Series: Blood and Salt #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on September 22nd 2015
Source: Free for Review, Netgalley
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Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
Â“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all inÂ—blood and salt.Â”
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 townÂ’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 herselfÂ—and discover the truth about Quivira before itÂ’s too late. Before sheÂ’s all inÂ—blood and salt.
I’m really torn up about this book. The ups and downs have been killing me! This is the first book that I’ve actually received from a publisher for review after requesting it and I was thrilled! I threw myself a little mini celebration when it happened. Then, when I first downloaded it off Netgalley, it didn’t work. It was a huge mess. The first page was there but then it skipped to the first page of chapter six. It was totally unreadable. I was crushed. However, I took to twitter to talk about it and Kim responded right away! She was just as upset as I was!. Between her and her agent, they fixed it very quickly! Happiness again! I really couldn’t believe how responsive they were to just a few of us on twitter having issues.
After all that, I really felt like I should love this book. I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. I felt terrible that I didn’t love it. I got to 32% in my first sitting in about an hour and I was feeling just awful because it wasn’t clicking with me. I know sometimes a book doesn’t and it just happens. This time though, the whole situation made me miserable.
So I took a break. I read a graphic novel. I tweeted some. I didn’t think about it or worry about it. Then I went back to it today and I finished it. The main thing I want you to take away from this blog is this:
If this book isn’t clicking with you, DON’T GIVE UP ON IT!
It really did pick up at the 40% mark. Kim Liggett has this really intricate and interesting alternate mythology that’s based on the explorer Coronado and his relationship with the Caddo Native American nation. This mythology, it could even be termed religion or cult, is what the entire story is based on and its only hinted at in the description. This is also the entire basis of the mystery and the horror and it really got my attention when more and more of it was revealed.
By the time I got to the 90% mark I was whizzing through this book and I didn’t want it to end. There was a big reveal that I didn’t see coming at all and I loved it! View Spoiler »I also loved that just because things went a little sideways for Ash and Dane at the end, she doesn’t immediately give up on him. I hate when that happens in YA books. Relationships are hard and it annoys me when people who are claiming to be so in love give up immediately at the first obstacle. « Hide SpoilerÂ It was absolutely reassuring to know that this is the first in a series when I got to the end of this book, because I can’t want to know what happens next.
Sometimes a book sneaks up on you. This book was a little bit of a slow start for me at the beginning but I ended up really enjoying it. I think you will too.