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Summer of Salt

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  39 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
Shelves: june-2018
This was just such a ‘me’ book. It was exactly what I wanted to read, and I absolutely loved it.
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
Lea (drumsofautumn)
'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
rachel • typed truths
Oct 11, 2017 marked it as radar
Shelves: pub-2018
living for this cover
alice (arctic books)
Absolutely stunning. Full review to come.
oh my god i am SO ready for this summer book about girls loving girls

truly GAYreat content
*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
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
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.
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.
Sabrien Abdelrahman
Pls be sapphic also hoping this is a better version of Wild Beauty. Also this cover is gorgeous.
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
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. The characters are so well developed and the story keeps you turning the page. I finished the book in record time! I highly recommend this, it's incredibly well written and full of magic!
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Summer of Salt is seriously so good. It made me think of Pawley's Island (the place) and Practical Magic (the movie), except a little more macabre than either.

It's the story of the Fernweh twins, Georgina!& Mary, and their last summer on their home island By-the-Sea before they go off to college. All of the Fernweh women through the ages have had a special magical ability, except Georgina doesn't. She has til her 18th bday for her power to manifest or it never will.

There's also this re
Taisiya Maslennikova
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-work
This is beautiful, gentle story about two young sisters from magic family living on the romantic island. It has winds, salt, water, trees, graveyards, ice-cream, love, friendship and floating in air. It will warm your from the inside and will give you the true pleasure.
But in the end... You must be ready for harsh and straightforward message. I can't say that reader going to be disapointed - you can't be dissapointed in author saying the truth. But this book was so airy, so transparent and light
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay, so, I’m kind of baffled and bewildered and rattled and perplexed, which doesn’t happen often; I’m normally very certain of my stance on things, at least if ‘things’ means whether or not I liked a book. However, through a majority of Summer of Salt I was absolutely torn apart.

At first glance, this novel is a beautiful work of art. From the amazing cover to the delightful prose to the enchanting atmosphere of a unique setting, I fell immediately head over heels and thought this might actuall
This is one of those "You could have been amazing, so what the hell happened?" books. The premise is fantastic. Described as Practical Magic meets Bone Gap, it's about a pair of twin sisters who are about to spend their last summer in their childhood home--one that's situated on a small island full of strange history and myth. Georgina and Mary Fernweh are descended from a line of magical women--some could control fire, others could fly and even walk on water. Sounds great, yeah?

The first quarte
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most perfect summer book. I just finished and my chest is all tight, but not because I'm sad. Because I'm so happy that I found this book. It is a little nugget of sunshine sprinkled with just enough darkness so that you don't go blind. Inside you'll find magic and friendship and sisterhood and the ocean and first kisses and and a 300 year old bird.

If you are looking for a beach read with some substance, I can't recommend this enough. The writing was beautiful, as light as sand. The dialogu
WOW. This book is really good. There are sooo many reasons why, and for a full list (and also a book aesthetic that I made) you can read my blog post about this book here. But here is the basic reasoning for why I fell in love with Summer of Salt:

- Family dynamics. I am such a sucker for sister books!
- The writing!! Katrina Leno’s writing is just absolutely beautiful.
- Important stuff like messages about rape, and diversity! (Lesbian mc, bisexual love interest, aroace side character)

Summer of Sa
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely. Review TK.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Magic has a presence all its own in Katrina Leno’s vivid tale of sisters, a three-hundred-year-old bird, and an island you’ll never want to leave. Practical Magic meets Raven Girl while proving that nothing is stronger than the bond between siblings.

Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I am recommending this book to everyone. It's like the ocean (which feels fitting): quiet & loud & beautiful & powerful, all at once.
Brittney Lynn
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, I am super excited to read this book! Not only because I am a twin, and adore reading anything about twins but, because it seems absolutely wonderful!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey, Mrs. Arnold. You need to pick this up as soon as you possibly can.

I loved so many things about this. This book covered a lot of deep topics that we don't normally see in YA, but had the magical realism aspect that I loved from Everything All at Once. I honestly think that Katrina Leno is one of my new favorite contemporary authors, and I'm planning on reading the rest of her books in the future.

So if you're looking for an easy book to really get into magical realism, I'd highly recommend
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is timeless and will transport and enchant you. My expectations going into Summer of Salt were high. I had seen positive reviews from some readers who’s opinions I trust, plus it was pegged as a Practical Magic mash up which is one of my favorite movies (yes, I know it was a book first, but it’s still on my TBR!) And oh it did not disappoint one bit! I devoured this book in 3 days of very late night reading because yes, I forgot to look at the clock because this book completely engross ...more
Celia Daughter)
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-galley of this book!

I admit, when I began to read this, I thought I would either DNF it or come back to it at a later date. I am so glad I kept reading because I knew this was magical realism and magical realism is my recent bag. I just had to finish it.

This is the story of two sisters living on a small island in the summer before they both leave for college. Georgie doesn't have magical powers like her sister, who can float above the ground which she thinks is l
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