Thursday, September 30, 2010

READING: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Publication date: September 21st, 2010
Published by: Razorbill
Source: Gift
Rating: 3/5

Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret - he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.

A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?

I don't know how to start this review.I wanted to read this book,like really really bad,from the moment I heard about it and I am afraid I was eventually let down by it :(

For starters, I found the writing to be inconsistent and all over the place sometimes.I read a sentence and I thought that it would lead somewhere and then bam! finished, and eventually led to nowhere.I so wanted to be absorbed and drawn by it, but try as I might, I just wasn't. I could not connect with the characters at all.They were all likeable, but not believable.
I love myself a male lead, but Mackie just didn't do it for me.He is a Changeling and I was constantly surprised and confused that he found his own kind terrible and disgusting, appearing totally oblivious of their ways.Unfortunately, I felt there was no chemistry between him and Tate at all.However, his scenes with his sister Emma were amazing.They just clicked way more than he and Tate did.
His 16 year old friends had no idea about faeries and changelings,however they didn't seem the least perturbed when they were asked to help him save a girl from the depths of some cave where she was kept by faeries, which we just assume were faeries, we were never told what they were exactly.
Also the big baddie, who can reek havoc across town and could annihilate anyone in a blink of an eye?Yeah, well, not so much, it turns out.

The one character I did like was the Morrigan, who was a perfect combination of disgust and innocence.
I also liked the story and the premise of the book.I was always fascinated by changeling stories.Plus, there are many very, very creepy and ghastly scenes in this book,you'll probably not want to read it at night!However, I felt that the idea behind The Replacement did not live up to its potential nor to my expectations.

3 out of 5 go to The Replacement for its irksomeness and its ghoulish story.Other than that, I am afraid it will remain memorable only for its  stunningly beautiful, amazing cover.

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  1. I wasn't sure if i wanted to read the book. The reviews were good, but smth was off for me. Now, with your review it just get out of TBR list.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. oh my GOSH you have a good point! You are so right about the writing. As much as I liked THE REPLACEMENT, it just seemed inconsistent. Like the author would start something really cool, but not finish it and move on to something else. A lot of "stuff" she put into the book, I also didn't think was necessary, and it took away from the overall story in my opinion.
    You have a lot of amazing points in here! Great review :D

  3. @Yiota : Oh no!Don't do that just because I didn't like it.Maybe you will.Thank you for the award!

    @Amelia: Thanks,Amelia :) I wanted so so much to like it and couldn't!And it's very frustrating because almost all the books I was dying to read, didn't turn out so good, after all :(

  4. The plot is also fantastic. Rather than churning out another stereotypical YA paranormal romance, The Replacement turns a classic concept into something modern and ugly, yet intriguing and unique to read. While some readers may not enjoy, or be frightened by, some of the shocking imagery, it's enthralling nightmare fuel and great storytelling.

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