I was looking through my bookshelf for a book to recommend, that involved identity, and I happened upon The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.
Here's the synopsis from Goodreads, because I am absolutely terrible at writing those:
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.
I am a big Brenna Yovanoff fan and I absolutely adore this book. This book is altogether amazing, but here are a two things I love about this book:
Firstly, the voice. Mackie is so quiet, but his voice and his spirit are so strong. People are strong in many different ways, some people fight epic battles and some just speak up and be true to themselves. Mackie is the latter.
Secondly, the music scenes. Mackie plays the bass and at parts of the novel he performs with a band. The scenes were so good that they made me want to improve similar scenes in one of my projects.
If you want a quiet, dark novel to read in the middle of the night, than The Replacement is definitely for you.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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