Spells for Forgetting

Delacorte. Sept. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780593358511. $28. ROMANCE/FANTASY
DEBUT This second-chance-at-love novel is set on a possibly magical island off the coast of Seattle. Emery Blackwood isn’t living the life she expected, but she’s mostly content running her family’s tea shop on the island of Saoirse, where she was born. As a teenager she had plans to leave the island with her high school sweetheart, August Salt. But those dreams evaporated when her best friend Lily was found dead, and August was the prime suspect. He and his mother left the island, and Emery hasn’t seen him since. Now 14 years later, August has returned, and Emery realizes that while she’s not sure she still knows him, there are unresolved feelings and the mystery of Lily’s death between them.
VERDICT In her adult debut, YA novelist Young (“Fallen City” duology; Sky in the Deep) combines romance and mystery on an island with mystical powers in a story that is sure to appeal to current fans and new readers.
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