By Brenna Yovanoff
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a paperback
I purchased The Replacement because the cover was super creepy. I knew from reading reviews that the book wasn’t a horror, but I still wanted to read it because I was so drawn to it.
The book was about changelings. Mackie was not a normal boy. He was a replacement, a changeling, switched in place of a human baby. He was a rare castoff who survived. It was said that most of them don’t because mothers cannot love the changeling, but somehow, he survived. I loved the point of view, as most stories that involve changelings are never from the point of view of the actual being switched out. It was interesting because Mackie knew he was different, but didn’t grow up in the underground, so he lived his life an human and tried to avoid iron.
I love fae lore and how diverse it is. I loved that there wasn’t much emphasis on the glittering courts and queens and instead, it was a darker story. The town of Gentry was benefitting from the exchange of their babies, the sacrifice to avoid many of the problems small towns faced, but Mackie had to question whether it was worth it and if it was worth the fight.
The Replacement was a unique and somewhat dark YA novel with an interesting POV that I enjoyed. I recommend it, especially to fans of the darker side of fairies. It was certainly entertaining and I loved getting a YA POV that was not only a guy, but the changeling himself. It’s not a POV I’m used to seeing and male POVs are rare enough in YA fantasy, so it was refreshing.