Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
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, 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 (info from goodreads.com if you click on picture it will take you to it's page)
I have been reading a lot of mermaid books in the YA arena and when this author approached me to read and review this story I jumped at it. I was very intrigued with the idea. Here is a link to the Selkie wiki page if you would like to read more about them.
The book really grips you from the first page in which Kait discovers that the newborn baby was a half-breed and the town has thrown it into the water to die. She jumps into the water to try to save the infant even though it is common for this to happen, she takes a stand. Eventually one of the Selkie men sets his eyes on her, she become smitten with him and even though she is to marry another there soon comes a battle for her love.
The book is full of great characters and imaginative writing that will draw you into the world of mythical creatures and one girls desire to be with the one she loves, no matter what society thinks of her.
The greatest battle of all is that her love, Eamon cannot survive long on land. The reader is never sure if her attraction to him is his magical doing or if he never put a spell on her and their feelings are true.
This is really an emotionally filled book, romantic and emotional. There are sexytimes but they are not at the forefront of the story, mostly just implied.
I think that you will fall in love with Kait and her all-out determination to be with the one she loves, no matter what. She is fearless.