Thursday, September 25, 2014

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Publication: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

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 whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

I didn’t always like Avery’s attitude towards her mother. But she did act  like pretty much any sixteen year old girl, so it wasn’t a surprise.  She doesn’t know much about life and the world beyond Prince Island. All she knows is what she feels and what she has learnt from her grandmother. She feels very strongly that her mother is the bad guy in this situation and is extremely determined to get back to her grandmother’s and become the Roe Witch no matter what she has to do to get there.

Then she meets Tane, an outsider one day and he needs help deciphering his dreams. And he wants Avery to help him, in exchange Avery wants to leave New Bishop and return to her grandmothers, something that Tane says he can help with.

These two….these two tore at my heart a little bit. They reminded me of star-crossed lovers. Both having terrible fates. Both desperately trying to change their fate and fiercely falling in love in the process. I got so caught up in them that I wanted nothing more than to see them get their happy ending.

Needless to say, I enjoyed Salt & Storm. It was a bit of a slow journey for me, and at times I just wanted the story to hurry along, but in the end I liked it. It was a romantic and bittersweet story filled with discovery, magic, and sacrifice.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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