"Benedict Le Fay will betray you. And then he will die."
Betrayal and deathnot quite the prophecy Selkie wanted about her first love. A half-faerie princess with a price on her head, Selkie Stewart just wants a little normal in her life. Not another crazy prophecy. Besides, she and Ben are a team. They're the two most wanted individuals in the Otherworld, and fated to bring down the Seelie Fairie Court and put an end to their reign of terror. Nothing can come between them.
Until Ben leaves.
And the sun goes out.
And the chiming bells deafen all of Boston.
The Seelies are coming. And only Selkie can stop them from destroying the world.
The Girl Who Never Was (Book 1)
The Boy With The Hidden Name (Book 2)
What Readers are saying about The Girl Who Never Was:
"Utterly charming...echoes of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, of Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock."Erika Koch Utsler, Amazon, 5 stars
"This book surprised me with its awesomeness...the voice and the writing blew me away."AdriAnneMS, Amazon, 5 stars
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"You don't understand, miss," says a little man in an old-fashioned bowler hat who is crawling out from underneath the bench I'm sitting on. "We just really need the book."
To say that I am annoyed is to put it mildly. All I want to do is sit and eat my ice cream cone, and instead I'm getting stalked by supernatural creatures who keep literally crawling out of the woodwork. I mean that: the other day, a carving on a balustrade at Trinity Church started talking to me. We were there on a field trip, and it was difficult to hide.
This is what happens when you find out you are half-faerie princess and half-ogre and then try to pretend it never happened and go back to leading a normal life.
"She doesn't have the book," Kelsey tells the little man, who is now sprawled on his back on Boston Common, legs still hidden under the bench. "How many times do we have to keep telling you? She doesn't have the book."
The man scowls. "She stole the book."
"No, I didn't," I snap. "I didn't steal the book. Will Blaxton and Benedict Le Fay stole the book. I just happened to be there." And then I wince at my slip. I have to stop giving up the names of people I care about. There's power in a name.
The man points at me. "Will Blaxton is always trying to steal books. This is nothing new. He only succeeded because he has you now."
I bristle. "He doesn't ‘have' me. And it was Ben. Ben made the difference."
"Well, where's Ben then?" asks the man politely.
The question of the hour, day, week. And if I knew the answer to it, I'd...well, I don't know what I'd do, because I'm angry at Ben for abandoning me on Boston Common after promising never to leave me, all so he could go in search of the missing mother who might or might not be someone we can trust. I know a lot about missing mothers who might be incredibly untrustworthy, since mine is the same way. Not that Ben listened to me about that.
"I have no idea where he is," I snap. "He's a magical faerie who can jump effortlessly between worlds and into enchantments. How am I supposed to have any idea where he went? And I don't know where Will is, although you ought to try Salem. That's where I was always able to find him. And I don't know where the book is. I'm just trying to eat my ice cream and complain about unreliable faerie quasi-boyfriends like a normal teenager."
The man frowns at me, his eyes narrow in displeasure. "You're not a normal teenager. You're the fay of the autumnal equinox. You're trouble."
Don't I know it, I think.
The man burrows his way into the ground beneath our feet.
Kelsey, because she's a good best friend who doesn't let herself be fazed when supernatural creatures appear and disappear all around us, licks her ice cream cone and says, "They're persistent, aren't they?"
"Here's what I think," Kelsey says the next day at school.
"That Emerson makes no sense?"
"That we should celebrate your birthday." Kelsey looks like she is bouncing with excitement over this.
I stare at her. "Celebrate my birthday? Now? But it's not really my birthday anymore."
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but have you ever celebrated your birthday before?"
"No," I admit.
"So then I think we should celebrate it."
"My birthday triggered the dissolution of the enchantment that had kept me hidden from evil faeries," I point out. "Doesn't really seem like something to celebrate."
"I think we should do something totally normal," Kelsey says as if she didn't hear me at all.
"Like what?" I sigh, resigned, because I don't even know what normal people do. I fail at being normal, and it's so frustrating.
"I don't know. How about a movie?"
A movie. I am astonished by how normal a movie seems. And so simple. Like being normal can really be that simple. "A movie could be fun," I say, because it sounds almost seductively indulgent to do this really normal, simple thing.
"Great." Kelsey beams at me, pleased with herself. "What do you want to see?"
I have no idea what's out. "Flip a coin?" I suggest.
"Great idea if we had a coin," Kelsey says with a grin.
"Oh, I've got a coin." I dig my hand into my pocket, pulling out a dime. "Picked it up this morning on the way to-" I cut myself off, looking at the coin in my hand and thinking of how I picked it up this morning, for no reason, so that it could come in handy at this point. All of the normality comes tumbling down around my ears. How can I pretend to be normal when I do things like this?
