Not Enough Bookshelves: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Monday, 20 September 2010

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

In The Replacement Yovanoff had created a world that is dark, menacing and full of secrets. It is deliciously creepy and left me jumping at every bump and wanting to sleep with the light on.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It does drift a bit in the middle when a few character choices felt a little inexplicable, but ultimately  Mackie’s voice and the fantastic supporting cast carried me through and kept my love strong. I particular liked Emma, Mackie’s sister and The Morrigan, oh she’s creepy but kind of charming too.

The Replacement is in bookstores tomorrow. If you love Tim Burton movies, fairies, and a strong unique narrative voice, this is the book for you.

ARC received from Publisher.


  1. I love all of those things, especially Tim Burton movies – I think I'll love this book!


  2. Anything comparable to Tim Burton gets put on my list! Great review!


  3. I totally got the Tim Burton vibe from the cover–love it! I'll be on the lookout for this one.


  4. I've been hearing a lot about this, but since you used creepy several times, I probably am too chicken! You'll let me know though, right?


  5. fredamans – Thanks. I can really imagine this as a TB movie with Helena Bonham carter playing The Lady.

    Meredith – isn't the cover fabulous!

    Joelle – I think quiet possible you are too chicken 🙂


  6. I adore this cover! I'll definitely be picking up a copy! 🙂


  7. LOL I'm a total wuss too, but for some reason, this one just didn't scare me. Believe me, I have an overactive imagination and cannot read anything scary at bedtime, but this just didn't scare me. I also liked the Morrigan too.


  8. I sooo want this book! It looks so amazing, and even more so if it's Tim Burton-esque! Brilliant revieq!


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