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message 1: by Erin (last edited Feb 25, 2011 07:37AM) (new)

Erin I'll post my reviews here, but you can also read them on my blog:

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Erin The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

So when I first saw this book I thought "Oh that book looks really cool!' because you the cover was just awesome and seeing a cool cover led me to picking the book up and reading the inside flap:
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 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.

That just sounded really good to me, but when I started reading it, it fell short. It was confusing. In the summary they said Mackie was allergic to iron, blood, and consecrated ground and they showed this in the book how he would feel ill with blood and iron or whatever, which would have been so much better had they told in the book that he was allergic to those things. If you hadn't read the summary you wouldn't have had a clue what was going on with him, which some people (including me) think it would be weird not to read the summary before hand, some of my friends will just start reading a book if someone told them it was good or if a friend gave them a couple sentence summary.

This wasn't the only thing that made this book confusing. One second it was at a party with Mackie and his friends and they were watching the bands performing and then all of a sudden BAM Mackie was in this underground place talking to a shady guy and this creepy girl librarian person. After I had figured out what was happening they were saying something about Mackie joining the band or something. And it was at this point that I had to put the book down and give it back to my friend because I couldn't finish it.

Now I'm not trying to bash on the author, because let's face it, she's published and that is more than most aspiring writers can say. And just because I didn't like this book, does not mean that I won't give her next book a try because her next book (The Space Between) sounds really good.

So to sum up this review: Good idea, but poorly executed.

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