Google+ Reading Teen: Blog Tour: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blog Tour: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

We're participating in a blog tour, hosted by The Bookish Type, celebrating these new and exciting books that have recently released!  Today we're talking about The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff!  Be sure to come back next week for an interview with Brenna!

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Razorbill (September 21, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1595143378

ISBN-13: 978-1595143372

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff - GO and visit her Live Journal site.

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 ReplacementÑleft 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.
Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

So what did I think about this book...

The whole time I was reading The Replacement I just could not stop thinking about how it this would be an amazing Tim Burton movie. Overall, I thought this was a great book! It was very well written and I loved how Brenna Yovanoff turned all the ugly things into beautiful creepiness.

The only thing I hated was all the cursing, it got annoying after awhile. I felt like sometimes the language just didn't fit. If it wasn't for all the cursing, I would have LOVED this book. Yeah, I know that sucks, because I'm hatin' on this novel just because of the cursing. But it really got to me, especially it being a teen novel. 
I felt like there were some holes in the storyline. I thought that Alice, a supporting character in the beginning of the book, was gonna come into play during the end. She was regularly mention in the beginning and closer to the middle started to fizzle out. I would have liked Alice's character to become  more of a regular throughout the entire book. I thought what was also missing from this book, was that the characters could have been developed just a little bit more. I really liked the idea of most characters, I would have liked to have gotten to know them better. Yovanoff really did a good job explaining what the town and what objects looked like, I could really vision the town in my head. It was a creepy eerie town too. 
The Replacement was a pretty good read, it was a one time read for me. However, I do sense a very good future with Brenna Yovanoff, I will definitely read all of her other upcoming books. 


   *A word to the wise... There was major cursing, minor sexual content and some moderate violence in this book. For more content GO to Parental Book Reviews.


  1. Hmm, the cursing factor really turns me off...I quit Betwixt (something I never do) and felt Skinned was lacking because of the language. Although cursing is a normal part of life, especially for a teen, so much is unecessary, vulgar, and unrealistic! But The Replacement has such an exciting premise, I will definitely end up picking this one up.

  2. @Shayla11 I know what you mean about Skinned! I really thought it was a great story, but the language was SO distracting for me!! I didn't even know really how to review it, so I didn't. It's not that I don't know that some teens use that language (I did). But not all do, and a lot of teens don't want that stuff in their books! A lot of adults (like me) don't want it either!

    BTW- I read about half of The Replacement and quit because I thought it was such a downer.

  3. Shayla11 I agree with you about Betwixt. It is one of the first reviews I did. I so totally thought it was not a YA book. The author definitely pushed it with that book. I think the language was the least of the problems. Here is what I said...

  4. Thank you for the honest review! :) I can't wait to read this. I never minded cursing, but I hope it really isn't over kill as you say =/. Oh well, I'm sure i'll love the book reguardless! :)

  5. I would really love to read this book i have heard so much about it. It seems interesting...
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  6. Ok, be honest here. Who do I have to KILL to get that copy of The Replacent?? Really! I WANT IT BADLY! Yeap, I'd kill for it!
    I begged the book world to give me one, they said they didn't have any more ARCs. You're my LAST CHANCE!!!!
    Name it and Avada Kedavra it'll be! A killing curse for The Replacement, I guess I deserve it! =P

  7. @Jena The book is meant for 12 and up, so I thought the cursing was too much for that age. But you look old enough to handle it :) I'm sure you'll love the book, I know I did.

  8. Thanks for the honest review! I've been looking forward to reading this one for a while now and I couldn't agree more about the Tim Burton thing. The cover alone feels very Tim Burtonesque to me. The cursing and such will probably bother me after a bit, but I still want to read this.

  9. I love the idea of "beautiful creepiness" - I think that is such an apt description! Thank you for the review!

  10. wait Mackie is a boy and so is Tate?!


    I've never heard of a YA book that does that O:

  11. ohhhh phewww

    I always get confused with those bisexual names :$

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