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+