Summer In Salem

Rated 3.69/5 based on 13 reviews
Teagen’s summer has been turned upside down by a body, a pentagram necklace, and an old flame. More

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About Brina Courtney

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Review by: Mallory Heart Reviews on Dec. 10, 2012 :
Review of Summer in Salem by Brina Courtney
5 stars
“Summer in Salem” is a totally delightful and enchanting novel, multilayered and multileveled. There is so much going on in this book, and all of the subplots are just as delectable-and just as essential-as the apparent main plot. The author does a tremendous job of balancing plot lines and multiple characters, and of interweaving the story lines. The reader doesn’t have a spare moment to be bored, because the novel is exciting throughout.
On the surface, Teagan, almost twenty-two, moves out of her parents’ home to stay with her grandmother for the summer, due to her grandma’s propensity to independence and health concerns. Yes, that’s the surface; but beneath that is Teagan’s own situation: her beloved boyfriend Jason, who was also completely enraptured with her, just “disappeared” nine months earlier, gone without a trace. Her grief and depression led to her dropping out of college temporarily and returning to her folks, and put a hiatus on her paintings.
Add to that: the disappearances of girls in Salem, even apparent murder, of girls who look identical to Teagan. Add the intuition of Teagan’s since childhood that she is under observation. Add how smoothly her introduction to Salem, to a job, to a new best friend, flows. Add the secrets her Mom and Gran are keeping from her-about her, and about Jason….I could go on and on, but I won’t spoil this wonderful story, which deserves a very wide readership, both among YA fanciers and among adult readers too.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Denise Keller on Dec. 09, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters. This is a story about a 25 year old woman. She's experienced some bad times and when given the opportunity decides to spend the summer with her grandmother. During the summer she learns a secret that has been kept from her.

I loved the character development, I loved the story, and I love a book that draws me in and I can paint in my mind what the place looks like along with the characters.

***Please note: I did receive a free copy for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paula Haskell on Dec. 05, 2012 :
R2R: Summer in Salem

(I received a free copy, for a review)

Poor Teagen has gone through a very difficult situation; her boyfriend all of a sudden disappears one day, out of the blue. But, from her depression comes an opportunity, to go live with her aging grandmother, in Salem, for the summer. She quickly finds a new job, in an art gallery and also a new friend, the owner of said gallery. Everything is going well, until she thinks she sees Jason, her missing boyfriend. From there, things just get stranger.

She sighed, "she had someone protecting her. That's how we should've know that the girl we found in the park was not her. She had little protection on her, such a pity. Regular humans should not have to die in our fight. If we kill them all there will be none left to enslave."

I wish we could give half star ratings, since I would have given this a 3.5 stars. It was a fun read and the ending was not what I had expected to have happen. It was a little bit on the sophomoric side, for me, but it held my attention. Can't wait to read the next one and see how this story continues!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yaz on Dec. 04, 2012 :
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.

The Pros:
The main plot is good. A young adult woman suffering from a loss of a loved one, attempts to start her new life away from home. She doesn't know that in reality she is going back where she belongs. The plot kept me interested and intrigued.

The main character has many weakness which makes her more like a real person. She is more than a kick ass, bad guys never had a chance, type of heroine. The fact that she is more real allowed me to feel closer to her emotions and relate to her.

The story is an introduction to the Electi series and I'm curious to see where the author will take this.

The Cons:
The story seem to move forward and backward a lot, which was a little frustrating. Teagan wanted to know what people were keeping from her, but when the explanations were finally given she would most of the time run away. The story kept showing little snippets of what was about to come around the corner, but then it would go back all the way to the beginning.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yaz on Dec. 04, 2012 :
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest and fair review.

The Pros:
The main plot is good. A young adult woman suffering from a loss of a loved one, attempts to start her new life away from home. She doesn't know that in reality she is going back where she belongs. The plot kept me interested and intrigued.

The main character has many weakness which makes her more like a real person. She is more than a kick ass, bad guys never had a chance, type of heroine. The fact that she is more real allowed me to feel closer to her emotions and relate to her.

The story is an introduction to the Electi series and I'm curious to see where the author will take this.

The Cons:
The story seem to move forward and backward a lot, which was a little frustrating. Teagan wanted to know what people were keeping from her, but when the explanations were finally given she would most of the time run away. The story kept showing little snippets of what was about to come around the corner, but then it would go back all the way to the beginning.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Danielle Silva on Dec. 03, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading Summer In Salem! I became so engrossed
in the book and I absolutely could not put it down!! The plot
was very different from what I expected for a book that is
set in Salem, but still embodied the spirit of Salem! Teagen
is the main character and has been sheltered by her mother
(in certain areas) for a good part of her life. She has been
through a traumatic time recently, and when she goes to stay with her grandmother for a time, things really start to get interesting in her life. I don't want to give away any of the book, but I definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you are interested in witchcraft, paranormal, etc. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, hopefully we won't have to wait too long!! :)

There is a little bit of proofreading that needs to be done
still - mainly spelling and incorrect words in places, but it
is very few and didn't affect my reading of the book at all.

DISCLAIMER: This book was gifted to me by the author
(through the Goodreads) website in exchange for an honest
review. The opinions expressed here are my own, and no
money or other compensation was provided for this review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Crowe on Dec. 02, 2012 :
I liked Summer in Salem, it was a nice easy read and an interesting story. The continuation of Tegans story will be an interesting one as she becomes more acquainted with who she is and the responsibilities that come with it.

The mixture of past and present tenses was a little distracting and the language didn't seem to fit with the age of the characters. I felt the use of "like" and "totally" fit better with a younger character, not someone in her early twenties.

