The Lure of Shapinsay
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The Lure of Shapinsay

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  155 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 after...more
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by Sweet River Romance (first published December 16th 2011)
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Nikki  Peterson
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...more
3.5 stars

It 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 fol...more
Liz at Fictional Candy
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 of th...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
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...more
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...more
Sarika Patkotwar
Actual rating: 3.5

The 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...more
MaryAnn Dennis
The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle Paranormal Romance

Shapinsay 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...more
Mallory Heart Reviews
Apr 01, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal, YA Fantasy
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Book Review Program
Shelves: april-2012-reads
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 simply...more
Feb 09, 2012 ReviewsByMolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: DarkMindBookTours
Krista Holle is an author whom I am happy to say, I would read more of her work! I was a little skeptical about this historical paranormal romance story as it dealt with Selkies. I wasn't familiar with Selkies and what they were, but Ms. Holle did a fantastic job with describing them, and keeping the reader informed on what they do and why. I loved the way she created the characters. She made them complex yet intriguing and captivating.

Kait. What a wonderful, lovable character! I could just hea...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
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 ti...more
Jessica Adkins
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...more
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 re...more
Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
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...more

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 sa...more
Shayna Gier
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...more

When I first started reading this, I very much felt it reminded me of Maggie Steifvater’s The Scorpio Races. Part of it was the tone of the book, and the island setting, and part of it was the fact that Krista Holle shares Steifvater’s skill in describing things and bringing them to life.

This book was actually quite different to paranormal romances I’ve read before – and I have to admit, that’s partly because it was about Selkies, which is something I haven’t seen much of. I liked the fa...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
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...more
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 most bo...more
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...more
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...more
Nina Higson-Sweeney
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 just...didn't click with it.

The Lure of Shapinsay is set on a remote...more
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.
At first the book was difficult for me to get into, this is mostly because of the dialect. It is scottish and it took me a while to get my brain into character. I was focusing more on reading the words than to getting the movie of the story playing in my head. Once I got past this slight speed bump I found myself being dragged under the romantic waves of The Lure of Sharpinsay. It was a clean, light hearted love story with its legends and twists.

Ok my vague review is short and sweet and OVER!!...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
Why I Read This Book
I 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 Thoughts
As 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 myself st...more
Review also posted on my blog: HERE

Never in my life have I read a single book about selkies. Now I just want more, more, more! The Lure of Shapinsay was amazing! I loved the setting, I loved the dialogue and writing, I loved the story line, and I loved the characters. This book had everything I love in a good story and then some.

As I said, I've never read anything about selkies. I knew what they were, but they never really appealed to me. I mean, people who turn into seals? What's so fantastic...more
The Lure of Shapinsay is my first selkie book. When I accepted the request to read and review this, I thought the story is interesting but I honestly didn't know what selkies are. I was imagining they're like mermaids/mermen, you know those fish-like creatures. So this is actually a shocking read for me. Selkies are not fish-like creatures. Imagine, seal in water, human on land. Wait - did you know that seal and sea lion are two different sea creatures? They look the same to me so again, I didn'...more
Holle does a fantastic job of weaving selkie mythology into Kait and Eamon’s relationship, sometimes to the point that I wasn’t sure if Kait’s feelings for Eamon were her own or the result of the selkie lure—the enchantment that makes men and women fall in love with selkies. The story had tones reminiscent of Twilight, sans the love triangle and WITH an actual reason for Kait’s obsession with and love for Eamon. And Kait’s such a fun, spunky character that it’s not terribly hard to believe Eamon...more
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
This was a very original read and like nothing I have encountered before. I like to think of it as an out of the norm paranormal romance with a historical base. I was a little surprised to find myself getting into this read seeing as I am not a fan of books that have a historical element and the accents didn’t bother me either or detract from the read itself. The whole story starts with Kait’s friend having a baby that the towns people believe to be cursed by a selkie and to be destroyed but Kai...more
My first book about selkies and it was definitely better than I thought it would be. Although the romance of it was a bit OVER THE TOP and Edward/Belle-esque, I enjoyed the story of a selkie torn between the sea he loves and the girl he's lured into being with him.

I thought this story was going to be told through the eyes of the selkie male (named by his 'captor' Eamon) and, it was. However, it is also told through the eyes of the girl, Kait and it seems that it is Kait's story that receives mos...more
Emma Mills
The Lure of Shapinsay is a tale of romance between a selkie male and a human female set in the 1800s. For me this made the book different & interesting, as I’ve never before seen a novel that features a selkie and most of my current reads are set in modern day or apocolyptic.

I did like the story but that was as far as it goes. For me I expected a bit more...I'm not sure what, just something! I don't normally read 'romance' novels and this defintely belongs in the romance genre rather than YA...more
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