Description: When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.
Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?
As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.
Maggie's Review (5 Stars) I really enjoyed this book. A few years back I saw a beautifully animated children's movie about selkies, and since then these mythical creatures have intrigued me. So when a young adult book pops up mentioning selkies, I was interested. I was a little put-off when the book opened with a Wikipedia reference (I had flashes of what-not-to-do-for-a-research-paper-in-college), but then the book was awesome. I loved the dual-language chapter titles, the flow of the writing, and the well-built characters. The author also did a great job of hinting at the idea of mythical creatures so that they were more believable in a story written in today's timeframe. Cora was a great female protagonist; the balance of insecurities and her push to be stronger made her believable and likeable.... like I kind of want to go hang out with Cora and avoid shopping. It'd be fun.
Well written and a great read. I'm looking forward to book two.