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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Review of The Lure of the Shapinsay by Krista Holle

The Lure of ShapinsayThe Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Clever writing and an intriguing historical backdrop, plus a feisty, strong-minded heroine, hook the reader into this story. Accurate dialogue set against a background of superstition (although who knows, maybe the magic is real ) and a rapid-pace plot line keep that attention, drawing the reader into the story and never letting her go. This is a very well-written novel, both in the sense of the author’s writing style, but also in terms of setting, plotting, dialogue, and background. I am simply marveling at Krista Holle’s ability to bring that “historical”/legendary background into realistic belief, to illustrate it, and to make us as readers believe in it. Wonderful! I highly recommend this one! YA-age readers will appreciate the heroine’s strength, ability to fend for herself after being orphaned at a young age, and her chameleon-like mutability as veneer over a very strong and independent core. Older readers will enjoy that as well, but will also glory in the subtle humour-wry and ironic-possessed by our protagonist. Trust me: you don’t have to like historical, mythical, or even Fae novels to enjoy this one! It’s just purely GOOD! This is one book I am very happy to have requested to review, and I am giving it a 12 star-of-5 recommendation!

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