ARC Early Review- The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: Sept. 21, 2010 by Razorbill
Details: ARC, 352 pgs  Published in Hardback
isbn: 1595143378    (isbn13: 9781595143372)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Received from: Razorbill a division of Penguin (received for review)


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?

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read a dark faery tale in ages and this one fit the bill perfectly!  
Brenna manages to tell us about this creepy town and it’s occupants in a way that it doesn’t feel slow or tedious or boring in any way.  Although a person may feel they are a bit confused in the beginning I felt that only added to it in the end.  
Mackie knows he’s different.  He knows the town has secrets.  But he doesn’t know much about it.  He doesn’t know about the ‘people’ (creatures, perhaps?) under the slug hill though he knows something.   We end up discovering through Mackie’s discovery which makes it all the more interesting.  
This tale was creepy and spooky but not so much so that I had nightmares (though towards the end I probably wouldn’t have wanted to read it before bed…).  
I found Mackie to be an admirable character that I only grew to love more as I read further.  He doesn’t seem to know in the beginning what to do.  For himself, for others, for the town.  But he grows stronger realizing that he has to do something.  Children can’t continue to go missing, people can’t go on denying something is weird about the town.  And the lengths he’ll go to is highly admirable.
This story is also about family.  About even if someone may not be who they ‘should’ be (meaning a child replaced with another) they can still be loved.  And growing up with a loving family can change who you are.  
For some reason I’m having a hard time finding the right words to describe this book.  It’s unique. It’s dark. It’s creepy.  And it’s oh, so beautiful at the same time.
I look forward to reading more of Brenna’s work.

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  1. Hey Candace!
    I’m reading this one right now, and sighing in relief that I’m not the only one who found the beginning a little confusing. I guess I wasn’t expecting so many people to be aware of Mackie’s…situation. Anyway, I’m loving this book too but struggling to find words I can use to describe it in my review.
    Great to read yours!

  2. Amelia, yeah, the beginning was a little different. It was kind of hard to tell what all people knew. But it came together well so I guess it worked.
    This review was not easy to write! I couldn’t seem to find different words to describe things. It was just sounding the same as everyone else’s, which I really didn’t want.

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