Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Review: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: June 3rd, 2014
In Selkie's family, you don't celebrate birthdays. You don't talk about birthdays. And you never, ever reveal your birth date. On her seventeenth birthday, Selkie finally understands why. All she wanted was a simple "Happy Birthday" from her secret crush, Ben. But the instant she blurts out the truth to him in the middle of Boston Common, her whole world shatters. Because the Boston that Selkie knows is only an elaborate enchantment constructed to conceal the truth: Selkie is a half-faerie princess. And her mother wants her dead. The faerie court believes Selkie is a child of prophecy-fated to destroy the court's powerful grip on the supernatural world. And the only way for Selkie to survive... is to prove them right.
The Girl Who Never Was is a great debut novel and is about one of my favourite things ever: faeries! It's ridiculously fast-paced (honestly, you'll never be bored), addictive and features some fantastic characters and mythology. Every faerie book I read is different, with authors having different takes on what faeries are like and how the Seelie Court works, and Sklyar Dorset is no exception - she takes a well-known world and makes it her own, leaving us with a brilliant read!
Selkie is a charater I like, which is good considering there are sequels on the way! She's headstrong, loyal, and doesn't panic, which is a good quality to have when you find out you're a faerie princess. Of course, she accepts her new calling a bit too easily, but that's all by the by - I didn't expect her to mope around ignoring her destiny for half the book, so I can look past that and appreciate how trusting she is. As much as I like Selkie, Ben is my absolute favourite from this book - he's Selkie's best friend and secret crush, who might just be harbouring a secret or two of his own. Ah, Ben. Sigh. I can't wait to see what happens to him in the next book!
This book is set in Boston, and the whole location really comes alive. It's not a place I've visited but after reading this I feel like I know it well. Everything comes alive, from streets to fields to shops, and it makes for an immersive reading experience. Once you get to the Seelie Court, all is different and the world of faerie is revealed. That too is realistic and believable, even though it's a fictional place. I'd love to visit, even if it is a bit dangerous for non-faerie folk!
The Girl Who Never Was ends on an infuriating cliffhanger, and I'm not sure how I'm going to wait for the next book. If I had it here now I'd pick it up and read it straight away, that's how desperate I am to know what happens next. I love this world Skylar Dorset has created, and I love her characters too. Definitely read this one if you like faeries!