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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Review: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

Title: Sea Witch
Author: Virginia Kantra
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: 07/01/08
Margred is a Selkie -- a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires...

Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World’s End. Then he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever dreamed of...

Their passion is undeniable, irresistible -- and it may change the fate of humankind.

Plot: 5 Stars
I absolutely love stories that include lesser known paranormal creatures, especially when they're the main creature and not overshadowed by vampires and/or werewolves. The selkies in this novel were very interesting, especially their hierarchy. My favorite part of the novel was how there were different paranormal creatures to represent the elements. The selkies represented water, while the demons represented fire.

Pace: 4.5 Stars
This novel was a breeze. I finished it much quicker than the past couple of novels I've read. It grabbed me by the first couple of pages and didn't let go as it raced to the end. There were no scenes that felt like filler inbetween more important scenes. The jumps between points of view were handled with care, and really worked for giving the reader all aspects of the story. It didn't jump every two seconds from character to character, and it wasn't confusing. Instead, it helped some scenes flow more naturally. And it gave the reader a better insight into the world.

Characters: 4 Stars
Margred was a very interesting heroine, and probably one of my favorites that I've read all year. She was very confident and didn't take any crap, and she adjusted pretty fast to the human world. I did enjoy the few moments in which the human world tripped her up. Caleb was a very likeable hero because he wasn't perfect. He had his demons and his lingering injuries, but it didn't make him any less of a hero in this novel. My only complain is that a lot of the smaller characters didn't have quite enough depth, although I'm happy that Regina and Dylan will be the main characters of the next novel since I did want to see more of them.

Cover: 4.5 Stars
I am a sucker for a blue cover, especially when the color fits the novel. I can't think of a better color for a novel based so much around the sea. And I personally like when the cover model is turned away from the reader, because it leaves the imagination free to picture the main character however we'd like to, given the author's description. The background details really fit the novel as well. And I really enjoyed the detail of the circle with the series name that is featured on all of the novels. I like when publishers take the time to include those little details.

Overall: 4.5 Stars

Disclosure: I bought this book for my own enjoyment.

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