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.The Replacement has me so conflicted. On one hand, it’s gorgeously written, unique and creative and has a sense of gothic terror that I absolutely fell in love with. On the other, for me, it’s kind of random, stiff at times and left me quite confused.
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.
I think the two big things that prevent me from giving it the five stars that I so desperately want, is Mackie & Tate’s relationship and the creepy creatures that live underneath their town of Gentry. Mackie and Tate’s interactions nearly gave me whiplash. They like each other, then they’re yelling at each other, then they’re kissing, then they’re yelling. I wanted to love their relationship because I loved the characters, but their appeal to each other was something I just didn’t understand. Another thing I couldn’t understand was the creatures; to an extent, Brenna manages to keep the reader satisfied with information about them. But it was still cryptic and vague. I think I would’ve appreciated the novel’s enemies a lot more if I had known a lot more about them.
But beyond that, I was blown away by how original and different the book is. For example, most reviewers had a problem with it, but I actually loved the town’s acceptance of the “baby snatching“; it was a creepy rollercoaster of right and wrong, but it worked for this kind of story.
Overall, despite what I pointed out already, I really enjoyed The Replacement. It’s dark and twisted and wrong, but so ridiculously right. Brenna Yovanoff has weaved a creepy tale of monsters and romance in her debut novel, and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Other reviews for The Replacement:
Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf.
Good Books And Good Wine.
Girls In The Stacks.