★★★☆☆—First, and most important: why not call a raven a raven? A large, solitary crow? That’s a raven! Crows live in flocks and are much smaller than ravens. Don’t ask if it’s big enough to be a raven; ask if it’s small enough to be a crow.
★★★☆☆—Dao pits unwavering kindness against fear and the need to conform to society in this dark fairytale-esque story centering around a mentor and protégé.
★★★★☆—A moving, epic, groundbreaking YA fantasy with an unfortunately weak set-up.
★★★☆☆—A fun, surprisingly nuanced debut, but nevertheless, a flawed one.
★★★☆☆—A lushly described romantic retelling.
★★★★☆—A beautiful, poignant and timely fairytale fantasy.
Here’s a fun fact: the main character shits herself.
★★★★☆—Can you spot a monster when you’ve never seen one?
Summer of Salt is a great little summer read. It’s quirky and sweet and focuses on the important things in life.