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When the creatures under the hill want him back, Mackie Doyle must decide where he belongs and what he wants.

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When the creatures under the hill want him back, Mackie Doyle must decide where he belongs and what he wants.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780606231367
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 343
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted August 3, 2010

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    Creepy, But Lovable Main Character

    The entire town of Gentry knows that their human children are stolen and murdered by monsters, but they seem to be okay with the sacrifice in order to keep their town the happy place it is. This novel creates a intriguing world that is full of mystery.

    Mackie Doyle is one of the creepiest main characters I've come across in a while, but I will say he is very likable and he won me over very easily. Mackie has this venerability that makes you root for him even though he's not quite human and was placed in a crib to replace a human baby that had been stolen and sacrificed. While the creatures under the hill may be evil, Mackie isn't, and strives to just be "normal". Iron, even the slight amount in blood, causes Mackie to go into a toxic shock type syndrome, which adds to the struggle to live in the human world.

    This novel is a great YA mystery. The kind where you have to figure out exactly what Mackie is why these creatures under the hill suddenly want him back.

    If you like creepy YA told from a male first person point of view with a little bit of romance sprinkled in, this one's for you.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    I loved every word in this book. The story was magnificently creepy.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2010

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    extremely dark horror tale

    Sixteen years ago in Gentry, the tattooed princess sent Mackie Doyle as The Replacement who took the place in a crib of a newborn human baby. He is not the only Replacement in the town, but the locals are unaware of the switches and besides the changes has proven profitable for the ignorant but blissful townsfolk, other nearby places have collapsed. Mackie leaving Gentry to go to the underworld tunnels of Mayhem is dangerous for him but by staying he has allergies to iron and blood that can kill him. The girl he likes Alice donates blood and has silver pinned on her pierced tongue; he also cannot walk on sacred earth though his dad is a pastor with a church.

    However, the strange death of Natalie has shocked every one. Natalie's family attends the church of Mackie's dad though the lad does not know her or her older sister Tate who attends his school. The grieving girl obsesses over learning the truth about her sibling's death, which places Mackie in the awkward situation of choosing life above ground or below as he comes to know Tate.

    This is an extremely dark horror tale that grips the audience from the moment the teens are introduced and never slows down until the final confrontation. The Gentry high school students makes the story line seem plausible as most behave with reckless abandon with sex, drugs, cigarettes and alcohol prevalent; the teens challenge the adult authority. This is a strong novel that uses the Doppelganger Replacement as the premise of an exhilarating novel that warns readers to look beyond the glitter to insure there is no monster; like Tate is doing with no allies until Mackie joins her quest.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Interesting supernatural twist (from The Tealeaf Review)

    Based on the synopsis on the back of the book, I went into The Replacement expecting a cool, almost reverse Labyrinth. But alas, there was no magical David Bowie, and no dance numbers. All I found was the same problem I've been having with a lot of paranormal books lately. I end up liking the world, and a lot of the secondary characters, more than the main plotline and characters. For me, the world that existed below the ground was beautiful, horrifying, and absolutely fascinating. I could picture the House of Mayhem, and the Morrigan, and the living dead girls in such vivid detail, I found myself sorry to return with Mackie to the normal human world. I wanted so much more of this mysterious world. The Morrigan especially! She was so cute and childlike, yet adult and sinister all at once. Her snuggly closeness quickly made her, without competition, my favorite character in the whole book. As for the human world? Well, it was just a whole village full of scared people in denial. Nothing really appealing about it. The best advice you can give your kid is to not be unique, but blend in. However, for everyone so seemingly steeped in denial, it struck me as really strange when some of the characters didn't bat an eyelash at some of the weird stuff going on. Little zombie girl? I'd freak. Doors popping out of garbage heaps? I'd run the other way. A freaky queen who likes to eat babies? I'd check myself into an institution. But no one seems to question the strangeness of it all. Maybe the teens in Gentry are immune to the denial? Or, at least a select few. One thing I really did appreciate, however, was the realism of the way the teens spoke. I liked that there was a bunch of swearing, because it felt so much more real that way. In a lot of YA, it seems the intent is to be a "clean" read - no cussing, no physical contact beyond kissing. Well, The Replacement got it right. The kids swear when they're mad or confused, and there's quite a bit of inappropriate touching and staring. Most books from a boy's perspective (especially those written by women) tend to skim over some details about where their minds are. But no, the author just flat out lets you know Mackie isn't really paying attention to the teacher, he's staring at some girl's boobs. I laughed. And it made me feel like the characters were a little more real. As for the characters themselves? The secondary cast stole the show to me, especially "Them", the underground folk. Mackie annoyed me occasionally - he came off a bit whiny, weak, and pathetic in some scenes. I really found myself just honestly wishing he'd grow a spine and do something. Tate was likable enough, though I felt no chemistry between her and Mackie. She felt like a convenient plot point. No interest in her until her sister vanishes, then suddenly, it's all about her. Something just didn't click with that relationship to me. Roswell was an awesome best friend, though his lack of asking questions and demanding answers about all the weird stuff going on was a little strange. I would have actually liked a little more detail about him and his family, though.
    All in all, a pretty good supernatural read. The prose is elegant and haunting, and the world is beautifully creepy. I appreciate that this is a standalone novel, but I think I could have stood it to be a little longer. Some parts ended up feeling rushed. Mackie is a bit of a wimp, but a strong minor character cast make up for it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

