Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Inside the Book:

Title: Blood and Salt
Author: Kim Liggett
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: Putnam's Sons
Genre: Paranormal
Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover


The last words Ash hears her mother say are, “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.”

Determined to find her mother when she disappears, Ash follows her to Quivara, Kansas, the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Her mother is nowhere to be found, but Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love, murder, alchemy, and immortality. Charming traditions give way to a string of deaths. And Ash feels herself drawn to Dane, a mysterious, forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash fights to save her mother, her lover, and herself. She must discover the truth about Quivara before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

I have read a lot of paranormal books throughout the years, and even many with YA as the intended audience. It takes a lot to keep me turning that pages, and thankfully, this book did just that. 

Ash and her twin brother Rhys have lived with their Mom their whole life. Ash has seen a dead girl hanging as long as she can remember. Whenever she has these visions her mother tattoos her body, telling her that it is a protections spell. You find out later, that is not at all what the tattoos are for.

Their mother goes missing, but they have heard her talk about a community where she was raised, Quivera, and decide to go there to look for her. Here is where the book takes an unusual turn. Quivera is like no other community, and once you go through the cornfield you can't leave...unless you are Rhys (you eventually find out why). This book takes your through a journey, one you won't soon forget. I really enjoyed it quite a bit. 

Meet the Author:

At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City, where she pursued a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80's. She's the author of the Bram Stoker Award winning novel, The Last Harvest, Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, and The Unfortunates.

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