Thursday, November 15, 2012

Blog Tour: Summer in Salem by Brina Courtney - Review

Welcome to my stop on the Summer in Salem blog tour, organized and hosted by Heather @ Supa Gurl Book Tours. I have a review for you on my stop. For the full tour schedule click on the banner above.

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  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: October 28, 2012
  • Source: eCopy provided by the author/tour host for review
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Overview

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.


My Thoughts

I really enjoy books that have to do with witchcraft, so of course I wanted to read this. Not to mention it takes place in Salem, Ma which is awesome. I love how strange things happen and Teagan tries to figure out what is going on. It seems that everyone is keeping secrets and she is going to figure them out one way or another. The story moves along at a great pace. Never boring, but picks up the pace as it goes.

Teagan was an okay character to me. I liked her, but didn't love her. I thought she was a bit judgemental and very confrontational. It bothered me that even with some pretty solid proof of things she could really be so stubborn and in denial. I can understand that she was going through some tough things and had pretty much lost herself, but really? Things are pretty obvious. I was glad to see her trying to move forward with things though. She does start to grow as a character and act more like an adult. She realizes what she has to do in the end, but it seems like she still has quite a bit of growing up to do. 

I really liked the other characters too, especially Seth. He really wanted to let her in on everything and not keep things from her, but it wasn't really his place to do it. He cares about her and wants to protect her. Lark is also a great character. She's a good friend to Teagan. She gives Teagan a job and a much needed friendship that Teagan was really needing after all that she had been through. 

This was a great story and I really enjoyed discovering what was going on. I only wish that the characters had made me really feel them. I really rely on character connection and I just didn't feel it. I liked them, but I wasn't invested in them so I had no real emotion one way or another when things happened. I did like getting the villains POV on occasion too. That was a nice touch added into the book. Overall though the plot was great and I am interested to know what will happen next. 3 out of 5 stars

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14 comments:

  1. This totally sounds like a Lauren book. I'm also HUGE into witches/witchcraft. Plus, Salem?! bonus! Perfect witch-y setting. Overall the story sounds great, but the characters not so much. I need great character connection to really love a book and it seems like this book is lacking a bit.

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    1. Yeah, that was the one thing that was lacking for me. I will definitely continue the series though and am hoping that the characters will work their way into my heart.

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  2. You know, I haven't really read any witch books. I really like the movies Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus though! Omg I didn't watch Hocus Pocus this Halloween. Lame.

    Any way, this sounds pretty good, though I think the MC would drive me absolutely bonkers, I hate when I want to cause the protagonist bodily harm. Great review chick!

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    1. What?!! You didn't watch Hocus Pocus this Halloween!! I watched it like 5 times. It was on ABC family like every night for two weeks haha!! Yeah, Teagan bothered me a bit, but I think she might end up growing on me in the next book. (I hope)

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  3. LOL! I love you dude! I love anything to do with witchcraft/Wicca and the like too! But it's hard to find GOOD witchy reads!!!

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    1. Love you too chick!! It does seem hard to find really good witchy reads. I did like this one though. If I had connected with the characters I think I would have liked it a lot more.

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  4. Ooh, MAGIC! I love books about magic and mystreious deaths! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Magic is always fun to read about. This was a quick and enjoyable book.

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  5. I like witchcraft books too. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for the review@ I'm glad you enjoyed it! When writing this book I wanted to counteract all the paranormal books that all the MC to fall into the paranormal and be ok with it right away (including my own, lol). That is why Teagan is a bit of a hot mess, it is purposeful, I hope you'll stick around the watch her grow! :D

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  7. Ummm.....

    I'm glad you liked this, Amy, despite the lack of character connection. I'm not a big fan if witchy books, but I do like one that really grabs my attention.
    Great review, hon!

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  8. I do like witch books -- thanks for bringing this one to my attention!

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  9. I haven't enjoyed many witches stories. Not sure why, really. I remember looking at this one and deciding against it. Glad you liked it though.

    Valerie

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  10. Nice review, Amy! I hadn't heard of this one before. I love books about witchcraft too (see! Still soulmates! :D) tough I think I'd have the same reaction to Teagan. She sounds very naive and stubborn which is ok until it gets to be too much, which sounds like it is in this case. The villain's POV is so cool I love when I get to see in their heads, especially when their identity is still kept hidden! Great review, chickie!

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