The Lure of Shapinsay Review

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Title:  The Lure of Shapinsay

Author:  Krista Holle

Published:  December 2011 by Sweet River Romance

Genre:  Romance, Paranormal Romance

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In the mid1800s, Kait Swanney rushes into the ocean to save her friend’s baby who is being discarded because it’s half selkie.  In her quest to save the child, a selkie man notices, but instead thinks that Kait is the one doing the child harm, not the one trying to save it.  This angers the selkie man, who then decides to kill Kait in revenge for the child.  I’m the type of reader who would rather not know anything about the plot, so that’s where I’ll end the synopsis in order to not give anything away.

What a good book!  I’ve always been interested in selkies, ever since they were mentioned in my favorite series (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon).  This was the first book I’ve read, and even heard of, with selkies as the main focus/character.  It was a quick read, with romance, suspense, and mystery, with little surprises here and there.

There were two main things that bothered me.  The one thing that I didn’t like so much, was Kait’s constant sadness over her ‘man’ possibly leaving her.  The other was her ‘man’s’ stubbornness to be with her.  Those were just their character flaws, but I just felt like it was a little much in both cases.  At the same time though, I understand why it was done.  Someone wouldn’t be stubborn if they were easy to change.  I get it.

What I did like was Kait’s willfulness for her time.  She didn’t just do something because a male authority, like her brother who she lived with, told her to do something.  She followed her gut and did what she felt was right.  I love that about her.

The Lure of Shapinsay was definitely an enjoyable book, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it.



My Rating:  4 out of 5 stars




*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****       



A Discovery of Witches Review


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Title:  A Discovery of Witches

Author:  Deborah Harkness

Published:  2011 by Penguin Books

Genre: Paranormal romance, fiction

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I’ve been in a book slump lately, and some ladies in a fan club of Diana Gabaldon’s book, Outlander, suggested A Discovery of Witches.   In fact, this book was suggested a lot.  I was pretty excited about everyone’s eagerness about it so I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and got started.

This book is about a witch named Diana, set in modern-day time.  She doesn’t want to be a witch; in fact she basically refuses to use her powers at all.  She’s a historian, a doctor in that subject in fact, and her daily routine is doing research at the library.  One particular book there soon changes her life.  Diana then meets a vampire, Matthew, and they become involved.

A forbidden relationship, magical powers, a vampire.  Sounds good right?  I don’t know guys; this book just didn’t do it for me.  At the beginning, I was enthusiastic, and actually got lost in the book, which made me more excited because I was like, finally, a good book!  But then I just got bored.  I know this is the first one in a series and I’m wondering if the series gets better?

Something trivial that bothered me was the main characters’ names.  I know Diana was used for a reason, but Matthew just seemed out of place for the vampire.  Also, there was only one suspenseful part in the book that left me wanting more, and in a book that’s over 500 pages, I want to want to know what happens more often!

It was good, just not awesome, and I’m looking for that next book that I can rave about.   So if this sounds up your alley, go ahead and I bet you’ll like it. Even for its length of 500 pages, it’s surprisingly a quick read.

Also, it ends on sort of a cliffhanger into the next book, which is already out on shelves.  I’m on the fence, because the ending was really good…..what to do, what to do…


My Rating:  3 out of 5 stars



The Wind Whisperer – Cover Reveal

Author Krista Holle is releasing her second novel this October!  The plot sounds right up my alley; here’s the synopsis:

“At fifteen, Anaii is the most important member of her tribe—and the most mysterious. Ever since Anaii can remember, the spirits of the wind have whispered of fertile hunting grounds and imminent enemy attacks. But when her people are ambushed by a brother clan without any apparent cause, the spirits remain eerily silent.

As the village prepares to retaliate, Anaii is pressured by her best friend, Elan, to marry him. It’s an old plea—Elan has spent a lifetime loving her, but Anaii only sees a childhood playmate out of an imposing warrior. Stifled by Elan’s insistence, Anaii escapes into the forest where she meets Jayttin, the beautiful son of the enemy chief.

Enamored by Jayttin’s carefree spirit and hope for peace, she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, but when her deception is discovered, Elan is devastated. Pledging his lifelong affection, Elan gives her a passionate kiss, and Anaii begins to see her friend in a new light.

While Anaii is tormented over which man she must choose, the wind whispers of a new threat that could destroy both tribes. Only a union will afford a chance at survival, but the reality of that union is based on one thing—which man Anaii chooses to die.” (Krista Holle)

Cover by artist Janice Duke

Cover by artist Janice Duke

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