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Summer of Salt

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  477 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
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.

ebook, 272 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by HarperTeen
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C.G. Drews
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always expect a beautifully magical time when it comes to a Leno book. 😍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 Everything All at Once because BOOKS. And ANXIETY. Basically the most relatable thing ever.)

This one is slightly more magicy than the others, with a family living on an island who actually do downright witchy things like float and turn into birds
joanna ☽
"Are you happy at all?" she asked tentatively.
"Of course I'm happy. Why wouldn't I be happy?"
"Oh, I don't know. Sometimes you just find reasons not to be."

4 stars for a beautifully written and enchanting book.

Summer of Salt is the magical, whimsical story of falling in love, two twins, and a summer unlike any before. 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
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was just such a ‘me’ book. It was exactly what I wanted to read, and I absolutely loved it.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
May 01, 2018 marked it as owned-tbr
Unlike Katrina Leno’s previous books, the magical realism in Summer of Salt isn’t subtle. The magic in this book is evident right from the beginning and plays a central role in the story. What isn’t evident from the beginning, however, is the important and powerful message this book has to share. It would have been a sweet, diverse, wonderfully relatable coming-of-age story regardless, but Katrina Leno doesn’t leave it at that. She wanted her book to mean something, and oh, did she succeed. This ...more
'I knew that he would use that gun, because that is what small, scared men did: they used things more powerful than themselves to make up the difference. They hid behind weapons of mass destruction: big guns and bigger bombs.'*


Holy shit, Summer of Salt just kind of creeps up on you about what its actually doing and I loved that about it. I mean, up until halfway through I was just having a great time reading this heartwarming
alice (arctic books)
Absolutely stunning. Full review to come.
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
I personally had no intention of picking up Summer of Salt sooner. In my case, I really want to read it but the instant I discovered the plot would touch rape, I know I’m not in the best place to delve it. Although, impulses happen when you’re bored.

Summer of Salt is my first Katrina Leno book, and I had no idea she has penchant for exploring hard-hitting topics. The story started with a lyrical note.

On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things salt and magic.

I was easily tran
"On the island of By-the-Sea you could always smell two things: salt and magic."

I can already feel that this is gonna be an Unpopular Opinion Time 🐸☕

TW: rape, slut shaming

This was…just not my thing.

First though, lemme point out the diversity in this book:
lesbian main character
aroace side character
bi side character

If I gotta be honest, though, apart from the very appreciated diversity, the characters themselves felt rather…two-dimensional? They weren’t captivating and special.

Throughout the re
oh my god i am SO ready for this summer book about girls loving girls

truly GAYreat content
Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
*An ARC was provided by Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

"I think a person can be a home, sometimes, just as much as a place or a house can."

Based on reviews alone, I knew I was in for a good time when I started this. Little did I know it was going to be “big girl Disney.” Special, different, and magical, filled with lovable characters who save the day and beat the bad guy. A perfectly, realistic little magical island fairytale.

Who doesn’t want to read something like
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
It was all too easy to be immersed in this world and among these characters once I started reading SUMMER OF SALT. I was instantly drawn into the narrative, and that in part has to do with how well the author brought the characters and the setting to life. I definitely liked that it was mostly a contemporary tale with a slight magical twist, and I'm glad I read it.
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
3.5 Stars
“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
TW: rape mention (doesn't happen on page)

I'm so emotional, this book is brilliant and you guys need to read it
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
this book was SO SO GOOD and IMPORTANT you guys!!!!!!! aaaa you should all just go read it right now

i bought this because it sounded like a cute summer read, which it WAS and it even exceeded all my expectations! its magicky, witchy but also soft and summery, featuring DIVERSE characters and a lot of kickass women characters and it has just such good aesthetic vibes to it

but the good things dont stop there! what i didnt know and didnt expect of this book is that it raises awareness for sexual as
Emily Cait
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little slow to start, but ultimately enjoyable.
michelle (magicalreads)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, reviews
tw: rape

I did not expect to love Summer of Salt as much as I did. I mean, I've been hyped for it since it was announced, because. Magic. Sisters. F/F relationship. All of that already had me so excited for this book, but once I actually started it, I feel head over heels in love with it. (TW for this book: rape)

The writing was definitely the aspect of this book that I loved the most. I've read one and a half of Katrina Leno's other books, but this one really blew me away. She really captured the
It is no secret that Katrina sent me an ARC of this book and I am so lucky that she did. I love Katrina's writing so much and I read this in two days.

