Title: The Girl Who Never Was
Author: Skylar Dorset
First Published: 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 304 pages
Buy on: Book Depository

Rating: ★★★½

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     “THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

     When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

     Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.”

     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 the story? The characters were mostly likeable, but a bit drab. I liked that the fairies weren’t like other fairies you read about. They weren’t bright and colorful, they were the opposite.

     Now, let’s get to the story. Selkie grew up with her two aunts, while her father lives in an insane asylum.The only thing she knows of her mother is what her family has told her. Her aunts always said her mother was “flighty.” On Selkie’s 17th birthday, she finds out that she is half ogre and half Seelie. Oh, and not to mention that her mother’s the Seelie queen, making Selkie a freakin’ princess! After revealing her birthday to Ben (her crush and ‘protector’), naming Ben, and asking the “right questions,” the enchantments around Selkie’s life disintegrate. By telling Ben her birthdate, she sets off one of the life-changing prophecies.

     Her life being thrown upside down, she begins to see what it really is. She learns more about the Otherworld, and her place in it. When Ben is being held against his will by the Seelie court, Selkie decides it is time for him to be saved for a change. She sets off on an adventure to save the love of her life. While doing so, she finally meets the mother who wants her dead.

     The Girl Who Never Was has honestly left me staring at the wall in confusion. I’ve been trying to write this review for a a couple days now, but I haven’t been able to word it correctly. It doesn’t feel complete , or coherent; like it’s missing something really important. Until I find the right words, this’ll be the end of the review. If you enjoy fantasy or young adult – check out The Girl Who Never Was.

     Have a great day!


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