Monday, June 4, 2012

Review: The Substitute by Holly Barrington

“The Substitute” is set in an alternate Britain, where Vampires and Mortals co-exist more or less in harmony. However, that may soon be about to change . . .

Emily Brown starts her new job at Pathway Software, and at first everything goes well. She makes new friends there and her bosses are impressed so things are really looking up for Emily. Until her friend is killed. Murdered. The official account said it was a gang hit gone bad, and rumours suggest she had drugs in her possession.

However another, unofficial, report suggests that the bullet wounds were all post-mortem, and the drugs were planted on her in the morgue. It also says that she suffered multiple broken bones, cuts, contusions and…vampire bites. Everything suggests that her friend died a brutal and vicious death at the hands of a number of vampires.

Vampire and Mortal relations are, on the whole, very good. Ever since The Compact, there have been eighty five years of unprecedented peace between the two worlds. But there are some dissenters, the foremost of which are the sinister Circle of Ixiom. And Emily is about to become their bitterest enemy . .

The Substitute was absolutely one of my favorite books of 2012. So unique and funny. I want more ;)
Emily is such a quirky character. She talks to herself and makes hilarious jokes. I loved her so much. And it’s so easy for everyone else to underestimate her, then we as the reader see what she’s really capable of and it’s like “Whoa!” That girl is majorly BA.
There was a lot of confusion throughout the book. Not bad confusion! No no no. Definitely NOT bad. It was the kind that kept you guessing and made you want to read more. There was this one piece of information that I was waiting for until the very last page, and when I finally got to the point, my exact thought was “Aha! I KNEW IT!!!”
I have to point out that there was homosexuality involved. I don’t know, I guess some people are uncomfortable with that so I feel like I should warn them. I wasn’t uncomfortable with it. Honestly, I want to applaud Holly for writing about it. (*begins a slow clap*) Really, the whole issue with sexuality is such a tip-toed-around subject so it’s very commendable when someone has the guts to write about it.
**For you Doctor Who fans out there: well, this book is for you. There were a ton of Doctor Who quotes…that I totally didn’t get. I’ve never seen the show so obviously I had no idea what a “tardis” is. Anywho, I went to the public library and put season one on hold. I’ll be tweeting about how that goes.
I really have nothing bad to say about this. I loved it so much. Like I said, I want more!! This is something I’d recommend to anyone. If you get the chance to read it, let me know what you think (:

**Update: Ohmygoodness. After I read this series, I had an increased interest in Doctor Who. So, I went to my library and picked up season one. A few months later, and I've read every episode at least twice. Oh, and Tardis stands for "time and relative dimension in space". After watching seasons 1-6, I went back and skimmed through the book and totally understand all. the. references. I was so happy. :)

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