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Teagen’s summer has been turned upside down by a body, a pentagram necklace, and an old flame.
Nine months ago, Teagan Matthews' boyfriend disappeared and took her sense of stability with him. But when the opportunity to live with her aging grandmother in Salem arises, she decides it's time to get on with her life. A new home, new job and new friends are adding up to a beautiful summer...
...until a young girl's body shows up one night in town, wearing a necklace exactly like Teagan's.
Now a guy looking remarkably like her missing boyfriend has arrived in Salem along with a mysterious stranger who may have some answers that Teagan has desperately been searching for. Teagan must now decide who to trust. It's a matter of life... and her death.
Release Date: September, 2012
Published By: Laurelis Press
Review Copy: Mobi. Provided by Author
Have you ever read any of my reviews on the books Brina writes? If not you should and get right on top of reading them. Summer in Salem was something new and really I didn't know what to expect. Truth be told (I didn't even tell Brina) I'm not normally a huge fan of witches. I mean it's Salem there had to be witches right? It's not that I don't like them it's just that I always find that they fall short for me. Summer in Salem was not what I expected but in a lot of really great ways!
The biggest let down for me with witch books is the magical elements and how the are presented. There is just no build up with them most of the time. It's like one moment the person has no idea and the next they are like "Wow I always knew!" No you didn't!!! Sorry got carried away. With SIS the magic kind of creeps in bit by bit and is not automatically accepted. There was this entire world hiding just behind everything we knew and though at times it was obvious it was never forced. When Teagen herself makes the move to Salem to forget about a lost love she had no idea what she would find. She is a part of this entire world she never dreamed of and never even thought possible. Heck even when told she thinks everyone is messy with her.
Teagen was such a realistic and believable character! She was super easy to like and relate to at times. She does a lot of growing throughout this book. To start she was simply a grief stricken woman that didn't know what to do with herself. Though she slowly turns into a confident and self assured woman that was enjoyable to read about. There were moments that drove me crazy with her. Like when she wanted proof of what she was being told, only to run for the hills when shown. This is also as stated above part of the reason I enjoyed the book. Her ability to not just automatically accept everything she is told makes her more human.
Other seriously note worthy characters are Lark and Seth. Frankly Seth had me from his first odd yet intriguing appearance. That guy knows how to make an impression. The most notable of his characteristics though was his persistence to tell Teagen the truth. He didn't want there to be secrets and felt she deserved the whole truth, even if she didn't really want to hear it. Lark was a perfect supporting character. She brought something different to the table. With her you got this fun and caring person that you could honestly say you would want as a friend in real life.
As always Brina has me hooked. This girl knows how to write! It doesn't seem to matter what genre she steps into because the writing seems to come naturally. This story did have its flaws but they were so minor that I didn't feel it necessary to mention it. There was far too much to enjoy and I am seriously looking forward to the next instalment, to find out what happens next. This is definitely a book for lovers of witches. However even those like me that normally don't love witches may just enjoy this one!
My Top Five Reasons for why I'm still waiting for my Hogwarts letter:
1. Daniel Radcliffe is a dreamboat
2. Magic is real and I am no ordinary muggle
3. I own a legitimate certified rosewood wand
4. I think Quidditch uniforms are sexy
5. Harry Potter is probably one of the reasons I won't ever give up on writing. JK Rowling was looked over countless time for the novel she wrote on napkins in her friend's pub. Clearly they're all kicking themselves now, but she taught me that different is exactly what our world needs- even when EVERYONE tells you you're wrong.