The Replacement

The Replacement

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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."Edward Scissorhands" meets "The Catcher in the Rye" in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 343 pages
  • 160 x 220 x 29mm | 476g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1595143378
  • 9781595143372
  • 148,073

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17,852 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 22% (4,005)
4 32% (5,658)
3 30% (5,317)
2 12% (2,069)
1 4% (803)

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The Replacement wasn't a frightening read (nor did I think it would be) but if you were the characters in their situation or even just a visitor to the town of Gentry, and you didn't know what makes this town tick you would know there was something off and you would quickly get into your car or whatever transport you used to get there and quickly leave and look back to make sure that nothing was following you. Because although The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff wasn't the kind of story that filled me with dread or made me cold with apprehension it was certainly the kind of read that made me stay up in the middle of the night to read it and pick up first thing in the morning. It was the kind of book that as you read it the rest of the world kind of goes still and quiet, it fades away into the background as if you are at home, at night, all alone and there is nothing else going on except the wind blowing through the trees. Case end point The Replacement was a creepily descriptive, atmospheric book. In the town of Gentry everyone knows the town's secret but no one talks about it because to say it out loud would make the truth too horrible to bear and honestly the truth is a horrible, terrible thing. So everyone goes about their day as if everything is normal and when a little girl dies it's treated as a tragedy by everyone except the girl's older sister Tate because Tate knows what was buried as her sister wasn't her sister at all, it wasn't even human. And Tate has found someone she thinks could help her, our main lead Mackie Doyle but Mackie has his own issues - he's dyeing - iron, steel, the smell of blood - the very world is making him sicker by the day and he can no longer play normal because acting like everybody else means he won't last another day unless he makes a deal. Brenna Yovanoff does such a wonderful job of stringing words together and turning them into sounds, sights and emotions. Before this book I had never come across an author who could actually make me truly hear music I was reading and because of her darkly beautiful, poignant style I was completely immersed in the world of The Replacement. All of the characters were both unique and interesting and although our main character's one hope is to be mundanely normal many of the people in The Replacement aren't really normal at all except for maybe his best friend. From devoted Emma and fearless Tate, to the wacky inventive twins Drew and Danny and the otherworldly Janice and The Morrigan The Replacement is filled with a whole host of characters who although aren't too likeable, definitely fascinate and stand-out from the crowd. If you want a book that's different from the typical YA, filled with beautiful descriptive writing and an eerie engrossing atmosphere then pick up The Replacement, you won't be disappointed.show more
by Sandy
Mackie's hometown of Gentry isn't like other towns, but he's not like other kids, either. He's not even supposed to be alive. Mackie is a Replacement, left in place of a human baby. He was supposed to die, like all of the replacements do, but he didn't, though he may not live much longer. When the baby sister of a friend is taken, Mackie finds himself drawn into the world beneath the city, a place known as Mayhem . . . his place of origin. Mackie will have to decide where he really belongs and which side of the fight for Gentry he wants to join. His choice will determine his future - if he has one at all. Yovanoff weaves a deliciously dark tale of love, betrayal, and acceptance no matter who (or what) you are. I couldn't get enough of this book. Mackie, Emma, Tate, and all the other characters, both dark and human, made this book a thrill ride from start to finish. Eerily creepy and intensely enjoyable.show more
by TeensReadToo
WHEN I STARTED READING THIS BOOK; I DID SO BEARING IN MIND LYDIA PRESLEY'S REVIEW WHICH I THINK WAS A DAMN GOOD REVIEW! I DON'T KNOW WHAT SHE WAS EXPECTING WITH THIS BOOK BUT IT WAS VERY VERY CREEPY AND AT TIMES VERY UNCOMFORTABLE DUE TO THE FACT REGARDING THE MISSING CHILDREN FATES AND WHAT WAS IN MY MIND A TIM BURTON UNDERWORLD WITH CREATURES THAT SOUND LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN CONJURED FROM FILMS LIKE THE CORPSE BRIDE AND NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS-PLUS EDWARD SISSORHANDS AND BEETLEJUICE. THE FEMALE CHARACTORS ARE VERY STRONG AND AT TIMES WARRIORESS-LIKE. ROSWELL, THE CHANGELING'S BFF WAS THE HEROISH OF ALL THE MALES BUT MACKIE WAS HUGELY LIKEABLE IN HIS FRAGILE WAY. BUT... I AGREE WITH LYDIA IN FACT THAT THE TOWN OF GENTRY NEVER GIVES ITS SECRETS UP, IT LEAVES THE READER WITH ALOT OF UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND IF YOVANOFF GETS HER OWN WAY, WE NEVER WILL KNOW AS SHE STATES ON HER WEBSITE THAT THIS BOOK IS A ONE BOOK STANDALONE WHICH I THINK IS A SHAME. I FOR ONE WOULD LIKE TO VISIT GENTRY AGAIN ESPECIALLY AS REGARDS TO WANTING TO KNOW THE FATE OF THE LITTLE REVENANT AS ROSWELL SEEMS TO HAVE TAKEN THE LITTLE CREATURE INTO HIS HEART. I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AS ITS WELL WORTH A READ!show more
