Title: The Replacement
Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 starts
The bottom line: Dark, gritty, beautiful and an absolute treat to read, this gory, lyrical horror story swept me up and didn't let me go--easily a favorite of all time! I only wish there was more!
Mackie Doyle isn't a normal kid. Living in the rotting, small town of Gentry, he is a replacement--a false child placed in a crib fifteen years ago. A common thing in Gentry, Mackie now suffers from a severe iron allergy--and unless he doesn't come home to his true world, he will die. Used to being invisible and looking the other way, this all changes for our hero when a classmate's sister disappears. Mackie is forced to confront his origins when he meets fellow creatures like himself--and realizes that he can hide no longer..
What I enjoyed:
-The lyrical narration of Mackie, a jaded teen who wants nothing more to fit in, but his origins won't allow him to--I was completely sucked in!
-The breakneck pacing--I couldn't put this dark tale down, even though there were times I wanted to
-The beautiful, frightening, and dark world of Gentry, a town gorged on ancient magic and blood
-Tate, and her uneasy alliance with Mackie
-Drew and Danny, and the rest of their ragtag crew
-The Morrigan and her subjects
-The dark, frightening, yet gorgeous narration, and depiction of the characters
-Mackie's family--especially Emma
What I didn't enjoy:
There was nothing I didn't love about this gruesome tale! Anyone looking for a spooky post-Halloween read, or a dark book about faeries--should run to the bookstore or library and snatch it up! Next on deck: The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long!