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 16 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.
©2010 Brenna Yovanoff (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Unsettling villains and intriguing moral ambivalence make this effort shockingly original and…breathtaking.” (Booklist)
"A fast-paced, dark delicacy." (Kirkus)
I felt this story had a solid premise but as others have commented about, it dragged and was slow in several parts. Overall I felt the background story, the characters, had a really good basis. But that too much of the book was 'filler' that could have been used to give the characters more than their two dimensional feel. Alot of the language felt odd for teenagers to use. Alot of the reactions were under or over exaggerated, especially for Tate. She either has a really good theory of what's going on in the town and is angry over it or totally oblivious when proof is presented to her, it felt silly. It was also very confusing what sort of relationship Macky and Tate really had throughout the book, which was frustrating. I didn't know if I should like her or be wary that she was just using him. It wasn't consistent. Macky's personality was timid and frail at one point and then BAM! heroic and a confident jock the next, then back to being an uncertain outcast teenager again. There was an attempt at character growth but it came in jolts which didn't fit the slow pace of the the rest of the book.
Like I said, I felt this was a great start, very interesting premise, and I didn't hate it. But it felt more like a rough draft then a final revision of a story.
Having said all that I would still love to see a continuation or another attempt at the story, because I do think the premise is a very interesting one, and deserves more attention.
This story has it's moments, but i felt like the conclusion was too predictable. If you enjoy myths and paranormal story lines. This story is right up your alley, but i just could not relate to the character and the plot felt like it had too many ideas jammed into it. The narrator was pretty good. Not the most exciting, but he was definitely able to handle all the different characters.
I don't really know if the story was any good, because I could not listen to the narrator. You do not need to use a dramatic, teen-angst, world-at-stake voice for every paragraph. Say, when Dad is cutting up an apple, Not only is it annoying, but it makes it impossible to hear the actual emotion the characters might be feeling.
I'm a Sculptor of toothpicks.
Initially I thought it wasn't going to be that great but perhaps an hour in it started to get interesting and I couldn't stop. It does get a bit of a drag listening to the main character moan a lot about all the things that's wrong with him but the strange bond he has with the town and his weird people is intriguing. I like his assortment of friends as they're odd in their own ways too which fits his character quite well. The visual descriptions are great and I will be rereading it again just to enjoy those descriptions again.
The story was interesting but the male protagonist was lacking. I felt underwhelmed and wished I could skip his tantrums. The "Sisters" were MUCH more interesting and their dialogue was dark, spooky, and edgy. I'm still going to read her next novel because she has a great understanding of the dark and edgy world.
Creeptastically Original Book
Toss up between Mackie's best friend, Roswell and his sister. The portrayal of unconditional love and acceptance was well done and believable.
I liked Tate and the twins as well.
The beings from Mayhem were interesting to me, and I thought Yovanoff did a great job with them.
Probably my least favorite character (and only because I liked everyone else so much - not because I disliked him - there was no character I found distasteful or unlikable) was Mackie himself.
I thought Yovanoff really showed family in a good light. Both of Mackie's families love him, all of the people around him support him, even if they are damaged.
This is an interesting, dark novel, and I enjoyed both the written and narrated version.
Honestly, this book was a huge disappointment. Despite being warned by a few reviews, I decided to give it a chance. The book does have it's moments, but for the most part - it's a hunk of steaming melodramatic garbage. I actually had to write a review just to warn people. Don't waste your time and money.
The character relationships make no sense. An author has a very wide creative license to which we must, as readers, suspend our beliefs, but the interaction of these teenage characters is ridiculously unbelievable. People don't harass each other and then make out in the same breath.
On top of failing relationships, the plot is completely lacking. I see a good base idea, but it's as if the author doesn't know how to achieve her own goals or relate her own story. At times, there is so much going on, and at the same time, nothing new is happening. There are so many unexplained holes in the logistics of the story. When a characters is trying to make sense of a mystery in the author's world, they just skirt around the issue in wide circles, but an answer is never given.
Another issue is the legend and lore that the author uses. I came into the book expecting to read a well researched book about the Fae. I mean, she named the town, of all things, Gentry! It kinda seemed like she knew what she was talking about. However, all the story delivered was the same few snatched pieces of folklore that anyone might hear in passing - There's a legend that some fantasy race of people use to steal children out of there beds and replace them with there own. It's the story of the changeling, but if you want any more information than that, you won't find it in this book - just a world of 'zombies' and half-baked children with pointed teeth who talk in circles.
And, on a last note, the narrator just nailed the lid on the coffin of this book. His performance is something straight out of a Gothic poetry-reading spoof - really melodramatic and really terrible. He might have been able to redeem this book a little, but he reads the darn thing like he just got home from a funeral - even when the two protagonists are steamily making out in the cemetery after viewing the grave of Tate's recently dead baby sister.
This was agonising. I tried like more than 5 times trying to listen to this and had to listen to it in segments over months. Totally don’t recommend unless you like depressing sounding narrating and moody female characters.
I didn't realize I had downloaded a book from the 'teen' category. I gave it a try, but
honestly, besides being about teens, it was unconvincing and unsatisfying.
The story is great, and I just couldn't stop listening until the end. The plot is interesting and so are the dark creatures from the underground of Gentry. The concept of changeling was pretty well explored by Brenna Yovanoff and I could almost feel the creepy atmosphere.
Kevin T. Collins is one of the best narrators out there and did a fantastic job.
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