ARC Review | Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Summer of SaltTitle: Summer of Salt

Author: Katrina Leno

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: June 5, 2018

“One the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic.”

I thought that Summer of Salt would be an atmospheric story about a quirky island and the magical sisters who call it home, but it was so much more than that. Summer of Salt explored grief, pain, the deep bonds of family, all in this beautifully fantastical setting.

Things I Liked 
This story was so beautifully atmospheric and magical. I loved the quirky and unique setting of By-the-Sea. It really felt alive. And I loved the unique and specific powers that the Fernweh women possessed and the matter-of-fact nature of their magic. And the legacy of Annabella the bird.

So Georgina’s romance with Prue, who’s tagging along with her brother for bird watching, is all kinds of adorable. The are just so pure and cute and make me really smiley.

Summer of Salt is just filled with so much family and sisters and love and support and I couldn’t get enough. The Fernweh women were a great, eclectic group that truly love and support each other beyond anything else.

You always know you’ll get fantastic quotes with magical realism books:

“On By-the-Sea, you and me will go sailing by. On waves of green, softly singing too. On By-the-Sea, you and me will be forever young. And live together on waves of blue.”

“The dead loved promises; the living loved promising.”

Things I Didn’t Like 
I loved that is was such an easy book to read, but it went by so quickly! I don’t know if the atmospheric nature of the story kept me from really getting hooked in, but I never felt fully invested. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it but I wasn’t in it.

This was the perfect rainy day summer book. I absolutely flew threw the pages, but I don’t think I’ll be forgetting the story anytime soon. Summer of Salt is an impactful story of magic and healing.

Trigger warning for rape.

I received a copy of the book from HarperTeen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Have you read any of Katrina Leno’s books? What’s your favorite magical realism book? Share below!


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