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(Secrets of the Fae #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  60 reviews
A girl at night, a caged monster during the day. Aislinn has lived in darkness as long as she can remember. She is Korrigan— and only by Life-Stealing can she keep her human shape from dawn to dusk. When she finally steps into the sunlight, the first person she sees is Zane. He's everything she wants— handsome, sweet, and normal.
But an encounter with the Far Darrig, the m
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published November 1st 2018
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Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book with the Fae and the other creatures from the Irish mythology like the evil leprechauns, the Korrigan, the druids, the Queen, and mightiest amongst them, the Fae Darrig all hit my fantasy lore with the magic of a realm that can only happen in a dream but foretold with the twist of the tale.

Rebecca Kenney, in her book, Korrigan, started with straight with the story of Aislinn who was a girl in the night but a creature of the dark in the day, so had to be shut in the dungeon to prevent hurt
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

I began reading Korrigan by Rebecca F. Kenney in the midst of reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Why is this important? Just wait, I'll explain in a moment. If you're familiar with Discovery of Witches, you know that it centres around the story of 'no-I-don't-want-to-be-a-witch' witch Diana Bishop and 1500-year-old vampire, Matthew de Clermont. Although a wonderful story at its core, Diana's character is absolutely infuriating. She makes every ridiculous decision one c
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I've read a straight-up paranormal romance, and I'm so glad I did because Korrigan reminded me how fun they are. This stirred feelings of White Hot Kiss for me, mostly because there's a sexy paranormal creature that our MC, Aislinn, shouldn't like but it's hard to resist those bad boys with the rock hard abs.

The Korrigan are an Irish legend I hadn't heard of. Aislinn and her "aunts" turn into hideous monsters during the daytime and hold their human form at night. I found
M.N. Kee
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, despite what my rating, and review, may suggest, I don't think this is a bad book. It's just perhaps not entirely my cup of tea, but that's okay because everyone's tastes are different. What I dislike about this book, someone else could be totally enamored with. Nevertheless, I'm going to try my best to break it down so you have a better idea of what you're getting yourself into:

Romance Heavy ~ Considering the dark lore of the Korrigan that was presented in the synopsis, I went into th
Jack Stark
You can read my more in depth review of this on my blog - Random Melon Reads!

I have a mixed bag of likes and dislikes for this. I liked the mythological aspect of the story, and how the author weaves this into a contemporary setting. But I struggled to connect with the characters and therefore could not get invested in the conflict of the story. I also felt the dialogue was a little clunky, and there was a little too much telling instead of showing. The romantic aspect, and love triangle, was a
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feel like a thousand songs. I know I can conquer the world.

Korrigan is a compelling introduction into the Secrets of the Fae series, a contemporary world with a modern, familiar setting, yet deeply infused with Irish mythology of old. It is a tale of choice and seeking freedom and the repercussions of discovering the truth. It is about good and evil and how easily the line between can blur, breaking the balance. It is about the fragility and complex nature of both love and life. An absorbi
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-in-2019
What an amazing read! I love YA fantasy and knew I was going to love this book when I read the blurb. Rebecca Kenney did NOT disappoint.

Aislinn has been locked up for much of her life because she's Korrigan, normal girl by night, monster by day. But now she's seventeen and has freedoms she never had before...but they come at a cost. On her first day of freedom, she meets sweet Zane, just a normal human boy. Her guardians warn her about revealing their secrets but Aislinn doesn't want any of it.
Blending ancient Irish-Gaelic mythology with a modern day setting, The Korrigan introduces preternatural beings outside the usual vampire/werewolf/expected cast of creatures; beings of nearly eternal life and questionable scruples. At the heart of the story is young Aislinn, nocturnal and yearning for connection, feeling the sun on her face for the first time--and encountering teenagers, like herself, as well. Yet Aislinn cannot simply be like the humans who embrace her and welcome her into thei ...more
Lydia Russell
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is packed full of celtic mythology, which Rebecca Kenney has put her own unique spin on. The romance was sweet and perfectly done...though I must say I am rooting for the other guy....

Aisling is a fantastic mc and I really felt for her... With longing for freedom and to be a part of something of her own choosing.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book!
Cassie Creek
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel! The characters were well-written and the story flowed very nicely. I'm excited to read the rest of the books in the series! ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters, magic and the good vs evil. I am very much looking forward to reading the next book!
Kaili (Owl Book World)
Just got finished with this book and it has such a great plot! I don't read too many fantasy type books but I'm glad I read this one. There's a lot of character growth and the books progression keeps you on your toes. I'm really excited to read the next book! ...more
Chona Robles
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Overall, Korrigan is a good read, especially if you want to know more about Irish mythology. The author did a good job writing it. She was able to explain the mythical creatures and scenes well. She was also able to make want to know more about the other characters. I am looking forward to Druid (Secrets of the Fae Book 2), but I hope there would be more meaningful scenes between Aislinn and Zane there, to build up their romance
Sai at theengineerisreading
4.3 stars, and this one should have been an easy 5-star read for me if it only had a lot more action scenes within.

If you’re interested in reading a fantasy book introducing other country/culture’s history and mythology—then Secrets of the Fae series by Rebecca F. Kenney, with Korrigan as its first book, will surely fit in your TBR.

Based on the rich history of Irish mythology, the story revolved on our main character Aislinn Byrne, a seventeen year old half-Korrigan, half-Druid who is somehow cu
Rose Auburn
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this to take myself out of a comfort zone – it’s not a genre I have ever read before so I thought it was about time to give it a go. It’s YA aimed and I did initially buy it for my 13 yo daughter but decided to read first myself as I was curious. The first few chapters I struggled with but I suspect it is was because I was not used to the genre and the fact it’s pitched at YA and I’m a long way from that. I was pleased that the Irish lore was not too dense or the far-fetched. I also thoug ...more
Daniel Dydek
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
Korrigan is a smashing read, full of Celtic mythology with some twists I personally am unfamiliar with, though it may be truer to the myth than what I know (apparently the Lucky Charms guy isn’t the only kind of leprechaun there can be?).

