The Lure of Shapinsay

The Lure of Shapinsay

by Krista Holle

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Overview

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Kait is unexpectedly awoken by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

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ISBN-13: 9780985002503
Publisher: Sweet River Romance
Publication date: 01/11/2012
Sold by: LULU PRESS
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 580 KB
Age Range: 15 Years

About the Author

Krista has been writing since she was nine-years-old when she scribbled out her first adolescent work entitled Merish, the completely illogical but heartfelt story of a girl who was part mermaid, part fish. As a young mother, Krista added to her repertoire some middle grade readers and picture books she’s wary of mentioning.

In 2004, Krista began an intensive four year period working part-time as a critical care nurse while homeschooling her four children. During this hectic time, courses of writing were taught and learned, and rules of syntax were scolded to memory. Ironically this period of study equipped Krista with the tools she needed to enter the next phase of her writing experience. Now equipped with the mysteries of the comma, Krista was ready to tackle a much bigger project—a full fledged novel.

After the kids were enrolled in public school in 2009, it occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love. Convinced that there was an unfulfilled audience waiting for what Krista loves to write—romance, she sat down in the family’s dungeon, a.k.a. the basement, and began to furiously type. In no time, her first novel was drying on crisp white paper.

Krista currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with her husband, four daughters, and an eccentric cat with an attachment to the family’s socks. She continues to write obsessively every chance she can get.

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The Lure of Shapinsay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed
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Kielyn_Smith1 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The mythology and twist on the mythology was really something refreshing to my reader's eyes. I have never read anything other than Greek mythology so reading this was really new. The main characters, Kait and Eamon, were really well put together and were very like-able characters. The alternating POVs in this book were really well written and enjoyable! I loved being able to look inside both Kait and Eamon's minds! Eamon was at times a very irritating character but you couldn't help but to love him yet want to change him a little bit also. This book was one I really enjoyed and was not that hard for me to get through at all. Krista Holle did a great job at writing this lovely tale of love and loss.
Joie-de-Lire More than 1 year ago
First off, let me ask you this: how often have you seen a book about Selkies as you browsed through your local book store? Not often, am I right? There are so many paranormal and supernatural creatures in YA these days that I honestly thought nothing could surprise me, but then I saw that this book was about Selkie folklore. Selkies are creatures that live as seals in the water but can take the form of man on land by "taking off their skin"--I swear it's not as gruesome as it sounds!! Both male and female selkies are extraordinarily beautiful and have a long history of tempting humans. The humans of Shapinsay, a small island near Scotland, are fearful of selkies because many women have been lured to a watery death by male selkies. Holle's simplistic, yet beautiful descriptions of the land and sea made it super easy to picture Shapinsay in my head. The Scottish accent/dialogue also helped bring setting alive. I loved the olden-days vibe of the story--and, believe me, that is not something I say very often! Kait, the main character, was a great heroine--strong and stubborn and independent. She and Eamon, the Selkie, have a rather interesting relationship because the lines between being Lured and actual Love are so blurred I couldn't really tell which one was in play at times. This gave their love story an insta-love vibe which I wasn't too crazy about, but nevertheless, I rooted for them because there were some seriously sweet scenes between them. Rating: 3.5 stars* All in all: I really liked the fact that Holle explored selkie folkore in her novel, the concept is very original and fresh. I wasn't a huge fan of the instalove-bordering-on-obsession relationship between Kait and Eamon, but I found the book enjoyable nonetheless. *I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Written in dialect, The Lure of Shapinsay was an excellent read. Selkies, seal-humans, have always fascinated me. They are not mermaids, but humans who live as seals in the ocean and can take off their seal skins to be humans on the land. These beautiful mythical creatures drive Holle’s story. The day Kait’s life begins to change is completely normal. She is at the market, bartering for goods when she learns that her close friend has given birth. Instead of cheers and celebration, however, everyone is quiet, unnerved, and bitter. Kait’s friend gave birth to a selkie child. Believing that he is evil, the baby’s grandfather drowns him in the ocean. Kait tries to save her friend’s child, but she is too late. A selkie man sees the events, but thinks that Kait is the murderer! Eamon, the selkie, seeks revenge for the baby, but falls in love with Kait instead. Holle drew me into the story from page one. While reading this book, I laughed, cried, and blushed. There is a great cast of characters; each is memorable with a distinct personality. Most adult, female readers would love this novel because of the romance and adventure.
