By: Brenna Yovanoff
Series: None that I know of.
Source: We Love YA Tours
Publishing info: Published September 21st 2010 by Razorbill
Pages: Hardcover, 352 pages
Synopsis (via Goodreads):
Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret - he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.
A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?
I was really, really excited to read this one. I had been reading tons and tons of amazing reviews, and the cover was really interesting. I have a fear of butchers knives (thanks, Tell-Tale Heart), and so when I saw the cover, I knew that this book would be scary. And I knew that I wanted to read it.
In some ways, I liked this book. In others, I didn't so much.
I'll start with the characters. Mackie. See, the thing about Mackie is... He's not stereotypical. To make a non-stereotypical seems to take a ton of work. Mackie is a pale, white haired little 16 year old boy, and he's shy. He bothered me a bit. He seemed really... cut off from the world. He did have his friend, and he did have his crush, and all that, but still... I don't know....
Tate, on the other hand, was strange, yet... strange. I'm not exactly sure that she was "likeable", per se, but she was interesting. I'm not quite sure how to describe her. Dark? Intense, maybe? I don't know. But she was interesting, and kind of fun to read.
The plot was interesting in itself, and I thought that it was original and fun. I felt that the relationship between Mackie and Tate was rushed, and the ending was not paced well, but other than that, it was good. It was well written and, though hard to understand at points, easy enough to follow. It was nice that it was quicker, yet not (usually) rushed.
In all, it was a nice and fun read, and while it was not my favorite, I did like it.
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