Monday, 4 January 2016

Review: Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Under Their Skin
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: January 5th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
From New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix comes the first book in a brand-new thrilling series about twins who are on a quest to discover the secrets being kept by their new family.

Nick and Eryn's mom is getting remarried, and the twelve-year-old twins are skeptical when she tells them their lives won't change much. Well, yes, they will have to move. And they will have a new stepfather, stepbrother, and stepsister. But Mom tells them not to worry. They won't ever have to meet their stepsiblings.

This news puzzles Nick and Eryn, so the twins set out on a mission to find out who these kids are - and why they're being kept hidden.

Having never read a title by Margaret Peterson Haddix in the past, I was curious to try Under Their Skin. Pitched as the first installment in a brand new series about twins discovering a hidden truth about their new family, I was desperate to pick it up and read it immediately.

"Life went on. Nick thought anyone watching him and Eryn would assume very little had changed for them."

Under their Skin, the first in a brand new series from Haddix, follows the tale of twins Nick and Eryn, who's mother is getting re-married. The sudden change means a new home, a new stepfather and step siblings. However, as scary as the sudden change is for the duo, they are reassured by their mother that they will, in fact, never meet their step-siblings. Evidently, they don't take the news well and begin a quest to track down the truth behind their new family.

Under Their Skin by Margaret Peterson Haddix was an intense psychologically moving title that is worthy of being read over and over. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Haddix but I was not disappointed. Nick and Eryn, although vastly different characters, were both unexpectedly easy to relate with. Furthermore, the major plot twist (as I've been told by other Haddix readers is quite common in her titles) completely pulled the rug from beneath me. I hadn't expected it at all! Trying to grasp the big reveal was both a shock and absolutely exciting!

With that said, I absolutely cannot wait to read the companion novel to Under Their Skin. Fans of thought-provoking writing and suspense are highly encouraged to read Under Their Skin.
4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I haven't heard of Under Their Skin before
    Great review

  2. Wendy, I haven't read books by her either, however I've heard great things.
    Excellent review, and as always thank you for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the review, Cupcake Queen!

  4. Sounds creepy - thanks for reviewing!

  5. Katherine Pinacho4 January 2016 at 13:09

    I'm intrigued
    Interesting how I've yet to hear about Under Their Skin until now. So it's MG? Might be a good book for my next read.