theborneanbookworm More than 1 year ago
This book had absolutely blown me away in so many ways. The story was beautifully weaved and the mystifying romance between Kait and Eamon sent chills down to my spine. Kait’s obsession with Eamon in particular seemed haunting with all the jumbling emotions that could send an innocent young woman to the edge of her sanity, and even her untimely death. Still, I couldn’t help but felt sorry for both characters as truths unraveled which come along with huge sacrifice. Krista Holle wrote her story in rich and vivid details that I never feel like missing out on something while reading. On top of that, every character was well-developed, each with his/her own attitude that mostly annoying but kind of realistic at the same time. Kait is a carefree young woman despite her innocence. And I could definitely understand her undying infatuation for Eamon. Eamon is undeniably sexy and his selkie swagger and bad-ass attitude is charming as well as hypnotic. The guy on the cover portrayed him accurately. My only complaint is that the overall story just sounded very familiar which made it seemed unoriginal even though Krista’s version was more elaborate. Being a native Bornean who had heard of several folklores told by the elders, Lure of Shapinsay to me seemed just another piece of old folks’ fiction with some hidden moral values. However, that didn’t stop me from totally enjoying and loving the story because I can never get used to being tired of listening to old folks’ tale over and over again. This book is recommended to fans of paranormal romance who have keen interest in sea creatures and their legends.
BS1 More than 1 year ago
The people of Shapinsay have long told stories of the Selkies who crawl out of the sea and assume human form in order take advantage of unsuspecting villagers. Kait scoffs at these tales. That is, until the day her closest friend births a half selkie babe. When the babe is drowned in the sea for its mixed heritage, Katie is shocked and appalled, but it is the fierce anger at the death of an innocent life that really fuels this story. Eamon, a selkie man, witnesses Kait’s arrival and, assuming that she is the one to blame for the babe’s death, sets out to punish her for the deed. But neither Eamon nor Kait are ready for the fire that sparks between them. Entranced by The Lure, a tool used by the selkies to lure victims into their web of deceit, Kait cannot refuse her pressing need to be with Eamon, insisting that she loves him beyond all things. Eamon is no less affected by Katie’s allure, loathing his need for the “land loper” yet powerless to resist her. I have read a lot of things involving myths and legends, but I have never come across a Selkie story. This was new for me, so I had no idea what to expect when I sat down to read. I was pleasantly surprised at the magical tale that unfolded before my eyes. This was a sweet and enticing tale with incredible characters that came to life with Holle’s vivid details and honest, historically accurate depictions. Each time I picked the book up I was transported back in time to an island of legend. A simple place of beauty where time goes by at a slower pace, love is true and steadfast, and friendship can be found in the least likely of places. I found Kait and Eamon’s connection to be heartfelt and romantic, yet innocent and naïve. They were plagued with many sorrows stemming from youth and inexperience to mistrust due to their differences. Many times I felt myself smiling at their playfulness, saddened by their grief, and hopeful that they would find their way through the storm. This was really an incredible read that I think crosses all age barriers. I for one, am putting this author on my must read all list.
