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Spells for Forgetting: A Novel (edició 2022)

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'Spellbinding' JODI PICOULT'Exquisite' STEPHANIE GARBERFrom the New York Times bestselling author comes an evocative, compelling novel of ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.'There were tales that only the island knew. Ones that had never been told. I knew, because I was one of them.'Emery Blackwood's life was forever changed on the eve of her high school graduation, when the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her best friend, Lily. She'd once dreamt of running away with August, eager to escape the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and chase new dreams together. Now, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence among this tight-knit community steeped in folklore and tradition, ruled by the seasons and ancient superstitions. But when August returns after fourteen years to bury his mother's ashes, Emery must confront her first love and the reason he left so abruptly. But the town wants August gone again. And as the island begins to show signs of strange happenings, the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises threatens to reveal the truth behind Lily's death once and for all.'An immersive tale' CHANDLER BAKER'So atmospheric it will leave you breathless' SARAH ADDISON ALLEN'Gripping and enthralling' NYDIA HETHERINGTON'Tense, lyrical and wholly romantic' RUTH EMMIE LANG… (més)
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Títol:Spells for Forgetting: A Novel
Autors:Adrienne Young (Autor)
Informació:Dell (2022), 351 pages
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Spells for Forgetting de Adrienne Young

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Okay, so call me naive, but I thought this was going to be more magical realism than actual witches doing spells. Got a little too creepy for me, in that regard, at 30%, so it's exit time. The novel is very atmospherically written, however. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jan 24, 2023 |
I received this book from my aunt for Christmas. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. I assumed Fantasy based off the title and the cover. I liked that this book was mainly realistic fiction with a hint of the supernatural world. I did not see the murder mystery part coming.

The characters were likeable, and the storyline flowed well. It was a fast-moving book and kept my interest. I do not think there were any slow spots. Emery and August were a likeable couple with little drama.

The only negative side I have of this book was the ending. It was rushed and left a lot of open endings. I wonder if Young intends to write a sequel or if she just meant to keep options open. The last three chapters I feel did not do the story justice and the time jump was a little awkward.

All in all I would give it a 4 out of 5 and would recommend to read. ( )
  OMBWarrior47 | Dec 29, 2022 |
Spells for Forgetting is Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel and her first for adults. She is more than welcome to continue writing adult books because this one was fantastic. A little mystery mixed with a bit of fantasy makes for a compelling story in which the island is an ominous secondary character. Ms. Young describes Saorise Island in such a way that it becomes a place you want to visit with its folksy charm, adorable shops, and apple farm. The story’s heart is the mystery of what happened on that fateful night. Between that and the strained history of Emery and August, Spells for Forgetting mesmerized me. All of this is what made it my favorite novel of the month. ( )
  jmchshannon | Dec 24, 2022 |
Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings.

But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.

August knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery.

The town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all.
  rachelprice14 | Nov 22, 2022 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed a copy of this on ebook from the library.

Thoughts: I am a big Adrienne Young fan. I really loved her "Fable" series and her "Sky and Sea" series. I wasn't a huge fan of her stand alone book "The Last Legacy". I also did not enjoy "Spells for Forgetting" nearly as much as her previous books. It was very slow.

The story goes back and forth between Emery and August. August Salt left the island of Saoirse as a teen after some mysterious events happened. Emery stayed on the island and took over her mother's tea shop. Saoirse Island is dependent on the yearly tourist traffic to its orchards but also has some dark secrets. August is forced to return to the island when his mother passes away (his mother has requested to be buried on the island). August's return has Emery questioning events in her past. The arrival of August on the island also seems to bring focus back to some events that happened when Emery and August were teens around an orchard fire and the death of one of their friends.

This story was really slow. I enjoyed the atmospheric island and the idea of the island itself having secrets. At times there is a bit of magical realism feel to the story, some witchcraft and things like that and those parts were decently done. However, this story is more of a murder mystery than anything else and it just takes forever to get going. The question of what really happened during a pivotal night on the island does propel the story forward some but the whole thing felt a bit thin to me.

The characters are somewhat intriguing and the island is full of a bunch of quirky characters; however, you don't spend much time with anyone aside from August and Emery and they feel distant from the reader. There were some unexpected twists and turns but I found them anti-climatic. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and did appreciate the prologue so we could see where the characters ended up, but even the prologue felt forced, with a twist that had me rolling my eyes.

My Summary (3/5): Overall this was definitely not my favorite Young book, I think it was one of her weakest. Part of this is most likely because I expected more of an adventure fantasy type read from Young and what I got here was a deliberate murder mystery with hints of magical realism. This took me forever to get through because it just didn't hold my interest. I loved the island of Saoirse but found the characters and plot lacking. This is definitely something different from Young and it is okay but not great. I am hoping her upcoming Fallen City duology is more in the direction of her previous fantasy books. ( )
  krau0098 | Oct 18, 2022 |
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'Spellbinding' JODI PICOULT'Exquisite' STEPHANIE GARBERFrom the New York Times bestselling author comes an evocative, compelling novel of ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.'There were tales that only the island knew. Ones that had never been told. I knew, because I was one of them.'Emery Blackwood's life was forever changed on the eve of her high school graduation, when the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her best friend, Lily. She'd once dreamt of running away with August, eager to escape the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and chase new dreams together. Now, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence among this tight-knit community steeped in folklore and tradition, ruled by the seasons and ancient superstitions. But when August returns after fourteen years to bury his mother's ashes, Emery must confront her first love and the reason he left so abruptly. But the town wants August gone again. And as the island begins to show signs of strange happenings, the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises threatens to reveal the truth behind Lily's death once and for all.'An immersive tale' CHANDLER BAKER'So atmospheric it will leave you breathless' SARAH ADDISON ALLEN'Gripping and enthralling' NYDIA HETHERINGTON'Tense, lyrical and wholly romantic' RUTH EMMIE LANG

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