Tuesday, August 31, 2010

THE REPLACEMENT By Brenna Yovanoff

THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff has been getting a lot of well-deserved buzz and we'd like to add to it.

A bit about the book:
Mackie 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 slowly dying in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us. He just wants to play bass guitar and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named 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.

Lila's Take:
THE REPLACEMENT is one of the best YA books I've ever read written from male first person POV. Brenna just nails Mackie's voice. I loved everything about Mackie and his world. From his loyal friends to his family who loves him in spite of the fact that he's from another world. There's magic in this book. You won't want to miss it.

Brenna was nice enough to humor us with our patented, totally random interview. Proof that she's not only a kick ass writer, she's also a pretty cool person.

1. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.

Mackie isn't human. Also, his town is plagued by baby-thieves. This, plus music, kissing, and dead things.

2. Where did you get the idea for THE REPLACEMENT (as the official idea whores, we have a vested interest here.)

This is tricky, because I'm definitely not a lightning-strikes kind of writer. I think I had the same general idea maybe twenty times over the years, and one day I just thought, "Well, I'd better sit down and write this thing!"

3. Someone has a pair of scissors to your head (oooh, SCARY!) and you have to choose: Awesome title or gorgeous book cover?

You've found my kryptonite! Which is that I hate choosing between things. But if the scissors are hanging over me, I'm going to go with gorgeous cover. A good cover can make a serviceable title into something extraordinary just through proximity. Also, titles intrigue me, but covers make me walk over and pick up the book.

4. When did you know you had to be a writer?

I think I knew forever and just didn't take the possibility seriously. I'd been writing every single day since I was eleven, because I literally could not stop. At twenty, I said, "Self, this is getting ridiculous. If you worked this hard at math, you would be a physicist by now. But you don't want to be a physicist. Also, you don't want to be the fitting-room girl at Ross Dress for Less anymore, so let's get a move on!" (Sometimes I talk to myself.) (Which may qualify as an occupational hazard.)

5. Twizzlers or M&Ms?

This is another hard one. I am a candy fiend and adore them both. (And they are both fun to eat, which is how I gauge candy-quality. Seriously.) But if I absolutely *have* to pick, I'll say M&Ms, because they are chocolate and come in a variety of colors. Also, I like sorting things by color.

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46 comments:

paulgreci said...

I've been wanting to read this book. I recently read a book called The Stolen Child--about Changelings--and loved it.

And I'm m-n-m's over twizzlers b/c of the chocolate factor :-)

kiri said...

I completely second the M&Ms vote. Musnottrypretzlem&msmustnottrypretzelm&ms...

This sounds like it could be really a very cool book. Does Mackie know he's a replacement from the start?

Laura pauling said...

And I'd have to agree with her on the cover. It was the magic of her cover why I want to read it! Great contests!

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

The cover for this book is so luring. I didn't know it was told from a guy's perspective. I haven't ordered this one (yet), but would LOVE to read it! Thanks girls. Hope vacation's treating you nicely :)

Marissa

Katie said...

Admission: This book scared me but now I really want to read it! Great interview!

K. M. Walton said...

I have been seriously jonesing to read this book. The cover & the title are fantastic!

Kim Harrington said...

WANT!

Llehn said...

Brenna is an awesome writer! I have such a huge fan girl crush on her!!

Leigh said...

This is on my TBR list! And I have to admit, it was totally the creepy/gorgeous cover that did it for me.

Jared Larson said...

One of the best covers of the year. Sounds like an awesome book.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Oooo, I hadn't heard of this book yet. Now I want it. =o) Thanks for letting Lisa and Laura interview you, Brenna, and thanks for pointing out her book for me, ladies.

So much for my promise to not buy any more books until I finish the leaning tower of TBR. Heh. I knew I couldn't keep that one.

Jemi Fraser said...

This is such a fabulous cover!! Can't wait to read this book - the concept is unique :)

Laura Marcella said...

Brenna is awesome! Terrific interview. I can't wait to read this book!!!