Nancy_TumblingBooks More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the cover of this book I thought that it looked like a romance novel, and while it wasn't, romance was a very big part of the story. Of course, I had no idea what to expect from the book since I had never read about about selkies. Actually, I had never heard of them. I didn't know what they were and because of this, I was a little bit confused at the beginning. However, the selkies were very well explained and by the end of the book I felt like I really knew and understood them. The book moved pretty fast, which I actually liked because it didn't dwell on small details and I got to really see the big picture. The Lure of Shapinsay was about the romance between Kait and Eamon and speeding up the lesser important details really showcased this. I didn't feel like anything was ever left unsaid that would have been essential to me connecting with the book. This allowed for many things to happen without the confusion and annoyance that you feel when authors either move so slow that you feel like you aged ten years by the end, or when they go so fast that you don't even know what you just read. Moving on, I was completely surprised with the problems that the main characters had in their relationship, something that I wasn't expecting at all. Because this is young adult, I was expecting them to be all lovey-dovey all the time... when this didn't happen, I was so happy! I love when characters are miserable, I LOVE it. I find this very enjoyable, even though some people might not agree. I just feel that it makes characters seem more human to me when they experience real emotions and not the fake "we're happy all the time" thing. Needless to say, I really enjoyed The Lure of Shapinsay and I highly recommend it! It was fantastically written and the old Irish way of talking was awesome. I hadn't ever read a book like this and I'm really happy that I had the pleasure of reading such a great romantic young adult book. I know I didn't say much about what really happened in the book, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone!
Waiting_4_My_Vampire More than 1 year ago
Kait a willful and independent young woman refuses to let anyone dictate how she will live her life. We meet her as she is bartering eggs with a fisherman. She sees her good friends father carrying a crying bundle and is relieved to see that she has finally given birth. Assuming the new grandfather is out and about to proudly show off his grandchild she presses near to see the baby. However, the grandfather seems less then willing to let anyone glimpse the babe and moves closer to the ocean. Hearing her friends soulful wail she runs to her aid and finds out from the midwife and her friend that the child is half selkie and the girls father is plannning on drowning the infant. Kait attempts to catch the man but arrives just after the deed is done. She attempts to save the poor creature but, alas, is too late. Hiding in the oceans depths and plant life a selkie male hears the childs cry and goes to invesitgate and sees the babe as it expires and sees that is a selkie child. The first person he sees is Kait searching for the child and assumes she is the executioner of the child and furiously follows her home to exact revenge. There really isn't much out having to do with the selkies. I had heard of them, but really didn't know much about them. So, this was a very intriguing read. It grabs hold and doesn't let go until the very end. The dialect in the dialogue as well as the superstition of the villagers really sets the scene. I would suggest this to anyone that is looking for something different to read. The romance and folklore/mythology of the story is fabulous.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I was Lured! I really enjoyed this book! I read it every free chance I had. This book hooked me in within the first few pages. I was so upset about that poor little baby at the very beginning. (Maybe that's the mom in me, but I wanted to cry.) Then I thought, "is this book going to be all sad?" Thankfully, I was wrong. It isn't all sad. This book was romantic, funny, engaging - a great read. The language and culture was depicted in such a way that I felt like I was back in Scotland in 1848. The descriptions of Shapinsay were beautiful. I could clearly picture the island - and its inhabitants - clearly in my mind. The author's research was obviously thorough, a job well done. Before this book, I had never read anything about selkies or their legends. I thought the author explained the legend well and weaved throughout the story appropriately. The author did such a good job that I still don't know if Kait's love is true or if it because of Eamon's magical ability to lure her. But I cared about Kait and Eamon. I wanted them to work out. I wanted them to get together. I wanted to see what happened to the two of them. The author definitely kept me reading and wanting more. (In fact, I would love a sequel!) The secondary characters were fantastic as well. I cared about Blair. He was the "big" brother that really meant well but failed miserably. He and Kait are as close as ever. Tipper was always thought of as a crazy felkyo (witch) but she has a greater story that the reader must wait for. Magnum is a proud man who agreed with the wrong person to have Kait's heart. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to any lover of paranormal romance. It is different from most books of this genre in that there isn't a vampire or werewolf in sight...only the selkie. Will I read it again: I just may but this was not a book that I must read every year.
