May 28, 2011

Review : The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Title : The Replacement
Author : Brenna Yovanoff
Reading Dates : 28 Apr - 1 May 2011
The Replacement
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.

Book Review of The Replacement.
The Replacement is another book I’ve enjoyed and it certainly has me thinking I’d like to try out more works by Brenna Yovanoff.

There are a few reasons for this. The first is Mackie Doyle. He doesn’t start off being likable but he is a character you can sympathize with. Seeing things from his viewpoint, its understandable why he feels so disconnected and lonely all the time. And thankfully, he’s able to realize when his opportunity to change comes along, although it takes quite a bit of butt-kicking to get him moving.

The other is Tate. I liked it that she kept on fighting and refusing to hide her head in the sand like the rest of the town. More, that she was smart enough to know she needed help and refused to give up on getting whatever she needed to change the status quo.

Last but not least is how the monsters in the tale comes in different forms and shapes. Not everyone who looks like a monster is one and what is an acceptable norm in one culture is not to another.

This is definitely a book I’m glad I picked up.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series if there were one? Yes, but I though the ending here was just right. Adding anything else to it, might ruin the tale.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Maybe. This isn't the kind of book I'd re-read often.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Paranormal or dystopian readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Try borrowing it first.

Books alluded to :

Goodnight Moon

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-PoohThe Scarlet LetterFrankensteinThe Ballad of Tam Lin: Cover Designs for the 2007 Diana's Grove Mystery School

1 comment:

  1. That book sounds amazing. (I love, by the way, the way you always talk about the characters in your reviews -- I've read I don't know how many books where the premise was great but the characters were awful. Knowing how the characters are helps me decide if I'd really like it or if it'd be a waste of time.)


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