Saturday, 17 March 2012

Slack Tide by Vanessa Barger (Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy)

July 2011, Decadent
Ebook, novella
Review copy

Themes: family secret, discord with a parent, betrayal, shocking revelations, destiny, finding a place in life, recognising the future won't always mirror the past, true friendship, selkies (not mermaids) scary enemy, awesome power, captivating character voice, a little violence, teen romance, tissues needed

Summary from Decadent 
At a time when most girls are worried about prom dresses, Lorelei Stamper is worried about losing her skin—literally. Receiving a sealskin from her Aunt, her world is changed. Not only is she a selkie, but she holds the key to breaking a curse affecting all selkie.

Now, monsters are stalking her, forcing her to decide if she will end the curse before she even really understands what’s happening. When Declan, one of two bodyguards sent to protect her, wakes her sleeping heart, she must try to balance love, surviving her senior year, and deciding whether she wants to be human or not. No matter what she chooses, the fact remains that breaking the curse demands blood. Hers.

Nayuleska's thoughts 
I remembered why I like shape shifting stories as I read this. Its so awesome to have a character like Lorelei (adore the name) slowly learn about her ability, and the way she had to make a hard choice over it. The family discord was particularly accurately portrayed, and I loved Lorelei's voice, it's similar to how I think.This a 9/10 read.

Be sure to check out Vanessa's website.

Suggested read

If it's water shape shifters you're after, try Forgive My Fins by Tera Lyn Childs 


Vanessa Barger said...

I am so glad you enjoyed this! Thanks for the kind words, and keep reading! :)

Nayuleska said...

You're very welcome - please keep writing!