Release Date: September 4, 2014
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Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power.
The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive.
Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.
The Witch of Salt and Storm is a rich and unique story woven in such a way that you can't help but fall into. Avery is just another witch in a long line of Roe witches who help make spells and charms for the people of the island. Without the magic, ships wouldn't sale as well, business would be poor, some may never find love. So when Avery's mother drags her away from her grandma's cottage and forbids her to become a witch and carry on the lineage, Avery must find a way to get back and become the witch. Along with this, there is also a romance plot which plays a large role in controlling the direction of the story and this makes it so much more exciting to read about, in case you thought this would just be another YA romance to add to the pile.
There are so many aspects that of the book that I fell for. I loved how the book was narrated and how the island is described so vividly that leads to the book having an incredible magical atmosphere. I had a real sense of the tradition of the island and how much the people rely on the witches to swing their fortunes. Also, the romance is bittersweet and so hard not to support. Avery and Tane (pronounced tah-neh) are simply so sweet and everything you want in a first love story.
I would highly recommend The Witch of Salt and Storm to those who love a young adult romance to sink their teeth into and really get hooked on. You will not fail to be surprised at every turn of this well planned out story. I immensely enjoyed it and now impatiently waiting for the sequel.
A review copy was provided by the publisher