Release Day Review: Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young

A deeply atmospheric story about ancestral magic, an unsolved murder, and a second chance at true love.

Emery Blackwood’s life changed forever the night her best friend was found dead and the love of her life, August Salt, was accused of murdering her. Years later, she is doing what her teenage self swore she never would: living a quiet existence on the misty, remote shores of Saoirse Island and running the family’s business, Blackwood’s Tea Shoppe Herbal Tonics & Tea Leaf Readings.

But when the island, rooted in folklore and magic, begins to show signs of strange happenings, Emery knows that something is coming. The morning she wakes to find that every single tree on Saoirse has turned color in a single night, August returns for the first time in fourteen years and unearths the past that the town has tried desperately to forget.

August knows he is not welcome on Saiorse, not after the night everything changed. As a fire raged on at the Salt family orchard, Lily Morgan was found dead in the dark woods, shaking the bedrock of their tight-knit community and branding August a murderer. When he returns to bury his mother’s ashes, he must confront the people who turned their backs on him and face the one wound from his past that has never healed—Emery.

The town has more than one reason to want August gone, and the emergence of deep betrayals and hidden promises spanning generations threaten to reveal the truth behind Lily’s mysterious death once and for all.

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

Spells for Forgetting is a mysterious, unpredictable, and unique story. I don't know how to label it but there is magic, romance, suspense, and mystery. I was hooked on the story right away and was fully invested in the characters and the plot. The main characters are August and Emery. The story starts with August returning to Saoirse Island after leaving fourteen years ago, when he was accused of murdering Emery's best friend Lily.

It is obvious that the two still have feelings for each other and that there is unfinished business. August isn't welcome on the island and the locals make sure that he knows this. I really enjoyed the unpredictability of the story, and the characters were very likable. I also liked Adrienne Young's writing style and look forward to reading more of her books. I hope she'll continue to write more books similar to Spells for Forgetting.

About the Author

Adrienne Young is the New York Times and international bestselling author of the Sky and Sea duology, the Fable series, and Spells for Forgetting. When she’s not writing, you can find Adrienne on her yoga mat, on a walk in the woods, or planning her next travel adventure. She lives and writes in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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