Monday, April 08, 2013

Review- The Lure Of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

Goodreads Summary:

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?



The only story I'd read about selkies was a short story called 'Love Struck' by Melissa Marr in the anthology titled Love Is Hell. I didn't quite understand what or who a selkie was then, so I decided not to dwell much on it. Then I came across The Lure of Shapinsay. The guy on the book cover with his great body reminded me a little of Elijah Wood. However, it was the book trailer video that really caught my attention. 
The story of Kait and Eamon, one thing I really loved about The Lure of Shapinsay was the alternating point of view. It's not alternating in the literal sense of the term, but basically, you get to read what Kait AND Eamon are thinking. When there's romance and when it's between two different species altogether, it becomes easier to read from both the protagonists' POVs. Their love story is the highlight of the book. 
I didn't quiet get how and when the two fall in love, but I suppose that's the beauty of it. These are things that 'just happen' after all. Another aspect of the romance that I found very pretty was that fact that it was a bit yesteryear and very much today at the same time. The whole act of chasing the one who has caught your fancy or searching for them hopelessly with the intention that they might find you and romantic words to express love, reminded me of the old age romances. It was all about beauty of being with the one you love and trying so hard to survive on your own and keep each other happy. Kait and Eamon's love seemed to grow day by day. 
Also, the relation between Kait and her brother, Blair was a lot of fun to read. It reminded me of the relation between any normal brother and sister, where they fight like opponents with words, but know in their hearts that they love one another. Kait and Blair bicker about the one minute birth difference between them constantly. 
"I dinnae wish to be your enemy, but you make me wish to hate you." 
From there, it's all about Kait and Eamon trying to live happily and some really sweet incidents make you smile. Eamon's selkie skin also forms a major part of the story. The other villagers make the scene more lively and entertaining with their wacky accent and easygoing way of life, and Shapinsay itself has been described beautifully. The other character that really added a meaningful touch was Kait and Eamon's neighbor, Tipper, who, in my opinion, is like an angel in disguise for the couple.


1 comment:

  1. Yes, the trailer really is very well made. As for selkies, they're interesting but then understanding a whole new species is confusing. :/ Thank you, Aman!


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