Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Replacement

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff                      
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Page Count: 343

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.

I'm going to give this book a solid 3 stars. It was good but I don't think I'll ever reread it. I found the beginning very hard to get into, in fact after reading a chapter I put it down and read a different book instead. I did want to read the whole thing though so I trudged through the beginning and actually got a little into the book. 

Just like the description says this book is dark and full of unnatural things. When Tate's little sister goes missing Mackie is forced to confront who and what he really is and decides that he can't let something horrible happen to the toddler. He faces some pretty nasty challenges on his quest to save the little girl and eventually comes to love himself and let others love him back. This book does have teen drinking, cussing, and a little toplessness...just as a warning. 

Overall this book was very dark and grungy but not bad. I would recommend it to someone looking for something completely different. I can say that I have never read a book quite like this one. If you read it I would love to know what you think!  

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