I can't think of a single thing that was wrong with this book! Everything was perfect!
Mackie Doyle is a changeling child, a replacement. When he was a...moreI can't think of a single thing that was wrong with this book! Everything was perfect!
Mackie Doyle is a changeling child, a replacement. When he was a baby he was left as a replacement for the real Mackie Doyle, stolen from his crib by fairies. All his life he has felt alone, and struggled to survive when metal- and even human blood- are poison to him.
Then the fairies come into his life. These are not the cute little winged creatures of our childhoods, nor the beautiful, statuesque romantic figures of many other YA novels. No these fairies are dark and scary. Some are mutated and strange looking, some are even dead. And then there are the sinister Lady and The Cutter.
Mackie has found a place where he may belong, but it is a terrifying place, and all he really wants to do is fit in within the world of humans, the world where he truly wants to belong.
I loved the characters, the descriptions, and the names of the places, such as Gentry, the realms of Mayhem and Mystery (also known as Misery). The town history and the bits about music were great. I loved the way Breanna Yovanoff described music in a way that even someone who is not a musician can understand the feeling in it! She made it so visceral!
I loved Mackie, a loner with a good heart, tortured by his identity, I think Breanna Yovanoff really gets what it is like to be a teen and a bit of an outsider. I also adored Mackie's sister Emma, she was smart and kind and so loyal, a really amazing girl! There were other great characters too, but I don't want to give away too much!
This is a wonderful work of dark YA fantasy, very original feeling, and exciting from start to finish!(less)
When I was a little girl, my father used to read me these books. It has been a really long time since then and I can hardly remember most of the stories from the book, but I still remember the sense of excitement and adventure in these books. Laura and her family were pioneers, and as a young girl she met each move with a sense of adventure and openness to the world. I also loved that the girl was called Laura like me.
These stories are a true testament to the amazing spirit of the pioneers. They kept moving on, dealing with the problems of their life, never losing hope. The parents always did their best to make this world pleasant for their children, and to make times like Christmas magic. Trips to town were a treat when the girls would get a lolly each. They had very little, but completely appreciated what they did have, something which a lot of us have forgotten in our modern consumer driven society. I don't long for those times, because the life was hard and not everyone made it as Laura's family did, but I love the simplicity and teamwork of their little lives. It reminds us to appreciate what we do have. And anyway, they were just such amazing adventures!
I think this series is must read material! It's also great for parents to read with their children, creating wonderful memories like the ones I have. (less)
Wonderful book. The heroine I have chosen this for is Laura Fairlie's less pretty half sister. She is intelligent and fiercely loyal to Laura, taking...moreWonderful book. The heroine I have chosen this for is Laura Fairlie's less pretty half sister. She is intelligent and fiercely loyal to Laura, taking care of her through the whole dreadful course of events, with no thought of herself. Apparently John Sullivan said she was one "of the finest creations in all Victorian fiction."(less)
A dark coming of age story that looks at both the main character Laura's obsession with her beautiful friend, Vicky, and Vicki's obsession with a dang...moreA dark coming of age story that looks at both the main character Laura's obsession with her beautiful friend, Vicky, and Vicki's obsession with a dangerous boy that leads to a terrible climax.
Nowadays, so many books seem to advertise dangerous as sexy. Twilight's heart throb Edward Cullen admits that he wants to kill his love, Bella, and that he stalks her, watching her sleep at night. I think most of us have, at some time or other, been attracted to a 'bad boy'. This book is an antidote to that.
Clarrie is a bad boy, but a really bad one, and not so charming, either, but Vicky is drawn to him. The first time she meets him, he is manhandling her naive friend Laura, and Laura is terrified, but Vicky is instantly attracted. Vicki is a placid, dreamy girl, who takes everything with a smile, and seems to not really care about anything, but she becomes drawn to Clarrie, although Laura remains terrified of him. This is all seen through the eyes of the innocent younger Laura, to whom Vicky is some kind of goddess. Laura also experiences naive romantic feelings for Vicky's handsome father, and her attempts to impress him with a foam stuffed bra are both pitiful and disturbing.
The play room of the title is something that Laura and her brother glimpsed on a trip to an island, a sinister room filled with lifesize naked dolls, owned by the disturbing "Mrs Toplady". Her story about this strange room was what earned her entrée into the society of Vicky and her best friend, even though Laura didn't really understand the story herself. The lingering sinister nature of this story remains with us, although they never go back to the island or see Mrs. Toplady again. It is also possible that the playroom is actually the world itself, and it is the cruel, powerful people like Clarrie, who play with the weak, like Laura and Vicky.
This book reminds us of the true violence and darkness that lurks behind the civilised veneer of society, and that even protective parents like Laura's mother, cannot really ever protect us from that.(less)