The Lure of Shapinsay

The Lure of Shapinsay 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 s

  • Title: The Lure of Shapinsay
  • Author: Krista Holle
  • ISBN: 2940013878815
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Nook
  • 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 afterEver 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

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    1. Kait a willful and independent young woman refuses to let anyone dictate how she will live her life. We meet her as she is bartering eggs with a fisherman. She sees her good friends father carrying a crying bundle and is relieved to see that she has finally given birth. Assuming the new grandfather is out and about to proudly show off his grandchild she presses near to see the baby. However, the grandfather seems less then willing to let anyone glimpse the babe and moves closer to the ocean. Hea [...]

    2. Every so often I get around to reading something from a friend, not that I am encouraging you to friend me for that purpose so please, please don’t. I read one every two years or so, at most, so I’ve got a decade backlog, at least, maybe two decades.I think I bought The Lure of Shapinsay assuming it was YA and curious about its variation on paranormal romance (selkies and humans, not vampires and humans). Romance, however, is this book’s main game - not that the selkies aren’t integral [...]

    3. 3.5 starsIt is not a secret that I have a thing for star-crossed lovers. Even though I sure won’t like to experience it myself, books about star-crossed lover always intrigue me. The pull is even stronger when it’s a paranormal story. So when I was presented to a chance to read a love story between a selkie and a human, how can I resist?The Lure of Shapinsay presented a lovely story set in 1848, in an island named Shapinsay, off the north coast of mainland Scotland. Among village people, the [...]

    4. Before I started this book, I thought about it quite a bit. Historical books can be quite a challenge for me, I struggle without the modern conveniences (although I have had a few fantastic experiences with historicals). Also, this book was about Selkies – something else I’ve not had great experiences with. Now, throw all of that out the door because this book was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c!In a time when legend rules, faeries are real, and people are superstitious we find Kait who is a bit outside o [...]

    5. I debated about this rating - it was a 3.5 for me. It's unique in that it is a tale about selkies and pretty much stayed true to what I have read about the legends. Both males and females live in the sea as seals but can shed their skins on land and become beautiful men or women. The legends are often about how they have magic and can lure humans of the opposite sex into loving them, and they often in stories take the human into the sea with them where they drown. Other legends are of selkies wh [...]

    6. Actual rating: 3.5The 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 [...]

    7. I debated between 4 or 5 stars. I really loved this, and definetly the first half was 5 stars all the way. Then halfway through there starts being talk of humping(He is a Selkie(Seal-Man) and he thinks kind of animalisticly), sex before marriage and talk of humping all night to satiate his loins. I would still classify this as a clean read, but it did push it a bit for my taste. I did love that this story was like nothing I've read before. It had a magical feel to it as I read and I never wanted [...]

    8. The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle Paranormal RomanceShapinsay is a Scottish Island in the North Sea. This is a very unique romance between a human, Kait, who doesn't care for the land lovers, and Eamon, a Selkie--a seal when he is in the ocean and a man when he comes up on dry land.Their bitter-sweet romance is told from both of their points of view, set against a backdrop of a superstitious village in 19th century Scotland. It definitely has an ethereal feel to it like Middle Earth; and not [...]

    9. Clever writing and an intriguing historical backdrop, plus a feisty, strong-minded heroine, hook the reader into this story. Accurate dialogue set against a background of superstition (although who knows, maybe the magic is real) and a rapid-pace plot line keep that attention, drawing the reader into the story and never letting her go. This is a very well-written novel, both in the sense of the author’s writing style, but also in terms of setting, plotting, dialogue, and background. I am simpl [...]

    10. I have to admit first off that this is the first novel that I have ever read that revolves around selkies so not only did I have a very wonderful plot and characters, I also got to learn loads about a new paranormal that I have not previously been exposed to which made the book very unique to me and a new favorite!Though this book is pretty much YA I have to say that it had the feel of Adult novel. There is no erotica mind you; that is not to say there aren’t romance scenes, the book is as I s [...]

    11. As seen at: Miss Book ReviewsThe Lure of Shapinsay was a story that surprised me. I have never read a story on Selkies before so it was interesting getting to read this. Selkie Lore is very interesting and I found this story intertwined information about it as it progressed, it didn’t dump a whole load of information right at the beginning. I liked it this way, getting to learn about it more and more as I read.Holle has a way of writing that it brings you straight into the world. I felt like I [...]

    12. Amazing! I loved this book! I have always been interested in mermaids since I was a little girl, and I love all the myths about the siren call and how they were supposed to enchant human males. With this book it's not a mermaid but a selkie, and I liked it even more because it was a male who held the enchantment over the female! I was completely mesmerized with this book as much as Kait was mesmerized with Eamon! The love that they had for each other was just incredible! At first Kait was happy [...]

    13. Before starting off I have to say I have read a lot of paranormal books and this is the first I've ever read a book about Selkies, I wasn't entirely familiar with what they are but now that I know I wonder why they aren't commonly written about more.The story starts in 1848 we have our heroine Kait selling her wares to make money for her and her twin brother Blain when a commotion comes from her best friend's house, she's just given birth a to half-human, half-selkie baby, her best friend's fath [...]

    14. **AMAZING READ**As soon as I started this book I was hooked from the very first line. This book seemed to have everything a book should have and the further I read it became apparently clear that it had more. I really enjoyed this book for so many reasons. The legend of the Selkies is a very old legend, it is said that that Selkies live as seals in the sea and humans on land. Krista really made this legend come to life in The Lure of the Shapinsay, and in the process added her own unique perspec [...]

    15. This book was good from the start. I believe the characters talk in an Irish accent—please correct me if I'm wrong—and I found it a little hard to get into at first because of the slang they use over in Ireland. But about a tenth of the way through the book I got the hang of it and really started to delve into this book.I love the romance and the whole medley of emotions that play out through the course of this book. It's a standalone novel, so the turning point wasn't at the ending like mos [...]