Other than that, I really liked it and can't wait for the next one. Also, a Celine spin off would be an interesting read. Brina could get really gritty and dirty with it and it would be a nice contrast to series.

I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacy on Nov. 30, 2012 :
I received this book free from the author through my Goodreads book club, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts and conclusions are mine, all mine.
Our young heroine Teagan is left adrift and lonely after the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend, Jason. She drops out of college, stops painting, and settles into a depressed gloom before moving back home with her concerned parents. After her grandmother, who lives alone in Salem, Mass. suffers another serious fall, Teagan comes up with a plan. She offers to go live with her grandmother to keep an eye on her, in exchange for giving herself a much-needed fresh start. Once she arrives in Salem she finds new friends, a new job, a devilishly sexy man named Seth, and a new desire to pick up her paintbrush again. But when Teagan stumbles across the body of a young girl who has been murdered (who looks an awful lot like her), she finds other things….darker things. Things like dark witchcraft, mysterious sightings of a strange version of Jason, and mostly-forgotten evil cults, long thought to be extinct.
This was a pretty quick read, set in a fascinating location full of witchy lore. The storyline was engaging enough to keep me turning the pages, but it lacked a certain amount of depth that would make this a truly fantastical read. I don’t have a clear impression of what the characters or places look like, because there weren’t a lot of descriptors throughout the narrative. I think that this novel sets up the premise for a very interesting book #2, and the story is intriguing enough for me to want to follow author Brina Courtney’s journey to complete Teagan’s tale. I would recommend this book to readers 13+ who are interested in the paranormal genre – nothing too racy is contained within these pages!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Simone Egerter on Nov. 25, 2012 :
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Teagen has had an extremely rough year. Her boyfriend vanishes into thin air, the guy she thought she’d spend the rest of forever with. Her heart broken, she falls into a deep depression. Her grandmother, getting up in age can no longer live alone. Teagen seeing this as a chance for a fresh start, packs her things and moves from New York to her grandmother’s mansion in Salem, Massachusetts. Right away she gets a fantastic opportunity at a Gallery to sell pieces and display her own work. Life finally begins to feel normal; until Lark and Teagen come across the body of a murdered young woman having a striking resemblance to Teagen. Suddenly Teagen has the “irrational” fear that the murderer was after her. Then she sees a young man that looks very much like Jason, her lost love. On the brink of a breakdown she goes in search for answers. Will Teagen be able to handle the truth? This was an amazing story, it had everything needed to keep my interest. The only part I had trouble with was the character Jason, why he was Celine’s patsy and did he or didn’t he ever love Teagen. I’m hoping book two of this series clears that up for us.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jacquelyn smith on Nov. 16, 2012 :
This book was a joy to read, I only wished that she would started off with Teagan, being watch once she hit Salem. Teagan was not lovable,because
she was 22 and in the role of a 17 year old, please grow this woman up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Fournier on Nov. 15, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books on Nov. 14, 2012 :
Come by my blog for the book tour. I have a cool Character Bio from the author there too. Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books. http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/2012/11/book-tour-summer-in-salem-by-brina.html

Wow, what an exciting read. It reminded me a bit of a favorite show I used to watch, called Charmed. Also reminded me a bit of The Secret Circle show and books for the same reason. In the way, that they didn’t know they were witches in the beginning. Well, in this, Teagan doesn’t know she is a witch, and not just any witch, a powerful one. I really liked it, and its very well written.

It took a bit to warm up to Teagan, I didn’t really connect with her on the heartbreak over Jason, who disappeared 9 months before. But was glad she did move on, and come to Salem to help her grandmother. Teagan’s mother raised her without any knowledge of magic, so Teagan is a skeptic for sure.

I really liked Seth, he is perfect for Teagan , but I was saddened about his story, and what had happened. I will not say what that is, I will keep this as spoiler free as I can.

Lark is probably a tie for favorite character; she is witty, funny, and very likable. She and Seth tie for me. I course, love Gran too, she is sweet, if not a bit overprotective, in not teaching Teagan about the magic sooner.

I do not want to say too much more on what happens, but will say its non-stop excitement once you get into it, I was not able to put the book down. Read it all in one day, in one sitting just about. Its not very long either. I sense this is going to be a series, as there is much more to happen, many loose ends, which means it has to be another book.

I highly recommend this book, especially anyone who likes witches and anything magical, but in the modern world.
I only have one negative, and that’s the cover. It has nothing to do with the book, and is boring. I almost did not sign up for the tour, as the cover didn’t attract me, but decided to look into the book, to see if it by chance was about witches because of the title. And I am happy

I did, as I love the book. I would suggest to the author for sure to think about a new cover, something witchy and paranormal like. At a glance I would have thought contemporary romance, but its not. (I don’t read those, so it’s why I almost passed)
5 out of 5 stars for me.
I was provided this book for my honest review for SupaGurl Book Tours.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lauren Johnson on Nov. 09, 2012 :
Overall the premise was extremely refreshing and the story was a quick read. I got caught up in the setting and plot right away and was not disappointed.


Character wise Teagen was a good heroine. Her rationality was believable as well as her emotional interactions with those around her. I think my favorite character in the whole story was Lark though, she really drew my attention in a good way and in reality she seemed like someone I would want to be friends with. Seth is still kind of a mystery for me but I did like him. He was very cryptic at first but he ended up growing on me.


I felt that Jason needed a little more explanation, I never really liked him as a character and I did not understand his reasoning for what he did. Also, the book needed a little bit more explanation, I know what it is but the importance of it never really came through. Those two things confused me a little during the whole book. Courtney set the ending up very nicely for a sequel though so maybe those two things will be explained in more detail.

http://lrjohnson13.blogspot.com/2012/10/summer-in-salem-electi-1-by-brina.html
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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