Happy weekend everyone! I am back today with another book review, and the book that I’m reviewing is The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel 🙂 I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I overall really enjoyed this book and it was such a unique and haunting read. Without further ado, let’s get started with the review!
Release Date : 26 July 2016
Published by : St. Martin’s Press
Genres : Literary fiction, contemporary
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
My rating : ♥♥♥♥♥ / ♥♥♥♥♥
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“A foolish mistake, it is, to expect the beast, because sometimes, sometimes, it is the flower’s turn to own the name.”
This book takes place in the town of Breathed, Ohio, in 1984 and the story kicks off when Fielding Bliss’s father writes a letter inviting the devil to visit their town. One day, a mysterious boy named Sal shows up to the town and claims to be the devil. Sal brings along with him a major heatwave to the town but of course, not all the citizens are as welcoming to Sal. During the course of the novel, we learn more about whether Sal is actually the devil and we get to see his connection with the Fielding and the rest of his family.
Starting off with the setting and the writing style of the novel, I loved how this book is set in Ohio as I’ve never read a book that was set there and it was interesting getting to read about this really strange and unique town. Also, the author has such beautiful and poetic writing style, making the whole story flow together really nicely.
I liked that this novel dealt with topics such as family, racism, religion and figuring out yourself and I feel that more books should definitely address topics like this! This book dealt a lot with racism and religion because Sal was discriminated by the town folks due to his skin colour and him being in Breathed was a pretty dangerous thing because the people in the town are very religious and have very strong beliefs. I especially loved the family aspects in this book and we get to see how each sibling shows their love towards one another and overall, they have a very strong and connected relationship with each other! All of the characters were really fun and unique, with their own distinct personalities and interests, and I grew attached to all of them 🙂
The ending of the novel was definitely really haunting and emotional and I still find myself thinking about it until now. Overall, this book was haunting and beautiful and I cannot recommend it enough!
That is the end for my review of The Summer That Melted Everything and I hope you all enjoyed it!! I would like to congratulate Tiffany for her amazing debut novel and I hope that you guys will pick up her novel and support her when it’s out ❤ Also, I’m planning to be doing a Q&A with the author so stay tuned for that. Thank you for reading this review and have a great weekend!