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Il sostituto

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  17,832 Ratings  ·  2,664 Reviews
Malcolm Doyle vive a Gentry, una cittadina della provincia americana. Ma il mondo da cui proviene è un mondo fatto di tunnel e acque buie e profonde, un mondo di esseri spaventosi comandati da una crudele principessa. Malcolm è un sostituto, un essere lasciato nella culla di un bambino rapito sedici anni prima.
Allergico al ferro e al terreno consacrato, Malcolm sta lentame
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 2012 by Asengard Edizioni (first published September 21st 2010)
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Maggie Stiefvater
I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper.

So to put it simply, I was not a fan of this book.

Like, at all.

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
J.m. Darhower
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can without a doubt say I have never read a book quite like The Replacement before. I'm convinced Tim Burton needs to purchase the rights to make this into a movie. I'm sure we can find a role for Johnny Depp.
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
2016 edit: I'm demoting The Replacement to 2 stars. Why? Well, I read this book five years ago, and I honestly cannot remember anything about it. Other than it took place under a slag heap. What's a slag heap? I forgot. I seem to recall thinking that one, some, or all of the characters were morons. So, The Replacement definitely didn't leave a lingering impression on me and certainly didn't call out to me during the last five years for a re-read. Cover art is still lovely, though.
original rev
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Πολύ ενδιαφέρον. Στο σύνολο του είναι αρκετά διαφορετικό, με δόσεις ανατριχίλας. Οι ήρωες είναι καλοφτιαγμένοι, όπως επίσης πολύ καλοδουλεμένη είναι και ή αφήγηση. Η ιστορία έχει πρωτοτυπία, καθώς έχει πάρει το μύθο των ξωτικών κ το έχει μεταφέρει από τη σκοτεινή πλευρά του, αυτή της αρπαγής παιδιών, της ανάστασης νεκρών και της ανθρωποθυσίας. Ενδιαφέρον επίσης έχει ότι η αφήγηση γίνεται από την οπτική γωνία ενός αγοριού που ο ρόλος που έχει να παίξει είναι κατά κάποιο τρόπο αμφίβολος. Μου άρεσε ...more
Morgan F
If I had to come up with one word for this book, it would be disjointed. I felt disjointed from the characters, disjointed from the plot, and the characters and plot felt disjointed from each other.

I just didn't understand it. It wasn't that the book was complicated, it just didn't work. I did not connect to Mackie, the main character, on any level, and I couldn't comprehend his actions. Same with the other characters. I just didn't know what was up with them. Their feelings were up and down, t
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this I felt like I was in a dark funk, and that's because Mackie Doyle has been in this kind of funk for almost his whole life. He has never felt like he belongs because he's just a replacement. A replacement that has to keep that a secret at all cost, but that can't last for long can it? His secret is jeoparized when Tate's little sister is thought to be dead, but Tate doesn't believe that and presses Mackie to give her some answers. How can he do that though, when he doesn't even ...more
Wendy Darling
I've always been intrigued by changeling stories...but this one is pretty disappointing, as it has unmemorable characters and a fairly predictable, run of the mill plot.
Enna Isilee

This book was NOT for me. Probably one of my least favorite books of all time. I don't want to be mean. This isn't to say no one will like it. Heck, the author is published, so she's better than me in that way. But I just could not stand this book. So much profanity, so much vague-ness, so many things left unanswered.

*sigh* Sorry, world.

FULL REVIEW (posted on 7-27-10)

I have never given a book zero stars on my blog before. I don't usual
Shayantani Das
Jun 24, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Bleeeeeh, I quit!

I need to learn to do this more- quit a novel after 10 chapters or so when I clearly realize that it will disappoint me in the end. Call my policy discriminatory, but I can’t give YA the same privilege as Classics or Booker Prize winners. They are not allowed to be boring! Or slow! Or have a dull premise! Or be average !

Plus, the character and the choices they make are so bizarre. One moment the male protagonist is cribbing about dying, the next he is checking out some girl,
Nima Kohandani
کتابی بسیار عجیب و غریب بود

فضایی بسیار وهم آلود داشت

نمره ی من بهش سه و نیمه اما چهار نیست چون یک جاهای ناشیانه عمل کرد نویسنده و فضا رو خراب کرد

با این فضای دارک، می تونست خیلی بهتر عمل کنه اما خب، سلیقه شخصی نویسنده ست و نمیشه مطابق سلیقه خودمون انتظار داشته باشیم عمل کنه

ولی شتابزدگی اش در بعضی موارد من رو آزار داد

اما ارزش یک بار خوندن رو داره قطعاً
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
This is one of the most disturbing books that I have ever read, it's well-written but it's so creepy, chilling and quite shocking! I feel SO cold while reading it even in Kuwait's burning summer.

Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.25/5

Review coming soon!
The Replacement started out so strong; cool, creepy and a little disturbing. The story takes place in a small town where children are abducted and then replaced with unnatural replicas. No one knows who takes the children, where they go or why they are stolen. People just know that once they leave, they are gone for good. The replacements never live for long. Adding to the eeriness is the fact that none of the towns people talk about the oddness of their town. Despite living in modern times, the ...more
Financially you are very lucky indeed, if you are born as an inhabitant of the small town Gentry: Although all around the industry’s prospects are bleak, Gentry still flourishes. This astonishing piece of luck is something best not talked about. That is the consensus of the supersticious townsfolk. Equally hushed are murmurs concerning the random bad luck which eventually strikes among the community: Every now and then an infant suddenly dies.