Kelsey takes the dime out of my hand, leans forward, and puts it on the empty desk off to the side. And then she says, "No coin toss. We'll do eenie-meenie-miney-moe when we get to the theater."
I am walking through Boston Common at dusk, on my way to meet Kelsey at the theater, when another little man in a bowler hat falls into step beside me. Why are there suddenly so many little men in bowler hats in Boston?
"About the book," the man says.
"For the last time," I grit out, frustrated, "I do not have the book."
"But you do have a black button, do you not?"
I do. And I hate that I do. I grabbed it the other day on my way through the Common, where it had fallen under a bench.
I don't say anything, but he looks at me meaningfully because clearly he knows that I have a button.
"Exactly," he says, as if it proves I am so special that I must have the book. And then he holds up his sleeve cuff, which is quite obviously missing a little black button.
Again with my stupid pack-rat tendencies. I walk on, absolutely refusing to give the little man the satisfaction of getting his button back.
Kelsey is waiting for me at the movie theater, and she notices immediately that I'm irritated.
"What's wrong?" she asks me.
"The usual," I tell her, and try to shake it off. "Let's not talk about it. Let's just be normal and go to a movie."
We do eenie-meenie-miney-moe as planned and end up with a random romantic comedy. Kelsey orders popcorn and soda. I don't feel like popcorn, so I stand a short distance away, playing with a napkin that was left on the counter. When Kelsey's ready, I go to crumple it into my pocket and then pause, realizing what I'm doing, and deliberately leave it on the counter exactly where I found it.
Which means, of course, that when we get settled in our seats, Kelsey promptly spills soda on herself.
"Damn it. I wish I had a napkin," she complains.
I say nothing.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is pretty good. Selkie is awesome. Not a big fan of Ben, to be honest. I don't really understand how it co-exists with the first book, but it is pretty good.
This book is so amazing! It has comedy, romance, suspence, and everything else that you could want in a good book! I would totally reread this anytime!
I really want this book to be free so i can read it and i LOVE the girl who reads the stars because it is an AMAZING book
This picks up shortly after the last book. It's still told in Selkie's POV, I was hoping a little would have been told in Ben's because of the title. I would have liked to see what he was up too after he left in the last book, but alas we get all Selkie. It wasn't bad but she frustrated me quite often in this book. A lot of thoughts towards Ben felt like a broken record. A lot of back and forth feelings. Blah. Other than that, I thought it was a good book. Likes: *The Brody mystery was solved (for me). I questioned it after reading about it in first novella and no mention in the first book. *That Selkie's knack for picking up random things helped her throughout the series. That's a very helpful habit I wished I had. *The cover. I thought it was cool that the image was used for both books but changing the colors. It's so pretty. *Still like the storyline and how they solve it. *I liked everything was wrapped up neatly with no loose ends. *I received this through NetGalley*
When I read author Skylar Dorset’s The Girl Who Never Was a handful of months ago I remember being compelled to fall in love with her take on faeries. The genre has always been one that I rarely find myself reading in and her story and world were impeccable. I absolutely adored reading about the main character Selkie, discovering the truth about her family, and learning about this secret world of faerie. Not to mention that the way the last novel ended with the prophecy of ‘Benedict Le Fay will betray you and then he will die’ had me reeling. Would he seriously betray Selkie? Would he really, really die? All of these questions and I figured that I would get all of the answers in this sequel. The Boy With the Hidden Name takes place where The Girl Who Never Was left off. Selkie alongside a cast of characters who include her aunts, best friend Kelsey, the wizard Will and Safford. As the plot thickens Selkie finds herself public enemy of the Seelie Court and seeks out a Goblin monarch. With Ben absent, Selkie stands in the middle of a battle where she is the most wanted person in the faerie world, considered to be the prophesized girl who will change the world. But as Selkie and her friends travel to find the three fays who will save Parsymeon and the Otherworld, she begins to wonder if her mother’s prophecy for Ben is true and if she will ever see him again. I liked that The Boy With the Hidden Name gave us a further glimpse into Dorset’s world of the faerie. Not only does the story take place where it left off but we are also plunged headfirst into new, darker branches of the faerie world that Dorset has created. A world where not only is the Seelie Court still wicked and warped beyond all belief but a world where Selkie might have to glimpse into the Unseelie Court which is ten times worse. We get a better look at all the branches of the world that Dorset has created in The Boy With the Hidden Name and even discover that faeries ride on… giant corgis? Welp, it is fantasy. I will admit that since reading The Girl Who Never Was I have gone through plenty of books. I have forgotten the names of certain characters, how things worked, etcetera. The sequel did have its positive sides in terms of giving readers a reminder of what’s going on. I knew that the novel took place after the first, I knew that there were prophecies and naming, and I knew that Selkie was on a mission. But there were important details from the last novel that I did have to do a bit of re-reading and hard-thinking in order to piece the current novel together entirely. What caught my attention in The Boy With the Hidden Name was how different the pacing was compared to The Girl Who Never Was. I remember that most of The Girl Who Never Was had its ups and its downs but The Boy With the Hidden Name was non-stop. The adventure never ended as Selkie alongside her friends fought to see their journey through to the end. The stakes were raised and again, that prophecy about Ben was stuck in my mind. I couldn’t wait to see how that would play out. All in all, I was surprised with the novel’s ending. It wasn’t at all what I expected it to be or imagined it to be. I would recommend this series to readers who are fans of the faerie genre, readers who are looking for a fantasy-adventure read and to readers who are devoted to the will they/won’t they relationship trope. They’ll definitely love the romance between Selkie and Ben. An interesting new take on faerie that was an experience to read.
