Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Goodreads 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 Review: The Replacement is not the kind of book you find any day. The main character, Mackie, was amazing. I think Yovanoff did an amazing job describing a teenage boy, especially one who was troubled, messed up, tough---and yet also strangely fragile and innocent. The town of Gentry she described was eerie and disturbing and her version of the fey was far different from any I've ever encountered before, and it was very fresh and unique, if not a little difficult to get used to and understand. The writing was not beautiful in the typical way, but it was still beautiful, and there was a strange human quality to her characters that just made it a really brilliant book, in my eyes. It was unique, twisted, rough and unpolished yet beautiful all at the same time, like a destroyed, poisonous diamond.

Cover: I swear, my heart literally STOPPED when I saw this cover. I think I died and went to Beautiful Cover Heaven. This is one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen on a book. The shimmery, metallic gray of the cover was gorgeous and the image of the old-fashioned baby carriage with the charms (against the fey) hanging above it was a beautiful, if not scary, image. And the words were amazing as well. It's ALL just gorgeous.

Overall Grade: A+

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