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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Review: The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

5 Stars
The Lure of Shapinsay
Author: Krista Holle
Pages: 352
Book Description from Goodreads

"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.

Unexpectedly, Kait is 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?"

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.

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