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.I was in the mood for a witch book and picking this one up was one of the best decisions I've made. I loved the main character Avery because she was very down to Earth and relate-able. I liked how the author described how the magic worked and towards the end we as readers found out how the Roes got their magic.
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
The romance in this book was okay. It was cute and slower paced than most (which was nice) but I honestly didn't feel that there was much chemistry between Avery and Tane. They were just there together. I did however enjoy the conversations between the two of them and I enjoyed getting to know Tane better.
My favorite part of the book was the writing. It was very descriptive and while reading it was like watching a movie in my head. Here's a quote I particularly enjoyed from the book:
"...My panic makes me lurch for air again and again, but when I breathe now, blood and water spray into the air, a column of red that clouds around me, and I can taste them mix, salty water and salty blood, and just as my eyes roll back into my head, I see the bright curve of a hook, a hook the size of a man's head, and I urge every last bit of strength I have into my scream..."Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and I will be buying myself a copy once it releases.