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Call of the Sea (Call of the Sea #1)

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Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth. Thanks to the cursed selki...more
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Published June 21st 2012 by Inkspell Publishing (first published June 20th 2012)
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3.5 stars

Daniel O’Roarke is a selkie, half-human half-seal. Kicked out of home by his father when he was ten, Daniel has spent the last three years in his selkie form. Tired and alone, and yearning to embrace his humanity again, Daniel applies for a job on board Captain Winters' ship the Siren's Call.

For Elysandra (Ellie), the ten year-old daughter of Captain Winters, her pull to the sea is so strong that she will defy her father to hide on board his ship. Swimming out to the ship at anchor, sh...more
Stephanie Lawton
Equal parts romance and adventure, CALL OF THE SEA is 100% kick-ass! As a reader who appreciates strong female characters, I instantly fell in love with Ellie's determination and tomboy stubbornness, as well as her vulnerabilities--especially her weak spot for her family.

CALL is well-plotted, perfectly paced and the voices are spot-on. All the historical details ring true, yet the story is completely accessible to a modern audience. And although the story centers on the pirating life, there's n...more
Terri Rochenski
What a pleasure to read this without a week or so between chapters! Yes, I was blessed to be an early beta reader. I saw CotS in the rough. Not that it was really rough to begin with - unpolished if you will. ;)

Yummies: I thought I was caught up in the story before! The simplicity of Ms. Hart's writing makes for a super rich but easy read. No paragraph upon paragraph of exposition. Pure writing at its best - character, tension, & action. So, so good.
And what characters they are! Ellie is a s...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
BLURB from Goodreads
Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O'Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his human...more
This not my usual type but that cover is gorgeous and I just HAD to read it. When there was a posting for ARC reviews I jumped at the chance and was lucky enough that Rebecca sent me a copy.

This book was everything I don't usually like, it was written in third person and it was set back in the 1600's.However I LOVED IT!! I fell in love with Elysandra, I can't imagine what it would be like to be a young woman who wanted to follow her dreams only to have your sex dictate what you can do. She was...more
Christine Garrity
While I am still in the process of reading the final version (my sister happens to be the author - so I may be a little bias) - she had me read it prior to sending it in for publication. I was hooked immediately. Normally these types of books are not to my liking - I prefer Stephen King, Dean Koontz and other "horror" type books. I just would like to say "congrats" to my "big sis" and to let everyone know that this is a wonderful, exciting read!!
Julie Reece
So what did I think? Awesome. This book made me smile. Ms. Hart expertly combines all the best ingredients for an engaging story with a satisfying end, (though I wanted more). First, the headstrong, independent heroine, Ellie, who knows who she is, wants she wants and doesn’t mince words about it. Next is Daniel, our hero. He’s handsome, intelligent and tough, but with a good dose of integrity and a hint of vulnerability to round him out perfectly.

The pair starts out as childhood friends, and w...more
One word for this book; WOW!

This was so amazing. It was a very different paranormal romance from all the trends I have been reading. This book gave me some peace and comfort during a dark time during the week. It was truly a remarkable book, I'm glad this book is being published it's a wonderful romance story. The main characters Ellie and Daniel reminded me of Elizabeth Swan and Will turner of Pirates of the Caribbean.

This book is an absolute must read if you are interested in something differ...more

Let me start by saying I love selkies, and pirates are pretty awesome too. So, when I had the opportunity to read a romance between a girl pirate and a male selkie, I could hardly wait. Call of the Sea, by Rebecca Hart, was the romantic adventure I hoped it to be.

Right from the start, the main character, Ellie, got my attention with her headstrong impulsiveness. In a time where women were raised to be chattel, she longed for her independence, and, most of all, to explore the open sea.

But it was...more
Summer Ross
Ms. Hart wrote a truly engaging tale of a girl named Ellie who is different from most other girls in her time. Ellie transforms into a courageous and independent woman through the course of the novel. The interaction between Ellie and her selkie love interest, Daniel, tangled with revenge and both main characters call of the sea. I truly enjoyed the double play on the idea of the call of the sea and how it can be different for everyone. Ellie’s call came from her desire to be like her father, it...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

Actual rating is 3.5.

