See Me by Wendy Higgins
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.
Ugh. I don't know how the author of the amazing Sweet Evil series can go and write this book. I mean she can obviously write a good story, so why was this one so not good. It was like the worst kind of young adult book. So annoying and just not good. It makes me so sad when an author I like writes a book that is just not up to what they can do.
So this is the story of Robyn, the almost 18 year old who is just so excited to meet the guy she is going to marry. She has been looking forward to this her whole life. She just loves the arranged marriage idea. Yeah, cause that is believable. I could get behind she feels she needs to do this to help the magical people and whatnot, but to be so excited about it seemed odd to me. She plays a game of what will he be like with her sister. They come up with what if he has a big nose? Or what if this or that. She is okay with anything, except her secret fear that he will be shorter than her! Because that would just be so not cool. Like jeez, she is already tall for a girl. It would be totally uncool to have a shorter husband. I mean who cares what he looks like, what he acts like, whatever. Just as long as he is not short he can be horrible to her. No big deal.
So on the plane ride over to Ireland, where he lives and where she will now be living, her mom tells her he is a Leprechaun! Oh noes! That is like her worst nightmare! Not even a slightly shorter guy, but probably a really short guy! Well thankfully he is a super tall Leprechaun! Phew! Dodged that bullet. So what was the point of having a Leprechaun romance if the guy is not going to be a real Leprechaun? His tallness is also this huge thing. He never fit in growing up as he was different. Please. I got tired of them talking about their heights. I got it, he is a normal guy who is magical. Yey. So I don't get why the author chose to have him be a Leprechaun. Why not some other magical being? It just....
Then since they are Leprechauns Robyn and her sister just love the stereotypical Irish Leprechaun things. They make them says some oh so hilarious things that were just....I just had a really hard time not rolling my eyes every two seconds and being like grow up already! Up until about 60% I kept thinking I should just put it aside as one of the few books I do not finish. It was bad, but I was determined to stick it out. Okay I read it at night so I wouldn't get sucked into the story and stay up half the night. It was my pre-bedtime reading.
So Robyn and McKale are like instantly in love. It was magical. I just...it was way too unrealistic and simplistic. Then there is the complication of the evil Fae Princess who wants McKale for some reason. So then Robyn gets to be all jealous and petty and poor me, my arranged husband who I am totes in love with has this Fae lady who wants him and when the Fae touch you you cannot help but be entranced by them so poor poor me. It was just....so whiny teenager angsty drama. I am too old for that. It annoys me greatly.
The last part of the book was better than the first. Once they had a plan to try and destroy the evil Fae Princess it was more interesting. Not good, but better than the first part of the story. Really there wasn't much to this book except Robyn and McKale falling in love and learning to be together. You did have an instant relationship with the sister and Rock. Cassidy, the sister, did fall in love with him and there was some drama there, but it was just in the sidelines. I think Rock was my favorite character just because he did things. He caused trouble and seemed like he would be fun to be around. He was about the only thing I did like in this story.
So overall I don't know how an author with an amazing story managed to write this nonsense. It was almost unreadable for me and the characters just annoyed me. There wasn't much to the story either so...it was just not good. Makes me sad since I was really excited to read it.