So sorry I've been so MIA lately! I feel terrible! But I'm really trying to pull through, even though Life-Outside-Blogging is insane.
So I finally got around to reading Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement. Those who've recently seen my Goodreads shelves will notice that this is on one called Everyone Else Loved. Meaning I didn't. I pay close attention to blurbs, and Maggie Stiefvater called this one "eerie" and "beautiful". I love the cover, by the way. (I'll stop talking and get on with it.)
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.
I keep on hearing wonderful things about the Replacement, how chilling it was, how breathtaking. But I couldn't get into it. I wasn't chilled, and I didn't find the writing superb.
But I don't write reviews about hate. And I especially don't hate on an author's abilities, being a writer myself.
~So character time!
Mackie was an awesome character. He was strong (personality wise. I don't mean physically) , purposeful, and determined. He was angsty in a lovely way, not in a depressed way. At one point later on he states, "I hadn't even realized how much I'd lost the will to live before" or something along those lines. Mackie grows, and changes, and it's awesome.
Roswell. Awesomeness. He and Mackie are really tight. Biffles. Bromance. Guy-love. Whatever you want to call it, they haz it. I want a best friend like Roz.
Tate: Ah, Tate. Fiery, passionate, and courageous. A bit over the top at times, but not such a bad choice as a love interest ;)
~My confusion: I couldn't understand how much everyone knew. Did the town all know about the monsters, or just about things. Did Roswell actually know what Mackie was? Why any of this?
~This book tricks you into reading deep messages and taking them to heart. Not in a bad way, but The Replacement teaches you about love, loss, and life. (L!!!)
~Fairies. I thought this was a barbaric fey novel. Although The Good Neighbors and The Kindly Ones as well as iron, blood, horseshoes, and bowls of milk, this was not a fey novel. I thought it was about a faerie changeling boy, but these...creatures....were darker, more vicious.But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
This book didn't quite cut it for me, though I recommend giving it a shot. Maybe borrow a copy before buying it.
Rating; 4 stars. A good book.
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Current Mood: Meh
Current Music: The Replacement playlist, listed HERE.
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