Monday, 20 September 2010

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

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

In The Replacement Yovanoff had created a world that is dark, menacing and full of secrets. It is deliciously creepy and left me jumping at every bump and wanting to sleep with the light on.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It does drift a bit in the middle when a few character choices felt a little inexplicable, but ultimately  Mackie's voice and the fantastic supporting cast carried me through and kept my love strong. I particular liked Emma, Mackie's sister and The Morrigan, oh she's creepy but kind of charming too.

The Replacement is in bookstores tomorrow. If you love Tim Burton movies, fairies, and a strong unique narrative voice, this is the book for you.

ARC received from Publisher.


  1. I love all of those things, especially Tim Burton movies - I think I'll love this book!

  2. Anything comparable to Tim Burton gets put on my list! Great review!

  3. I totally got the Tim Burton vibe from the cover--love it! I'll be on the lookout for this one.

  4. I've been hearing a lot about this, but since you used creepy several times, I probably am too chicken! You'll let me know though, right?

  5. fredamans - Thanks. I can really imagine this as a TB movie with Helena Bonham carter playing The Lady.

    Meredith - isn't the cover fabulous!

    Joelle - I think quiet possible you are too chicken :)

  6. I adore this cover! I'll definitely be picking up a copy! :)

  7. LOL I'm a total wuss too, but for some reason, this one just didn't scare me. Believe me, I have an overactive imagination and cannot read anything scary at bedtime, but this just didn't scare me. I also liked the Morrigan too.

  8. I sooo want this book! It looks so amazing, and even more so if it's Tim Burton-esque! Brilliant revieq!


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