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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  19,309 ratings  ·  2,815 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 343 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by Razorbill/Penguin Group
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Maggie Stiefvater
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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. ...more
Amelia, free market Puritan
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.
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mark monday
R is for Replacement, The. An okay book with interesting ideas by a skilled author but overall an uninvolving experience.

E (#1) is for Entropy. This book is full of it; the protagonist and the town he lives in and the supernatural creatures he is dealing with all battle against it.

P is for Prejudice. I liked this novel’s engagement with prejudice and how it literalizes othering. Always an important topic, especially so with young adult novels.

L is for Limp. This is a good description for the fin
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
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. ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Enna Isilee
Jul 24, 2010 rated it did not like it

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
jv poore
Jun 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement is a haunting story. This is a book that sneaks into your mind while you're brushing your teeth, making you glance into the mirror to be sure that The Cutter is not standing silently behind you.

For a refreshing change of pace, our main character, Mackie, is a boy...errr, the replacement....for a boy. The story unfolds from his point of view and covers a very brief period in his life; however, it is undoubtedly the most important period, for during this time, Mac
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, own
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.

Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
My Opinion:
I wasn't as impressed with the book as I would have liked. I thought the premise of the book would make it steller for me. But, well, it fell a bit flat. We are taken on a tale of Mackie who is 16 and starting to get very sick and as time goes in this story he keeps getting sicker and sicker and sicker and good lord sicker. It seemed most of this book he had his head out of his friend Roswell's car window or he was puking. Yes, I said it - puking. That's all Mackie seems to do. He cou
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.25/5

Review coming soon!
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of K. Creagh's "Nevermore" and D. Reeves' "Bleeding Violet"
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
Feb 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Asghar Abbas
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Oh, I just love her

and oh sure,

her books too.

Of this book, here is an addendum, belated as it is, here it is, belated as such, here it is.

My codicil :

Not bad for a debut, a nascent breath, not a bad debut. And a palate cleanser besides.

I had to read this after the dreadful, dreadfully awful, and not in a good Penny Dreadful way, Once Upon a Zombie (who let that atrocity to happen. Why would anyone publish that) actually I read Her whilst still reading that zombie book which was dead and not d
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
Aug 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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Paula Gallagher
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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. ...more
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
Janie Johnson
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
At first I thought this was going to be a middle grade horror, but discovered it is more YA just because there is a small amount of language that is definitely not suitable for younger kiddos!

I picked this book up last month at our local UBS actually because of my niece Rylee. She likes to read middle grade and YA Horror so it made me start looking for it. I figured if she is a book lover and she likes middle grade or YA horror, then I was certain to as well. So I found this one and was pretty i
Amber J
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. Unfortunately, there is still always a risk of slight spoilers despite my best efforts. If you feel something in my review is a spoiler please let me know. Thank you.

I enjoyed this book. It was a nice twist, coming from the point of view of the 'changeling' or whatever they are. It was nice story with an interesting hero. In the end, it was pretty predictable, but I liked it enough to want to read more by this author.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

From The Cover:
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 the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practi
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Shelley Wilson
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It held me in its eerie grasp from start to finish. What an incredible book. Mackie is a beautiful character, he is so deep and intriguing.
I love trying to work out what/who the bad guys are in a novel but this book kept me guessing and changing my mind. Extremely clever plot, stunning characters and a fabulous read. I've rushed out to buy all of Brenna's books, I'm definitely a fan for life.
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