Thursday, 11 September 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Selkie Enchantress by Sophie Moss

I received a copy of The Selkie Enchantress in exchange for my review. 

Caitlin is finally getting her first date with Liam, hoping that seeing his brother settle down with Tara has caused him to settle more. But just as he's about to arrive he falls from the boat he's on. Rescued by Nuala, a mysterious woman arriving on the island with her son and seems to be stealing Liam's attention away from Caitlin. After his fall, Liam is unable to remember certain things, like his feelings for Caitlin and the fairy tale that he had just discovered as a professor of Irish folk lore. While trying to win back his attention, Caitlin also finds herself mothering Nuala's son, Owen, much to her surprise, and can't help but think that he looks a bit like her child with Liam would look. Hiding things from her friends has never been a problem before, but now things are changing, and the island becomes the focus for another legend to be fulfilled. 

I enjoyed the first book of The Seal Island trilogy so wasn't surprised when this one drew me in as well. There were a few things that weren't all that easy to get to the bottom of, mostly Owen's parentage, which I had suspicions about but they weren't quite right. There was also the part that Nuala played and who she was in regards to a legend...but considering that the legend itself wasn't revealed until close to the end that was an unsurprising one! 

As with the previous book there were parallels between the story and the legends mentioned, and in this case there were parallels between the story and the Little Mermaid as well (just without the mermaids). This wove the story together well, though I couldn't help but feel that the focus of magic in this book was stronger than the previous one. Also couldn't help but feel like the Selkies have got around the island a bit with some of the reveals in this book! On that note, I felt that Tara had also had some time to discover her heritage as a part-selkie. Whereas in the last book she didn't actually even know, in this one she seemed quite knowledgeable about it, and even used her 'selkie powers' at one point. 

What I thought was great about this book was the fact that the main characters from the first book didn't fade into the background. In fact they were an integral art of the story still. With this in mind, the secondary characters from the first book also got developed on more in this book, even Glenna and Sam who weren't main characters in this book either. I liked the way this worked, and I really thought that it brought the island community aspect of the story to life. 

I also like the use of children in the book. Sounds like a strange thing to say I know, but both Kesley and Owen played important roles in the story. Namely because children are the ones that catch onto the clues in the fairy tales and help solve the legends, but they're also an interesting focal point for the older characters. In the first book it was Kesley and Tara's growing bond. And in this one it was the bond that seemed to form instantly between Owen and Caitlin, as well as his position as Nuala's son. 

Nuala was certainly an interesting character, mainly because I don't think I would class her as a bad character. She did bad things, but it wasn't necessarily for the wrong reasons. Well they were wrong for everyone else she just didn't realise that. I didn't like her as a character that's for sure, but she wasn't the ultimate bad guy...though I think that she has now been met! 

I'm excited to read the next book! If it is as engaging and enjoyable as the others in the series so far then I'll have no complaints! 

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The Selkie Spell
The Seal Island Trilogy #1
by Sophie Moss
Publication Date: November 6, 2011
Genres:ContemporaryParanormalRomance
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Synopsis

American doctor Tara Moore wants to disappear. On the run from an abusive husband, she seeks shelter on a windswept Irish island and dismisses the villagers' speculation that she is descended from a selkie—a magical creature who is bewitching the island. But when a ghostly woman appears to her with a warning, Tara realizes it was more than chance that brought her to this island. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. Caught between magic and reality, Tara must find a way to wield both when a dangerous stranger from her past arrives, threatening to destroy the lives of everyone on the island.

Winner of the Best Romance/Fantasy Novel in the 2013 International Book Awards
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About Sophie Moss

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Sophie Moss is a USA Today bestselling author of four full-length romance novels. She is known for her captivating Irish fantasy romances and heartwarming contemporary romances with realistic characters and unique island settings. As a former journalist, Sophie has been writing professionally for over ten years. She currently lives in San Diego, California, where she’s working on her next novel. When she’s not writing, she’s walking the beach, testing out a new dessert recipe, or fiddling in her garden. Sophie loves to hear from readers. Email her at sophiemosswrites@gmail.com or visit her websitesophiemossauthor.com to sign up for her newsletter.
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