Title: The Girl Who Never Was
Author: Skylar Dorset
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Otherworld, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: An absolutely enchanting debut, I loved The Girl Who Never Was--I couldn't put this sweet, fantastic debut down! Absolutely amazing, and I can't wait for more from Skylar Dorset!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Selkie Stewart is finally turning seventeen. Thrilled at the prospect of trying to find her absent mother, along with her gorgeous, unattainable best friend, Ben, she begins to dig for answers--and finds so much more than she bargained for. Not only is her mother a Seelie queen who wants to kill her, that means that not only is Selkie, too, half-fairie, but she is also half-ogre. Unwittingly drawn into a glittering, enchanting world full of beauty and peril, Selkie must find it in herself to remain true to who she is.. Or lose herself to her heritage forevermore..
What I enjoyed:
-Sweet, insecure, adorable Selkie, who becomes a hero in her own right--I loved the way she stormed into the Otherworld for Ben, and to find answers for herself
-Ben, and his unmistakable attraction to Selkie, driving her to spend a good amount of life (and strength) to protect her--their romance really sold this book for me
-The pacing of this novel was great--I really couldn't put it down
-The frightening, perilous world of Other--I really enjoyed the foray into the fey world
-Selkie's mother, a powerful, truly terrifying villain with her own agenda for her young daughter
-The hilarious cast of characters that surrounds our heroes--Selkie's father, aunts, and of course, Will!
-The ending--I can't wait to see what happens next!
What could've been better:
-I wish more had been explained about Ben's heritage
-I wish there had been more explained about the prophecy involving Selkie as well
I loved, loved, loved The Girl Who Never Was! A smashing success of a debut! Amazing! Next on deck: The Sea House by Elizabeth Gifford!