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Summer of Salt Hardcover – June 5, 2018
"Devoted" by Dean Koontz
For the first time in paperback, from Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him. | Learn more
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★ “Sophisticated and complex. A necessary novel that is, at the same time, so enjoyable to read that teens will have to fight the urge to crawl into the pages.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“A tale that combines sumptuous old-fashioned storytelling and modern feminist themes.” (Chicago Tribune )
“A fanciful, whimsical novel. Leno mixes small-town island life and the loving bond between sisters with light magical elements as well as weightier issues that are examined with nuance and maturity.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
- Grade Level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062493620
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.93 x 8.25 inches
- ISBN-10 : 0062493620
- Reading level : 13 - 17 years
- Publisher : HarperTeen (June 5, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #444,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The island is known for hosting a rare bird named Annabella that arrives every summer. The island is remote, but every year a whole hoard of bird watchers arrive and take over the island. Annabella is particularly special to the Fernweh family and might have magical qualities of her own.
There are two new bird watchers on the island this summer, Prue and her brother Harrison. While Harrison is obsessed with Annabella, Prue and Georgina strike up an adorable romantic relationship.
This summer, however, Annabella doesn’t show up, and everyone on the island is worried about her. Meanwhile, Mary begins behaving strangely, and Georgina tries to understand why.
As I said before, I really enjoyed this novel. It was a relatively short read (less than 300 pages), and the story moved along at the perfect pace. It was also a very atmospheric book, and actually reminded me a lot of Leslye Walton’s The Price Guide to the Occult, which I read back in February.
I was intrigued by the very first sentence:
"On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic."
While the story was a bit predictable at times, I didn’t feel as that took away from my enjoyment of it at all.
The book does deal with rape, which I wasn’t expecting going into the novel, but Katrina Leno handles the topic extremely well. She even deals with victim-blaming, such as when victims are blamed for what they wear or do, rather than placing all of the blame on the rapist.
If you’re looking for the perfect atmospheric summer book to read, pick up Summer of Salt. You won’t be disappointed!
Okay, so I wanted to like this just a tad more than I wanted, but it was still a pretty solid read. I have yet to come across a book that takes on sexual assault in the way that Leno does. It was atmospheric and magical. Sad and beautiful. Touching and simple.
I loved the beachy setting, the tangible characters, and the quirky Fernwah family. Then, there is the bird element, and the mystery that comes with that.
The only thing I will say is that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly. But, to be honest, I'm glad it didn't drag. It got right to the point. It was a rather short book, but those are the best kind. Yet, I wouldn't have complained if it was longer; I sort of didn't want it to end.
Anyways, it was a beautifully told tale of two sisters (and a missing bird) who were lost at the beginning as they dealt with their own personal issues, but who eventually came together and saved one another in the end.
It tugged at my heart strings in ways I can't explain.
Fantastic little book this was.
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The idea of an island community, slightly tinged in magic, was stunning. And Leno paints a real picture of the island and its residents. I could almost taste the insane ice cream flavours, and smell the salt of the sea on the pages. I loved the characters, from the bird watchers right down to the little bird herself. It was all such a magical idea.
The story itself was a little bit disjointed, and often it was a bit predictable for my liking. For example I can't imagine anyone didn't figure out Georgie's power within the first few chapters. But there were a lot of powerful messages that can be taken from the book. There's diversity, strong women, family and friends with incredible bonds, as well as the ever important 'no means no' message.
Mostly all this book left me wanting, was a one way ticket to the island of By-the-Sea.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves magical realism, fantasy, lesbian romance, or sister bonding books. Or just beautiful books about the summer. It's great. I hope there's a sequel.