Friday, May 21, 2010

The Penguin Five: The Replacement

The Replacement
By Brenna Yovanoff
Release Date: September 21, 2010

A soft horror tale about Gentry, a town that sits over a paranormal underground hive of dead girls, creatures, and horror, that regularly turns its figurative head when these beings steal their children for sacrifice and “replace” them with their own sickened in-human children. Mackie Doyle is a replacement. Somehow he has survived to the age of 16, despite an allergy to blood, iron, and consecrated ground (his father is a pastor), but now he is slowly dying. Trying to fit into a world that he wasn’t meant to survive and avoiding the world of his birth, he struggles on a day to day basis to fade quietly in the background, but when the baby sister of one of his friends goes missing he is drawn into the horrors of Gentry’s past and it’s eerie dependence on its underground society.

Here’s why I loved this book. First, the cover is so utterly fantastic that one couldn’t help, but take a second look. Second, while the story can be grim and frightening at times, it never goes too far. Third, this can appeal to either sex. While the main character is a boy, the emotions and story are relevant and enjoyable no matter which sex you are. Finally, this is well-written, intriguing, one of those books you hate to put down.

So, 2 down, 3 to go in the Penguin Five. Thus far 4 out of 4 stars for this box-set.

Next up is Nightshade by Andrea Cremer.