The Girl Who Never Was: Otherworld Book One by Skylar Dorset
**I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review**
Selkie Stewart has heard the story of her birth hundreds of times. It always begins the same – with a mysterious mother – and subsequently ends the same – her father committed to the nut house, her mother has just disappeared, and she lives with her two aunts. She doesn’t have a ton of friends – just Kelsey from her school, and Ben, the vendor in the park that she’s pretty sure she’s in love with, he just doesn’t know it yet.
No one except her family knows when her birthday is. It’s not discussed or celebrated, sixteen years has just come and gone without any spectacle. And one day while in the park with Ben, while drinking lemonade, she all of a sudden blurts out that today is her seventeenth birthday…she doesn’t know why she’s all of a sudden decided to tell Ben, but what happens in the days following may be the key to Selkie’s past…and her future.
Selkie is forced to realize that her whole life has been an elaborate enchantment (of course created by Ben, who is a Faerie) to keep her safe for the one person that could make her life a living hell, but she is so desperate to find out more about…her mother. See, Selkie’s mother didn’t just disappear – when her aunts described her as “flighty”, it was for a good reason seeing as she’s the Seelie Queen, which makes Selkie a half-Faerie princess. With Ben, Kelsey, Will Blaxton the wizard, and her aunts True and Virtue in tow, Selkie will try to figure out once and for all who she REALLY is and what is the true, and what is not…before it’s too late!
This book was a fun, lighthearted book of magic, faeries, adventure, self-discovery, and a touch of romance. While the story was constantly moving along at a good pace, sometimes something one of the characters would say would just seem really out of place – now, let me preface this by saying, I get this is about faeries, and the crazy ways they talk and act – it just felt like some parts we at a bit of a disconnect. That being said, I enjoyed how Selkie was forced to start looking at the world a different way, as she ventured and discovered things about herself and her family. All in all, it was an enjoyable, clean story that I am looking forward to seeing what the next book in the series will bring for Selkie, her family, and friends.