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

I admit I have been wanting to read this because of the cover. These are fun interviews!

Danielle said...

Another book for my list! I swear, every time I see a book on this blog, I want to read it - you've got great taste!

Izzy G. said...

I want this book soooo badly.

Lola Sharp said...

Oh how I agree with Brenna...because, dude, LOOK AT THAT COVER! Who wouldn't be compelled to pick that book up? (Brenna, you got some serious good cover karma)

WANT!!!

Summer said...

OH yesss, I want to read this book! I LOVE the cover--it's gorgeous!!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

I was ever so blessed to have received this one last Spring and let me tell you - it is AWESOME!! So unique and such a wonderful MC!

I love her style, her sense of humor and the fact that she chose the male POV.

Great review!

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Alexander Bennett (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

I so cannot wait to read this book!

Melody said...

Ooooh, this looks good! I hadn't heard of it, but it really seems like something I would like!

Fi-chan (Bookish-Escape) said...

:O even though I heard about this book a loooooot, I didn't know this is written from male first person POV! interesting.

and I so agree with her on the gorgeous book cover thing. With a nice cover (preferably and a good content), a typical or lame title could become something nice! :D

Krispy said...

The more I hear about this one, the more I want to read it! Although, I know it's totally going to scare me. But I still want to read it!

Carolyn V. said...

I read the first chapter of this and LOVED IT! I can't wait to get the full book! =)

Tere Kirkland said...

Someone in my crit group just read this and I WANT!!

Thanks for the interview, ladies!

Lisa Potts said...

This is one I've been keeping an eye on for quite a while. And not only is Brenna a self-proclaimed candy fiend but she's a fellow color sorter! For me, that sells it right there.

Talli Roland said...

I've not heard about this book but I love the cover and the fact that it has a male POV!

ali said...

Great review and interview LiLa! Thanks!

Carrie Harris said...

This is one of the coolest covers I've ever seen. Cannot wait to read it!!!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Great review and fun interview! I love male POV books...(and M & M's)

Elana Johnson said...

I LOVED THIS BOOK. From the believable characters, to the romance(s), to the family bonds, to the sheer uniqueness of it all. One of the best reads ALL YEAR.

Becky said...

I also love the cover and reading about things like changelings. Looking forward to reading this. :)

Linda Henderson said...

This book certainly sounds interesting, I would love to read it.

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Shannon O'Donnell said...

I am seriously DYING to read this book! :-)

Elizabeth Briggs said...

I read the first couple pages of this at Comic Con and it was great. I can't wait to read the rest.

Larissa said...

Yay! An awesome book AND a giveaway?!? WIN!

Slamdunk said...

Good interview.

On #3, I would have said title over cover--Brenna's reasoning makes sense though and I'll have to reconsider next time the question is asked.

Vampires and Tofu said...

M&M's rock my world and that is one awesomely perfect cover (but hey, the title is great too so it's a win all the way around!)

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Claire Dawn said...

I keep hearing about htis book, and it's on my TBR. Sadly my TBR is miles long. I just bought 28 books in June. Not finished all, and bought 8 more over the summer... lol.

linaramz said...

I can't wait to read this! And I love the cover!

Aik said...

I'd love to read this book! It sounds awesome!

Aleeza said...
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Aleeza said...

Brenna sounds like a really cool person! And her inner-convo's are kind of hilarious. And the book - I've read so many great things about it. Can't wait to read it!

Lisa_Gibson said...

I have deep cover love for this book! I'm excited to read this one. Music, kissing and dead things, what a great combo list. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Mia said...

This has been on my to read list for quite a while. I can't wait to finally get to read it.

Also, why on earth would you choose between twizzlers and m&ms? Just eat them both, together, in a big handful, until you get sick...No, I am not addicted to junk food!

PS. I really hope I'm commenting using the same account I used for my comment on the "Friend Is Not a Verb" post.

Lisa B. said...

The Replacements sounds amazing, amazing, amazing! Squee!