Thursday, September 2, 2010

THE REPLACEMENT

Dude, you guys. If you want to read a book that you've never read before, get this one: The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

Things I Loved That You Will Too:
1. Mackie. At first I was like, really? That's your main character's name? Mackie? But after about 50 pages, I was like, Duuude, Mackie. He's fantastic. Insecure. Likeable. Fiercely loyal. Strong, even when he's dying.

A fantastically imagined character, well-written.

Don't we all dream of writing like that? Even better, don't we all dream of reading about people like that?




I do. And I found him in The Replacement.

2. What Happens. You know how you've read that every book is one of seven plots? Well, make room for an eighth. I loved this story. From the fact that Mackie can't touch metal, to the idea that he's dying, that he's "something else" but still loveable, to, to, to. I could name a million things.

But this plot doesn't feel copycatted from someone else. It isn't a remake of a book I've already read.

It is fresh.

So if you're looking for fresh and unique, and interesting and wow, you'll find it in The Replacement. This book is due out September 21, so pre-order your copy today!! You so won't be sorry.

It occurs to me that every week when I do these reviews, I'm gushing about likeable characters and intriguing plots. That makes me realize that in order to write an amazing book, I need a unique, interesting character and a well-written plot. *note to self*

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to this week!

Lisa and Laura Roecker are giving us the scoop on THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL
Myra McEntire is dishing on PARANORMALCY
Shannon Messenger is praising THE BRIMSTONE KEY
Christine Fonseca is celebrating AMAZING AUGUST RELEASES
Shelli Johannes-Wells is recommending PARANORMALCY
Carolina Valdez Miller is gushing about JANE

51 comments:

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Elana, you're enthusiasm for this one is coming through. Mackie sounds awesome and I love that the MC is a guy. I just bookmarked this book from the library and was shocked no one else had put in a request for it. Being first for a library book is ALMOST like buying it, right? ;) Thanks, Elana!

Marissa

The Golden Eagle said...

It sounds like an amazing book! I love novels with a good plot and characters.

Laura Pauling said...

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the cover. B/c it's original, haunting, and I can't help but ask, why are their knives over a carriage!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've seen the cover and was curious. Now I added it to my list. Thanks.

Jen said...

I've heard great things about this novel, and once again it was just confirmed that it's really great.

Haha I love when you have those moments and you realize what makes you REALLY enjoy a book. Definitely write the tidbit of knowledge down, you never know when you'll need a refresher!

Christine Fonseca said...

I just started this one! LOVE LOVE LOVE it

Kenda said...

Can't not want to read this one now, with such an enthusiastic endorsement--thanks for the heads up!

Erinn said...

It's been on my to read list for a few weeks now. I just wasn't sure when it was coming out.

Bethany Mattingly said...

This does sound like a good book! I hope they have it at my local shop :) I'm going to have to check it out.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I can't wait to read The Replacement. I've heard so many great things about it.

I'll be the one in the corner who reads it in a day. lol.

Matthew Rush said...

Sounds great! Thanks Elana.

Kelly said...

That cover looks so creepy....and intriguing!!!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

You're so right! The main character has to have that "it factor," or the book just won't be good. *scribbling note to myself, too*

Theresa Milstein said...

I have The Replacement and Paranormalcy on my wishlist.

Bish Denham said...

Cool! Thanks Elana.

Carolyn V. said...

I got a peek at the first chapter of that book last week and wanted to run out and buy it! I can't wait to read it!

Slamdunk said...

It sounds like a worthwile read. Thanks for the tip.

Stephanie McGee said...

I've never heard of it. INteresting cover.

Christina Lee said...

TOTALLY sounds up my alley!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh man, there's just nothing like an original!! So hard to find nowadays. Love the concept behind this. Great review, Elana!

Tamika: said...

I love finding out about great new books~ thanks Elana!

The cover is hauntingly beautiful:)

Taffy said...

Was there anything you didn't like about the book?

Jennie Englund said...

Thank you for the recommend! That cover has always gotten me!

What's the very best book you've read lately?

Jewel Allen said...

What an intriguing cover. It makes me think of a Tim Burton movie. :-)

Tere Kirkland said...

I've been waiting not very patiently for this one. Thank goodness it's finally September!

Thanks for the great review!

Renae said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book! Great review as always! Thanks Elana

Nathalie said...

Honestly, I wasn't sure about this one. But, since you are so fond of it, you've given me the urge to give it a go. Thanks!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

I have this one staring at me from my TBR pile. Sounds like I need to move it up a few notches. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I already wants it. I wants it bad! :-)

Hannah Kincade said...

I have been wondering about this one! Thanks for the review. I think there's someone giving away an ARC of this....hmmm, I hope I win.

Katie said...

I'm dying to read this!

Elana Johnson said...

Taffy, I think all things about this book came together to make it whole. There were a few times where I was like, "I get it already," but that didn't detract from the overall love.

Myra McEntire said...

I loved Mackie so. Totally unique, I agree.

Lisa_Gibson said...

I have got to read this before too long. Great review! Thanks. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Talli Roland said...

I absolutely love the cover of this book, and the concept sound amazing, even if the name Mackie is a slight bit jarring! Thanks!

Sara B. Larson said...

Wow, what a review. I'll definitely be picking this one up! Thanks!

cassandrajade said...

Sounds like an interesting read, though the inability to touch metal is a a fairly common trait amongst stories using Fae characters.
I will have to check it out.

KM said...

I can't wait to read this one! It looks like such a great book! And your mental note will be mine, as well: create interesting characters and a good plot. Good word. :)

A Canadian Girl said...

Glad you enjoyed it. It's already on my wishlist :)

Jemi Fraser said...

This cover is so fantastic - and the inside sounds even better. :)

ali said...

I'm so glad to read your review on this, because I really liked the reviews I've read, but ... I worried that what people weren't saying was that it was just another fairy story. Since, I uh, know how you feel about fairy stories, I'll take your word and read The Replacement. Thanks E!

Carol Kilgore said...

Sounds like a winner for sure. I have such mixed feelings when I read something so great like that. Between 'oh, this is awesome' and 'why didn't I think of something like that'. Plus total admiration for the author.

Lynda Young said...

Oo..I love the sounds of this one. I'll definitely have to add it to my TBR list :)

Lola Sharp said...

Well, I'll sure say this: Brenna got lucky with that incredible and haunting cover.

I keep hearing great things about it, so I'm eager to get my eager claws on it.

Katherine C said...

This is on my to-be-read list ... the cover looks freaky!

Katherine C said...

This is on my to-be-read list ... the cover looks freaky!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I love the cover of this book. It's a real hook. Plus, your review makes me want to buy it. Thanks for the lead on another great read.

Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

I've heard SO many good things about this one!!!

Angela M. said...

Wow, that cover is amazing! I love it, and the book sounds awesome. I hadn't really heard anything about it before, but it's on my TBR list now. Thanks for the recommend!

Ishta Mercurio said...

Woah - you changed your picture! It's very professional-looking now. Nice! (Did you read Rachelle Gardner's post on headshots today, by any chance? If not, then that's a seriously freaky-cool coincidence.)

And LOL about your note to self - I think I need to read the same note!

Angela Ackerman said...

Just the cover makes me want it, but your gushing means that now I MUST have it! :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

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