by Andrea Colt
Genre: Young Adult
Published August 22nd 2013
A young-adult paranormal novel about selkies, tasers, kissing and secrets.
To Cassandra Kelleher, trust is a dirty word.
A teenage selkie who grew up on land, all she wants is to free her family from the man who stole their sealskins long ago. With her twin brother Brennan losing hope and her window of opportunity disappearing like the beach at high tide, she’ll try anything.
Before long, however, Cassandra can’t tell whether her biggest threat is the man holding her family captive, a classmate who’s discovered her secret, or her own paranoia. Battling broken friendships and alarming romantic entanglements, Cassandra finds that trust could be the key to winning her family’s freedom … or losing her own.
I have never read a book about selkies before and I never actually had the idea there is! I don't even know what a selkie is. So when I learned about this tour, I signed up for the review with no idea what to expect.
This book is mainly about family and trust. I can fully understand the way Cassandra feels, and if I were she, I would've done the same thing -- to do everything to bring her family back the way it is. Cassandra is a perfect example of hope and strength. All along, she never gave up for her family, unlike her twin, Brennan, who almost lost hope.
"Looks were a mask; you couldn't trust them. They never showed the person underneath. I knew that better than most."
I love the characters in this book, especially Liesel. She's a nerdy girl who accidentally found out about Cassandra and Brennan's secret. She helped them to save their family by befriending Ashlyn to find out where their parents' sealskins were hidden. I adore Liesel for helping them though it means risking her life as well. I love her tandem with Brennan, it's just that they can't be together... *sniffs* Then here comes Paul, a sarcastic hot guy and member of a society who helps save selkies. Cass and Paul would've been perfect for each other, but again, Cass is a selkie. How sad.
The ending part made me happy and frustrated at the same time. Happy, because Cass and Brennan's family were finally free, but frustrated for the love story of Cass and Paul, and Liesel and Brennan. I mean, they could've been together, right? They're still part humans and they can stay on land. So why don't they just stay where they are, continue living on lands during day, and swim at night? After all, they're finally safe. This could've made a better ending.
However, the entire story is not boring at all. The pacing is moderate but when you couldn't stop reading this, you'll find out it's a fast read. I was captivated by the twins' determination to free their family and would totally recommend this to add to your to-read books.
|I REALLY LIKED IT!|
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrea Colt grew up in Maryland, where she loved to read, ride horses, play soccer and squabble with her identical twin. She started writing novels as an extra-curricular passion in college, and after graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park (go Terps!), she moved to Alexandria, Virginia. A few years later, she published Torched, and has several more books on the way. She loves wandering around the National Zoo, scarfing cheddar cheese, and hearing from fans.