REVIEW: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (September 21, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1595143378
ISBN-13: 978-1595143372
Cover: Magnificently Creeeeepy
Author Website: Brenna Yovanoff


Remember reading a story that made you want to turn on all the lights and hide under your blankets? and although you know it's just a tale you cannot shake the unease that suddenly plagues you. That is how I felt while reading THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff, and yet I did not want to stop, I couldn't, because as the story unfolded before my eyes I only wanted more.

Brenna Yovanoff has composed a story that is wickedly creepy by creating a world that is filled with unusual characters set amongst a backdrop of a mysterious and waterlogged town. She also showcases Mackie Doyle: the most unlikely of heroes.

THE REPLACEMENT is set in the small town of Gentry and Mackie Doyle comes from what lies beneath it's murky depths, but he was raised above ground because he was the replacement for the human baby that was taken many years before. Mackie knows that he looks peculiar to everyone around him, and his body has limits, but as a minister's son and high school student he tries to live his life totally under the radar because he knows that to stand out could mean his own demise. Then a tragedy occurs and his classmate Tate, feels that Mackie is the only one that understands what she knows. Mackie is not only too afraid to help Tate, he is also too weak and is only getting weaker with each passing day a fact that is becoming painfully obvious. One night a stranger informs Mackie that he is slowly dying because of his existence above ground and while Mackie is stunned but he knows that it all makes sense. So when he receives a reprieve he takes a chance but he must face the creatures of the Slag Heaps and enter their twisted world of Mayhem. There in Mayhem, Mackie encounters a terrifying place but he knows that he comes from it's eerie depths and that they can help him, but at what price. Can Mackie learn to exist in both worlds? and pay the ultimate price to save Gentry? To find out you must read THE REPLACEMENT.

With THE REPLACEMENT, Benna Yovanoff has done a magnificent job of creating this new world of disturbing and ugly things that are visually chilling and hair raising. I was intrigued and scared at the same time and it proved to be a winsome combination because I only wanted to keep reading. The music infused moments that were crucial to the storyline were so well done that I could close my eyes and imagine that I was there among the cacophony of musical harmony and lyrics, it was a welcome surprise that I did not expect from this story. I truly enjoyed Mackie Doyle, because he was the most unlikely of heroes, torn between two worlds and trying his best to manage them both. His interactions with Tate and the Morrigan are some of my favorite moments mainly because I find them both to be such strong characters. The other memorable characters in this story are what nicely rounds everything out for they provide the added depth and warmth that keeps everything from becoming too dark. Brenna has done an excellent job with this debut novel.

My only issue is that I find the story a bit scary for a twelve-year old, but maybe I am wrong. I only know that my godchild will not come anywhere near this book. I myself could not read it at night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

If you enjoy a reading a book that will give you the chills and make you look under your bed then go ahead and read it after dark if you dare.



  1. OMG this sounds amazing - I can't wait to read it even more...what a wonderful review...eak!

  2. Deary Lord! That trailer scared the hell out of me!! Great review :)

  3. This sounds so good! I love books that go bump in the night. :-D

  4. Ooh, I'm looking forward to this! Even if it will give me nightmares!

  5. Oooooooooooh - I so want to read this one. Sounds freakin' awesome :)

    Sucha fab review - and i dont mind getting a little bit freaked :)

  6. Now I know I have to prepare for this. OR at least gather some courage. Lovely review!

  7. Love the cover but am not sure...

  8. Great review! Recently read The Replacement, and loved it.

  9. I can't read scary books, in fact, I can barely tolerate the odd movie. I always put the book down and don't go back because I'm scared of what I might uncover!

  10. But I meant to add that the cover is very creepy.


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