Published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books on 21st September 2010
Source: Bought Physical Copy
Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie 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 when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place - in our world, or theirs.
Also, and this is something that could have bothered some people, but I thought Yovanoff’s use of language was spot-on, the swearing in the story felt natural, it didn’t feel forced or out of place, and it wasn’t overused.
What didn’t work for me: I didn’t like that each time I put the book down to do something, I lost the desire to keep reading. It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that I really wanted to pick it up and read it again, which saddened me, as the story itself was very good.
Would I recommend this? I’d definitely recommend this to fans of paranormal YA (specifically those who love reading about the fey). I’m pleased I finally read this, however I highly doubt that had I not gotten such a good deal on this book that I would have bought it off of Amazon.