by Brenna Yovanoff
"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?" (Goodreads)
Mackie knew he was different. How could he deny it when ever since he can remember he was fatally allergic to iron, which was every where, and even to blood. He knew something was off with him, but he knew for certainty that there was also something awfully wrong with his town.
In this starkly dark first novel from Brenna Yovanoff, teenage issues of belongingness, identity, and love are twisted with myths and superstition. The story is like being lulled into a beautiful nightmare, not entirely haunting but just enough to muddle with your head.
What I love about this book is that it does not sugar coat the truth in how teens find themselves confused and unable to communicate their feelings, adesd be anxious on about almost everything. And despite of it, they are the ones able to see things that some adults try so hard to ignore and deny - like the ugly things and stuffs that they don't want to deal with. And you have to give it props for being wildly imaginative and giving you raw stuffs. No pun intended.
You may find yourself having second thoughts on reading this book. You can take it slow or perhaps save it for reading later when you feel like you're in the mood for something different. This is not a book that would probably be popular to most readers but certainly is a very good read for people who's up for the challenge.
Beauty and madness collide as The Replacement places the rotten and ugly in the center stage. For what is beautiful and well is not at all normal. And you may not change what or who you are, but what or who you become is entirely a different story.