Monday, February 14, 2011

Book Giveaway: The Replacement by Brenna Yavanoff


I first heard about this book last January in 2010. I was at  the Winter conference of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin, was so excited about this book. He was singing it's praises along with his other exciting discovery, Across the Universe.

His description of the cover alone had me intrigued. I was salivating to get my hands on it. I was new to blogging at the time and had no idea how to get one, so I did the unthinkable. I emailed the publisher and asked for one. Now mind you, the book was not due to be released until eight months later, in September, but like I said, I had no idea how these things worked, so I just did what seemed obvious to me. I contacted him and asked for an ARC (wasn't exactly sure what that was either). Much to my surprise, he responded rather quickly and promised to send me one! Not only did he send that one, but I received all the hot books he was so stoked for. He's an incredibly nice gentleman to do that. As a busy publisher of a whole division, I'm sure he has plenty to do besides send avid readers advanced copies of books, no matter how enthused they are. I will always be grateful for his kindness. That being said, please don't do anything like this! I know better now and the idea of it seems pretty crazy when I think back on it! Maybe he just admired my chutzpah!

Anyway, he was right. It's a very intriguing, creepy and thought-provoking book. I recall reading one scene in which there was a party going on. Some girls were described as playing around and indulging in various antics. I believe it was a Halloween party. It took me several read-backs to realize that those girls are not wearing any costumes; that is how they really look--ugh! Let's read the blurb from the book, shall we...

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.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

I was fortunate to receive two ARC's so I'm going to give one away. If you'd like the opportunity to win it, just leave a comment telling me the name of another dark and creepy book you've read--if you've read any of course! Don't forget to include your email so you can be contacted if you win. That is all.

Giveaway ends Thursday, February 17, 2011
It's international, so everyone is welcome to enter.

The Replacement released September 21, 2010



  1. The first book that springs to mind is one I read quite a while ago.

    Steven King's novel The Stand.

    That can still make me uneasy when I think about it. It really pushed my buttons.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  2. Thanks for the great giveaway! I can't wait to read The Replacement.

    Salem's Lot is supposed to very, very scary but I haven't read it myself. It's on my mental tbr list though. I won't be reading it at night, I hope.


  3. Thank you for this! Hmm...another dark, creepy book is Cryer's Cross by Lisa Mcmann!

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  5. Another dark and creepy book I've read is called Dark Visions by L.J Smith! I would love to win The Replacement! :D

  6. Cryers Cross! That's the first one that come to my mind!


  7. Hey June! I'd love to win a copy of "The Replacement"!

    I think "Misery" by Stephen King was totally creepy - not because it was bloody or gory, but because the main character is completely insane. And people like that are no work of fiction!

    kateslibrary @ gmail . com

  8. I would say the shining by stephen king.

  9. Thanks for the awesome giveaway...I so wanna read this book!

    A recent "creepy" book I read (though it has been out for a while" is Let The Right One In. Man, that book was scary!

  10. I'm not much one for horror, but this one sounds very intriguing.

  11. I usually stay away from creepy books... but this one looks so interesting!
    I started reading Girl, Stolen (I'm not very far into it) and it seemed pretty creepy...hmm. There's always Stephen King too.

    arallison at gmail dot com

  12. Books by Dean Koontz are creepy!

    pocokat AT gmail DOT com

  13. Sounds like you had a great experience with the books publisher!! That's awesome! Another creepy one that isn't too terribly scary or anything is "Ruined" by Paula Morris.

    Thank you for the contest!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  14. I found the serial killer's perspective in Kimberly Derting's The Body Finder pretty creepy. And Nothing by Janne Teller gradually got more and more disturbing as it went along.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  15. Thanks for the chance tow in this.
    Another creepy book,The Shining by Stephen King

  16. Here is my totally creepy vampy amazing book...Uprising:Vampire Federation by Sean McCabe...different...spine chilling and I loved it. Have a great day!!!

  17. Misery and The Shinning are the best creepy. I will never get the pic out of my head when the lady hits the guys legs with the sledge hammar in Misery. Yap!!!

    dorcontest at gmail dot com
    I follow...dor

  18. Gerald's Game by Stephen King really creeped me out

  19. I'm not big into creepy books, but anything by Edgar Allan Poe gives me chills!

    And now that I've read through the comments, I'm going to 2nd the vote for Gerald's Game. And add Cujo.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

  20. Any of Stephen Kings would qualify so Cujo was the one that scared me the most.

    I'm an old follower on GFC-Lisa Richards.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  21. A couple of dark creepy books I'm aware of are:

    Choker - (not read yet)
    Switched by Amanda Hockings (I'm in the middle of this one)

  22. Oh and from the post above: my email is...

    sgcallaway1994 AT gmail DOT com

  23. Well I have to agree with several other posters, Stephen King's Pet Cemetery was so creepy and one hundred times better than the movie.

    Old follower


  24. Most of Stephen King's books is scary and also some of Dean Koontz's books is scary (Intensity

    I would love to read this book it sounds so great!! Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy and for making the contest international.

    I'm a new follower^^


  25. I want this one.. D E F I N I T E L Y :)


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