The Girl Who Never Was
This book was fantastically, wonderfully, confusingly perfect. I cannot describe it in any other way but this: reading The Girl Who Never Was is like picking up an apple, biting into it, and discovering that it's actually filled with your favourite ice-cream (for those who are curious, my favourite ice-cream is Gelatissimo's lime gelato. I'd take that over an apple any day!)
Weird. Intriguing. And amazing!
But more importa ...more
The main character is Selkie who is in high school and is obsessed with a guy named Ben that she meets in Boston Common. There are some secrets regarding Selkie's mother and other things but I don't care enough to continue.
The writing was too painful for me to keep trying to get through. I think the main issue is that a lot of thoughts were tied up in jus ...more
Although I pretty much enjoyed this story overall, it was one hell of a confusing read.
This takes every fantasy/fairy tale trope and puts it on its head and never explains why anything's different. And that whole time thing was rather annoying, even if it did become a little endearing towards the end.
I felt that Selkie was a bit of a moaner, and perhaps even a little bit of a brat. There were times when I really didn't like her. She seemed to take everything a l ...more
I am sorely late in reading and reviewing this book. My mistake for not keeping track of when which review was due. Apologies to the publisher for this. Unfortunately, I have to admit I didn’t like this book, balancing between “it’s OK” and “this is getting long… are we there yet?”
It had plenty of ideas and themes that I no ...more
I desperately want to like you, book.
But that's not how it always works.
Killer First Line: One day, my father walked into his Back bay apartment to find a blond woman asleep on his couch.
Selkie Stewart never knew her mother. She lives with her 2 eccentric aunts and it doesn't help that her father's admitted in an asylum. She wants answers and only her family and a mysterious boy from the Boston Commons named "Ben" can help her.
Sulky Selkie Has Mommy Problems. No birth records. Confusing b ...more
Other than that, it was a fast read so I must have enjoyed it somewhat.
Have the next books (#1.5 available free on Wattpad and #2) lined up so let's see what happens.
Detailed Review: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest feedback
I am in a serious book hangover after reading this book. I really can't get over it. So I figured the best way to move on was to write a well-deserved review.
First, I must say that Skylar Dorset is an enchantress. The book was simply an enchantment but honestly, I loved it.
I first stumbled upon THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS when I saw ...more
Selkie has never particularly abnormal. She has a bit of a weird family and she doesn't quite know exactly what happened with her parents, but she herself has always been okay. However, it isn't meant to be. She has lived a normal life, but only because everyone has been hiding the truth from her - that she's part faerie and part ogre. And that she's destined to destroy the Seelie court. And that her best friend has been a faerie the whole time. It's a lot to take ...more
Reading The Girl Who Never Was at first, felt like I was sitting at the Mad Tea Party, trying to keep up with the fast pace and follow the somewhat dizzying dialogue. Yet, it remained fun and entertaining throughout in a madcap sort of way.
Selkie Stewart finds out on the day of her seventeenth birthday that she is not only a faerie princess, but also half ogre. With the help of Ben, her secret crush and a faerie who has cast a protective enchantment over her to keep her safe, she goes in sear
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I didn’t want to write this review, honestly. I’m just so confused by this book. It’s going to be hard to put this into words, so bear with me. It is very fast-paced, to the point where I had some trouble keeping up with it. Getting from one plot point to another is like being in a time machine with a novice time traveller who lost the manual. The style of writing used was a little repetitive, but I suppose it was appropriate for th ...more
Where to start? I’ve been staring at a blinking cursor for a few minutes now, trying to figure out how to put THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS into some sort of coherent thought, but it’s not easy. It’s a pretty good parallel, now that I think about it, because that’s what I felt the entire time reading it.
The story is simple enough, young girl who thinks she’s normal but isn’t and slowly finds out that the world she thought she lived in isn’t the one she lives in a ...more
Here's why I love this book:
1. The fairy tale princess is clever but not perfect. She's flawed and flaws are good.
2. The fairy tale is twisted but not mangled. Twisted fairy tales are like cotton candy you crave them because you love tearing them apart as ...more
It was a bit slow at the start but it soon turned into a whole mess of stuff. I do want to continue on to the second one and did notice that the next one is already out so yay no waiting there. This book will really make you think about a point of view. And how all points matter yet none matter and everything makes sense in a no non-sense kind of way. It really makes your brain hurt when they are talking about time in this book, and how they answ ...more
I am so in love with this book! I've huge passages highlighted on my ARC. Its beautifully written and readers will love Selkirk and all the cast (although if you threw me in a room with that super sexy goblin with the crown and the cape I would not complain!). Its often difficult for me to fall for a faerie novel- they are so petty and ...more
But this tale is both simple and complex, original and often bizarre, with ...more
Eh. The cover was more intriguing then the book. Nothing major happened and i was bored in the middle. The MC was a bit weird but well written. Supporting characters didn't bring much to the table. The plot was nice thou, but the author didn't explore it much. The last 30 pages or so weren't really necessary either. Overall, i wasn't impressed with this book, but when read book 2 just to see where it goes.
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The first half was brilliant but then the book started to drag. Loved the ending and I hope because I love witnessing home-wreckings. Not terribly noteworthy protagonist and the love interest but I loved Kelsey, the Threader and the aunts. Extensive and redundant use of italics.
Full review later on.
I wasn't wowed by this book. In fact ...more
Selkie was the kind of heroine that I love. She was tough, loyal, and she just got tougher as the books went on. I love heroine's who are stronger than everyone gives them credit for and totally badass, I loved her.
The romance was the perfect kind, so sweet you may just get a cavity. Their feelings ...more
The story is told in Selkie’s 1st person POV. Selkie has recently discovered she’s half ogre, half faerie royalty, and 100% confused. As Selkie’s aunts, protector, and wizard extraordinaire try to explain her life and the differences between Thisworld and Otherworld, Selkie’s head is spinning. Nothing makes sense. Is her whole life an enchanted false reality? ...more
Review originally posted on The Slanted Bookshelf
Selkie doesn’t live a conventional life. She has no idea who her mother is, her father is in a psychiatric ward, and she lives with her two aunts who refuse to answer Seklie’s questions about her mother. Then her seventeenth birthday comes around and she starts to get some answers to all her questions and finds out she is half faerie, half ogre, and she’s part of a prophecy to bring down the Seelie and Unseelie courts.
I mostly ...more
Selkie was a good heroine. She was tougher than those who were protecting her gave her credit for and she was unfailingly loyal to the people she cared about. And, she definitely became stronger over the course of the book. Overall, I liked her.
Ben was a total sweetie. Strong, clever, and completely devoted to keepin ...more
The major downfall I had with this book was the writing. It incorporated way too much telling – such as: I was furious, sad, upset, whatever emotion you can think of was delivered through simple sentences without really delving into the character’s state of mind. This wasn’t described or portrayed through her actions. So instead of really connecting and emphasizing for the character we are left cold and detached. It really took away the excitement and ten ...more
|YA Buddy Readers'...: The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset - Starting September 14||9||17||Sep 16, 2014 11:15AM|
Since that time, Skylar’s head has been filled with lots of characters and lots of drama. She is delighted to be able to share some of it with all of you now, because, honestly, it was getting pretty loud and crowded in ...more