Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Published: Sept 2010 by Razorbill/Penguin
Genre: YA, Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror
Synopsis: 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.
I was in love with the first few chapters. I liked the sinister feel of the novel, and the main character’s issues were mysterious and something I couldn’t wait to dive into. But there wasn’t really anywhere to dive. The whole book was like a shallow swimming pool and I felt like I was just treading water on the surface of something but the bottom was always visible. I just don’t feel like there was much of a story. Sometimes a book can get away with being merely a feeling, but for me this wasn’t one of those. I wanted more substance!
However, I think a lot of people would be able to look past that and enjoy this as more of an atmospheric read. The characters are interesting, the world is interesting, the writing is wonderful, and Yovanoff handled the romance aspect spectacularly.