The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
US Release Date: September 1st 2010
Paperback, 352 pages
Mackie Doyle is a replacement, a changeling. Creatures live under the small town of Gentry and they left him in a crib when he was a baby while they kidnapped the real Malcolm Doyle. It is not the first time. Replacements rarely survive, but he does. His family knows who he really is, but he needs to keep the town from finding out his secret. It is not easy as blood, steel or anything made of iron makes him sick and weak, but he tries to live a normal teenage life.
I didn’t like this book at all. I finally read it after thinking at least twice to quit. I don’t know what I was expecting this book to be, but it was definitely not for me. That doesn’t mean it was awful and many did like this book, so maybe this is for you, but it didn’t work for me. I didn’t care for the characters or the plot, I found it extremely slow. The romance, if it can be called a romance, was kind of awkward and weird. But I enjoyed Mayhem and the creatures living underground. They were perfectly ugly and horrible.
I don’t remember any of the true, important parts, but there’s this dream I have.”
Brenna Yovanoff is one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, whose flash fiction can be found at www.merryfates.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado. The Replacement is her first novel. From Penguin.