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
I read 50% of this novel in a single two hour sitting. The opening was so intriguing and full of angst that I could not put this novel down. From that very first gut wrenching, sad opening, I was hooked and curious to see how the plot would play out. Right off the bat, I enjoyed the female character. She was snippy, independent, and strong minded. However, once the lure of Eamon settled about this character, she became quite tragic. I am on the fence on whether I hold the same kind of love for her in the end, as I did in the beginning. But I understand the blurred lines of her rational/irrational (?) behavior, because of her great love for Eamon, combined with the pull of the natural lure that came natural to a male of his species. Eamon, the selkie man, was an interesting character. The writer did a fantastic job of portraying him an innocent of the ways of the land. His perplexity of all things human, from emotions, to reactions, to normal ways of life, felt natural and very believable. His character stayed true to the end. His loyalties, and thought processes, so different from the normal ways of man, stay selkie, and I enjoyed that about this book. The writer’s choice of changing POV from Kait to Eamon worked well in this novel, as that was the best way to be able to see into his mind, and have a front seat to his perplexity and confusion over human interactions and ideals. It was nice that there was no tragic ending. After all, as the saying goes “A bird may love a fish, but where would they live?” I really could not foresee how the writer would be able to develop this fairytale story to end well, but she succeeded in devising a clever plan. And I was able to fall asleep with a smile on my face, wallowing in my girlish, romantic notions, that indeed, there is a way, if a bird and a fish love each other enough.
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Clever writing and an intriguing historical backdrop, plus a feisty, strong-minded heroine, hook the reader into this story. Accurate dialogue set against a background of superstition (although who knows, maybe the magic is real ¿ ) and a rapid-pace plot line keep that attention, drawing the reader into the story and never letting her go. This is a very well-written novel, both in the sense of the author’s writing style, but also in terms of setting, plotting, dialogue, and background. I am simply marveling at Krista Holle’s ability to bring that “historical”/legendary background into realistic belief, to illustrate it, and to make us as readers believe in it. Wonderful! I highly recommend this one! YA-age readers will appreciate the heroine’s strength, ability to fend for herself after being orphaned at a young age, and her chameleon-like mutability as veneer over a very strong and independent core. Older readers will enjoy that as well, but will also glory in the subtle humour-wry and ironic-possessed by our protagonist. Trust me: you don’t have to like historical, mythical, or even Fae novels to enjoy this one! It’s just purely GOOD! This is one book I am very happy to have requested to review, and I am giving it a 12 star-of-5 recommendation!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books Kait lives a stubborn life on land. Her brother tries to marry her off to a man she doesn’t want and to top it all off, she has a vengeful selkie after her. While trying to prove her innocence to the selkie man, she’s captivated by his ethereal beauty. She knows his lure could be her death, but she’ll do anything to keep him. The Lure of Shapinsay completely blew me away. Kait and Eamon are prime examples of two people in love who’d do anything for each other and Krista Holle certainly gives them life, making them feel real. They struggled with making their relationship work as they were from two completely different worlds. This lovely romance took an already impossible situation, Kait and Eamon’s unusual mutual attraction, and formed a lesson about love. Love doesn’t always happen as expected, but when it does happen what would you do? Would you fight for a forever kind of love, like Kait and Eamon’s? Reading about selkie folklore is still quite new for me. I’ve read a couple of stories but none delved as deep into their mystery. There was never any misunderstanding of Eamon’s actions, like his rash adventures on the island, because they were explained through facts about the selkie woven into the story. The historical element was a perfect backdrop of Kait and Eamon’s story. Their way of life and even their language was different, but it caused their claims of love and devotion to come across as even more romantic. The Lure is a paranormal romance promising heartfelt emotions and determined lovers. With astonishing twists and turns The Lure of Shapinsay will lure you in from page one and keep you until you drown in contentment. *ebook received from author in exchange for an honest review*
Shayna_Gier More than 1 year ago
With a much better ending! The Lure of Shapinsay is a very enjoyable love story about two lovers who in all intents and purposes shouldn't be together. First they live in different environments (land and sea) and in general their species tends to hunt one another. Then you find out that the selkie are actually weakened by being on land. The whole story seems so tragic and like there can't be a good end to these star-crossed lovers... except for maybe there just might be. I'll not spoil anything here, but if you like mythical creatures and love stories that seem to be hopeless- this is the book for you! Krista Holle does a wonderful job immersing the reader in the world of an older fictionalized Scotland where myth and reality merge into a single existence. Prior to reading The Lure of Shapinsay, I didn't know much about Scottish myth- ok, so I knew nothing about Scottish myth- but I am now fasciated by these creatures called the Selkie. In fact, my mystification probably is what dragged out this book. The characters are all amazing, though I can't say I care for the brother, and the tale is quite enchanting- the "voice" o' the scottish don't hurt either. This book was provided for me by the author at no charge, nor was I given compensation of any kind for this review. This review only reflects my personal opinion.
