Title: The Replacement Author: Brenna Yovanoff Pages: 343 Rating: There...
There is something a little off with my definition of what is scary. While I do find Deadly Little Secret (book one only, oh maybe book two as well) a bit creepy but that didn’t scared the socks out of me. So I have high hopes that The Replacement will do the same or more, with all the rave reviews it got. But it wasn’t, and sad to say no part of the book for me is scary at all. The book came to me as blurred and… strange.
I thought Mackie like Ethan from The Iron Fey series – a changeling. Theoretically he is a changeling but in a very different way. And that’s the reason why I find him interesting at first. But from there, everything started to get weirder and weirder. The more things are explained the less I get the idea. I thought he was fairy, being a changeling, having vulnerability to iron and all that. But he isn’t (from what I understand he isn’t. And the people from the Morigans are more like a zombie rather than fairies). So I was hoping the ambiguity to what Mackie really is will hold my interest. But disappointingly it was one of the reasons why I find the book… less appealing.
The story is… I don’t know, I really can’t explain because I don’t understand the book at all. A lot of people like it, and maybe that my mother language isn’t English (and my limited knowledge with it) so I find the profundity a bit misleading. But seriously, I don’t think that was it. I’m not questioning the vividness, it was one of the strength of this book, and I’ m all for that. I get the blood sacrifice, or fear breeds power. But there are some concepts in this book that for me is really not connecting – playing music equals adoration? I don’t get it.
And just like Mackie, I feel sick. It’s so distressing to read how awful he felt, how weird he is, how everything seems not right. And like everything else in this story he didn’t connect to me at all. So overall, his character didn’t leave a big impression.
The only person I like in this book is his sister Emma. You know how much she cares for Mackie. She works so hard to help his brother. And she’ll do anything to at least ease the pain he is enduring. She is the only one who made sense in this book. I think the only saving grace Mackie’s character have is how he wanted to protect her sister. At those times I find him believable and somehow admirable.
Tate’s character was an instrument for the plot to build up. When her sister was taken, she sought Mackie for help, and from there I was expecting things to start shaping up. But it gave me the opposite effect, Tate’s character lack personality, value and conviction. Her character wasn’t developed, heck, I don’t think she has a character at all. When Mackie refused to help her, it’s like she already give up. It’s like things won’t move unless Mackie decided to help her (which in the end he did). What if he didn’t, she’ll just lay her sister’s case to rest? I might be sometimes mad with characters that are stubborn for their own good but at least they’ve tried their best to achieve their goal. But Tate, just one of those characters with no backbone, none everything.
You know what, I hope there isn’t love story in this book, and at least I might have given it a much higher score. I got the feeling that they were put together for the sake of having a love story. And once again I’m using this word, but they are not “connected,” nothing seems romantic on them. They don’t have anything in common and they’re not exactly opposites, so where will I put their supposed romantic development when nothing is linked properly? Because adding one and one will always be two? I’m sorry, I’m just a big believer of love is a result irrational emotions rather logical thinking. And their love story is clearly put there for convenience. He is there, she’s there, so-it-is-reasonable-to-put-them-together. Get it?
Obviously, this isn’t my cup of tea, so I’m a bit harsh. I was curious, just look at the cover! There is this eerie feeling to it; with that you’ll find it hard not to at least try. But it was just curiosity, and curiosity’s all it is. I’m not a judge of what good a book is, but if you’re asking if I enjoyed reading it. Sadly, no.