Josh Reviews: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

Posted January 18, 2014 by Joshua Burns in Josh, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 1 Comment

Josh Reviews: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra
Series: Children of the Sea #1
Published on: July 1st 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 273
Format: Paperback
One Star
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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.



Sea Witch made me reconsider my position concerning the stomp/romp ratio.   The characterizations of our two lovers, selkie and detective, felt simplistic, as if they had been molded simply to go together.    On the other hand, the element of resistance sticks out like a sore thumb.

Practically everything from the font size to the constant employment of similes, I would have liked changed.    The book has no sense of humor, aside from the aftermath of act three, which took all too long in coming.

It is clear the entire budget was here spent on kissy faces and lobster salad.    Thanks to these items, I have now learned that I could do without romance entirely and certainly if it comes at the cost of world-building, conflict, and laughs.

Seriously who, but the cliche-seeker, sets an Iraq war veteran (complete with PTSD symptoms) as their protagonist?    Since it was Maine, could we not have had a lobsterman, who, perhaps, just maybe, had some friends?

Detective Caleb Hunter can have all the midnight shoreside meet-ups he wants because nobody, no-one hangs out with him!    He’s too new and deadly to have had a childhood friend who owns an automotive shop or smoothie store and prods Caleb about his lack of lovers.    Yeah, of course, there are a couple women who do this, but they don’t really hang with Caleb because he has his guard so far up.

Did I mention that they dropped the ball about his sister?    Throughout the whole book, it is let on that she has some abilities, but as it closes we are given no further clues.    I get it that the whole series is to be designed around different couples.    I do.    There needs to be more liveliness, however, in book one for me to even think about setting out to sea again.    As it stands I would rather suspend my vacationing privileges to Maine sand and stick to a city or, at least, some place with some characters.

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Recommended: Sea sludge
Like this, like that: The Warriors of Poseidon series by Alyssa Day, the Castle of Dark Dreams series by Nina Bangs and the Primes series by Susan Sizemore



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One response to “Josh Reviews: Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra

  1. Wow, I would have totally picked up this book due to its pretty cover (yes I’m a cover hussy!) but after reading your review I will definitely cross it off my list. I might love a pretty cover but if the characters and story aren’t as good you’re losing my attention fast. Thanks for the honest review!