Normally I wouldn't do another review so soon after the last, but I tore through this book and finished in record time. As you can see from the review, that's a good thing.
Adrift (The Last Selkie, Book One) by Elizabeth A. Reeves—êêêêê stars
Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book one Amazon, then decided to review it.
Warning: There are spoilers and hints of spoilers in this review.
Meg is left bereft and alone when her father dies of cancer. After giving away or selling everything of value, she gets in a car and heads in random direction. After driving until she’s out of money, she finds herself in Newfoundland, on the coast. The sea calls to her, and Meg gives herself to it. When she wakes, she’s in a cottage with a strange woman. Without speaking, the woman disappears. That is just the start of the weirdness that becomes normal for Meg.
This book deals heavily with the Fae. I always approach those books with trepidation, because it’s so easy to make the Fae into humans with pretty magic, when the old legends are so different. I always wonder which I’m getting when I start reading. I shouldn’t have worried in this case, because the Fae in Reeve’s story are those dark creatures of legend. They are presented as wonderfully not-human—not evil, just not us. The world is richly described, with care given to immerse the reader in the world. I found the characters interesting, even the ones we only catch glimpses of.
As for the negative, I found only a few typos, nothing too glaring. The story itself certainly didn’t put me off. The only real “negative” was the ending, as in, the book ended! The end was bittersweet and set with a cliffhanger, yet was written in such a way that I felt like the story being told in Adrift (a very apt title, I’ll add) was finished, and Meg was getting ready for a new adventure.
I dithered between four and five stars on this. The final question was, “Would I read this story again?” When I answered yes, I felt that it has the fifth star in my book.