The Replacement Mackie 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 . Mackie Doyle is a replacement – a fairy child left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, to replace the baby when it was stolen away by. Mackie Doyle is The Replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. 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 Mackie Doyle is not one of us. 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. Hardcoverpages. Gentry, Arkansas United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Replacementplease sign up.

My sixth grade, 11 year old, daughter loves the darkness of the Tale Dark and Grimm series. Is this too dark for her? I’d love your input. When I finished it didn’t even really understand why it was classified as horror.

See all 4 questions about The Replacement…. Lists with This Book. Feb 01, Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper.

View all 26 comments. Mar 22, Lea rated it did not like it Shelves: So to put it simply, I was not a fan of this book. Actually, I kind of hated it. I’m really not sure what I was expecting it to be, but I definitely wasn’t thinking it would be a lame high school drama mixed with painfully dull characters and even more painfully boring and lackluster writing.


I guess the cover is what attracted me to read this book in the first place, but honestly, great packaging and poor content does not equal a good book. First, there were the thoroughly unlikabl So to put it simply, I was not a fan of this book.

First, there were the thoroughly unlikable characters: Tate was an angry stalker full of contempt towards Mackie, Roswell was a total perv who treated women like pieces of meat, Mackie’s parents were typical and stereotyped and completely unwilling to do anything useful, and everyone else was easily forgettable.

I didn’t like these characters, therefore I didn’t care what happened to them. Then there was Mackie Doyle, the “tortured soul” main character.

Usually I love reading from a guy’s point of view Ship Breaker, Leviathan– amazing. All Mackie seemed to do was a. It got old very quickly. I have a difficult time sympathizing with a character who does nothing but whine and complain all the time, even if it’s for a legitimate reason. In the end, Mackie was just a male version of Bella Swan– empty, dull, bland, vapid– and I couldn’t bring myself to care about what happened to him either.

Speaking of tortured, the writing was just awful. It was serious work just trying to slog through each chapter.

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To give you some idea of what I’m talking about, imagine reading something like this for pages, and you’ll get the picture very quickly: Then I lay down with my face to the wall and pulled the covers over my head. I woke up with a jolt. My phone was buzzing on my bedside table, and I rolled over I wanted to go to sleep. The phone just kept buzzing. I don’t know, but for me, this kind of writing is incredibly bland and formulaic: I woke up and did a.

It was b and c. Then I did d. I just can’t stay focused on writing like this! It’s almost as exciting as watching paint dry. We’ll catch up with the twins, get a little socially lubricated. I have this feeling that Alice is particularly looking forward to your company.

First off Brenna, nobody talks like this. In my 4 years of high school and 6 years of college, I’ve not once heard anyone use the term “socially lubricated. Maybe people do this, but that doesn’t make me want to read about them, and it sure doesn’t lead me to care about what happens to them.

Furthermore, I would not recommend a book that makes women out to be hoes or treats sex so casually. I’m not being unrealistic or a prude– I just find it to be completely unnecessary when it has nothing to do with the plot or the characterization. If you have an awesome story and brilliant writing, you don’t need to waste your time or the reader’s with cheap add-ins about getting trashed and banging the popular girls at school.


Another aspect of the writing that drove me crazy were all of the contradicting statements. I’m guessing they were intentional, but I didn’t understand the point of them, except to make me really confused: And much, much worse. Finally, I hate obvious plot holes– even little ones. I consider myself to be a halfway intelligent person, and I don’t appreciate books that try to breeze over contradictions like I’m too stupid to notice. So, if I’m reading along and something clearly makes no logical sense based on what the author has already laid out, it drives me right up the wall.

Mackie is supposed to act like a “normal kid” and not get noticed. Yet some days he has completely black eyes– don’t you think that someone would maybe, just maybe, notice something that freaky? Mackie is hypersensitive to loud noises, like doors that close yovanof fast– and yet he can go to replscement metal rock concerts with mosh pits replacfment be just fine.

So, Mackie can drink beer out of a can, huh?? I thought he was deathly allergic to metal in any form. Every seven years the town gives one of their children to the underworld demon-creatures and they, in turn, make the town “prosper. But not once is the town described as perfect or prospering– in fact, it’s run-down and poor. So I don’t get it– what was the point of sacrificing a kid every seven years??? The Morigan and her crew had to put on heavy metal rock concerts I am so confused about that part.

What the heck was this about anyways? And yovanorf after that,it’s never mentioned in the book again. I will end by just saying that this book wasn’t for me.


That doesn’t mean it isn’t for anyone, but I personally disliked it to no end. The writing was stale and stilted, the characters were completely unlikable, the dialogue was fake and cheesy, and the premise– while intriguing– was never able to reach its full potential. I did finish this book, trying to give it a chance, but in the end, there really was nothing about this book that I liked. Lea LC’s Adventures in Libraryland View all 13 comments.

Dec 09, Candace Robinson rated it it was amazing. I love weird, and I love horror vibes with romance thrown in! So this was all of my cups of tea! The whole idea of a weirdly, sick, creature baby getting switched with a human one was pretty freaking awesome! Mackie may just be one of my favorite MCs ever! He was sweet and relatable. At first he didn’t want to get involved with things.

And to be truthful, I wouldn’t either!