Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review: A Boy With the Hidden Name

Author Skylar Dorset
Format eARC
Print Length 320 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Fire
Published Dec. 2, 2014

This is not your average trip to Fairyland...

Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren't the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie's ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben's cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie's best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.

My Opinion

After the events of The Girl Who Never Was, Selkie just wants to have a normal life. Well as normal a life as one can get being a princes half-breed of the Seelie Court. She wants to spend time with Ben and Kelsey. Except she can’t- Ben is hardly around- a fact that Selkie is going to complain about A LOT. Oh I may have forgotten the Seelie Court is still after her. The protections around Boston are beginning to fail and its looks like Selkie and her group of misfits are the only ones who can save it. With the Seelie Court after her, Selkie must go to the Goblin Court to seek guidance and assistance. At the same time, she must find the other three fays that will help her save Parsymeon and the Other World.

Selkie for the most part complains throughout the whole book. I mean Boston her home is come apart right before her eyes thanks to a magical Civil War and she is still complaining about Ben not spending time with her. What the what? Everyone is being supportive and following her to Parsymeon and she still complains. Ben for his part is trying to protect Selkie from the prophecy. With him being absent a lot there is very little romance going on. Oh they still have feelings for each other, just not a lot of time together. Plus, when they are together Selkie kinda acts bratty.

While this novel has a lot of action, the world building and sub-plots really do take something away from the story. I found myself caring
less and less about Selkie. There honestly was just too much going on- sort of like trying to eat a taco with too much filling. Some of the plot gets lost in the grand scheme of things.

My Rating 3 stars out of 5

Favorite Quote “You’re angry with me for being fine? I just saved your life.”

Other People

Kelsey- human bestie
Will- wizard that helps to protect Selkie
True- orge aunt who helped to raise Selkie
Virtue- orge aunt who helped to raise Selkie


  1. Sorry this story was disappointing. I agree with you. Too much information can hurt the plot and slow everything down. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Not good when you don't care. Think I'll pass. Great review.