Review – The Replacement
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  • April 29, 2010

Mackie Doyle has always had a severe allergy to metal. Riding in cars makes him nauseous, touching jewelry gives him shocks, and smelling blood weakens him. He lives in the little town of gentry where children disappear and are replaced with inhumane creatures…and Mackie begins to suspect he is one of them. When a classmate’s little sister goes missing Mackie finds himself spiraling deeper and deeper into the mystery of what happened to the little girl only to discover more and more truths about himself.

This book started out so cool, subtle and creepy. It reminds me of watching a Japanese horror movie. The build up is so psychologically driven and moody and suddenly… Suddenly, something falters, and the book stutter steps. It becomes a graphic, gory, disturbing story. I was taken in by this new idea of the fey but it lost me somewhere along the way, and I wasn’t a fan of the ending. That said, I loved Yovanoff’s writing, the tone, the interaction with the characters…I just didn’t love the ending. I was surprised by it, surely, but turned off. It’s not Yovanoff’s fault. I blame my own inability to process certain grotesque imagery. But for horror fans, the imagery is there. In abundance.

I want to see what Yovanoff does next. I am intrigued. For now, 4 out of 5 stars. Because I didn’t love it, but I wanted to.

– BP

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