By Skylar Dorset
Published on June 1, 2014
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.
This was nothing at all what I expected. I didn't expect faeries (now to be honest, I didn't read the synopsis- I am sure that would have helped ha ha). While I can't say this is the best fae story I have read, I did enjoy it. I found Selkie to be an interesting character: mysterious, naive, and much stronger than she realized. I loved that the "hero" for our heroine wasn't all powerful or some sort of mean hulking character (Ugh bad boys). He was kind, gentle, and not without faults.
I found the idea of "hopping worlds" to be interesting and almost sci-fi inspired. This book was an odd blend of paranormal, fantasy, and a bit of science fiction. I also have to say that I loved that this was set in Boston. There aren't many books that I have read set in this area. There was something almost whimsical about the setting, the history, and the way the characters interacted with them. This would be a ya book that would be very friendly to young ya characters. There really isn't anything in the way of violence or anything that would be inappropriate for a younger teen.
While this wasn't my favorite fae book ever, this was a solid start to a new series and I am looking forward to continuing it!