If you have a teen who’s interested in horror but isn’t ready for Stephen King, give them anything by Brennea Yovanoff. She definitely knows how to balance creepy with romance and wit, making her books perfect for any teen interested in the genre. The Replacement takes place in Gentry, where every few years a child is stolen and replaced. Mackie is one such replacement, and when circumstances pull him into the world he originally came from, Mackie could be the one to change everything. This is a great, creepy book filled with humor and music. I loved it.
P.S. If they are ready for Stephen King, I highly recommend Pet Semetary. Even King thinks that it’s his creepiest book!
Autumn 2010 Kids' Next List
“The only thing teenage Mackie knows for sure is that he's not like everyone else. And it's getting worse. He's becoming allergic to so many things he can hardly leave his room. It doesn't even seem human. Perhaps because it isn't, or rather, he isn't. Dropped into a human baby's crib 16 years ago as a 'replacement', the past is catching up to Mackie and he isn't sure whether to run away or confront the evil that has controlled him and his hometown for centuries. Scary fun!”
— Anne Holman, The King's English, Salt Lake City, UT
Mackie Doyle is The Replacement - left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. He has been raised among us. But he is not one of us. Now, he must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps from which he came and find his rightful place - in our world or theirs.
"Unsettling villains and intriguing moral ambivalence make this effort shockingly original and . . .breathtaking." - Booklist, starred review
"Even after finishing the book, readers will be left with the eerie sensation that . . . the true darkness has yet to abate." - BCCB, starred review
"Well-developed characters, a fascinating Fairy Court, an exciting story line, wicked cover art . . .this book has the makings of a success." - Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced, dark delicacy." - Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Brenna Yovanoff is one third of the Merry Sisters of Fate along with Maggie Stiefvater and Tessa Gratton, whose flash fiction can be found at www.merryfates.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado. The Replacement is her first novel.