Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

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?

The Replacement is one of those books that feels like a dream. The atmosphere is tangible, and you can't help but be drawn into it. The town of Gentry is full of secrets. Well, not really. Everyone knows about the creatures in the shadows that take children, but they ignore it. That's just the way things work. Mackie was left in a crib to replace a stolen child, and has grown up as human. People know he's different. It's not easy to hide allergies to blood, iron, and consecrated ground. 
There aren't many changeling stories out there, but out of the ones that are, this one is leaps and bounds ahead. The descriptions are vivid, and the story is engaging and eerie. I read most of this book with a thunderstorm outside, and it set the perfect mood. 
The cover is amazingly creepy, and reflects the story well. If I saw it in the store, I'd want to buy it because of the cover alone.




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