In the centuries old struggle for territory between selkies and finfolk, Lorelei Dorian is something new.
Secrets, once uncovered, can change everything. And they will for Lorelei Dorian. She thinks she’s a normal girl, with a talent for swimming and an unparalleled adoration for math. When a new friend confronts her with her true nature, her world will never be the same. Instead, a whole new world awaits her. Can the selkies and the finfolk share the sea – and Lorelei – or will they tear her to pieces as one more pawn in the long game hidden under the waves?
About the Author
J.R. Pearse Nelson is a fantasy and romance writer from Oregon, USA. She lives with her husband and two daughters among the plentiful trees and clouds of the beautiful Willamette Valley. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. and learn more about her fiction at her website. You can even receive a free book! Visit jrpearsenelson.com. TITLES BY J.R. PEARSE NELSON CHILDREN OF THE SIDHE PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES Tribute Vessel Flight Descent Shield FOULWEATHER TWINS FANTASY SERIES Queen Witch Chaos Calling The Unseen Mirror (Forthcoming 2018) WATER RITES FANTASY SERIES Water Rites Crestfallen Castle and Crown SHORT STORIES The Harshlands and Eternal Summer Mother Mala’s Kitchen Giant in the Spruce Samhain Born Dragon Dead by Natural Causes Mundane and Extraterrestrial Agonies Fly Straight and True Elle-Maid Will Make You Pay In the Arms of Night
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
... That was actually really, really sad. I was really into the book, completely enjoying the romance between Lorelei and Vardon. I was loving the whole selkie, finfolk thing and reading about how Lorelei was adapting. I really, really, really wasn’t expecting to feel like crying or like my stomach was dropping, or heavy hearted after having finished reading it. I loved, loved, LOVED Vardon and Lorelei and Grandma Shaye. And at first, I thought Clay was just an awkward dude. And that his fumbles were kind of adorable.... Now I pretty much hate him and think he's a deplorable SOB. A part of me needs to know what will happen next and yet another part of me wants to forget I ever dived into this world. The Great (Pros): Under the Sea. Excuse me while I blast said song and wiggle around and sing annoyingly loud. Honestly, this was the best part of the book. I loved that it was about the 'water world' and its inhabitants. Romance. As I said above, I loved Vardon. The relationship that builds between him and Lorelei is really cute and sweet. You can get swept up in it. The Not So Great (Cons): It’s sad. Like really effing sad! I'm not a huge fan of unhappy endings. Life has enough of that already... I like to read about things working out. I'm hoping that it will and that I'll get the courage to read book 2 but this is a pretty big con for me. I've read series that don’t have happy endings in a book or 2 but never in book 1 and its really throwing off my game. Animosity. My feelings towards Clay aside, I wasn't digging how everyone treated Lorelei based off her heritage. She didn't choose to be a quarter of evil water dung. And maybe, had you pulled your heads out of your asses (is that a correct term for a selkie's rear end) and gave her a chance and educated her... This may have turned out differently. The writing itself is good and the story is really interesting but there is some visual imagery that’s missing. I didn't feel the love for the sea that Lorelei does, or should. Her pull to it felt basically nonexistent, which I know isn’t the case since she basically says otherwise but at times the wording felt dry. Sure I love the ocean but some descriptive phrases that wash you away would do the trick. If I can muster up the strength to dive back into this series, I will add this to the must review list. Keep posted. And if you can handle a bit of sad then this is an epic tale of land and sea with romance, heartbreak and an age old grudge between the inhabitants of the sea. “I received a free copy of the book from the author/publisher for my honest opinion. I was in no way compensated for this review and all opinions are expressly my own”
Lorelei is a typical teenager. She goes to school, eats pizza, and spends time with her dad, who is raising her alone. No big deal right? Wrong! As it turns out, her mother was a selkie, and her father is half merman (finfolk). Finding this out really throws a wrench in Lorelei's plans. She can't go back to being a normal teen. I did like Lorelei, and I found most of her actions to be believable for someone her age. One sticking point was that she is so angry at Amy, her father's girlfriend, and she tries her best not to like her, but she isn't angry at her own mother, who ran out on her when she was six. Why be angry at the replacement when your mother hasn't bothered to visit you in eleven years? I feel like Lorelei would have some issues there, but she seems fine with it and accepts her mother's reason for going away. Teens are resilient, but that's making a seventeen year old far more noble than she needs to be. She has every right to be angry with her mother. There is a vague attempt at a love triangle throughout this story. I say vague because Clay, the super jerk, isn't on Lorelei's radar, and she doesn't even know he's after her until very late in the book. Lorelei's friend Vardon has the hormonal hots for her, and he's only interested because both of them are selkies. At first, Lorelei is like "ew, gross, Vardon", but then she has her tongue down his throat. I get it, teenage hormones. I didn't sense that they had any real feelings for each other. Basically, they have to get together because they are both selkies, and Clay wants her because she is also finfolk. It never comes to a true mermaid romance, so if that's the book you're looking for, you're out of luck. Luckily, I wasn't looking for that. The romance part, for me, was just a distraction. The finfolk and selkies don't get along. That's probably because the finfolk use magic and manipulation and are generally not very nice. That's about the extent of the world building. The rest of the story takes place in our own world and revolves around Lorelei's time at school and home. She learns to use her shapeshifting powers, which is really cool, but the process to me was strange. In order to become selkie, she has to tie on a seal skin. I don't know if a seal had to die to make it, but that would be strange considering she turns into a seal. The idea of tying on a costume seems ridiculous, even for a fantasy story. She can will herself back to human, so she should be able to will herself to a selkie. There's a nice surprise at the end, and I enjoyed that. It gives Lorelei more options for her future. I'd be interested to see what she finally chooses. All in all this is an easy read that goes by quickly. It is missing some descriptions, though. "Moonlight spilled onto the crashing waves." That's a beautiful line! I want a lot more of that. I want to feel like I'm swimming along with her. I want to feel her heart yearn for the sea. I didn't get that feeling, but I got a lot of events. This story could be quite magical with some added descriptions. I want to be a part of the story, not just sitting and watching. Pull me into the waters and let me swim too. Let me feel the moonlight on my skin. This book fell short on that, but it is still an interesting read, and I hope to see more of Lorelei's adventures. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I'm a big fan of J.R. Pearse Nelson and have read all her books, but I think Water Rites may be my favorite so far. I love this new world she's created. It's very easy to love the characters, and now I'm wondering what role a certain one will be playing in the next book. I hope the author doesn't make us wait too long for the next one!