wallflowerAH More than 1 year ago
When I was starting to read this I remembered that I actually don't care to much for selkie books. Mostly because they always have a bittersweet ending or are sad and I hate those types of endings. I was really happy with the ending and it was different from the others. I would read it again and look for more books from this author. This is a clean read but I would rate it a little on the pg-13 side.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
What I Liked: 1) The selkies. This was the first book I've read that really focused on this specific myth. I didn't know much about them, other than they lived in the sea, or the ocean. It was fun to get into this story and learn more about them. 2) Kait. Kait was the MC, a mortal girl living on the island of Shapinsay, which is surrounded by many myths and superstitions about faeries and selkies. Kait has this, to hell with you attitude that made her a really interesting and unique person to her community. 3) The storyline. Maybe it's because I was so unfamiliar with selkies in the first place, but there was nothing ordinary about this story. I had no idea where any of the plot twists were taking me, and it kept me engaged as a reader from the beginning. 4) The ending. The ending was unexpected, to say the least, but I think anyone who reads this story will be happy with the way it ends. Sometimes there are just characters who you want to get everything they want, and that's how I felt about these. They get...what they want, even though they may not have known it's what they wanted at all. What I Didn't Like: The book was set in the 1800s, on an island that's either Irish, or Scottish. I wasn't sure which. But my biggest issue was that it was written in a form of old english with Irish or Scottish phrases and terms that I was not familiar with. I found myself having to disrupt my reading to look up a word, and I'm not comfortable with that kind of disjointed reading. Overall thoughts: The Lure of Shapinsay is a fun and definitely intriguing book if you can get past any vocabulary barriers (people smarter than me won't have any trouble). The characters are unlike any I've encountered before, and the plot has all sorts of twists that will drive you to keep turning the pages. At it's core, this story is a love story, so allow yourself to get swept away off the shores of Shapinsay.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
Krista Holle is an author whom I am happy to say, I would read more of her work! I was a little skeptical about this historical paranormal romance story as it dealt with Selkies. I wasn't familiar with Selkies and what they were, but Ms. Holle did a fantastic job with describing them, and keeping the reader informed on what they do and why. I loved the way she created the characters. She made them complex yet intriguing and captivating. Kait. What a wonderful, lovable character! I could just hear everything she said with that awesome accent! But, bless her heart, her brother Blair is overprotective and won't let her do much exploring, especially after she comes face to face with the most handsome of Selkies. There's just something about the pale skinned, beautiful eyed stranger whom she awoke to one night in her home. Her heart stirs and she doesn't care what any of the gossipers or her brother says. Eamon. A handsome selkie intrigued by the beautiful land louper on the isle of Shapinsay. He knows he can't have her....after all, she's a land louper. Something he must never go near. But, when someone sends one of the their pups drowning to it's death, he vows to seek revenge. Until he meets the sweet Kait. Something comes over the handsome Selkie....a draw, a lure, a pull to this beautiful woman and he doesn't know what to do about it. After all....she could just be after him for his skin...... I'll admit. The first bit of the story, took me awhile to grasp. After all, I knew nothing of Selkies and their ways or what to expect. But, the more I read, the more I was engrossed into the story. The more I felt the emotions of both Kait and Eamon in this awesomely written 4 Book worthy paranormal romance. I will definitely be checking out more Selkie novels and definitely more of Ms. Holle's work! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