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review** 4 ½ stars! Benedict La Fay will betray you. And then he will die. After Benedict Le Fay disappears out of Selkie Stewart’s life, in search of his mother – after his declaration of his affections for her and a promise to always be there for her – Selkie’s life seemingly goes back to normal…that is if normal is having all kinds of supernatural creatures looking for the magical book they stole together with Will Blaxton, from the Boston Public Library. But a few days after her last adventure ends, being that she is half faerie princess and half ogre – as well as the Fay of the Autumnal Equinox, part of a whole of 4 Fay that make up the prophecy that is keeping the faeries out of the Thisworld (the human world) and stuck to the Otherworld where they belong, Selkie is set on a new adventure – to save her world. The Seelies have been trying to get in, and they won’t take the enchantment that Ben put in place any longer, especially in his absence – they begin by literally putting out the sun. Selkie, Will, her BFF Kelsey, and Ben’s cousin Sanford begin on a journey to look for Ben in the Unseelie Court. Will is certain Ben is needed to fulfill the prophecy and find the other 3 fays. Along the way, they look to the goblins to help – their leader, the Erkling helps them find a way into the Unseelie Court. But the fays never play fair – they like to torture their prey first and so the games begin for the prophecy seeking team. Between ticked off dragons, the Unseelies, and Selkie’s mom, it’s a gamble if they will be able to save themselves and the world. I thought Selkie really found herself in this book. While she is constantly questioning herself throughout, she also knows what she wants – to fulfill the prophecy and protect those she loves. Little does she know that still might include Ben – the boy she has loved as long as she can remember, even if he did betray her. She is strong, compassionate, and have terrific instincts, slipping things in her pocket that she knows will be handy along the way. She believes in her cause and those helping her, even if they end up doing something to endanger their cause, she still tries to see the good. And Ben…swoon! He was lost, but all it took was Selkie to help him see the way. They are each other’s true north and are a perfect match! I loved all the twists and turns that the story took, and was a little confused about ¾ of the way through, however, was ultimately thrilled with the way the story came to an end. It was a fun, inventive, and creative spin on the faerie stories, one that will definitely be recommended, as it had everything for everyone – romance, adventure, and intrigue. All in all, an ending that left me with a true smile on my face!
From start to finish, Skylar Dorset’s The Boy with the Hidden Name is jammed packed with humor, attitude, prickly romance, political intrigue and the magic of the world of the fay. Kind of like watching all of the clowns get out of the little car at the circus, each page uncovers another twist, more action and more mystery as Selkie still can’t seem to get her wish to live a normal human life without being reminded that she is part fay and part ogre. I mean, really, what girl wants to be an ogre?? Everyone wants ‘the Book,” and Selkie doesn’t have it, still everywhere she turns someone from the otherworld is popping up asking for it. Now public enemy number one to the Seelie Court, Selkie, Ben and their “gang’ are caught in the middle of a battle to end all battles as the power struggle continues as Selkie is still considered the girl in an ancient prophecy who will change the world. Not too much pressure or anything, right? Lives are at stake and she is now completely committed to the cause, if only to save those she loves and the world she has learned to care about. Will she be betrayed by those closest to her? Will Ben break her heart, or worse, turn against her? What is the power in a name? How does one used that power to their advantage? Get ready to ride with Kings on magical creatures, traverse the blackest of black paths, on a magical journey that will keep you spellbound to the very end! Skylar Dorset has created a potion filled with all the elements of a wonderful reading escape, from the beautiful world she has created to the loveable characters she has populated it with. The pages will fly by as you devour each page.
I read the first book and loved it. Excited to read this one(: