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The Replacement [Paperback]

Brenna Yovanoff
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6 Jan 2011
Mackie Doyle is a replacement - a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, to replace the baby when it was stolen away by the fey. So though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie's real home is the fey world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. Now, because his fey blood gives him 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 back home to the fey underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures, rescue the child, and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847388396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847388391
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brenna Yovanoff is the author of Paper Valentine, Smoulder, and The Replacement, which was her debut novel. She is also one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton. Brenna lives in Denver, Colorado.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
16-year-old Malcolm `Mackie' Doyle isn't normal - allergic to iron, blood and consecrated ground, he's slowly dying - everyone in the town of Gentry knows it. Mackie's a replacement exchanged for the real Malcolm Doyle as a baby. Children go missing in Gentry every seven years - one always around Halloween - and others die while still young. But no one in Gentry talks about it. Mackie can't even get his parents to acknowledge the truth - his sister Emma is the only person who will talk about the fact that he's different.

Everything changes though when his classmate Tate's younger sister gets taken. Fierce, independent and a little odd, Tate wants Mackie to help get her sister back. But doing so means that Mackie must accept who and what he is and confront the forces that hold Gentry in their thrall ...

Brenna Yovanoff's debut YA novel is an eerie, strangely compelling and yet frustrating and difficult read, which stands out in the crowded YA fantasy market.

Mackie's not an easy character to engage with. Brought up by his parents not to draw attention to himself, he's finding it harder to do so as the world slowly poisons him and is someone who avoids confrontation and dealing with reality. Consequently the first third of the book is basically him refusing to talk to Tate and Emma about the truth, which was irritating. However I liked the way that he slowly reveals the wrongness around his town, which leads to a growing sense of unease for the reader. I also think that Tate's dynamism helps to make up for his passivity - if anything I would have liked to see her work harder to press him on the points she needs to know.

The scenes where Mackie begins to deal with Gentry's other world are haunting and disturbingly beautiful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique if a little bizarre... 7 Dec 2011
I absolutely love young adult fantasy and couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this one but I was left slightly disappointed at times. Mackie, our main man, is a brilliantly interesting character and I really enjoyed reading from a mans perspective for once as I've mostly experienced female protagnoists so far. I was especially impressed with the concept in general though. Mackie is a replacement, which is to say a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby which is subsequently taken away by the fey never to be seen again. What a great idea! Add to this a budding romance and another stolen child to rescue and it just gets better and more gripping as you read on.

Now unfortunately there are some negatives. It isn't that I didn't love the book (because I did at times) it's just that at times I couldn't help but think to myself how weird it all was. I don't want to be a spoiler for anyone so I can't really explain in too much detail why but essentially I found some elements (like little dead girls running around talking like adults) odd. Infact, at times I found it a bit annoying when certain characters got a bit carried away and had a rant about things that seemed a little irrelevant - most of these rants didn't answer any of the questions I had; they appeared to be endless paragraphs of riddles to me that I just couldn't get my head around.

Mackie can't handle being around blood, iron and consecrated ground - aspects which make him particularly weak a lot of the time. This might sound like a typical fey allergy to include in a fantasy novel but it really doesn't help Mackie's character -after a while he felt a little pathetic to me but after it's explained that Mackie is slowly dying it becomes a bit more interesting and the race against time can commence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, not very well written 21 Sep 2011
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I have grudgingly given The Replacement 3 stars but really it's a 2.5 star for me.

Unfortunately there isn't a lot I can say about this book because I spent most of it bewildered and confused. The story line is weird (and not in a good way) and very disjointed. The story is told from Mackie's point of view, a 16 year old boy who is "The Replacement" - i.e. he was swapped (by monsters of sorts) with a human baby and the human baby's family have brought him up.

Ok that much I get. That makes sense. What doesn't make sense is why no one in the town seems to acknowledge this (not even Mackie himself). Mackie is the only replacement ever to survive. Apparently this has been happening for centuries in Gentry (the small town where the story is based) and usually the replacement babies die within a few months. However, despite being mortally allergic to blood and metal, Mackie survived in the human world.

But for some reason no one seems to find this worthy of discussion. Everyone seems to know that Mackie isn't one of them. They know children go missing every seven years around Halloween and are replaced with something horrible but it just isn't talked about and I found this very frustrating.
So anyway, I spent the first half of the book contemplating whether to carry on reading. The good news is that the second half of the book is much much better than the first. A girl called Tate whose sister has recently been taken decides its time to stop ignoring what happens and confronts Mackie. This leads to Mackie finally discovering where he came from and finally - FINALLY getting me some answers and explanations and causing Mackie to actually discuss this taboo subject with friends and family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars alright
The book was ok but nothing special. The initial idea was good but lacked a certain depth to it. I can see a film possibility out of it though... Read more
Published 4 days ago by eevee84
5.0 out of 5 stars We are pandemonium and disaster. We are the dancing, gibbering horror...
For a long time, faerie changelings were used to explain any children that were autistic, disabled or... just different. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite covers ever!
I know I've taken some time to review this one, and I hope from the time I read it till now nothing that i wanted to say eloped off of my mind. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Fableofdreams
3.0 out of 5 stars A Dark, Chilling Mystery
The Replacement had a wonderfully dark, chilling tone and I think that was reflected perfectly in the setting and its description - Brenna Yovanoff captures Gentry perfectly. Read more
Published on 30 May 2012 by Books Worth Remembering
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I found this book quite slow and nothing exciting that kept you turning the pages, the story itself was not to bad but could have been a lot more, just not to my liking, I did... Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by dreamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and heart-warming - not two adjectives you often find together
Gentry is a town full of secrets, superstitions and unspoken fears. Mackie has spent his whole life trying not to stand out, which is far from easy when he has coal black eyes and... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by E. S. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Mackie's hometown of Gentry isn't like other towns, but he's not like other kids, either. He's not even supposed to be alive. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2011 by TeensReadToo
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I love YA fiction generally but I couldn't finish this, which is a rarity for me. The plot is confusing yet dull at the same time. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by rookie
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreary and boring.
I really struggled to finish this book and did think several times about just not bothering but I persevered in the hope it would get better - it didn't. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by FantasyFictionFan
4.0 out of 5 stars The Replacement
I loved this Young Adult book. I love stories about mythology and I just wish I had found books like this when I was a teen. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by Carmen
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