Saturday, March 24, 2018

#BookReview: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff!! @brennayovanoff @PenguinBooks @RazorbillBooks #YA #Horror

Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin Group
Publication Date: September 21, 2010
Length: 343 pages
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon, Book Depository

Book Description:

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.

My Opinion:
I wasn't as impressed with the book as I would have liked. I thought the premise of the book would make it steller for me. But, well, it fell a bit flat. We are taken on a tale of Mackie who is 16 and starting to get very sick and as time goes in this story he keeps getting sicker and sicker and sicker and good lord sicker. It seemed most of this book he had his head out of his friend Roswell's car window or he was puking. Yes, I said it - puking. That's all Mackie seems to do. He couldn't eat, talk, move or anything cause he was just always - pages and pages of  - being sick. I couldn't stand listening to how sick everything made him. It just annoyed me. But, I plowed through this book hoping the ending would be good but ahhh it wasn't.

This book just seemed to lag on and on and almost became a DNF for me.

His best friend Roswell is a big time player that never asks any questions of the "why" his bestie is sick or what he is doing or why he keeps asking Roswell to take him at odd times to do things or go home. It just seemed like bulls**t to me. Nothing real. Mackie likes the hottest girl in school (wonder why) and pants over her all the time and then all the sudden I am to believe he has fallen in love with Tate? That is screaming at him to help her. Why him? Anyway, the books writing could have been better and the description of things could have been better. Overall, I would have to say this book just wasn't for me. Some people I am sure will love it. I just wasn't one of them.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars!

About the Author:
Hi, I’m Brenna Yovanoff. I write young adult and speculative fiction.
My young adult fantasy novels The ReplacementThe Space BetweenPaper Valentine, and Fiendish are available from Razorbill/Penguin Group.
Here are some things about me (not book-related):
I’m good at soccer, violent video games, and making very flaky pie pastry.
I’m bad at dancing, making decisions, and inspiring confidence as an authority figure. I suspect this is because I am short, and also terrible at sounding as though I have any idea what I’m talking about.

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Disclaimer: I purchased this book on my own. No one sponsored or endorsed this post. All opinions are my own. All information on the book or author can be found at the authors website.


  1. This sounds like a great read!

  2. I FOUND this gem in the local dollarama store....I liked it quite a lot myself and think the author did a good job

  3. Yes, I could see the description of him being ill over and over would be off putting. Yuck! LOL The blurb sounds intriguing.

  4. Guess I won't be reading this one. LOL Thanks for your honest review.

  5. I also just finished this book and agree with you, book is a kind of weak

  6. Fascinating premise but sounds like it wasn't executed well... too bad too!

  7. It's too bad this book didn't live up to the premise for you. It sounds like it had promise!

  8. This one has been on my tbe forever. Sad to hear it could have been better.

  9. I'd buy this book purely based on the cover but now ...

  10. I've had this book on my TBR for quite some time now, just for the cover.. Disappointed that the book just drags on..


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