I have to be honest here, I went into this not expecting much, that cover was a total turn off for me. I'm still not a fan of the cover, and it's really too bad because I do think that it will be a turn off for potential readers (covers matter!) The story behind this cover was exceptionally good, I'll admit I had a hard time walking away from it to get stuff done around my house. Within these pages is a great paranormal romanc...more
Rating 4.5

At the age of ten, Daniel's father kicks him out after the death of his mother. After three years on his own, he spies Captain Winters' returning home from a stint at sea to celebrate his daughter Ellie's tenth birthday. That only saddens Daniel, wishing that he's had a loving father like Ellie's. So Daniel decides to shed his sealskin and ask Captain Winters for a job on his ship.

Ellie has always wanted to be a privateer like her father. And although Michael Winters knows how his daug...more
Megan (Book Brats)
CALL OF THE SEA came recommended by an email I received from the book’s publicist. I had not heard of this book before she reached out and let me know about it, and now I just have to send a big thanks to Kelly for telling me about this. CALL OF THE SEA is one of those low key books that rises up and becomes something more, something almost spectacular, but something about it just fell a little short to me. Nevertheless, I loved this story and can’t wait to read more by Rebecca Hart. I finished...more
Literary  Chanteuse
What a treasure to be found in this book with pirates, a selkie, adventure and a love story. I could feel the wind on my face and smell the salty sea right from the first page. Elysandra is a strong heroine that keeps you engaged and in anticipation of what she will do next. I really enjoyed this book and could not put it down.
Rebecca Hart
Jun 21, 2012 Rebecca Hart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it... I love it :)

That is all.
GENRE: Fantasy
THEME: Selkie
RECEIVED: Received for review for Tour

I haven’t read many or enough stories based on the legend of Selkies, but every time I do I always enjoy them. Rebecca Hart brings to life a story about two people who are very different but are brought together by their love of the sea.

Elysandra (Ellie) is the daughter of a Captain; her love of the sea at a young age has made her wish for a life like her fathers. But her parents have di...more
Oh my golly, I just loved Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart! What a delightful little gem of a fantasy novel this one was! With her debut novel, Rebecca Hart takes a new look at the myth of the selkie, all wrapped up in a wonderful story of pirates and sailors.

Call of the Sea took a bit to get into. There was a lot of set up and world building going on in the first half of the book. Then the story just took off from there. The story was so intriguing. Call of the Sea is told in dual perspectives...more
Hannah Courtney
Ellie Winters longs for the sea and would do almost anything to live her life on it, including running away from boarding school and starting a new life as Ellis. Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart starts out with a sweet and gentle pace, but once Ellie and Daniel collide as adults the story gets rolling. Daniel happens to be a young selkie man with a tragic past who is in love with Ellie. Ellie is a stubborn young woman with a steadfast head on her shoulders that refuses to admit she loves Daniel....more
Regan Walker
4 and 1/2 Stars! Unusual 17th Century Historical Romance on the High Seas—Pirates, Privateers and a Selkie!

Set in the 17th century in England, Gibraltar and on the sea, this is the story of Elysandra (“Ellie”) Winters, the young daughter of a ship’s captain who has always wanted to join her father in his life at sea. Daniel O'Rourke, who lives part of his life in the sea as a selkie, upon seeing the love between the 10 year-old Ellie and her father, decides to take a job with Ellie’s father on h...more
Cecilia Robert
I'm a fan of stories set at sea, so Call Of The Sea was an enjoyable read for me.

Elysandra is headstrong and impulsive and adventurous. Daniel is patient, adores Elysandra and works for her father. And he is a Selkie. I love Selkies, interesting creatures. It was great reading how they first met, see them fall inlove years later.
I felt that it took long to get to the story's main action, and the ending came too soon. It's a wonderful romantic and adventures story nonetheless.