Guys. I can't choose a favorite. I love all of her books, Molly Pierce has a special place in my heart, I read Lost & Found when I needed it most, Everything all at Once is just MY FUCKING BOOK oh my god I connect with that book so deeply, but this book hit really close to home in a lot of ways too and the writing was just SO DAMN GOOD ugh I ju
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
Katrina Leno can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. Her books have soul, they are different and they make you believe a 300-year-old bird actually exist.

Summer of Salt is pure gold.
lucky little cat
Yet another Goodreads-hyped disappointment. Arrrrrgh. Moralistic quasi-feminist gothic tale emerges as one big unholy Alice Hoffman/Nancy Drew mashup.
that's not fish I'm smelling
You're going to need a fresher plot.
No cliché is omitted: we get witchy twins (one gay, one straight, one hot, one not); eeevil stalking the woods; an ultra-wise ultra-witchy mom; cursed ancestor women; and back-to-back wild storms all on one tiny eastern-seaboard backwater resort island. We also get a love story, a (view spoiler)
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, lgbtiq-mc
I loved this book! The quirky setting, the atmosphere, the magic and all those lovely characters. I loved that there were so many forms of love in this book, between mother&daughters, sisters and friends; love for an island, for a bird, for a specific time, for nostalgia, but that there was also a romance (even better that it was f/f), and that the romance was rightly pushed to the background by the mystery of the plot. I loved the coming-of-age-feel of this book. I loved how it was funny, G ...more
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Summer of Salt is one of those books that quietly sneaks up on you, until before you know it, you’re fully immersed in a story of sisters, magic, and a small island overrun with birdwatchers. The fabulist elements were incorporated beautifully into the story, and I could almost feel the magic of By-the-Sea myself as I
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it

okay, this was cute and important and i liked it!! however, it felt like a contemporary even though magic was present? i can't even explain it, i just wanted it to feel more magical and i was really curious about that aspect of the book.

the whole thing seemed like a beautiful, gorgeous, unique idea but it wasn't executed in the best way and i liked it but i also really wish it was better.
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, e-books, young-adult
3.5/5 Stars


I'm kinda torn. There are parts of this book that I really liked. I just feel like the whole thing could have been so much MORE.

What I Liked:

1. The Atmospheric Writing - This book felt equal parts like a contemporary, a magical realism and a murder mystery book. The descriptions about the town were particularly compelling. I definitely preferred the parts of the book with the more magical realism feel to it. The more contemporary parts were kind of what cheapened the whole thi
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, magic
This book was AMAZING! Very quirky, different, and weird but I loved it! It was unlike anything I've ever read before. I literally devoured the pages and basically read this book in one sitting. This book has it all, family, friends, first loves, and mystery, all with a slightly dark twist.
This story follows Georgina Fernweh, and her twin sister Mary, in their tiny island hometown called By-The-Sea. Every woman in their family has magical powers. Mary has been showing signs of her powers since t
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again, Leno delivered a beautiful and magical story, which packed an emotional punch.

Full review to follow.

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

Hannah (Peevey) Way
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have been looking forward to reading this book for months, and maybe I over hyped it for myself? I have read two previous novels by Leno and I really enjoyed both of them immensely and the premise for this book just seemed like she would knock it out of the park. Instead, there is what felt like a half-baked story of villainy squeezed into a totally different book about witches and bird watchers and some really great characters populating a small, quirky little island.

I loved the main charact
Sabrien Abdelrahman
Pls be sapphic also hoping this is a better version of Wild Beauty. Also this cover is gorgeous.
Viola ☾
Still contemplating whether to give this one 2.5 or 3 stars.

Do you know these type of books where you kinda enjoy what you’re reading but then you don’t really know what you’re reading which makes you not enjoy the book anymore (this doesn’t even make sense)?
Well, this was how I felt while reading this one. It was very atmospherical and I loved the setting but it felt like the plotline wasn‘t fully thought out and just randomly chosen by the author. I don‘t know what exactly the main plot of t
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“I knew that he would use that gun, because that is what small, scared men did: they used things more powerful than themselves to make up the difference. They hid behind weapons of mass destruction: big guns and bigger bombs.” 0 likes
“Oh, By-the-Sea, island of Fernwehs and everything I had ever known and loved. How I would miss you—every part of you—but especially the smell, always the smell: of salt, of brine, of water, of spells, of potions, of feathers, and of what it would mean to leave it all in just two months.” 0 likes
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