by DEENA M BRYANT
One of the worst things a cover can do to me is make my expectations soar so high that I get afraid to pick up the book. I've been in love with the cover for The Replacement ever since I saw it in my email, delivered via Shelf Awareness. And then, one day, I got an irresistible offer from Barnes and Noble and found myself coming home with it. I've waited a few days to digest the book before writing my review on it, because I think I was being unfair in my initial dislike of most of it. And again, I think it was a result of me expecting just too much. For being what it is, a Young Adult novel, it was sufficiently creepy and unnerving to merit the cover and I did enjoy reading it (especially the latter half). I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting, I just think I was expecting something different - as can happen at times when you build something up in your mind. So now a few days have passed. Here's my thoughts on it all (finally!). I loved Mackie Doyle. I really loved his sister, Emma. I think Emma stole the show in many ways. For a debut novel, The Replacement has a lot of strengths. I found the description of Gentry to be eerie and the lore behind the "Replacements" to be really fascinating. Some of the best scenes in the book take place Underground and those scenes alone made the book worth reading. Now, I understand that it is fairly common knowledge that steel and iron is harmful to changelings - but what I had a difficult time with was how easily everything was explained away (and not, for example, why it wasn't painful for Mackie to be around cars?) and how easily everyone accepted his existence and strange behaviors. I felt as if I was missing part of the history of Gentry, that maybe a few chapters had been left off the beginning of the story. Also - for being a YA book, this had a lot of profanity and a few fairly sexual scenes. I'm not used to seeing much of that in YA books so it came as a bit of a surprise to me. Aside from those issues though, I did enjoy the overall story and commend Brenna Yovanoff for putting out a YA title that's out of the ordinary and a refreshing change from a barrage of other paranormal creatures.show more
by Lydia Presley
If you want creepy, goosebump inducing and a little bit of teenage angst, this is the book for you. Cover - Look at this cover! When I first received the book, I thought the cover was very horrific, I wondered why there were sharp instruments hanging like a mobile over the pram...then after reading the book I understood. There is a reason for this - to keep the baby-traders away. It totally fits the novel, along with the stark and gray background. One of the best covers ever for a young adult book - no dramatic face shot with pouty lips...I love this cover. Until The Replacement, I haven't ever read a book written from the point of view of a changeling (of the fair folk). It's an interesting concept, and not only does Ms Yovanoff write a changeling, but she gives us a teenage boy changeling - with all the mixed up feelings and desires that a young teen male can experience. Not only THAT, but this story is also about acceptance....and avoidance. The town of Gentry has been dealing with changelings for years, and Mack is the only changeling that has survived to be a teen. No one talks about it...I don't want to give too much away by saying more. This story gave me goosebumps and chills. There are some seriously creepy moments, woven in with the anger and resentment that some of the characters feel. One of my favorite moments is when a friend of Mack's (a girl) gets in a fight with another girl....getting hit and bloodied just makes her more determined to win the fight. For some reason, I love those kind of scenes...(bloodthirsty? Me? come-on...LOL). Anyway, the basic premise of this book is that Mackie is a changeling left in a crib to replace a baby stolen 16 years ago. This happens regularly in Gentry, only no one admits it. But usually, the replacements only last a few years. Mackie has lasted 16 years and his family has grown to not only accept him, but to love him. Unfortunately, Mackie doesn't realize how much his family loves him (something that a lot of teens have a problem with). When the book opens, Mackie is feeling pretty rotten. He's in pain, weak and feels like he's slowly dying. The replacements don't usually last as long as Mackie has because they all have allergies to blood, iron, and church grounds (consecrated areas). Mackie's father also happens to be a preacher. Things come to a head when Mackie's sister tries to help him by getting help from a fae, and at the same time the girl I previously mentioned, Tate, doesn't believe that the baby sister who has recently died is really her sister..... I recommend this book to anybody who likes a chilling fairy tale. There's just a few instances of kissing and one makeout session, a few mentions of blood and gory things, and yet the whole book had this creepy, scary feel to it. It's a great book to read around Halloween. The narrative is from Mackie's pov (first person) and the dialogue between the characters feels real. The dialogue from the Fae was good, arrogant and believably threatening. It's a good all-round novel.show more
by Mardel
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