Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: Cailín by Rosalind Scarlett

Cailín (Anam Céile Chronicles #1) by Rosalind Scarlett
Synopsis (Goodreads):
A love which transcends existence . . .

It is the year 1702. Aislinn, the daughter of a sheep farmer in western Ireland, is a tenacious redheaded lass who has NO intention of ever settling into the dutiful roles of marriage and motherhood demanded of her by her father. The only thing she has ever wanted is to pursue her dreams of being a professional fiddler, and that is fully what she intends to do— with or without the blessing of her family.

Nevertheless, all that, and so much more, is about to change when she is unwilling persuaded into participating in her older cousin’s girlish, traditional Celtic love spell to see the face of the lad she will be destined to marry. Aislinn doesn’t take it at all seriously, until that night when she dreams of a handsome dark-haired lad— just as she was told would happen.

Falling for some charming lad was never part of her plans. Only now, Aislinn cannot seem to shake her obsession with him— nor does she want to! And though she never looks back after he comes into her life, things seem to do anything but fall beautifully into place.

The vision of Donovan was not the only vision that Aislinn had ever experienced. She had always felt out of the ordinary somehow. She just didn’t know why— yet.

Her father never misses an opportunity to rebuke Aislinn for her peculiarities. He accuses her of being a changeling of the sidhe, the dreaded faerie folk of Ireland that delight in causing mischief for decent folk like him.

Perhaps she is.

Fact is, for most of her life, Aislinn has been tormented by strange visions. And now, every one of them is about to manifest themselves to her.

Just when all Aislinn believes she wanted is right within her grasp, she awakes in a strange bed in a castle surrounded by Vampires and the commanding presence of a striking man with an otherworldly attraction.

She has no idea of his intentions, but from the shivers surging down her spine she is certain she’s about to find out.

Everything is about to change . . .

She finds herself heaved into a world of secrets, violence and lust so powerful— it will either consume her or destroy her.

The thing is, Aislinn has no earthly idea of who or what she actually is. To discover the secret for herself, she will embark on a quest which will test her strength and devotion more than she could ever have imagined.

But first, she’ll have to lose everything!
My Thoughts: This is a very introspective book. Considering that Aislinn is recounting how she came to be in the rather precarious predicament the monk man finds her in, this isn't surprising. There's a lot of internal dialogue that effectively shows the world from Aislinn's perspective. That said, having read Donovan's Struggle prior to reading this book, most of the happenings weren't new to me. They were simply shown from Aislinn's point of view as opposed to Donovan's.

Now, it was interesting seeing what was going through Aislinn's head. She's a girl who knew what she wanted when she saw him and she was willing to tell him, flat-out, that she didn't want to wait. Not that it ended up working out the way she was expecting it to, seeing as Donovan's a chivalrous guy who wants to wait to consummate things until the wedding.

Which, in turn, didn't end up working out too well for poor Aislinn. Who knew her virginity would be such a hot commodity? The vampire who made her, that's who!

Aislinn and Donovan's love is one of those epic, star-crossed loves that will span lifetimes. Which made some of the events at the end of this book rather surprising. I expect that things will get straightened out eventually. Provided, that is, that Aislinn holds onto her faith that everything will work out in the end. And provided she keeps a tight hold on that pesky virginity of hers.

Considering what a carnal creature she's turning out to be, that might be harder than you'd think.

Book 2, let's see what you'll bring.

The Anam Céile Chronicles
1. Cailín - Kindle
2. Soeis
The Submission of Giuliana
Donovan's Struggle

Rosalind Scarlett
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Cailín was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I'm still hung up on the synopsis. Because... holy long synopsis.

    1. *looks at it* Yep. It's a little on the longish side.