    16. I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 4.5 stars.The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle was an unexpected find. This story is about Kait, a headstrong girl, who falls in love with the wrong man or in this case, a selkie--a seal that can turn into a man, and is gloriously handsome. She doesn't believe that he can really be in love with her as well. The rest is a love story that has unexpected twists and the story ends the only way it can.By the time [...]

    17. My thoughts: This was my first Krista Holle story as well as my first selkie story. I am a fan of paranormal and was excited about it. Krista Holle did not disappoint. This story is clever and intriguing, bitter and sweet.The author has built a world that is both realistic and fantastic. The old-world, historic feel paints the perfect setting for the story and she has created a colorful and mysterious legendary background for the selkies. The writing is vivid and detailed, assuring that the read [...]

    18. With a much better ending! The Lure of Shapinsay is a very enjoyable love story about two lovers who in all intents and purposes shouldn't be together. First they live in different environments (land and sea) and in general their species tends to hunt one another. Then you find out that the selkie are actually weakened by being on land. The whole story seems so tragic and like there can't be a good end to these star-crossed lovers except for maybe there just might be. I'll not spoil anything her [...]

    19. The author contacted me asking me to review and at first I wasn't so sure. The cover was a little confusing. I review paranormal, fantasy, and young adult, but this cover looked like I might be getting into some erotica. The author assured me it was appropriate and I took a shot at it. Right away I was lured into the book just like Kait is lured to the selkie man. So many old customs were used to beautifully and I wasn't confused again throughout the book. I didn't know what was going to happen [...]

    20. I can't say that I have ever read a book about selkies before or even knew there were any such books out there. But this is a breath of fresh air from all the vampire and zombie books saturating our bookshelves. I am so glad that I came upon The Lure of Shapinsay. Krista Holle did such a beautiful job creating a love story surrounding these creatures of Irish, Scottish and Icelandic folklore. I really didn't want this story to end and really couldn't guess throughout whether it was going to have [...]

    21. When I was starting to read this I remembered that I actually don't care to much for selkie books. Mostly because they always have a bittersweet ending or are sad and I hate those types of endings. I was really happy with the ending and it was different from the others. I would read it again and look for more books from this author. This is a clean read but I would rate it a little on the pg-13 side.

    22. *Many thanks to the author and those at Dark Mind tours for a copy in exchange of an honest review*Visit ttoria to win prizes: the novel & a t-shirt. Closes 27th of January!Review:Let me begin with the fact i wasn’t exactly clued up on selkies. I feel i now have a better understanding and consequently will be looking at seals differently Selkies are luring creatures from the sea that shed their seal skins to walk on land as unbelievably gorgeous beingsThe Lure of Shapinsay immediately bega [...]

    23. Before I started book blogging, I thought that I would have the most fun reviewing books I did not like or did not finish. I believe the whole point was to be able to write a scathing review and clearly articulate every point I disliked about the book, along with very reason why it should not be read. Up until that point, that’s what would happen when my friends and I would start talking about books we disliked. Today I’m finding that rather difficult. This is the first review that would tr [...]

    24. 3.5/5 stars.I am a huge, giant fan of romance novels, although paranormal romances aren't typically my thing. But being a lover of mythology of pretty much any kind, I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review The Lure of Shapinsay. The story sounded completely different while still incorporating the aforementioned elements that I love. I also couldn't resist exploring the unique world of the selkies, and the historical setting promised in the summary. While there were certain aspects [...]

    25. This is my first selkie read. I love paranormal books and I've recently been reading a lot of mermaid novels, so I figured why not give selkie books a try. They're the closest thing to mermaid novels after all and the weekend that I bought this e-book, it was a dollar cheaper than usual. And let me tell you, Krista Holle did not disappoint.Kait Swanney lives on the island of Shapinsay. Since before she was born, the older inhabitants of the island have warned of the selkies--dangerous beings who [...]

    26. On the small island of Shapinsay (near Scotland), legends of selkies run rampant amongst its inhabitants. Selkies are creatures that live as seals in the water and take off their skin to become humans on land. They are very beautiful, with selkie men having powers of seduction over human women. The lure of selkie men is often powerful enough to lead many women to their deaths in the sea. The villagers fear them, as well as the sea that is their home.Sixteen year old Kait Swanney is an exception. [...]

    27. As soon as Holle contacted me and asked if I'd like to read this in exchange for an honest review, I was instantly keen. I've always been a huge fan of fantasy novels, and considering I'd never heard of selkies before, I was intrigued But now that I've finished the book, I have to admit that I am so torn about what to write about this book and what to rate it as! On one hand, I adored the flow of the story, but on the other, I justdidn't click with it.The Lure of Shapinsay is set on a remote isl [...]

    28. Why I Read This BookI was approached by Krista Holle to read The Lure of Shapinsay — she saw that I liked reading romances and YA books and told me that this fits well in both categories. I also really liked the idea of the selkies, who seemed almost like mermaids, luring people to their deaths. And, of course, the hot guy on the cover was a selling point.My ThoughtsAs I sit here trying to think of what to write for my review of Krista Holle’s debut novel, The Lure of Shapinsay, I find mysel [...]

    29. From readingandwritingurbanfantasy.2.5 starsAt A GlanceA book about obsessiond that's pretty much it. The GoodMy favorite part of The Lure of Shapinsay was the setting and the paranormal elements. I think it's set around the mid 1800s. I really felt like I was taken back to that time with the accented dialogue and grungy descriptions. I could smell the salt water mist from the sea and feel the smooth but rough skin of a selkie on my finger tips. Though the background on selkies was pretty short, [...]

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