This is my review for The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle. Unfortunately, due to personal time constraints, I am not able to write the in depth critique reviews anymore, but I do still make note of the same aspects. This will be the same for all of my reviews up until next year.
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Author: Krista Holle
Released: 16th December 2011
Genre: Fantasy/supernatural romance
My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)
My review: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?
Krista Holle captured the Scottish charm perfectly in her novel, The Lure of Shapinsay. The dialogue is crisp and well written, as is the narrative. I enjoyed the playful way in which Holle wrote and how her choice of words portrayed the essence of the story. I never found the text to be too wordy or complicated. There’s something about the way Holle writes that enthrals you.
In my opinion, it did seem like the novel was extremely long. There are a lot of chapters and in some, not much happens. That being said I do believe that she wanted to really show the inner struggles Kait, the protagonist, faced. Holle managed to thread details into the chapters so subtly that they seemed a natural part of the plot. There weren’t any nasty surprises or elements that stuck out like a sore thumb.
Each character grew with the story. There is a noticeable change in demeanour, the sort that comes with the experiences they encounter in the novel. There were times I really connected with Kait and her emotions but there were also times when I needed a break from her. Her infatuation was amplified towards the end of the book which I found a little tiring.
Overall, there are plenty of reasons why you should read The Lure of Shapinsay. This novel truly is beguiling, especially if you have a tender spot for forbidden romance.