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The Lure of Shapinsay

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  95 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
Dec 17, 2011 Nikki Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mers-and-such
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
Jonathan Peto
Jun 16, 2012 Jonathan Peto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I get around to reading something from a Goodreads 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
Apr 14, 2012 Hilda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, romance, arc
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
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
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
Sarika Patkotwar
Apr 21, 2012 Sarika Patkotwar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
MaryAnn Dennis
Apr 26, 2012 MaryAnn Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mar 28, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal, YA Fantasy
Recommended to The Haunted Reading Room 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
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews

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
Sep 02, 2012 Jordon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, selkies
As seen at: Miss Book Reviews

The 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 w
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Feb 09, 2012 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) 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
Jessica Adkins
Aug 01, 2012 Jessica Adkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 27, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 11, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shayna Gier
Mar 01, 2012 Shayna Gier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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
Feb 20, 2012 Aly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.
Krista Holle
May 23, 2012 Krista Holle rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I've read it a million times!
Jan 05, 2012 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, paranormal, fantasy
*Many thanks to the author and those at Dark Mind tours for a copy in exchange of an honest review*
Visit to win prizes: the novel & a t-shirt. Closes 27th of January!

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 beings...

The Lure of Shapinsay
May 05, 2013 Margaret rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 truly
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
Jun 17, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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