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Spells for Forgetting

Written by: Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Emily Rankin,Dan Bittner,Mark Deakins,Kimberly Farr,Ari Fliakos,Dawn Harvey,Carrington MacDuffie,Kirsten Potter,Oliver Wyman
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “Lush with secrets, magic, and a past that won’t stay where it belongs, this novel is (quite fittingly) spellbinding.”—JODI PICOULT, author of Wish You Were Here

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

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: She Reads

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. But 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.

©2022 Adrienne Young (P)2022 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“With magic, murder, and prose that reads like music, Spells for Forgetting weaves together an immersive tale on the Pacific Coast island of Saoirse, where love and pain both stick to the too.”―Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of The Husbands

“A thrilling, rich mystery with exquisite twists, Adrienne Young’s adult debut will trick you, bewitch you, and leave you begging for more.”―Stephanie Garber, author of the Caraval series

“Tense, lyrical, and wholly romantic, Spells for Forgetting is as immersive a story as you could ask for. I could feel the salt on my skin, I could smell the smoke, and every page felt like a tentative step into a mist concealing all of Saoirse’s darkest secrets.”―Ruth Emmie Lang, Ohioana Book Award finalist

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Really beautiful writing

Totally enjoyed this book. Captivating setting, complex relationships and a riveting plot line that you can’t wait to get to the end of, wrapped up in some really lovely lyrical writing. Loved it.

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Best Adrienne Young novel since her debut

I fell in love with Adrienne Young's writing the day she published Sky in The Deep, but the Fable series didn't speak to me the way her initial books had. I had bought Spells for Forgetting as a preorder and only started it now, as I was afraid I would once again be disappointed.

I was not. Spells for Forgetting is so quintessentially steeped in a magical, mysterious, fall atmosphere, the island life on Saoirse is so vivid, so beautifully described and written that I've found it irresistible. All this is laced with complex, well-written characters, an interesting narrative and a beautiful love story full of yearning, written in the best way possible.

I found spells for forgetting interesting, lyrically beautiful, and generally unputdownable.

I can't wait for June Farrow to come out, now!

TW: child abuse, death (murder), fire-induced injuries, manipulation

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Fun read, but tries to do too much *lite spoilers*

Fun read and enjoyable. However it tries to fit too much without fleshing out all the ideas. Magic is part of the story but not enough throughout, so it makes the ending less believable. Thriller aspects are okay, but could have been made stronger.

It felt like such a good concept but like a movie that has too many scenes cut because it’s too long, sometimes it lacked that expansion and context that would make it amazing.

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Beautifully written!

I loved this book and the narrators. The story had beautiful imagery and although it started a tad slow, it was a mystery that just kept unfolding. The magic throughout the book was not overdone or far fetched leaving me feel like magic could actually be real.

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Didn’t hit the mark

I was so excited for this book release as I loved Young’s previous book. Unfortunately it just didn’t hit the mark. There wasn’t much of a plot as it was more a glorified love story with a hint of mystery. It was overall pretty boring. The voice actors were phenomenal though!

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Brilliant!

Witchy and beautifully written. A very well developed mystery with a great ending . Absolutely loved this book.

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Enjoyed it

I was feeling broody and wanted a "stomping around in the wind" type story. This was perfect.

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