Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
A sweeping romance with a spellbinding twist - from a talented new voice in YA fiction.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Avery has known all her life that she will be the next ‘Roe Witch’ after her grandmother dies, until her mother steals her away and forbids her from ever seeing her grandmother again.
Avery knows that she can’t give up on her destiny though, no matter what her mother says, and turns to a boy called Tane for help, even though she knows she should stay away from strange magic.
Will Avery ever become the next Roe Witch? Is Tane’s magic powerful enough to break the spell her mother has over her? And how much pain does she need to suffer before her own magic kicks in?
This book was heart-breaking, beautiful, and totally captivating.
I have to say that I loved Avery, she was so fierce in her beliefs, and so sure of her path in life that no matter what was thrown at her she stayed strong, and continually strived for what it was that she wanted. I felt so sorry for her in the way that her mother treated her, and how she lost so much, to gain so little.
The storyline in this was so good! I loved following Avery’s story, I loved the magic and the mystery and the intrigue, and I loved the way the writing was so atmospheric, and you could almost feel the ocean spray just from the descriptions in this book.
There was romance of the forbidden variety, and it was sweet, and breath-taking, but didn’t overwhelm the rest of the story. I kept hoping desperately for Avery and Tane to be able to be together against the odds, even when they were stacked so highly against them.
The ending to this was really good, and even though it wasn’t sunshine and roses, it was fitting, and heart-wrenching. I have to say that I really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely want to read it again in the future. Good books don’t come along very often, but this was definitely one of them!
Overall; heart-breaking, beautiful, and totally captivating,
9 out of 10