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Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite The plot of "The Lure of Shapinsay" by Krista Holle falls heavily on the myth of the selkies. A selkie is a marine creature that looks like a seal but can shed its skin and become human-like. A human male that finds the skin of a female selkie can keep the skin and prevent her from returning to the sea. A male selkie is known for storms, ship wrecks and the need for revenge. They have a way of enchanting or luring women to the sea. The setting for "The Lure of Shapinsay" is Scotland of 1848, a land filled with mythical tales, or are they? Kait was not the typical Scottish lassie; she could pretend to be sweet, quiet and reserved mimicking the expected demeanor of females. Having been on her own since she was thirteen she was very capable of taking care of herself and putting others in their place. A child was born to her best friend. The child showed signs of the selkie with webbed hands and feet. Horrified, the grandfather took the child from the screaming mother and returned him to the sea. One of the selkies that witnessed the murder was extremely angry at the killing. He had little respect for humans and their ways. When the selkie saw Kait swimming he began to plot his revenge. He noticed her scent even before he entered her bedroom. She opened her eyes to a handsome young man. She knew she should be afraid but instead she only knew she wanted to be with him. This tale moves along at a steady but slow pace. It reads much like an old fairy tale. Kait is an interesting character and a strong lead. I knew very little of the sealkie legend when I first got started. The author did a great job in re telling the stories of the seal. I also enjoyed watching the relationship between the sealkie and Kait, proving that love transcends relationships. This book has so much to offer; it is filled with the myth of the sealkie, romance of an unusual nature, and the struggle of good vs. evil.
LBClark More than 1 year ago
The Lure of Shapinsay is a tale of romance between a selkie male and a human female. This in itself was enough to make the book interesting, as I¿ve never before seen a novel that features a selkie. This book fits the typical romance structure ¿ romance novels are formulaic for a reason, though, so that¿s not a bad thing. I did feel like the plot spun in circles in some places and was a bit thin in others, but overall the storyline was interesting enough. The characters were believable, and some of Holle¿s descriptions were the sort that set you right down in the middle of the story. On the minus side of the equation, I¿m not all that fond of the forced attraction plot device. That¿s a personal preference, though, and I realize that not all readers would have a problem with it (and therefore it has no impact on my rating). The bigger problem here is that a decent story ended up getting buried under an avalanche of adverbs. One to two ¿ly¿ adverbs per sentence is just too many. They ended up detracting from the book in a major way, making it very difficult at times for me to keep reading. I believe that this novel could benefit from a little editing. Overall, The Lure of Shapinsay was a decent enough book, but I feel it could have been better.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Lure of Shapinsay is the first novel by Krista Holle. Just after a half-selkie baby is murdered in the ocean, Kait is spotted along the shore by a selkie man. Seeking revenge, that night the selkie man enters her house, waking her. She pleads her innocence, and he takes off for the ocean leaving her uncontrollably lured by him. Kait will do anything to be re-united with him, even if it costs her her life. Before reading this book, selkies were a completely new concept to me. I did a little research and found that selkies are ocean dwellers who look like seals, but are able to shed their skin on land to temporarily become human. The book does a great job introducing you to them and the lure they have over humans. The plot revolves primarily around Kait and Eamon, the selkie man. There are a few additional characters such as Kait's brother, Blair, Magnum, whom Blair is arranging to marry Kait, and Tipper, a woman who is best explained by reading the book. The author did a wonderful job bringing her them all to life. I'm always attracted to a great forbidden love story. Then you add in this new legendary creature and it gives you something completely unique. A sequel to this book would be wonderful as there are many questions I have about things that were hinted at throughout the story. The story was highly intriguing and I learned something new. It has inspired me to do some extra research on my own to learn more about the legends surrounding the selkies. This book was provided by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Rejoyce424 More than 1 year ago
