The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1)
by Skylar Dorset
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.
Selkie thinks she is just a normal girl. Her family may be a little odd but a lot of peoples are. She is raised by her aunts because her dad is in an institution and her mom ran off when she was a baby. What she soon finds out is she is far from normal. When she finds out she has been hid from her mom and others she soon realizes she should have stayed hid. She is part faerie on her mom's side and part ogre from her dad's side. Her mom and other fae are after her because of a prophecy. She must stay away from them or they will kill her. Selkie can't do that as Ben has been taken. Now she will do anything to get him back. She has to meet her mother and see who she can trust. It is a dangerous journey she is taking.
Selkie has been protected her whole life by many people. Ben has kept her hid even when she didn't know it. They all think she shouldn't know about any of the things for her own good but she isn't a weak person. She shows how strong she is when she takes on a dangerous journey to save Ben even when everyone tells her she shouldn't. She doesn't back down and tries her best to save him and others who need it.
If you love books with Faeries in them I am sure you will enjoy this one. Selkie is a great character and I loved getting to know what she was exactly. I would have liked to se more of the ogre part but I am strange like tat I guess lol. Her mom is one crazy person and a queen. She is ruthless and doesn't take a slight from anyone. The Fae court is very dangerous and the author does a great job with describing it. I also enjoyed the different time lines you get to see. I was something I had not seen in a book with Fae. I love Ben and how much he struggles to keep Selkie safe. I look forward to seeing more in this series.
4 out of 5 Stars