Monday, 21 September 2015

ARC Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett



Author: Kim Liggett
Pages: 352 
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Expected Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Received from: publisher
Status: Blood and Salt #1

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.

***

A chilling and haunting tale about destiny, love and skeletons in the closet. 

Ash has known about rituals and cults her entire life, but after her mother sees a bird and suddenly runs away, she realizes that everything she's known her whole life is just more than stories. 

What unfolds is a story about a young girl who's present is tied to the past, and how decisions affect the ones around her. She walks a fine line between reality and illusions, of death and life. Her character develops well after a few rough patches in the beginning, and the love, heartbreak, pain and joy that comes with her character does genuinely play a big role in the story. Although there were some parts that did seem a little slow or characters that just got on my nerves, Ash's relationship with the other characters and her family's history really does make it enjoyable.

If you're looking for some haunting romance for this fall season, I recommend this book, which is a great way to start off a new series!

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