Published in 2018 by HarperTeen, an imprint of Harper Collins
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy Fiction
Page Count: 256
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
A magic passed down through generations . . .
Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.
An island where strange things happen . . .
No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.
No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.
No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.
A summer that will become legend . . .
When tragedy strikes, what made the Fernweh women special suddenly casts them in suspicion. Over the course of her last summer on the island—a summer of storms, of love, of salt—Georgina will learn the truth about magic, in all its many forms.
Firstly, a big thank thank you to my lovely friend Rachel for helping me choose this book as one of my next reads and getting me to read it in the first place!
Aro-ace rep, witchyness, f/f relationship, twins…these are all some of my favourite things in books! And I can safely say that this book is yet another of the very most best books that I’ve read this year and definitely a new favourite! I’m lamenting so much that it’s over!
The growing relationship between Georgina and Prue just made my heart sing so much! I just love how cute and fluffy Georgina’s thoughts were when they shared scenes and their interactions just had me grinning like a goof! Also, both are just honestly amazing characters! Georgina is always so loyal to hee twin sister, Mary, and Prue is so loyal to her own brother and never doubts Georgina or Mary when things on the Island by the Sea take a tragic turn!
Which brings me to two points:
1) the island! With its only one ice cream store (the owner and her daughter were honestly so amazing, and I love how the latter was always making up her own ice cream flavours and how she was just such a great friend to Georgina and just (okay yes, I know there’s a lot of ands, but I’m excited!) just Prue and Georgina shared ice cream in a graveyard and it was so precious and ahh my heart!
And b) the whole town and their obsession with Annabelle, the bird (Or was she a descendant of the Fernweh, Mary and Georgina’s surname, family? Well you’ll have to read the book to find out!) I mean, everyone just comes together and celebrates the yearly visit from Annabelle and I love how every one was just so involved in the appearance of her and just….
I was so invested in the story too, waiting to meet her and just what went down from there had me super emotionally invested and curious and upset and hooked and determined to know what happened! Every page was an utter thrill and I will miss these characters so much!
Also Mary and Georgina have quite possibly my favourite twin relationship?! I mean, Mary was going to renounce her power if Georgina didn’t find out what hers was and I just thought that was the sweetest thing and just ahh excuse me whilst I go flail into the puddle of mush that I am right now because this book was perfection and just ahhh.