Last week I totally spaced and forgot to write up my Waiting On Wednesday post. I had the book and everything planned out I just didn’t get around to writing it all out. SO this week is technically last weeks choice, and I hope you all don’t mind! I know I’ve made this remark again and again but seriously 2014 is the season of witch-y books! Everywhere I look its like every author just discovered witches and the awesomeness that comes from writing Young Adult novels about them. Don’t get me wrong some of these books I am SUPER head over heels pumped for but at the same thing, is too much of a good thing bad? Sometimes it can get a little repetitive BUT it won’t stop me from reading them all!
Expected Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men 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, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.
When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.
With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. 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—one she might not be able to make.
Look at the purple on that cover – LOVE IT! Its a simplistic cover in its self and I had to look at it a second time to see what it was about but nevertheless it is a beautiful, and unqiue cover for such a magical and witch-y book! I’m really excited to read this novel once its out because it takes a different approach from many magical novels I’ve been reading as of late: there’s no long lost dire prophecy that needs to be filled (none we know of), there’s not evil vs. good witches or male vs. female dominated power. Just a girl wanting to take her proper place among her lost society to her. So many questions revolve around this novel though – what happened between her mother & grandmother? Is her town in trouble? Why does Avery have a dream about her murder? I like the unraveling mysteries this novel delivers. I also ADORE the seaside village with its pirate-esq feel and pirate-y men; even the cover has boating knots on it! I just love the overall “new” feel this novel has; I’ve definitely never encountered anything like it!