The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Mackie Doyle is the Replacement. 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 bay 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 up anything to live among us, to practise his bass guitar or spend time with an oddly intriguing girl called 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.
Mackie Doyle is an average teenage boy that just wants to be a normal person and to be able to fit in. But life for Mackie isn't that easy since he's allergic to iron, blood and the cold damn ground. Pretty hard life to lead huh?
Since his sister Emma told him that he isn't her real brother, and was placed into the crib by a large man coming from the window, and her real brother was stolen. Mackie starts to think that there's something not right about him at all.
Gentry is a quiet little town where everyone is friendly, but they keep to themselves most of the time and try not to get up in each others business. But when Tate Stewart's baby sister Natalie goes missing, you would think all panic would break loose. When in reality, the little town see it as an everyday thing, and let it waver on by. Apart from Tate who thinks that something isn't right, and is pretty sure the baby they placed in the casket, was not her sister at all.
Soon Mackie is drawn to an underworld beneath Gentry that he thought never existed. With the place stinking like iron and filled with the undead, Mackie starts to question where he actually belongs when he finds out the truth about himself. Trying to save Tate's sister is going to be tough but, what isn't in life?
As Mackie starts to dig deeper (Literally) into the Slag Heaps and find out more disturbing stuff than he ever wanted to in his life, will he save Natalie Stewart or will she die as the clocks ticking towards the annual sacrifice of a child. What will happen? Who's side will Mackie Doyle end up on?
To be honest, I thought this book was okay. I thought it would be better judging by the cover and the summary on the back, but after a while it starts to get a little boring and repetitive.
For me at first, the book starts off at a great and interesting start. Then after a while it starts to loose it a bit and became too in depth with words, which just made it boring, and took too long to get to the point. Then it started to kick back upwards towards the end of the book and had an okay ending.
As much as I love books with more depth and describing than usual, I think this had too much. Don't get me wrong, the author Brenna Yovanoff chose some great words to use, which made reading it exciting in some places. But like I said, it was just too much in depth.
The characters were well written though, which was great. I also liked the really dark and Gothic side to the book, and also strangely the swearing, because you never get that much in a regular book.
All in all, I would recommend this book for young adults, or teens who are just starting to get into more in depth books. But if you're looking for a thriller or anything different, this book may not be for you.
In the end I would give this book 5 1/2 out of 10
Till next time,
Emma xx :)