Monday, February 28, 2011

The Replacement

Publisher:  Razorbill (Penguin Group)
Publish Date:  September 21, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59514-337-2
Pages: 343
Cover Art:  Designed by Natalie Sousa and photographed by Jonathan Barkat

The Doyle's are your typical family...kind of...if the typical family had a child go missing and a changeling left in his place.  For 16 years, they've hidden the fact that Mackie Doyle is not really human.  His Dad lectures him on how not to stand out and his sister devotes her life to making sure he's okay...his mom, well, she loves him.

However, Mackie is getting sick, or at least more sick than usual.  Things with iron in them seem to be affecting him more and more.  Then his sister makes a new friend, Janice, and she gives Mackie something that makes him feel great!  Who is Janice and can Mackie get more of this wondrous potion?

The town of Gentry has a secret and all the townspeople ignore it.  Children come up missing every once in awhile.  Sometimes other children are left in their place, but they die quickly.  The townspeople follow all the old wives tales, such as tying a pair of steel scissors over the baby's crib to keep the fae away, nailing horseshoes over their doorways and other things. But it's just not helping and no one will do anything about it. Then a child dies, but her sister knows it wasn't really her that died.  Mackie has to help, for the girl, her sister and himself.

Mackie Doyle has to be one of the best, most easily liked characters I've read in quite some time.  I certainly hope we'll see more of him and his friends.  Mackie is more human than most...humans.  It just goes to show you that it doesn't matter where you come from, genetics don't even matter - it matters who you love and what you believe in.

Have you read this one?  Do you like novels of the fae?

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