Forget Vampires! I want to meet a selkie!! What a fabulous story. Not only do you learn the mind and culture of Kait (Scottish); but Holle takes you inside the culture of a totally different species (selkies)! Her characters live and breathe. You can relate to them, feel the pressures of their societies, their families, the customs of the times. It's hot enough for grown women but subtle enough for their daughters. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. This is an author I want to see more, much more from!!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Before starting off I have to say I have read a lot of paranormal books and this is the first I've ever read a book about Selkies, I wasn't entirely familiar with what they are but now that I know I wonder why they aren't commonly written about more. The story starts in 1848 we have our heroine Kait selling her wares to make money for her and her twin brother Blain when a commotion comes from her best friend's house, she's just given birth a to half-human, half-selkie baby, her best friend's father takes it to ocean and throws it into the sea. As soon as Kait finds out what happened she wades out into the ocean hoping to save the baby with no luck not realising she was seen by a male selkie who believes she was the one who threw the baby into the ocean, he decides to take revenge and creeps into her house at night when she's asleep to kill her but finds he can't. The selkie does come back and wakes her accusing her of being a murderer she explains what happened and he believes her, from that moment on they can't seem to stay away from each other, Kait worries she's fallen in love with Eamon (she gave him his name as he didn't have one) because of his lure and she's also engaged to another man arranged by her brother, and Eamon agrees to stay on land with Kait and never go near the water again. So throughout the story you wonder will he leave her and go back to the ocean? will she get out of her arranged marriage? and finally is she really in love with Eamon? The only complaint I would have was I would have liked to have known what happened after the last page maybe an epilogue would have been good because I still have a lot of unanswered questions. But I loved great premise and a great story.
FullMoonBites More than 1 year ago
I have to admit first off that this is the first novel that I have ever read that revolves around selkies so not only did I have a very wonderful plot and characters, I also got to learn loads about a new paranormal that I have not previously been exposed to which made the book very unique to me and a new favorite! Though this book is pretty much YA I have to say that it had the feel of Adult novel. There is no erotica mind you; that is not to say there aren¿t romance scenes, the book is as I said pretty much YA. But just the feel of it while reading feels like something anyone could connect to. One reason I think that is, is because of the whole kind forbidden or hopeless love thing that Kati and Eamon have together. He is a selkie, from the sea while she is human and from land. Their peoples are constantly against each other. Blair her brother is one of the ones that is most adamant that she stay away from him. Kind of reminds me a little, only a little though, of Romeo and Juliet thinking back now. At times I admit to thinking Kati was going crazy, even she admits it in the novel but at the same time I could not help but read on wanting, needing, to know what would happen between her and her love and obsession, Eamon. Eamon, I really do not think I could describe him in any way that suits what I really think but some words that come to mind are, stubborn, handsome, and slightly arrogant. He also has a very dangerous appeal to him like you do not know whether he would kiss you or kill you which definitely appealed to me and I think will others as well. The world they are set in, I believe it is Scotland on a little island away from the Mainland called Shapinsay. The world is very real while reading, the author has a way of really making it come to life and make you feel you are there. I have actually found myself saying some of the words from the novel, so it did indeed leave a very big impression with me. If I had to compare this novel to anything again the first thought that comes to mind is Romeo and Juliet (though we do get a HEA mind you) another that comes to mind is Twilight, mostly because of forbidden and at times difficult love of the two main characters also though because to me this book is pretty epic especially from a self-published, new, author! I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a good paranormal read. *I received an Ebook copy of this book for free to review from the author.