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    delightfully creepy

    If you want creepy, goosebump inducing and a little bit of teenage angst, this is the book for you.

    Cover - Look at this cover! When I first received the book, I thought the cover was very horrific, I wondered why there were sharp instruments hanging like a mobile over the pram...then after reading the book I understood. There is a reason for this - to keep the baby-traders away. It totally fits the novel, along with the stark and gray background. One of the best covers ever for a young adult book - no dramatic face shot with pouty lips...I love this cover.

    Until The Replacement, I haven't ever read a book written from the point of view of a changeling (of the fair folk). It's an interesting concept, and not only does Ms Yovanoff write a changeling, but she gives us a teenage boy changeling - with all the mixed up feelings and desires that a young teen male can experience. Not only THAT, but this story is also about acceptance....and avoidance.

    The town of Gentry has been dealing with changelings for years, and Mack is the only changeling that has survived to be a teen. No one talks about it...I don't want to give too much away by saying more. This story gave me goosebumps and chills. There are some seriously creepy moments, woven in with the anger and resentment that some of the characters feel. One of my favorite moments is when a friend of Mack's (a girl) gets in a fight with another girl....getting hit and bloodied just makes her more determined to win the fight. For some reason, I love those kind of scenes...(bloodthirsty? Me? come-on...LOL).

    Anyway, the basic premise of this book is that Mackie is a changeling left in a crib to replace a baby stolen 16 years ago. This happens regularly in Gentry, only no one admits it. But usually, the replacements only last a few years. Mackie has lasted 16 years and his family has grown to not only accept him, but to love him. Unfortunately, Mackie doesn't realize how much his family loves him (something that a lot of teens have a problem with). When the book opens, Mackie is feeling pretty rotten. He's in pain, weak and feels like he's slowly dying. The replacements don't usually last as long as Mackie has because they all have allergies to blood, iron, and church grounds (consecrated areas). Mackie's father also happens to be a preacher.

    Things come to a head when Mackie's sister tries to help him by getting help from a fae, and at the same time the girl I previously mentioned, Tate, doesn't believe that the baby sister who has recently died is really her sister.....

    I recommend this book to anybody who likes a chilling fairy tale. There's just a few instances of kissing and one makeout session, a few mentions of blood and gory things, and yet the whole book had this creepy, scary feel to it. It's a great book to read around Halloween. The narrative is from Mackie's pov (first person) and the dialogue between the characters feels real. The dialogue from the Fae was good, arrogant and believably threatening. It's a good all-round novel.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

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    Refreshing changeling lore

    Malcolm (Mackie) knows he is not normal. In the small town of Gentry, he has to keep everyone else from knowing he is not normal too. His father is the local pastor, who tries his best to keep up appearances that nothing is wrong with the town. But things are about to get a lot more difficult to hide. Mackie's condition starts to worsen by the day, and he knows he will have to come to terms with the dark truths he's always known were there a lot sooner. Plus, a girl named Tate has been sniffing around, asking Mackie a lot of questions about her dead baby sister and who he really is. If Mackie hopes to save his town and get the girl, he is going to have to toughen up and go back to the ugly place he originally came from.

