Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book Review- The Replacement

(From Goodreads) 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.

After a week of being sick and being very busy, I'm happy to come back and blog some more. 

Anyways, as the cover may suggestion, this book has a dark underlying theme. It's a depressing book, not going to lie, and very creepy. I'm wondering why I even read it since it was a horror book and I usually don't read horror books. But it was interesting. 

Basically, what they call a "Replacement", Mackie is a changling. And he's slowly dying. As seen in the pitch, Mackie is allergic to holy ground and ironically, his dad is the town's pastor. So while the rest of his family goes to church every Sunday, he cannot. So he spends the time sitting outside the church. 

And he has this crush on this girl named Tate. I personally didn't like her, and I only kinda liked her in the end of the story. But she was rude and mean. But of course, she was grieving for her sister. Tate knows that the girl that recently died was not her sister, she knows that the thing that died was a changling but who will believe her? So she ends up going to Mackie for answers. Apparently Mackie is one of those things you don't speak about. The town knows that Mackie is a changling but no one ever talks about it. 

Anyways, he gets stalked by these creepy little girls who are pretty much zombies and gets taken to their home underground where he meets some even more creepy people. And he finds out that he's the only one who will speak of things that the rest of the town doesn't want spoken. And he finds out how to save his life. 

Onto the characters, Mackie was a good character. I liked him, he was real enough to believe and was cool. As I've said I didn't like Tate but I enjoyed the rest of the characters. They were all done very well. Believable and creepy, that's how I'd describe them. 

The plot was good and interesting since I wasn't sure what would totally happen. I'm not sure what my favorite part about the book was, maybe the characters. 

I thought that some things were random and they didn't seem to serve much purpose. But other than that, the story was good. 

On Goodreads: The Replacement
Website: Brenna Yovanoff


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