Book Review: The Replacement

Book Review: The ReplacementThe Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Published by Razorbill on September 21st 2010
Pages: 352

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? 


Life for Mackie Doyle in Gentry is about as normal as it comes. School. Homework. Spend time with family / friends. Repeat. But Mackie hides a terrible secret. He is a changling. A child from the Otherworld. One who, sixteen years later, does not fit completely in with the people of Genry nor the people of Otherworld. But when he discovers that the world that he loves is slowly killing him, he begins to wonder if he has much of a choice in regards to his future.

The Replacement is a spooky and creepy novel that sure to delight readers. And totally different from the usual “fairy” novels currently available. Yovanoff presents readers with a dark novel that totally gave me the creeps. With things that go bump in the night, readers will be thinking twice before reading this novel right before bed. I know I did. Living dead girls. Blood sacrific. You name it and Yocanoff pretty much has it covered.

What makes The Replacement so extrodinary is all this comes from the male prospective. Mackie is a one of a kind character. At first glance, Mackie is a hard character to like. Quite sullen and not exactly happy go lucky. But the bright spot in his characterization is that Yovanoff was not afraid to let him be male. He is definitely not censored. And I loved that about him. Add in more uncensoring with Tate… and I was sold. She is the kinda of character that I would love to see more often. The kind that plays by her own rules and does not care what anyone thinks of her.

From the characters to the plot to everything in between, The Replacement is a page-turning novel that was completely satisfying. Yovanoff is definitely a writer that I will be keeping my eye on in the future.

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8 responses to “Book Review: The Replacement

  1. Jo

    Nice review! I totally agree with what you wrote about Mackie — he’s sometimes a little hard to like (but that made him seem more real to me). πŸ™‚

  2. I just finished listening to this and absolutely loved it. I loved Mackie’s POV but sometimes just wanted to shake him and tell him to go ahead and say what was on his mind. Tate was a fantastic character too and she definitely didn’t have any trouble letting what was on her mind out. This is a perfect read for October!

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