Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Replacement; Brenna Yovanoff





























ARC
Hardcover: 352 pages

  • Publisher: Razorbill (September 21, 2010)


Synopsis

Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie 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 slowly dying in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl named 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

  I can see the appeal of those who have read The Replacement. It's one of a kind plot and with sinister characters that would draw anyone in.  I however didn't feel it. Wait, Let me start again by saying this was a great book just not as great as I have read in reviews. I'm a little disappointed as to no fault of anyone else. I set myself up for this one by giving it high expectations and most book reviewers know not to do that.  I don't feel as if I really knew any of the characters except the secondary characters Emma and Roswell. The monstrous characters played great roles and were all unique to themselves. The relationship between Mackie and Tate were strange to say the least, so hot and cold.
    You know when you are on a train and it slows, stops, speeds up, slow, stops, speeds up and so forth. That's how this was for me. Some times I wanted to jump the train other times I wanted to see it to the end.  The ending was good I was just hoping for more. As for recommendations,Yes, The Replacements was good. I plan on keeping it on my shelf.


Brenna Yovanoff site here.




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14 comments:

Adriana said...

Thanks for you honest review. I'm waiting for my copy to arrive and I'll make sure not to keep my expectations too high so I wont be disappointed.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love your train analogy and can totally relate :)

Blodeuedd said...

I kind of want it cos of that freaky cover ;)
But it sounds...ok

Aleksandra said...

Thanks for the review! I'll probably read it soon. I learned not to expect too much of books, (although it still happens, but rarely) let's just say that I was "burned" a few times when I was expecting awesome book & after I read a book that was good, but not great, I was disappointed & that it reduced my enjoyment, but when I don't expect too much & the book it's great, it's a pleasant surprise ;) I'm just glad it's good ;)

Dominique said...

nice analogy! I haven't quite finished The Replacements yet, but it's very different from most of the other YA books I've read lately!

Lily Child said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. It's good to read an honest review. I'll keep your thoughts in mind when I read the book! :)

Crystal said...

My review of this one was similar, I liked it but it wasn't what I thought. Lots of people raving about it and I really want to like it as well.

Thanks for the honest review.

TheBookGirl said...

Hi Liz

Great honest review...I know just what you mean about going into something thinking its going to be amazing, and having that end up coloring your rating of the book when it doesn't quite live up to expectations.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love the train analogy! I also love how we can always count on you for a solid, honest review! :-)

Jenny N. said...

I read this last week and pretty much feel the same way about it.

Jenny said...

I wasn't as enthusiastic about this one as some, though I did enjoy reading it. I agree the relationship between Mackie and Tate was frustrating, she couldn't decide if she liked him or was mad at him. Thanks for the honest review!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Awesome review, thanks for the honesty :) I'm not sure if I'll read this one or not...I'm not really drawn in my the cover actually.

GMR said...

Aw, shucks. Hate it when that happens....but thanks for the honest review! Still on my reading list, but dually noted to make sure I set no expectations one way or the other before reading. ^_^

Aleksandra said...

I read it & now I see what you mean! I liked it, but there was just something missing...