Jen, who is on a moving campus, i.e. a cruise ship, for a semesterlearns a lot more than just what is on her timetable during that trip.One night she sees a group of other students on deck and something quite unusual happens that baffles Jen. The rest of the group notice her andfrom then on follow her around to make sure Jen tells nobody about whatshe saw. While they spend time with her, the strange group of studentsalso notice something special about Jen - that she is more like themthan like normal humans.
Kirke weaves a story about a variety of mythical beings inSemester Aboard and shows where they clash, where they work togetherwell, where they need each other, and how there is no clear line between which kind of being is good and which not. Thankfully, this book is not one of those trashy vampire/werewolf novels that are cluttering bookshelves in book stores these days. It's a delightfully different take on fantasy creatures and the friendships between the different charactersare believable and touching. You start liking the characters and you get comfy with the book - it almost feels like you are part of the groupand right in the middle of it. You simply do not want it to end! I really hope that there will be a sequel. It would be so veryinteresting to see what else happens in the lives of all thosecharacters and to read another beautifully written book.
-- Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite