I got this as an egalley to review.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
My Non-Spoiler Review
At first, I was hesitant, the beginning was a little confusing and I had no clue where this book was going. But then once everything started to make sense for the main character, I started to enjoy the book. I didn’t know much about it going in, the only reason I requested it was because I loved the cover honestly. However, after reading just 20% of it I knew it was going to be a great read.
The book reminded me of Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series, mainly because it was about faeries and Seelies and such. However, it also reminded me of my love for that genre. It has been so long since I read a book featuring faeries.
This one differed in many ways to the Iron Fey. One thing which I liked was the whole Salem and Boston aspect to it. This author put her own twist on the genre that I really enjoyed. It was refreshing.
Selkie Stewart, our main character, honestly is one of my new favourite protagonists. I loved how she always picked up things and kept them in her pouch; it was so unique. Also, she is as strong-headed as I, so I was able to relate to her in many aspects.
This book overall was very well written and it left me wanting more (which there is a sequel coming out in December). The only fault was some odd parts at the beginning and that is why it did not get full stars.
I really recommend this to anyone who enjoys books like the Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, and really anything with faeries.
Now that I am in the mood for some good faerie books, recommend me some below! I have Incarnate by Jodi Meadows that I still haven’t read, but if you know any other series or books let me know. Also, what do you think of this book, have you read it, are you going to get it- leave it in the comments below!