Title: Blood and Salt
Author: Kim Liggett
Release Date/Publisher: September 22nd 2015
by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Finished: June 25th 2015
Pages: 350-ARC Paperback-given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
What I Thought:
I was given an advanced review copy of this for free in exchange for an honest review.
I was really excited to read this one when I saw that it was horror with a mix of romance. What I got wasn’t exactly what I wanted though. It was ok and had some good parts to it but it felt lacking after that great description.
I really just wanted more from it. It said it was horror but it wasn’t in the least bit scary. Yes some things were a little weird but that’s it. I felt like it focused more on the romance and their escape plan than anything else. I wanted to be creeped out to read it at night but it was just like “ok that happened, what’s next?”. I also would have liked to know more about their surroundings in Quivira, what went on there daily, but it was more like small glimpses. Some things I was left wondering what they meant because there was no explanation. Most of the history is in her flashbacks or briefly touched upon. Those flashbacks/visions were probably my favourite part of the book. I just wanted more world-building and I didn’t get it.
The romance could be seen as insta-love to some, pure attraction, or just something deeper drawing them together, which I didn’t mind. She just becomes completely infatuated with him based on his scent. I’m not sure I really cared for the romance, not because it was instant, but because there was no real feeling involved and I didn’t feel their attachment. It was written down and you were told about it but it didn’t come across the page as more than fact. What happened at the ending felt more real than anything that happened between them and I have to say the ending was pretty good.
This book had some good parts but I think the description was more built-up than the actual book. I wanted a lot more from it and it didn’t deliver and I ended up not liking a good portion of it. I think my expectations were too high for this one, because it’s not a bad book at all! I just couldn’t get into it so it wasn’t for me. But while reading I can see why a lot of people would love it, so still give it a read and let me know what you think! I will still try whatever the author writes next because I can see the potential, even if I couldn’t get into this one.