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The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Review by Mel Jacob
Razorbill Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781595143372
Date: 21 September 2010 List Price $17.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Teenager Mackie Doyle has every reason to believe he's different. Iron, especially in blood, makes him sick. He cannot attend the church of his minister father. He also worries about the town whispers of the replacements of healthy infants by sickly ones who die young and fears he may one. Brenna Yovanoff's debut horror fantasy for young adults, The Replacement, follows Mackie's efforts to learn about himself, to survive and gain acceptance from his peers.

From official release/information:

Product Description: 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.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

(Source: Razorbill)

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