tight. It makes you wonder what there is in the world that you don't see....


  1. I've been seeing this book pop up in the blogging world. It definitely sounds intriguing. Thanks for convincing me to add this to my wish list!

  2. I'm so excited to read this book. It sounds so original and intriguing! There's just something about your review that has me itching to get my hands on it rightthissecond! I think it's those little details I hadn't heard about before - like his sister making a deal she didn't quite understand, and Mackie slowly dying from his "allergies" to blood and iron and such - I totally hadn't thought about that! Great review!

  3. I'm already in love with this book and I haven't even read it yet.

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