Mackie Doyle knows that he, too, would have died as
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I wanted to read this book because it's got faeries in it and I'll jump on anything that has faeries. I love the idea of faeries not being those sexy, brooding, romanticized creatures (though I love them too) and changelings/tricksters/dark faeries are awesome to me. The cover turned me away from this book immediately because while some may love its dark sort of mood, I think it's well drab, ugly, and not to my style.

I had a lot of problems with the way she portrayed her faeries. It's like
I think that the time I spent trying to get through the muddled, twisted, ultimately pointless narrative of The Replacement has muddled my own mind. I can't quite articulate what it is that makes me dislike this book so, and yet, there it is. The plot seems like it should be fairly straightforward: it's Yovanoff's take on the idea/myth/fear of the changeling, the fey baby who replaces the human baby taken away from its parents. The hero, if you can call him that, whose name is Mackie and who thu ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Somewhere between a two and three on this one... I'll go with 2.5.

There seems to be a reasonable amount of hype for this book. Honestly, the only reason I picked it up was because one of my favorite authors, Maggie Stiefvater, heartily endorsed it with an extolling review. Did it live up to what I had predetermined it to be? No, not quite.

This is the epitome of a paranormal story gone wrong. Take an interesting concept like faeries that do not belong in the human world but inhabit it anyway, but
Aug 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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Paula Gallagher
It's a shame this YA paranormal doesn't live up to its winning premise and eyecatchingly creepy cover.

The writing reminds me of the unpolished work of a high school girl--all breathless, dreary atmosphere;utterly lacking in language. Descriptions of people and place are spare and trite. The characters are disappointingly cliche and the world under the slag heap needs a whole lot more fleshing out, so to speak.
Andrea Cremer
May 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book like no other I've read. This story has seeped beneath my skin and will settle deep in my bones. Sublime and devastating, like a knife in my heart that has left me holding on to the hilt of my own volition, white-knuckled, and never wanting to let go. Bravo, Ms. Yovanoff.
Months ago, someone on Goodreads posted this as to read and I went a little wild over this cover. I mean, come on.  I was determined I was going to get my hands on it, but it's not all that often that I'll actively pursue a review copy of something.  I figured I'd just have to wait until it's release to read it.  So imagine my excitement when I got a copy of it at ALA.  (*ooh, little frisson of excitement still*)   So that was a little too easy.  And we all know what generally happens to me when ...more
A good friend recommended this book to me a while back, not because she had read it, but because the cover caught her eye and she thought it might be something I would enjoy (cause I’m warped in that special way). So first let me just say I really do love this cover. Even though we're told we never should, sometimes I just can’t stop myself from judging books this way. That antique "English" pram made me think of Rosemary's Baby. What did I think of the sharp implements dangling like some kind o ...more
Three stars because the concept was good but the plot fell flat and boring in too many places.

I was in love with the first few chapters. I liked the sinister feel of the novel, and the main character's issues were mysterious and something I couldn't wait to dive into. But there wasn't really anywhere to dive. The whole book was like a shallow swimming pool and I felt like I was just treading water on the surface of something but the bottom was always visible. I just don't feel like there was mu
The Flooze
I won’t lie. It was the cover that drew me in. The silvery grey mist. The ornate, lonely carriage sitting abandoned beneath a bare tree branch. The various bits of metal hanging above, some so sharp they conjure up horrible images of a curious little hand, a small fragile body being sliced beyond repair. It’s a haunting image, yet beautiful. And the story is much the same.

The Replacement captured my interest right away. There’s a cinematic quality to the writing. It makes Mackie’s world seem bot
2.5 stars

For a first novel, there are a lot of things about this book that excel. Yovanoff masters the ambiance. The dark, rainy days, the mysterious mythology of the town, the poetic writing, it all creates this creepy, unsettling feel that looms the entire story. The idea behind the novel is so original and creative that I was always wanting to flip pages to find out more. Not far into the book though, I started to get frustrated with the lack of answers. The plot takes way too long to develop
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book contained everything I could ask for in a story and more. The Replacement is an eerie book that kept me up late at night. It falls into my favorite genre, paranormal/fantasy romance, and it actually does the genre justice. My only complaint is that I wanted a little more in the romance aspect. I wasn't really sold on Mackie and Tate's romance. It's been a LONG time since I've read a book from a male point of view, and I found myself enjoying that aspect of this book a lot more than I t ...more
5++++ stars

Every once in a while I stumble upon a book that takes me completely by surprise. I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but decided to take a chance on it because of the interesting synopsis and creepy cover art. I am so glad I did, because this was hands down one of the most enjoyable reading experiences I have had all year.

On the surface, Mackie seems like an average teenage boy. He goes to school, has a crush on a cheerleader and feels alienated from the adults in his
Rachel Gunter
Mar 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Replacement was an eerie book with a new take on the myth of fae/fairies/fair folk etc. swapping their sickly babies with human ones. The book follows Mackie, a teenager from a small prosperous town with a dark secret that nobody wants to talk about. Mackie was swapped at birth, he shouldn't have survived in the human world - but he did. He tries to live a pretty normal life, but avoids iron and blood and steel - all sorts of things really, anything that would give away his carefully kept se ...more
Neveen Badr
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
One of the best books I have ever read....

The replacement is "One of the best books I have ever read." still I have a hate/Love relation with it. You can never love it completely or hate it to the edge as it was almost perfect (for others it can be perfect but not me).

Mackie is not a human; he once was but now he is one of them living among us. The people of the underworld who must sacrifice a living child to keep them powerful.

Mackie is one of the teen characters that you will like but the one
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