My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This turned out to be another perfect, creepy read for Halloween month!
I really don't know why it's taken me so long to read this book--because I've had it on my YA bookshelf for ages--but I'm glad I finally did.
Mackie lives in the peculiar town of Gentry. A place that seems normal enough, and even thrives. But hidden beneath the surface is an ancient secret. One people don't talk about. Not even when their kids get taken and replaced by other things. But Mackie knows, and when the younger sister of one of his classmates becomes the next victim, he can't stop pretending.
Especially since his own allergies to iron and blood are slowly stealing his life. Now, he can no longer ignore the obvious, and will have to face who he really is...
I loved this book! It really hooked me in. Until all I wanted to do was keep reading, to find out more about what makes Gentry tick.
Mackie is a great narrator, btw. He's caught between both worlds, but doesn't share the cruel ways of Them, because he's known love and kindness all of his life. His story was a fascinating one, and I was hooked all the way through.
I also loved how the 'monsters' were portrayed. The imagery was lovely, but super creepy. There's such an interesting cast of characters. And if you're at all familiar with fae myth, you might even recognise a few. Yet, everyone and everything is twisted into the author's amazing vision.
I love a good changeling story, and this one was awesome!