Spells for Forgetting: the spellbinding magical mystery perfect for longer nights
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A rural island community steeped in the mystical superstitions of its founders and haunted by an unsolved murder is upended by the return of the suspected killer in this deeply atmospheric novel. Evocative and compelling,Spells for Forgettingis a vivid exploration of lost love and the unraveling of a small town and its many secrets. Review of Spells for Forgetting I didn’t want to put this one down, reading into the wee hours of the night. But, I forced myself to set it aside because it was so good I wanted to be fully awake when I read the ending. I drowned in the atmosphere of this story—the misty wind-strewn beach, the shadowed forest hiding secrets, the tight-lipped townsfolk protecting the island. The sequel to It Ends With Us (2016) shows the aftermath of domestic violence through the eyes of a single mother. August left the island he was born on, along with his mother, fourteen years ago after a devastating fire at the orchard and the murder of his classmate and friend, Lily. A murder he was suspected of being involved in. But when he left the island, he left broken hearted, something no amount of time seems to be able to heal. He’s only returning now bearing his mother’s ashes, granting her last wish to be buried on the island.
Spells for Forgetting: A Novel - Adrienne Young - Google Books
The problems with people who cast spells to make you forget something that you want to remember is that they are essentially taking your life away. If you can’t even remember who you are, where you come from, what matters to you, and your past or future, then you are as good as a person who is dead. Before casting a spell to forget bad memories I am looking at the rating of over 4 stars next to this title and I am wondering if these people read the same book that I did. Maybe they just don't care that it was a bad book and rated it high because they like Young's other books? I'm never moving to a small Island off the coast of Washington. They're always portrayed as hauntingly beautiful with a history of tragedy and unreliable electricity. It’s really slow to the point that I was very close to skipping chapters and read last few chapters so I finally can get to the point.If you find yourself always asking, why am I so forgetful and absent-minded? Then it may be time for you to get help with forgetful spells. This kind of thing never gets better; it always gets worse if left unattended. You have to ensure that you are protected from people who may want to cast spells to forget someone you love. These dangerous enemies would also want to cast a spell to erase someone’s memory. There is almost no magic in the book which was so unexpected and disappointing. Magic was all talk, it just made story atmospheric. What’s the point of magical island if I’m going to see the magic only at the end when the mystery is unraveled!!
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If you’ve read any of Adrienne Young’s YA novels, you’ll be familiar with her effortlessly atmospheric and lyrical writing. Spells for Forgetting feels even more affecting and immersive, blending magic and slow burn romance with the kind of evocative descriptions that brings Saoirse to life in all its beauty and ugliness. It really is the epitome of an autumn novel – one to be read curled up under a blanket as the trees rustle outside. And if the trees aren’t rustling, you’ll be able to hear them anyway thanks to Adrienne Young’s enchanting ability to transport readers into the wind and sea swept island of her story. im so impressed with this novel and i cant wait to reread it when it comes out just in time for spooky season! Sometimes the signs were subtle, like a fleeting shadow or an echo in the trees. Other times, the island wasn’t gentle with her words. This wasn’t like the gentle shift of wind before a storm. Something dead had woken.” It’s absolutely my favorite Adrienne Young book that I seriously absolutely and highly recommend! I gave her last works 5 stars and I wish I could give this ten to differentiate it from her previous works! Emery might have stayed on Saoirse but her heart left the moment August did. Her life has been frozen in time for over a decade and August’s arrival stirs up all the unresolved feelings she could never let go of. Yet whilst Emery is conflicted about August’s return, the rest of the town isn’t. They want him gone before his presence causes any more harm. As the seasons change and strange happenings start to occur, the islanders are prepared to take matters into their own hands to make sure August Salt disappears once again – perhaps even for good.Adrienne Young's writing is absolutely breathtaking and this was an incredible, eerie, and mysterious novel that needs to be at the top of your TBR list!
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For the most part I thought this novel was great. However I was surprised that the magic wasn't a bigger part of the story. Like if I could do magic I would do that shit all the time. This is a powerful affirmationthat, when coupled with the right ritual acts, can help you manifest a real change in your life starting from your inside.There is a second chance romance, as well as interesting family and friend dramas. This book also has fantasy as one of its descriptions, but honestly, fantasy could have been left out and I would have still had the same feelings for the book. It’s great that the fantasy didn’t overpower the book, but it didn’t have as much essence as I have seen in other fantasy books. I could honestly see arguments for why I’m wrong, but this was more of a feeling for me. The morning August arrives on the ferry, Emery knows something has changed on the island even before she lays eyes on him. The trees on the island have changed color overnight and the birds are acting strange. A storm is coming. Emery has lived a half-life since August left the island—and her. They’d had plans to leave together, but for the last fourteen years she’s been doing exactly what she’d said she wouldn’t: living on the island running her mother’s tea shop. There were times when I wondered if I'd dreamed it. If he'd ever been real or if he was a fragmented piece of my imagination, buried deep and painful within me like a splinter under the skin.” Three woman who join together to rent a large space along the beach in Los Angeles for their stores—a gift shop, a bakery, and a bookstore—become fast friends as they each experience the highs, and lows, of love.
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I didn't know that teenagers didn't usually fall into that kind of love, or that there was anything unusual about us at all. I just knew that she felt like air to me.”At times, I'd even felt like that one memory was the only thing that was keeping me breathing. And there were a million times after I left Saoirse that I wished to God it never happened.” A rural island community steeped in the mystical superstitions of its founders and haunted by an unsolved murder is upended by the return of the suspected killer in this deeply atmospheric novel. The writing itself- meh. It was okay. It was trying to be atmospheric and tense, but it just came off as super slow and boring. The characters felt very one dimensional and not really distinct at all. Each chaper was from the POV of a different character, all in first person perspective, and if it weren't for their name at the beginning of the chapter I wouldn't be able to tell who's head I was in. The individual voices were not distinct at all. If you're going to write different characters in first person I should be able to easily differentiate between them because their narrative voice (like the thoughts in their head) should be individual and different. And it felt very YA, and not adult at all. The main characters are supposed to be 32, but they act and sound like teenagers. And the pacing of this book... ugh. It took until 75% before anything of significance happened. You have to struggle through 75% of this bad writing and unremarkable characters before you begin to learn what really went down oh so long ago. From the first sentence, the reader is transported to Saoirse, a mystical island located off the coast of Seattle, Oregon. It’s steeped in folklore, the locals secretive and protective of the island and the orchard that provides the island’s survival. They begrudgingly endure the seasonal tourists who visit, knowing they provide the much-needed income that allows the island to stay as it is.