SALT & STORM
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (September 23, 2014)
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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.Give a warm welcome back to Valerie! She recently reviewed GET EVEN for us, and now she's returned to review SALT & STORM! Thanks Valerie! ~Andye
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.
Right at about halfway through this book, I had to complete two weeks’ worth of Advanced Univariate Statistics in three days while sick but these external circumstances are sadly not to blame for this two star rating, this book just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Honestly, I will probably forget that I ever read this book in eight months; I tried and tried to connect to the MC, Avery Roe, but I never could which led me to have apathetic feelings towards her actions throughout the entire book. Avery likes to believe that everyone in the entire world (excluding us, the concerned readers) is against her and this gives her the right to be dramatic. If you can’t tell, I didn’t enjoy this trait about her; in fact, it annoyed the crap out of me.
One word to describe me while reading this book: lackadaisical. Avery would stress out and make a dramatic choice. Sure, that’s fine, I would think. Then she would completely change her mind and do something else dramatic. You do you. Whatever. She would complicate absolutely everything and decide to do something completely unnecessary and ridiculous. Eh. I’m sure you’ll change your mind before long. Basically, I didn’t care what she did.
I was just bored throughout this book; the writing was fine, the story was fine, the characters were fine, and the romance was fine. Scratch that last part, the romance was lacking; I was reading Sway by Kat Spears at the same time as this and the chemistry in that book was insane while the romance in this book couldn’t elicit a tiny ripple in the ocean (she’s a water witch).
I didn’t hate this book at all, I just didn’t care which I think is worse; it’s like when your parents say they aren’t mad, they’re disappointed, that’s how I am with this book. The book had a promising premise but it just fell flat and I didn’t like how it weirdly came together, I wasn’t satisfied.
A few things I did like: the Roe witches are the bomb dot com and I enjoyed seeing some strong female characters who men respected. Preach.
Avery grew up shadowing her grandmother, the resident witch, because her mother essentially quit being a witch and abandoned her. I enjoyed how Avery looked up to her grandmother and had a love of magic as a whole. We eventually find out why her mother left and why she did the things she did which was helpful to understand the whole story.
Every Roe witch has their own unique gift and Avery’s was dream interpretation; she would often see how someone dies which reminded me of Helena Bonham Carter in Big Fish, go watch it if you haven’t, it’s my favorite movie ever. After I first found out that this was Avery’s gift, this is who I imagined for the rest of the book.
The plot could have been interesting: Roe witches can’t die. Avery Roe is destined to come into her powers. Avery dreams of her death. Now that is a conundrum if I’ve ever heard one but yet, it wasn’t executed well.
It should be noted that this is a standalone novel; there is not a sequel in sight.
FAVORITE part: that cover is simple yet beautiful.
FAVORITE quote: “There’s magic in talking out loud, like drawing out poison, like exposing a wound to air.” That gives you just a taste of the writing to see if you would like it. I loved this quote because I’m a psychology student and a firm believer that talking is good for the soul.
Thanks for reading. Signing off,