Epic Recs Review: Salt & Storm

Posted November 2, 2015 by Pixie in book review, Pixie / 0 Comments

Epic Recs Review: Salt & StormSalt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
Published by Little Brown Books For Young Readers on September 23rd 2014
Genres: young adult, Fantasy & Magic, historical
Pages: 416
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Gifted

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’ve been fairly lucky that being in a reading slump lately I’ve at least managed to find some decent books when I do pick one up. I haven’t been totally put off from reading at least, which is something pretty horrible feeling while being in a slump. My problem has been motivation to get to it. I’m just glad when I force myself to read some, it hasn’t turned into a disaster by picking up something awful.

Salt & Storm took some time for me. It has this really interesting premise, but a slow-moving start to get the feeling of “hey, I might like this” so I found myself often putting it down, too. It wasn’t necessarily bad. I just needed more–especially in the beginning when that point is super critical for me to get my reading desire going… This is with any book really, though, whether I’m in a slump or not.

Here’s the thing about Salt & Storm: I’d picked this one up at BEA in 2014 while with my co-bloggers. From the premise alone, I had this intense need for the book. It went high up on my list to try and read as soon as possible.

So, I get back from New York, and I’m excitedly showing a friend all the books I’d manage to get while at BEA. I’m too nice, y’all. She’d asked to borrow this book and with a heavy heart, I’d told her okay but only to get it back soon so I could start it after I finished with a couple other books I was already reading at the time….

She never gave it back. Did she enjoy it? She told me later it was pretty good, said she’d drop it off as soon as she got the chance. She never did. I finally quit bugging her about it after several months and started sulking. It was whatever. I just know now I can’t loan out my books anymore, even if I do want someone to share in something I love/might love. It was sad. I mean, I was pretty upset about this situation, and thankfully after some ranting on Twitter to let the frustration out Bekka sent me her copy–which was not was I was expecting from anyone, I just wanted to vent. Lol.

Anyways, once I got a copy again, it went right back on my highest order with some hope to get to it soon. That never works out really well for bookworms though, I have to say. It was when Lyn told me to put it down for Epic Recs during October, I was finally going to read it. After like 6 months of owning a copy again. Lol.

I’m glad I read it though. If I’d known about the slowness of the moving story, I might not have bothered. But I kept picking it up–forcefully at times–to continue reading, and that counted for something.

I was very interested in Avery and the personality she exhibited through the story. She is the type of character I find myself attracted to often–a strong, female lead that despite situations, tries to work through them on her own. I was interested in her mother, and insatiable desire to ban Avery from magic. It was curious in the beginning to find Avery speaking of the free use of magic with her grandmother, only to be ripped away from it as she started growing older. The younger years are certainly most impressionable even in reality. Her mother’s anger and hatred toward all magic came too late for Avery, because once she was pulled away she was stubbornly working to find her way back. I liked the storyline for the most part, despite some minor holes and annoyances, but my biggest problem as stated above was the slowness. As the reader, you’d feel the building tension in the words and just when you think there was going to be something to finally suck you in completely, it’d fall a little flat in detail or action. I also felt like at times I was reading something familiar, like something I’d seen before. Maybe there are moments of so much typical, as well as the storyline pulling in a lot of typical things. It’s not overtly cliché, but I would definitely say not quite all original either.

Salt & Storm: I was never fully pulled into it, even by the end. Was it bad? No, not at all. That’s why it’s still ranging in at a solid 3.5. But it’s one of those books best for time and deep engagement. Not a book to try and rush through, in my opinion. The romance is quite nice. The premise is still a solid hook. It held my attention mostly, even through the slow parts. Not quite going on my favorites’ list, but overall a good read I’m probably not going to forget, even after time passes. I would still definitely recommend the read.

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