Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Pages: [hardcover]: 343
The Replacement #1
Memorable Quote: “I wanted it in the way you sometimes want to jump into very cold water, even though you know it won’t feel good. I wanted to go numb. To see what it felt like to be someone else.”
Favorite Characters: Roswell & Emma
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.
This book leaves all thoughts of happy, bright fairy tales behind, instead introducing the darker underside of folklore. I’ve liked this take ever since I read Wicked Lovely.
I loved how Mackie wasn’t immune to the things that creatures like him are ‘allergic’ to-consecrated ground, blood, iron. It was interesting to see how he clung to normalcy and yet a simple car ride could kill him.
I also loved Roswell. He’s definitely Mackie’s greatest friend, understanding that he’s different and yet not pressuring him to reveal the truth. I think everyone needs someone that understands you like this. They make you a better person-or creature, in Mackie’s case-by accepting you as you are.
The only aspect of the story I really didn’t like was the romance between Tate and Mackie. It seemed too forced and definitely too sudden, as if it was just pushed into the plot to placate the readers that would complain about the lack of a love interest. Their attraction to one another made no sense to me.
While The Replacement was definitely an original, gripping read, there was something off about it that keeps it from being one of my favorites. Still, it’s a great read, and I’ll definitely have to look into the next book. The way The Replacement ends doesn’t exactly set up for a sequel, but I’ll read it anyway. I give it 4/5 stars.