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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized5 Comments

Publisher: Razorbill

Source: Received from Publisher for Review
Publication Date: 01 September 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 1595143378
Format: Paperback (ARC)
Pages: 343
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Place(s) Traveled to: Gentry, Pennsylvania // Underground
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line: I don’t remember any of the true, important parts, but there’s this dream I have.

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Have you ever heard the phrase ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’? I know I sure have and its so very true because there are times, like with The Replacement by Breanna Yovanoff in which you get this fantastically creepy looking cover and you think wow…I am gonna have the nightmares because of this one. And since I hate being scared…like really and truly beyond hate being scared…you know it had to be a really awesome cover to make me want to read this book. Only when I read it I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t even the slightest bit creeped out. In fact I was a little bit bored. 
From the moment I started this book I felt that something was off but I couldn’t quite place my finger on it. In the end, I think it was all the round about speak that Yovanoff used. There were things about her world that she wanted us to know but because Mackie didn’t know them then we didn’t. So she had other characters hint and allude to these little tidbits while never actually saying them and so you have all these random little gaps where you have to guess what the author wants you to know. Reading shouldn’t be a guessing game.

I also found that while reading this book I cared more about the secondary characters than I did about the main character. The secondary characters had more life and zeal and I would have much rather been in their head than Mackie’s who was a bit mopey and who didn’t want to get involved. For me, Mackie just sort of existed and never really lived….I know that sounds odd when talking about characters in a book but there are times when the characters you read about almost seem real…that when you close your eyes you can see them hovering just off to the side of your imagination. As a reader you can picture them doing the things in the book, creating their story as it goes alone. But with Mackie he just sort of sat there while waiting for direction so he came across as very flat and the scenes became choppy.

I also really didn’t buy his romance with Tate. In the beginning of the book he is in like with another girl but then out of nowhere he is telling Tate how much he likes her…and its all..huh? what? And I would go back to reread pages and there was no explanation or hint of the upcoming change. That happened a lot, the rereading, and not just with scenes between Tate and Mackie, so this book ended up taking me longer to read than it should have. This one just disappointed me on every level. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either its just sort of meh. Which makes me sad because the cover is just so very awesome.

5 Responses to “The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff”

  1. Erica

    I still need to read this one – I really do like the cover. I am a huge fan of the UK cover as well. I’m sad to hear it didn’t live up to the cover =\

  2. Maria (Serpentine Library)

    I agree that this book did not live up to the cover. Like you, I was expecting something creepy and scary – nightmare inducing creepy which it definitely did not deliver.

    It all makes me wonder what this book would have been like from Roswell’s point of view.

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