{Who is Mackie Spence?: Lin Kaymer}

I received this book for free from Merit Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Who is Mackie Spence?: Lin Kaymer}Who Is Mackie Spence? by Lin Kaymer
Published by Merit Press on January 2, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, fantasy, Friendship, Greek Mythology, Paranormal, YA Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press
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4 Stars

A love story about a girl who comes back from a near-death experience with powers no one can explain

With a strong, appealing boy narrator, Who Is Mackie Spence? is a story no boy would be ashamed to read and no girl would want to miss
This ecological and mythological story is spiced with everyday questions of young love: if someone you care about has a destiny beyond your town-even beyond your world-do you give her up?

Jeremy has known Mackie Spence all their lives, growing up together on a small island in the Atlantic. But after a near-drowning accident, Mackie is changed. She's different, and if no one else can see it, Jeremy can. But maybe he's only looking through the eyes of love, as his feelings for Mackie have gone way beyond childhood friendship. She's even more beautiful, but it's as though she has a new soul . . . or something. Jeremy can't explain it; he's a jock, a real-world kind of guy. Then things start happening that he couldn't explain even if he could find the words. One night, at the local nature rehab center where Jeremy and Mackie volunteer, Jeremy sees with his own eyes how terrified, dangerous, injured birds of prey grow calm in Mackie's presence. It's as if they know her. She doesn't understand or even seem to notice. Without being some kind of stalker creep, Jeremy makes it his job to grow more protective of Mackie, and sees her with wild otters and other creatures in situations that are beyond belief. And finally, something happens that not only changes Jeremy's future, but the way he will see life, forever.

{My Thoughts} – Jeremy seems to be the kind of boy that any girl could Ideally like and full head over heals for. He seems to have his heart in the right place and he seems to understand how a boy should really treat a girl. He knows how to make a girl feel wanted and how to help them feel like they are safe around him.

Mackie is a girl that has had a rough go at things lately. Over the last summer break she had nearly drowned and then was in a coma for awhile but she came out of it and it was like nothing had happened. She picked back up where she had left off in life but couldn’t remember what had happened the night she’d nearly drowned.

I really enjoyed getting to know both Mackie and Jeremy throughout this book. They are two very enjoyable characters. I also enjoyed all the references about Greek Mythology throughout the book and how it tied into the story and the way in which it had been written. I do think that anyone that likes Greek Mythology could find this book a rather interesting read, if not for the references then for the characters.

I do recommend this book for others that enjoy Greek Mythology and for those that just want a nice story to read. I look forward to letting my children read this book in the future when they are old enough, I know that they will probably enjoy it as much as I had or more.