Isn’t this cover awesomely creepy?! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to read this book. In this case, the tone set by the cover definitely carried over into the book itself. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff is terrifying and ugly, but the story is still starkly beautiful. The main character is tragic and sympathetic, and, even though readers know he’s not the typical “hero,” I think they’ll still root for him to win against seemingly insurmountable odds.
Mackie Doyle is a replacement. It’s something that everyone in the town of Gentry knows, but no one ever talks about it. They know that children are stolen in the dead of night and replaced with something similar but still not quite human. It’s just the way things are in Gentry. They look the other way so that the things that go bump in the night won’t destroy the town. Mackie is a part of this “bargain.” Mackie knows he’s different. He can’t be around anything with iron, including blood, without getting sick; he can’t stand on consecrated ground (which is kind of a pain when your dad is a preacher); and things seem to be getting worse. Mackie has all but given up hope…he know’s he’s dying, and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop it. Then again…maybe there is.
When a young girl dies, and Tate, a classmate of Mackie’s, isn’t convinced that it was really her little sister that died, Mackie is drawn in to the seedy underworld that occupies Gentry. He travels to the House of Mayhem, where he meets people like him…and beings much, much worse. It is there he discovers the truth about what really goes on in Gentry, why the town looks the other way when bad things happen, who is really behind the terror, and how he might save Tate’s little sister.
After years of trying to go unnoticed in Gentry, Mackie finds himself in the middle of the very things that the town most fears. Will he take his place next to people like him? Can he walk the fine line between two worlds? Can he save Tate’s sister and any future “replaced” children? What will it mean for Gentry, his family, his friends, and his own life if he’s successful…or worse, if he fails? Read The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff to learn the truth about the dark secrets hidden beneath the town of Gentry. What dark secrets lie beneath your town?
This book was awesome, but I must admit that I tried to keep my reading to daylight hours. Even then, I still had nightmares about fighting evil fairies. The Replacement is spooky and leaves you with the feeling that something wicked lurks in the dark. That’s not a pleasant thought for someone who lives alone. That being said, I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story with dark, creepy characters and settings.
For more information on The Replacement and author Brenna Yovanoff, I urge you to visit http://brennayovanoff.livejournal.com/. I’m truly looking forward to the next book from this wonderfully talented author!