Review of Blood and Salt

Monday, 28 September 2015
And on the fourth day of "Review Week", Liran reviewed Blood and Salt because why not review a romantic horror novel so everyone else can experience this loveliness? 

Book: Blood and Salt

Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: Penguin (Putnam)

Genre: Young Adult, Romantic Horror, Supernatural

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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.

Review:  Me: Hi. I really liked this book. I think you will too. 

You: You like horror novels?

Me: Well, not always. I prefer to watch horror/scary things (see: my newfound tv obsession, Scream Queens) so it really just depends if I have faith in the book.

And I am so glad I had faith in Blood and Salt because I adored it!

Right from the first page, this book grabs on to you and never lets you go. So much so that I could not tear my eyes from the page. I was mesmerized by Kim Liggett's words. She developed a dark and bloody tale that ended with a twist (bring on book two!!!).

The blend of history, culture, and strangeness was done tastefully. And it was all very interesting to learn about. 

The characters (especially the twins, Ash and Rhys) were well developed and I loved their character arcs. I also loved that this story is told in Ash's point of view because she has a special "gift" that we got to see because it was written in first person. 

Blood and Salt is a creepy, eerie, I'm-not-reading-this-with-the-lights-off kind of book. The writing is gripping and fast-paced. There's magic and mayhem, and, of course, Dane. 

Fans of horror will gobble it up like candy. I'm sure of it. 

***Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for review. This in no way affects my thoughts and opinions. They are my own. 

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