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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

I received The Lure of Shapinsay from the author for a fair and honest review.
Check out the summary 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 thought the summary sounded really interesting, so I was eager to dive into it.

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.

My rating: 3.5 shots


  1. Selkies are something I kmow very little about. This sounds like an interestinf read...one suited best for an ereader to look up all the words right!?

  2. this does sound interesting one i would like to give a read for sure. Thanks for your opinion!



  3. Heidi - Definitely suited for the e-reader! But the selkie legend makes this story worth the read!

    Melissa - I hope you get a chance to read it! I think you'll enjoy the selkie legend!

    Thanks for stopping by, ladies!


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