Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacement
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?

Upon seeing the cover of The Replacement, I expected a novel where creepiness is quietly omnipresent, which is definitely what I got. This book has gotten a lot of hype, being one of Penguin’s Breathless books. While I had a few small issues with this novel, Yovanoff’s writing is beautiful, and I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel.

The Replacement is the most unique book I’ve read all year. I’ve never heard of allergies like the type Mackie has. Yovanoff has also created a terrifying yet intriguing underground world. When combined with beautiful prose, it makes for a fast paced and engrossing read.

The characters were all very well fleshed out. Mackie’s parents were intriguing and I loved that their family dynamic had its imperfections. I really enjoyed reading about Mackie. He’s one of the most realistic boys I’ve seen in YA literature. I liked that he only felt different, and not that he was particularly talented at much, because as a teenager it took me a long time to realize that I had talents that made me different from everyone else. Also, it’s very refreshing to see a male narrator who openly admitted to checking out girls, because that is the type of thing which teenage boys actually think about.

The other character who really stood out to me was Tate, but that was because I found her really annoying. She only really seemed interested in Mackie when he was interested in solving her problems, but otherwise hated him. While I found her troubles in life to be sad, I found her too selfish to like her.

I wasn’t content to put The Replacement down until I had finished the whole thing. This has been one of the most original books I’ve read all year, but also one of the best. I’m thoroughly looking forward to seeing what Yovanoff brings readers next.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Star Book Tours, but I have every intention of purchasing my own copy.


  1. I'm so glad you liked this! I can't wait to read it. :-)

  2. This has be in my TBR pile for ages now and for some reason I've been a bit hesitant to pick it up. But thanks to your great review, I think I'm going to be reading sooner than later now. :)

  3. I wish my copy would arrive already. I keep hearing how great and original this book is. Great review! :)

  4. Thank you for your great review! I think I'm going to buy this book very soon! >_<

  5. Hi Five! Tate annoyed me too!
    I just found her so incredibly intense, and it didn't really sit well with me the way she was constantly biting poor Mackie's head off :P
    You're right, this is definitely the most original/unique book! Loved your review

    PS - thank you so much for adding my new button! :DD Like a doofus I didn't see your new one, so I'm adding it too!



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