ARC Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

18302133Release Date: September 23rd 2014

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult /Historical Fantasy

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Net Galley

Rating: 4 Stars

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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.

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 This is not your typical YA Fantasy, I’ll just let it be known right now. I think that is why I enjoyed this book so much. The author doesn’t disappoint on main character descriptions and generalizations. However, I got no sense of who these other characters are and what they bring to this story, other than to fill in the pages. Yes, you get a certain scene with these individuals but there is no character development to go with it. It started off slow, but gradually picked up about 20% into it. Kudos to Kulper for taking risks with the story and it’s characters (or lack thereof). I will not spoil this book for those who have yet to read it, but you may want to brace yourself. That’s all I will say. Moving on………………

Avery is a strong-willed (some may call it stubborn), funny character. She wants to live her life like she wants to, not the way her mother wants her to. Being born into a bloodline of witches comes with great sacrifice and at times it can be quite handy. Having had a dream of her own murder, she sets out to stop it at all costs. I admired her tenacity and rallied for her throughout this book. Tane. Tane. Tane!! Her love interest, for all intents and purposes. He is downright swoon worthy and you can’t help but love his character as he helps Avery in her mission to stop her demise. These two are the only characters that really developed in this story, everyone else seemed like fill-ins to get to a certain point or explain why something is.

I actually cried. Not an ugly cry, but more sniffles, OMGs and WHYs. I didn’t see any of the plot twists that are prominent in this book! Jesus, give a girl some warning next time. The Historical aspects are great and I love me some 19th Century history. I actually Googled, yes Googled, a certain setting while reading this just to get a better picture of what I was reading. If you love historical, or fantasy in general, you will enjoy this book. This being YA, not all lovers of the genre will like this book. That being said, proceed with caution. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of the genre and the like. It’s a good read.

4 STARS four-star-review

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