Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Salt & Storm
by Kendall Kulper
YA Historical, Paranormal
Hardcover416 Pages
September 23rd 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary

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.
  

My Review

I didn't know what to expect from Salt & Storm. I just knew that I liked stories about witches and that the synopsis and historical setting intrigued me. It ended up being a very good read.

I'm trying to figure out exactly how to describe this book and how I felt about it. It was such a tale of sadness, desperation, misconstrued motives, sacrifice, and love. I really, really disliked Avery's mother. I also originally loved Avery's grandmother and then found that she wasn't exactly who I thought she was and either was Avery's mother. The desperation of those two women, really of all three of the main women in this story, was intense and brought an almost insanity to their thoughts and actions. They all loved so deeply. I loved Tane. He about broke my heart at one point.

The writing and depth of this story was so full. I literally wanted to cry through the last half of the book. It was just heartbreaking. Avery had so much on her shoulders, a future that she felt she couldn't change, and very few that would help her, although there were a few. In the end I was very happy with how it all turned out and with Avery's choice. It was a perfect ending to this tumultuous story.

I would recommend Salt & Storm to those who enjoy stories set historically, about family, expectations, a little magic, and love. I'll definitely be picking up Kulper's next book.

Content: Some violence and innuendo.

Source: From the publisher through NetGalley, which did not affect my review in any way.

I'm excited to have the author, Kendall Kulper, stopping by today as part of the tour for Salt & Storm. Go check out her post here and the giveaway as well!

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