Published - 21st September 2010
Published By - Simon & Schuster
Format - Paperback
Goodreads Synopsis- Though he lives in the
small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black,
murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed
princess. He is a replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen
years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal
allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying
in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to
live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and 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,
where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place -
in our world, or theirs.
I had been looking forward to reading The Replacement for a while as the synopsis caught my attention and it sounded excellent and different. When you read a lot, finding new topics is always interesting. However I was disappointed with this book.
The story idea really was great but it didn't feel fully explored. The actual story felt rushed and not explained. The character development was also quite poor. Considering that Mackie is the main character, we never actually learn anything about him. The most interesting character for me was Tate but again, the reader never really learns anything about her, just her sister.
If I remember rightly, this is Yovanoff's first novel and so I will keep an eye out for other works she may do in the future as I keep repeating, the idea behind The Replacement was wonderful. It is a quick read and easy read though if you're looking for something to just pick up and finish in a couple of hours and although the story didn't really seem to go anywhere, the writing wasn't really bad. I can't seem to find many other reviews on this book so if you've read it, i'd love to know what you think.