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Posted December 10, 2012
Review of Summer in Salem by Brina Courtney
“Summer in Salem” is a totally delightful and enchanting novel, multilayered and multileveled. There is so much going on in this book, and all of the subplots are just as delectable-and just as essential-as the apparent main plot. The author does a tremendous job of balancing plot lines and multiple characters, and of interweaving the story lines. The reader doesn’t have a spare moment to be bored, because the novel is exciting throughout.
On the surface, Teagan, almost twenty-two, moves out of her parents’ home to stay with her grandmother for the summer, due to her grandma’s propensity to independence and health concerns. Yes, that’s the surface; but beneath that is Teagan’s own situation: her beloved boyfriend Jason, who was also completely enraptured with her, just “disappeared” nine months earlier, gone without a trace. Her grief and depression led to her dropping out of college temporarily and returning to her folks, and put a hiatus on her paintings.
Add to that: the disappearances of girls in Salem, even apparent murder, of girls who look identical to Teagan. Add the intuition of Teagan’s since childhood that she is under observation. Add how smoothly her introduction to Salem, to a job, to a new best friend, flows. Add the secrets her Mom and Gran are keeping from her-about her, and about Jason….I could go on and on, but I won’t spoil this wonderful story, which deserves a very wide readership, both among YA fanciers and among adult readers too.
Posted December 9, 2012
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters. This is a story about a 25 year old woman. She's experienced some bad times and when given the opportunity decides to spend the summer with her grandmother. During the summer she learns a secret that has been kept from her.
I loved the character development, I loved the story, and I love a book that draws me in and I can paint in my mind what the place looks like along with the characters.
***Please note: I did receive a free copy for an honest review.
Posted November 30, 2012
I received this book free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are mine, all mine.
Our young heroine Teagan is left adrift and lonely after the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend, Jason. She drops out of college, stops painting, and settles into a depressed gloom before moving back home with her concerned parents. After her grandmother, who lives alone in Salem, Mass. suffers another serious fall, Teagan comes up with a plan. She offers to go live with her grandmother to keep an eye on her, in exchange for giving herself a much-needed fresh start. Once she arrives in Salem she finds new friends, a new job, a devilishly sexy man named Seth, and a new desire to pick up her paintbrush again. But when Teagan stumbles across the body of a young girl who has been murdered (who looks an awful lot like her), she finds other things….darker things. Things like dark witchcraft, mysterious sightings of a strange version of Jason, and mostly-forgotten evil cults, long thought to be extinct.
This was a pretty quick read, set in a fascinating location full of witchy lore. The storyline was engaging enough to keep me turning the pages, but it lacked a certain amount of depth that would make this a truly fantastical read. I don’t have a clear impression of what the characters or places look like, because there weren’t a lot of descriptors throughout the narrative. I think that this novel sets up the premise for a very interesting book #2, and the story is intriguing enough for me to want to follow author Brina Courtney’s journey to complete Teagan’s tale. I would recommend this book to readers 13+ who are interested in the paranormal genre – nothing too racy is contained within these pages!
Posted November 24, 2012
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.
The main plot is good. A young adult woman suffering from a loss of a loved one, attempts to start her new life away from home. She doesn't know that in reality she is going back where she belongs. The plot kept me interested and intrigued.
The main character has many weakness which makes her more like a real person. She is more than a kick ass, bad guys never had a chance, type of heroine. The fact that she is more real allowed me to feel closer to her emotions and relate to her.
The story is an introduction to the Electi series and I'm curious to see where the author will take this.
The story seem to move forward and backward a lot, which was a little frustrating. Teagan wanted to know what people were keeping from her, but when the explanations were finally given she would most of the time run away. The story kept showing little snippets of what was about to come around the corner, but then it would go back all the way to the beginning.
Posted November 21, 2012
R2R: Summer in Salem
(I received a free copy, for a review)
Poor Teagen has gone through a very difficult situation; her boyfriend all of a sudden disappears one day, out of the blue. But, from her depression comes an opportunity, to go live with her aging grandmother, in Salem, for the summer. She quickly finds a new job, in an art gallery and also a new friend, the owner of said gallery. Everything is going well, until she thinks she sees Jason, her missing boyfriend. From there, things just get stranger.
She sighed, "she had someone protecting her. That's how we should've know that the girl we found in the park was not her. She had little protection on her, such a pity. Regular humans should not have to die in our fight. If we kill them all there will be none left to enslave."
I wish we could give half star ratings, since I would have given this a 3.5 stars. It was a fun read and the ending was not what I had expected to have happen. It was a little bit on the sophomoric side, for me, but it held my attention. Can't wait to read the next one and see how this story continues!
Posted November 19, 2012
I really enjoyed reading Summer In Salem! I became so engrossed in the book and I absolutely could not put it down!! The plot
was very different from what I expected for a book that is set in Salem, but still embodied the spirit of Salem! Teagen is the main character and has been sheltered by her mother (in certain areas) for a good part of her life. She has been through a traumatic time recently, and when she goes to stay with her grandmother for a time, things really start to get interesting in her life. I don't want to give away any of the book, but I definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you are interested in witchcraft, paranormal, etc. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, hopefully we won't have to wait too long!! :)
There is a little bit of proofreading that needs to be done still - mainly spelling and incorrect words in places, but it is very few and didn't affect my reading of the book at all.
DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author (through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no money or other compensation was provided for this review.
Posted November 12, 2012
Wow, what an exciting read. It reminded me a bit of a favorite show I used to watch, called Charmed. Also reminded me a bit of The Secret Circle show and books for the same reason. In the way, that they didn’t know they were witches in the beginning. Well, in this, Teagan doesn’t know she is a witch, and not just any witch, a powerful one. I really liked it, and its very well written.
It took a bit to warm up to Teagan, I didn’t really connect with her on the heartbreak over Jason, who disappeared 9 months before. But was glad she did move on, and come to Salem to help her grandmother. Teagan’s mother raised her without any knowledge of magic, so Teagan is a skeptic for sure.
I really liked Seth, he is perfect for Teagan , but I was saddened about his story, and what had happened. I will not say what that is, I will keep this as spoiler free as I can.
Lark is probably a tie for favorite character; she is witty, funny, and very likable. She and Seth tie for me. I course, love Gran too, she is sweet, if not a bit overprotective, in not teaching Teagan about the magic sooner.
I do not want to say too much more on what happens, but will say its non-stop excitement once you get into it, I was not able to put the book down. Read it all in one day, in one sitting just about. Its not very long either. I sense this is going to be a series, as there is much more to happen, many loose ends, which means it has to be another book.
I highly recommend this book, especially anyone who likes witches and anything magical, but in the modern world.
I only have one negative, and that’s the cover. It has nothing to do with the book, and is boring. I almost did not sign up for the tour, as the cover didn’t attract me, but decided to look into the book, to see if it by chance was about witches because of the title. And I am happy
I did, as I love the book. I would suggest to the author for sure to think about a new cover, something witchy and paranormal like. At a glance I would have thought contemporary romance, but its not. (I don’t read those, so it’s why I almost passed)
5 out of 5 stars for me.
I was provided this book for my honest review for SupaGurl Book Tours.