Summer of Salt

Summer of Salt

A magic passed down through generations . . . Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.A...

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Title:Summer of Salt
Author:Katrina Leno
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Summer of Salt Reviews

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    This was just such a ‘me’ book. It was exactly what I wanted to read, and I absolutely loved it.

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    I cannot even begin to tell you guys how much I loved this book. I went into it thinking it was going to be a fun, queer contemporary romance with some whimsical elements, and while it did feature all of those things, it was SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. This is my new favorite book of the year. It’s a mix of the Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender and the Wicked Deep and just everything I’ve ever wanted in a whimsical book. I loved this SO MUCH.

    (Tw: rape)

  • C.G. Drews

    😍And actually excuse me while I sit here all starry-eyed, but this was EXACTLY as beautiful and magical as I hoped. (Although I think my favourite Leno book is always going to be

    because BOOKS. And ANXIETY. Basically the most relatable thing ever.)

    with a family living on an island who actually do downright witchy things like float and turn into birds

    😍And actually excuse me while I sit here all starry-eyed, but this was EXACTLY as beautiful and magical as I hoped. (Although I think my favourite Leno book is always going to be

    because BOOKS. And ANXIETY. Basically the most relatable thing ever.)

    with a family living on an island who actually do downright witchy things like float and turn into birds and make potions. But all in such a chill way that you kind of can look at it without looking at it. Or that's what the other islanders do. I absolutely loooved the world. And it was all

    vibes mixed with every

    and I just !!!

    • an island that's mostly quiet until birdwatching season

    • a 300 year old bird that everyone loves

    • twin sisters who are nothing alike

    • Mary can float

    • Georgie (narrator) is unmagical

    • Like so many solidly fantastic female friendships

    • the absolute CUTEST EVER QUEER GIRLS ROMANCE

    • quite a lot of cake

    • whimsical but also cutely quirky writing

    • some DEEP BAD THINGS

    • a lot of coffee

    • FEATHERS

    Prue is visiting the island with her birdwatching brother and Georgie (obviously) lives there and her family runs the inn. But George is basically like:

    It was so soft™ and sweet™ and I just loved them and how their friendship and feelings developed. Ah!

    Lmao hear me out, I just actually don't love birds. (I was attacked by a kookaburra when I was a smol bean ok. I'm traumatised. It stole my lunch and swiped my face.) And then when everyone is literally SO FREAKING INVESTED in this bird (and later

    ) I was just sitting here with a fake smile going: right then.

    I just didn't really care??

    Which I thought was addressed and handled so well. But omg.

    I was totally swept up in the magic of this, and the aesthetic of the quaint and weird island, and people shedding feathers and eating cake and mysteries threatening to tear their world apart. SO GOOD.

  • joanna ☽

    Summer of Salt is the

    . It focuses on a story passed down through generations, on birds-that-might-not-be-birds, on the magic and darkness that lurks just beneath the island's peaceful waves. With inspir

    Summer of Salt is the

    . It focuses on a story passed down through generations, on birds-that-might-not-be-birds, on the magic and darkness that lurks just beneath the island's peaceful waves. With inspiration from one of Edgar Allen Poe's gorgeous poems, this book casts a spell over you that lasts even after the final page, and while not without its flaws, it was a really enjoyable read.

    I wasn't sure what to expect when diving into this novel. The magical-family premise made it sound like the synopsis for

    ; in the first chapter, I was reminded distinctly of Shea Ernshaw's

    by the witchy seaside setting and the vivid descriptions. However, as I delved in deeper, I saw that this book is clearly

    — ▸ It's

    - Georgina and Prue. It was so wonderful to see the LGBT community represented like this, where the narrator completely accepts her sexuality and isn't judged harshly by others for it. Of course books where LGBT people struggle and fight for their rights are important, because these problems are a very real issue in society - but

    . Leno does a great job of

    , which is something that I feel needs to be done more in the YA genre.

    — ▸ One of this novel's really strong points was the

    . I loved the way that Leno wrote; when I read this, it was like reading a fairy tale, and if I closed my eyes, I could almost picture myself there, on a strange little island that always smelled like salt. The prose is absolutely gorgeous, and really adds to strengthen the story.

    — ▸ I really loved

    . In particular, I was fascinated by Mary. She was such an interesting character to read about - full of beauty and magic and happiness, bold and bright and daring - but also insecure, secretive, broken. She had so much more depth to her than Prue; she was just vivid in a way that stays in your mind.

    — ▸ I loved

    as well as the

    Georgina has with Vira, an aro/ace girl with a unique clothing style who makes the best witty remarks. The dialogue in this book was hilarious at times.

    — ▸ The topic of

    towards the end of this book, and I feel like the author handled it so well. There was plenty of shade towards people in our society who tend to "victim-blame", and pointed remarks about how society should really treat people who've been abused like this.

    — ▸ Despite a slow start,

    and soon the story escalates into darkness, mystery, fear and action, culminating in an ending that felt just right whilst suitably

    .

    — ▸

    This wasn't

    annoying, but I personally like a lot more guessing.

    — ▸

    . The potential was there, but I don't feel that Prue (the love interest) was ever really, truly characterised.

    . Given enough development, these two could easily have become one of my favourite YA couples of all time, but unfortunately the romance was a little too contrived and lacking in depth. This was a problem with a lot of the side characters, too: I just didn't

    them.

    — ▸

    , focusing mainly on building up the setting and Georgina telling us what was supposed to happen. This made the story drag a little, but not in a way that made me inclined to stop reading, especially because this is where most of the romance happened.

    ,

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    Summer of Salt is an

    that makes you feel like you're right there with the characters!

    What had initially convinced me to pick this book up was the f/f romance. I'm normally not that into any kind of "witch" stories and don't read much fabulism anymore. But something about this book reached out to me.

    And it was absolutely wonderful. I liked the subtle magic so much. The

    Summer of Salt is an

    that makes you feel like you're right there with the characters!

    What had initially convinced me to pick this book up was the f/f romance. I'm normally not that into any kind of "witch" stories and don't read much fabulism anymore. But something about this book reached out to me.

    And it was absolutely wonderful. I liked the subtle magic so much. The

    The writing in general was beautiful and I really felt like I could sense the magic and smell the salt.

    This book was filled to the brim with interesting characters and I loved reading about the relationships between all of them. The family dynamics were great and it was so interesting to find out about the different generations of women in the Fernweh family.

    While this features a great female friendship and a wonderful romance, the

    It is a complex relationship and they go through some tough stuff but you can always feel their bond and I love stories about relationships like that.

    The

    I love that we have Georgina as a character who is super sure in her sexuality and has known all her life that she is gay and then Prue, on the other hand, who is a little bit newer to the idea of being attracted to girl. I don't think she uses a label but it is mentioned that she likes both boys and girls.

    This also has

    Both gay and aroace actually get used on paper, YAY!

    The end of this book is incredibly hard-hitting and had a huge impact on me. It gives the whole magic of the Fernweh women a completely different layer.

    Overall I absolutely loved this reading experience. It is a

    And it has so many topics and things to think about packed into it. A huge recommendation from me!

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