    I liked this book! Changeling stories are one of my favorites. It is both exciting and scary to think of babies being swapped for troublesome little creatures from another world! Mackie speaks and thinks wise beyond his years, a fact that made this book very enjoyable to read. I also really liked Tate. She was such a rough and tough girl, so assured of herself! Very refreshing and sexy! Mackie's older sister Emma was also a fresh character. A sister who loves and cares about her brother - imagine! And this review would not be complete without mentioning how awesome Mackie's friend Roswell is. We all should be so lucky as to have a friend like him. The changeling lore was fun and I liked that Brenna Yovanoff never actually named the other beasts. Honestly, I was expecting there to be a lot of loose ends, but all my questions were answered by the climax, and not in an overly rushed way. I am definitely looking forward to more from this author!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo

    Mackie's hometown of Gentry isn't like other towns, but he's not like other kids, either. He's not even supposed to be alive. Mackie is a Replacement, left in place of a human baby. He was supposed to die, like all of the replacements do, but he didn't, though he may not live much longer. When the baby sister of a friend is taken, Mackie finds himself drawn into the world beneath the city, a place known as Mayhem . . . his place of origin. Mackie will have to decide where he really belongs and which side of the fight for Gentry he wants to join. His choice will determine his future - if he has one at all. Yovanoff weaves a deliciously dark tale of love, betrayal, and acceptance no matter who (or what) you are. I couldn't get enough of this book. Mackie, Emma, Tate, and all the other characters, both dark and human, made this book a thrill ride from start to finish. Eerily creepy and intensely enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Not my favorite...

    I just grabbed a book off my shelf one day before school, out of my many from book sales, and ended up with the Replacement. Honestly i never really liked the book... but i think it may just be the genre for me... Mackie.i foind was way to.hard to relate to and the town of gentry was too hard to invision... the book overall seemed to drag on with the same details and happenings over and over agian. Its all aboit Mackie and his problems with being a Replacement himself and his trying to get back a.girl in his schools.sister from a dark underworld. I ended up giving it a three because.even though it didnt i dont want to completely discourage people who really like this type. Of book from reading it...the one thing id really warn you about is theres not that much action.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013


    Creepy but amazing!I also kinda have the same problem as him ) :

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2013

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    The Replacement is one weird, disturbing and beautiful novel. W

    The Replacement is one weird, disturbing and beautiful novel.

    When i heard about The Replacement and the plot, i was a little bit happy and creeped out at the same time. The whole replacing a baby with another baby that is not human is kinda psychologically disturbing. The world of The Replacement is described as grim yet enthralling. You can't help but feel counfused and understanding of the town of Gentry.

    The book was creepy yet enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    From what i read..

    I didnt get a chane to finish to finish this book.. but from what I read i loved it! This is so beautiful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012


    You either love or hate the characters. A very original story line. If you like zombies id give this book a chance. :)

    #review by a 17 year old girl

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Great book!

    I'm a very picky reader. I either love a book and finish reading it within 2 days or I hate it and don't bother finishing it. I read this book in 1.5 days. I couldn't put it down. Well written, great description of characters. Nice flow in the story line.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I Absoulty Love It

    Great Read. Recommend To All.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Loved it

    Dark.. but it was amazing

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Really good book

    This book was a great mix of odd and magical and it was fantastic

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

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    Mackie Doyle doesn't remember any of the true, important parts. But his older sister Emma does. She remembers getting out of bed one night and looking into her brother's crib only to find something else inside. It tried to bite her but still she stayed watching.

    The thing watched back.

    Sixteen years later, the thing would be called Mackie Doyle.

    Sixteen years is a long time to live in a place that's slowly killing you.

    Allergic to iron and blood, unable to step on consecrated ground, Mackie should have died years ago when he was first traded for that human child in the small town of Gentry. He's dying slowly right now.

    No one wants to talk about the strange things that happen in Gentry. Not Mackie's best friend Roswell, not his parents, not even Emma.

    No one except Tate Stewart.

    Tate wants answers about her sister's death. After years of trying to be invisible, all Mackie wants is to be left alone to play his bass and forget his troubles. But Mackie is dying and if he's willing to look at the ugly things that lurk beneath Gentry he might be able to find some answers about Tate's sister and about his own place in Gentry in The Replacement (2010) by Brenna Yovanoff.

    Atmospheric and sometimes horrible, The Replacement is a story about monsters and things that come out after dark. It is also a story of fierce affection where even monsters can find a place and, perhaps, earn redemption. Yovanoff's writing is haunting and strangely enchanting. Mackie is an unlikely hero but one that will charm readers with his breezy style and honesty.

    Everyone can tell you about how this book sets itself apart as a horror story. A lot of people will mention how cleverly Yovanoff interprets the changeling folklore in her debut novel. But what I really want to underscore is how much this story is about the power of love and friendship (even if the deliciously creepy cover with illustration by Jonathan Barkat and design by Natalie C. Sousa might suggest otherwise).

