The antiquated language, a product of either geographic isolation or the unnamed time period, and a few scenes of grisly violence might be off-putting to some readers. Elin Jean started wishing the devil would drag them all to hell. It was just too sad, I can't take animal violence and there was a lot in this book. The cover of the book even has an illustration that looks like a mermaid — not a seal girl, so perhaps the publishers were keen to this. If you can deal with a lot This cover is literally the most misleading thing I've ever seen. The love interest is also really not that attractive. Lots of violence, mostly clubbing seal pups- ugh.
The setting is beautiful and mythical. I just didn't enjoy it all that much. Witches that shed their skin once every seven years or something? Then again, this might be a part of the whole set-in-the-Irish-countryside thing. It's just a matter of time until Elin Jean discovers the secret of her past: her mother, Margaret, is a selkie, held captive by her smitten father, who has kept Margaret's precious seal pelt hostage for 16 years. Witches that shed their skin once every seven years or something? But that's all it did: reveal a world. This is not implied on the cover. Now she feels even more alone- doesn't fi Basically an Irish folktale about the selkies and a particular girl who has webs between her fingers, which makes the rest of the villagers shun her.
The prose is beautiful, and at first, I was taken in by its promise to reveal a mysterious world. If you get triggered easily you may not want to read this. I think the story is pretty good. All I want to say is that these are also some of the factors that have lead me to like this book. Even the thought of these storms humbles the others. On the plus side it did get me aware of the seal clubbing problem and here's a good site to join to protest against this act of cruelty: this book was great! What's more, I think it is supposed to be a coming-of-age allegory, but how it would help real young adults come to grips with their identities escapes me. Selkie Girl is a story set in Shapinsay Island which is one of the Orkney Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland.
At odds with each other, the two bodies collide, churning into waves that can rise to forty feet. It's told about a young girl who loves the ocean and the seals and feels a pull to be in the water and be with them. Selkies are part of the Scottish folklore, so it is only natural that this tale takes place somewhere near there. She has webbed fingers, and for her whole life has been taunted and made fun of. This book is amazingly touching! Life on Shapinsay Island in the Orkneys is tough for Elin Jean. This is not to say that I disliked the book. A good lesson about what can happen if we take animal rights too far.
Even Tam McCodron, the gypsy boy to whom she is strangely drawn, seems to belong more than she does. And the truth of those words is born of bitter experience. Wonderful brilliant writing all through! And the mystery of the story was small but you are wondering the answer till the end of the story. What the sea gives up, it must take away, they say. She keeps to her own family, and loves to swim in the sea, particularly on Midsummer's Eve, when two seals- the Red and the Black- come and swim with her.
Elin works hard with the people she trusts on land, and the ones in the sea to stop the killings. Elin Jean is a likable character and teens will relate to her being different and shunned for not being the same as the other kids her age. When I first picked this up, I thought this was a teenage story in modern times. There she is still under suspicion, because of the human part of her. Even Tam McCodron, the gypsy boy to whom she is strangely drawn, seems to belong more than she does. Now she feels even more alone- doesn't fit in either world. If you're in the mood for a long, poetic narrative whose main focus is the prose, not the action, this could be a good book for you.
I read this novel as an advance copy quite a few years ago, and even then I was impressed! This is still a teenage story, but it takes place a long time ago in Ireland or somewhere around there, I forgot. Poignant, meaningful, and romantic, Selkie Girl is a lyrical debut about a mesmerizing legend. I wanted to like it, but I just found it dull and lagging. The story didn't need the introduction of another magical species. Brooks' take on the Scottish mythology of selkies.
It's full of mystery but it's also so fully imagined that a reader can jump right in. Through surprising twists and turns, Selkie Girl proves itself as a novel worth joining the shelf of its original fable. I love the character development of the heroine! The main charac Shannon lent me this book, saying it was very emotional and meant for teenagers, but interesting because it explored the folk lore of the Orkney Islands. I searched and searched for a story to emerge from the depths of the prose, but I had to weed through endless narratives and descriptions to find it. Having said the above, I believe I have reasons for loving this book more than I expect others to. I first encountered this story as a one-act play years ago, and it was cool seeing it fleshed out into novel form.
I had also never heard of her version of selkies. On a slightly more positive note, the cover is very beautiful. Selkie, Devon's Hurt, The Match Girl's Gift, Franklin's Apprentice, The Lost Ones and Brave No World, commissioned and premiered at The Kennedy Center in 2006. I hate to say this one didn't leave a huge lasting impression on me, but I did enjoy reading it. She has fingers which are connected by thin webs that make her the object of ridicule in the village.