Monday, 2 June 2014

The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.
The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.

The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset

My rating: 2.25 of 5 stars

The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Selkie lives with her elderly aunts. She has no idea who her mother is, but believes that she was left on her father’s doorstep – literally.
Whilst she has been told to never reveal her birthdate to anyone, she does so whilst in the process of trying to track down her mother, and there are unexpected consequences.
What is Selkie? Why shouldn’t she reveal her birthdate? And why doesn’t her mother want her?

This started out okay, but I got bored.

Selkie was an okay character, I quite liked her at the beginning of the book, but as the book went along she did do and say some things that annoyed me.

The storyline started out okay, but I lost interest. The first 20% went pretty well, but then things started to become unbelievable, the info-dumps got bigger and bigger, people started needlessly arguing instead of acting, and I just got bored.
There was some romance, but to be honest, I just didn’t buy it. Sure Ben was maybe cute in a quirky sort of way, but after barely meeting him, Selkie was telling her best friend that she was in love with him! I mean really?!
The ending wasn’t much of an ending, and there was a pretty big cliff-hanger, as well as having other things that weren’t tied up. To be honest I don’t think I want to read any more books in this series.
Overall; started out well, but went downhill,
4.5 out of 10.


  1. False hope with a good beginning. Ugh.

  2. Oh, no! Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one. :( Getting bored definitely would have made me DNF it. I give you credit for reading it completely.