I like Ms Hart's wr...more
Jocelyn Adams
Call of the Sea is a lovely young adult novel starring Ellie and her dream of becoming a privateer on a ship. Love her spunk and her passion and drive for the life she wants at sea. Her relationship with Nelson is great. Love Daniel, sweet and wounded by his past, and the relationship he had with Captain Winters is real and touching. The dialogue was good and the scenery and experiences aboard the ships had me there with them.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet romance that bloom...more
I was one of a lucky few who got to beta read this book. Normally when I read this statement on others, I think. "OH, friend.. discount." Friends, yes, book still great! Ellie, was headstrong and independent, Daniel was handsome who did his best to uphold his principles, I could see their chemistry grow. It was a refreshing change to see a plot in a book, as opposed to only seeing “the sex and the plot written around it.” Ms. Hart does a very good job of weaving the romance and the plot around e...more
Great book! Would highly recommend to others - remember reading about selkies when I was a child. This book left me wanting more! What happened after it ended? :-)

Original Post CALL OF THE SEA is Young at Heart and Unsophisticated at Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust7/18/2012

Call of the Sea
by Rebecca Hart
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
June 21, 2012
Paperback: 336 pages
Kindle: 365 KB/224 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daugh
Amaleen Ison
Call of the Sea is a swashbuckling fest of adventure and romance.

Ms Hart’s writing is breath-taking at times, sumptuous in description, and layered with enough authentic detail to fully immerse the reader in the seventeenth century. There’s a poetic style to the writing, a quality that makes the prose unique and exciting.

The female lead, Elysandra (Ellie), is one feisty female. We meet her as a stubborn, self-possessed child and watch her grow into an equally spirited adult who’s not afraid to m...more
This review appears on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter.

The seas often hold more than meets the eye. Elysandra Winters is about to learn this first-hand thanks to Daniel, a young man with a surprising secret: he's a selkie, and he has just signed on to work for Elysandra's father, Captain Winters. As the two come into and out of each other's lives thanks to Elysandra's determination to go out to sea, the foundation is laid for a surprising future. When Ellie disguises herself as a boy and take...more
Author: Rebecca Hart
Published By: InkSpell Publishing
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4
Blog For: GMTA

"Call of the Sea" by Rebecca Hart was a very enjoyable fantasy, romance read. This author did a wonderful job with the mythological of the selkie...with pirates, sailors, romance and murder. This novel was of two different people who are brought together from childhood to adulthood by their love of the sea. The novel starts may start out a little slow however, it pick...more
Call of The Sea

I requested and received an ARC copy of “Call of the Sea” through Goodreads.

This romance is a rollicking good time for the reader, and a quick, easy-to-read novel. You have your spunky heroine and chiseled hero. You have the initial antagonism between the two, which, of course, transforms during the course of the novel.

Those are givens. The meat and originality comes in the details. Spunky Ellie (her full name is Elysandra) is a child at the beginning, which I like. I like seeing...more
Originally posted on my blog, DJ Librarian Dishes

All Elysandra Winters desires to do is to sail the seas aboard her father's ship, The Siren's Call. The sea is in her blood and even as a child, Ellie can hear it calling to her. However, her father has other plans for his fiery daughter when he hires young Daniel O'Rourke as the new cabin boy to serve on The Siren's Call. When Ellie doesn't take this news well, Captain Winters gives a new task to Daniel which in turn further entwines the paths of...more
Katie Tuccelli
I must admit, I was very surprised by Call of the Sea - in a good way. I was a bit turned off by the girl on the cover, but the synopsis is what intrigued me the most. A fiery female character is sure to provide loads of entertainment, and then you throw in pirates, selkies, romance, and murder? I'm in! I am glad to say that Rebecca Hart writes an intriguing story; one that draws you in, almost against your will, and keeps you hanging on to the very last word.

Elysandra "Ellie" Winters was a fabu...more
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