Published by: Self Published on March 15, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
The author of the Sweet Evil trilogy from HarperTeen brings you a Young Adult modern folktale full of Irish magic and romance.
While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she'd been led to believe.
What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands in the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their ancient bloodlines.
See Me was a cute story with a very sweet and interesting romance!
I really liked the “arranged marriage” aspect of this book; it made it feel very different. Rather than just stumbling upon McKale and falling in love with him, Robyn is introduced to him and expected to marry him! So the book is about Robyn managing this expectation, trying to keep an open mind, and gradually falling in love with him anyway. I’ve seen some review where people despise this aspect. They hate the arranged marriage and they hate that Robyn is kind of okay with it. So I guess opinions will vary and all that jazz.. If you think it will bother you, I don’t recommend the book. But I found it kind of fun and unique.
I have some mixed feelings about the second half of the book. On the one hand, I REALLY like how the romance progressed. It got super sweet! I love how you can clearly see McKale’s character development. He went from being a shy, tentative, hesitant guy, to one with a lot more confidence. It was an excellent progression. I wasn’t crazy about McKale in the beginning because he was a bit boring, but as he got more confident I found myself really loving him! There were some great parts of the romance that had me giggling with giddiness and excitement!
But, on the other hand, I feel like the non-romance part of the plot really lulled in the middle. Things got a bit boring and uneventful. I was also disappointed that the Faeries are never really explored. Even after reading the book, I feel like they’re a mysterious bunch just off to the side. I never really understood their role in the universe, what they do, or what their lives are like. They clearly weren’t the focus of the story, but they were so interwoven in the plot that it was weird we got so little information about them.
Overall, I’d say See Me was quirky and fluffy. It has a few ridiculous moments, but I suppose that was part of its charm. It doesn’t have the best world building in the universe and some plot points may really piss people off, but they mostly didn’t bother me.
I recommend this book if…
- You want a fun, sweet, fluffy romance.
- You like the idea of a successful arranged marriage.
- You like Irish things.
I DO NOT recommend it if…
- You’re an insanely passionate feminist. The Leprechaun society sees women as belonging in the kitchen and not on the sports field (as one example).
- You want incredible faerie world building (it’s lacking in this book).