At its core, simply put, Korrigan is very well written: strong, diverse characters; nice blend of motivations; some gray characters that, to the very end, keep you guessing as to what they want and how they’ll go about getting it. The romance between Aislinn and
Rebecca Hefner
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not usually a YA reader, but wow! This book is fantastic. The author takes you into the modern world of South Carolina, but with the age-old characters of faes, leprechauns, pixies, druids and so much more! Whispered Gaelic spells and Celtic knots--be still my half Scotch-Irish heart! If you like a good fantasy story with a hefty dose of whimsical folklore, this one's for you.

We meet Aislinn, our heroine, when she finally gets her first taste of the sun at seventeen. What she has to do to wa
Elisha Bugg
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd heard a lot of good things about Rebecca's writing and I have to say I was not disappointed at all.

I adored Aislinn from the start. She is such a strong character with a real depth to her, and relatable with her thoughts and some of her feelings as well.
Zane, again a great character who I enjoyed reading, even if I had a soft spot for the far darrig more than I did for him. In fact I'm still rooting for him in book 2.

The story was superbly written and beautifully worded. So much descripti
Caroline Noe
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Aislinn is not a normal teenager, spending her days locked in a basement cell awaiting the arrival of her monster curse. When, at the age of seventeen, she discovers the horrific way to keep that curse at bay, her life spirals out of control.

The opening scenes were wonderful and set a high bar for the unfolding plot, a large proportion of which is taken up with the teenage love triangle of good family boy versus evil hottie villain. Except that it may not be quite so straightforward. The premise
Alessandra Vitale
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Original and well thought out

An original story with well developed characters. It was refreshing to read a modern interpretation of accurate fae mythology. Aslinn and Zane were very likeable. My favorite character though, was the Fear Dearg. He was bad, or, was he? He was certainly enticing. Sometimes I found myself wanting her to choose him instead. I also loved that the story is written in first person present tense. The immediacy was very palpable, making for a very exciting read. Already rea
Anya Pavelle
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is an interesting YA tale about a 17 year old girl-fae hybrid who wants a normal life more than anything. However, there are many forces around her that are interfering with this goal. She also has to solve a mystery about what happened to her parents, as her guardians are deliberately keeping information from her. The author gives the reader tidbits of information in a way that creates enough suspense to keep the story going. Fans of faeries/paranormal stories will likely enjoy this b ...more
Dawn Hosmer
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this YA Fantasy by Rebecca Kenney. The storyline drew me in and kept me intrigued the entire time. Aislinn, the main character, was quirky and loveable; I couldn't help but cheer her on. Kenney did a phenomenal job of creating a diverse cast of characters - some I loved, others I detested (as the author intended, I'm sure). I loved the romance between Aislinn and Zane, the family drama, and the addition of the evil leprechauns. I can't wait to read more of this author's work. ...more
Rachel Siglin
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new favorite

Korrigan is a page turning read about a girl who's figuring out how to balance "normal" and being true to herself. She's a beautiful, confident heroine who is also so relatable in her dreams, mistakes, and regrets.
Korrigan is a great balance of fantasy set in a super engaging story of relationship and love.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot! The mix of fantasy and paranormal with such amazing characters and Irish folklore, really made me love this book :)

Read my full review here:
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Feb 14, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Tristan Kenney
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For someone who loves fantasy / mythology stories, this romance novel did not disappoint. The story is quite engaging and you really get the characters and can empathize with them and the situations they face. The dialogue flows well, authentically mirroring current culture without going over the top. A great fresh story, I would highly recommend checking it out!
Sean Rassleagh
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The brilliant thing about this novel is the original and intriguing re-imagining of creatures from Irish mythology like the Korrigan and Leprechaun. This is the story of Aislinn, a teenage Korrigan, learning to come to terms with her need to suck the life force from humans in order to be able to leave her home during the daytime. As she completes her first life-sucking and can emerge into the daytime world she becomes attracted to Zane, a boy of her own age, and encounters an immortal, the Far D ...more
Shannon Rohrer
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was a fantastic read. Korrigan comes across as something of a love letter to Irish folklore, while being riddled with deliciously complex characters, somewhat darker themes crossing paths with magic, wonder, and innocence, and taking place in a modern setting.

The plot was fairly straight forward, containing just enough sub-plot to keep things interesting without becoming confusing, the environments were well thought-out, and the characters, as previously mentioned, were excellentl
Petra Van Der Ploeg
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a nice read. I liked the main characters though some seemed a bit... Disney for lack of a better word. The mother seemed fake unlikeable. The boyfriend to me seemed a bit flat. I couldn't understand why he'd be okay so easily with what was happening to her.
All in all a fun read, with good fantasy elements. Will I be reading the 2nd book of the series? No. This book seemed to finish on a note that for me left no immediate unanswered questions.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun read start to finish

Allow me to start by saying that I don't like present tense writing. Hate it, actually. So when I started Korrigan, it felt like something to push through. It did not take long, however, to get wrapped into the story, the characters, the quick-paced teenage romance, and the lore. Excellent writing and a fun narrative make for a solid 5 star rating. Thank you!
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I write YA fantasy, contemporary fantasy, and sci-fi, always with a thread of romance. My most recent novel is The Monsters of Music, a genderbent Phantom of the Opera retelling. My debut novel was Korrigan, about a girl cursed to turn into a monster each day and spend her nights as a human. Korrigan is the first book in my YA contemporary fantasy trilogy, and it's followed by Druid and Samhain.


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