Release Date: September 21, 2010
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Other Info: 2010 Debut Author Challenge
Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret – he is a Replacement, left in the cr…more Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret – he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.
A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?
Makie Doyle knows he’s different. The whole town knows he’s different, but they don’t talk about it. Never talk about it. They know that children disappear every 7 years. They don’t talk about that either. Mackie’s tired of not talking and not taking any action. He’s going to get to the bottom of all these secrets and find out a lot about himself along the way.
The Replacement is dark and gritty. In the vain of Holly Black’s books. The world that Brenna Yovanoff has created is very original and not your common fairy realm. Actually, I think the word fairy was never used in the book. These aren’t the pretty things you know as fairies. These are ugly and just a little creepy. I loved them!
I’m not 100% sure I liked Mackie. He was a little emotional and whiny for my tastes. He was overall a interesting main character, but he’s wasn’t my favorite. No, that title belongs to the Morrigan. She was a wonderfully creepy character. I think I could read books and books about her. All the supporting characters were great. Tate was completely kick ass, Emma was loving and compassionate, and Roswell was the greatest best friend in the world.
My biggest complaint about the book is, it seemed like nothing really happened the first 200 pages and then in the last 100 pages when something did happen, it was anticlimactic. This could just be a problem with me. I was in a bit of a reading rut when I read this.
Overall, The Replacement is a fantastic debut. I predict that Brenna Yovanoff will be around for a long time to come. Oh, and by the way, Tim Burton should totally make this into a movie! It was made for him!