    The Replacement is a fantastic fantasy that is sure to be going places. Definitely one to watch (and one of my favorites) from 2010.

    Possible Pairings: White Cat by Holly Black, The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, The War for the Oaks by Emma Bull, The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint, Fire and Hemlock by Diana Wynne Jones, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson, "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen, "The Stolen Child" by the Waterboys

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Eerie and Awesome!

    An eerie, haunting story that will make you wonder why anyone would want to live in Gentry.

    We start off with Mackie Doyle, who knows he's different from his family and his friends. He has super dark eyes, can't stand being near any kind of iron, and is forced to keep a low profile. He's not the only thing off in his town though, and everyone seems to know that Gentry is a eerie place to live. When Mackie starts to get extremely sick, and his friend Tate's sister is pronounced dead, Mackie will have no choice but to dig into the twisted underground of Gentry.

    I have to say, I originally bought this book when it was first released, but I kept putting it off. As more and more reviews came out, the jury seemed very mixed on the story, so I kept putting it off. Well, I shouldn't have because I really enjoyed The Replacement! It's a very different story, unlike anything I've read before. It was eerie, dark, twisted, and intense. It also had amazing quotes, and that's a huge plus for me!

    I adored Mackie's character. He knows he's different, he feels like he's never belonged, and he tries not to stand out because the town would hate him if they knew the truth. In reality, Mackie always belonged, he proved that you can be different and still be normal. Mackie is so real for me in the way he pins after hot girls, hangs with a certain group of friends, plays bass, but ends up in love with one tough chick. I loved him and was rooting for him till the end.

    Tate... Oh man Tate is a tough little cookie. She's almost like a pitbull but still shows love to those who actully mean something to her. I also loved Roswell... Now he is a TRUE friend. One I would most certainly always want on my side!

    I also loved the scary town and mysterious underground that the author created. I personally would never want to live there, but it was oh so intriguing to read about!

    I thought it was a fabulous story and very unique. I love how there's romance, and it moves like a real love life, but it's not the main story. I also loved the darkness of it all, books like these fascinate me. If you're on the fence about this one, I suggest giving it a shot! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

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    The Replacement

    Mackie feels like a lot of high school kids do, a freak. Except in Mackie's case, he really is a freak. He is only there as a Replacement to the real Mackie that was taken from his crib as a baby. A fact that no one will admit, except for Mackie's sister. Mackie is also allergic to iron, a problem he has to try and hide from the town. Until reading The Replacement, I had no idea exactly how much iron we are surrounded by every day. Mackie also has to stay away from congregated ground. Not a big deal, right? Just stay away from churches. Except... Mackie's dad is the town's pastor. Mackie a was a character that I quickly felt for. He was the perfect mixture of normal teen and something else.

    On the outside, Gentry seemed like your average small town. But you could tell something was up with the town of Gentry from the get go. What I love about this story was you only knew that in the subtleties. The author didn't just come out and tell you, she added crafty little snippets for the reader to pick up. Like Mackie's neighbor, smiling brightly like the whole world is fine as she hangs up an iron horse shoe over her door. Little things that let you know something bigger is happening.

    I felt like Gentry was two worlds in one. You have the town of Gentry, then you have what's underneath it. Mayhem. Oh my God, Mayhem was one of the freakiest places I have read about. Seriously, I got shivers just hearing the descriptions of some of these underground creatures. But in some weird way, Mayhem was also a beautiful place. It sort of reminded me of The Nightmare Before Christmas in that way.

    Besides Mackie, Tate was my favorite character. When her sister supposedly dies and the whole town goes on excepting it, Tate doesn't. Her eyes are opened to this silent agreement the town seems to have. She fights for answers about what really happened to her sister. I always admire those characters who go against what they are told to believe and find truth.

    Overall, The Replacement has a solid and original plot, intriguing and likable characters (even some of the creepy ones), and fantastic writing. I really enjoyed this one, and I will definitely be reading more from Yovanoff. If you are looking for an original and creepy YA, you are going to enjoy this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    A Letdown

    I was somewhat disappointed in this much-anticipated book. The premise of the novel delighted me when I read the synopsis, but the writing itself was lackluster. I found reading The Replacement very tedious. It should have taken me three days to read this, but more realistically, it took almost three weeks. I would say the storyline was interesting enough, but the writing was truly a letdown. 2 1/2 stars, really.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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