ARC Review: Summer of Salt by Katherine Leno | I just want to hug this book


Rating: ★★★★★

Date Read: June 3, 2018 – June 6, 2018

Release Date: June 6, 2018

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series:  Standalone

First Thoughts: This book. I love this book. Last summer I loved Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and now this summer this is the book that I will be recommending to EVERYONE!


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.

An island where strange things happen . . .

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . .

When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.

CW: rape

My Thoughts:

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me a copy of this book to review.

The main reason I loved this book so much is the way it made me feel. It felt like summer. I wanted to hug the book and cry and laugh and love with the characters. It was an experience that will cause me to probably never read the book again for fear that I will not feel the same way about it.

While writing a review, I make a list of the things that I like about the book and what I didn’t. And as I was writing out my list, I had a hard time coming up with things that I didn’t like. The characters were wonderful. I could relate to Georgina and her awkwardness and the feeling of the last summer at home before college and the real world hits. I was amused by the chemistry of the Georgina and her twin, Mary. They were a great example of the female friendships that I love to read about.  The tourists were amusing and I loved their passion for Annabell, the (allegedly) three hundred-year-old bird that is supposedly Georgina’s great-aunt. Oh, I loved how Leno added the magical realism of Annabell and the powers of the Fernweh women. It all fit so well with summer. I enjoyed reading about Georgina and her love life. It was adorable and sweet and charming. But for all its bright and lively moments, there were some rather dark ones as well. The aforementioned tragedy and my content warning for rape were well written and unlike much of society, Leno did not victim shame. She provides care and compassion.

So yes I loved this book and I am sorry that this review is so short but I find that for books that I enjoy I have a rather hard time writing reviews about them.

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