Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook (galley) // 416 pages
Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown, for allowing me to read this before it's released!
Goodreads 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.
To be honest, I'm not really sure how I feel about Salt & Storm. It took me AGES to get through the first half because the development of characters and the "feel" of Prince Island happened very slowly. There were also a lot of repetitive things happening (for example, Avery's multiple attempts to break her mom's curse) that kept me away from continuing the story.
Luckily, I'm someone who HAS to finish a book she starts. Am I glad I finished this one? YES! I was glued to the screen during the last half — it was packed with action, which I wished was evenly distributed throughout the whole book, and I (surprisingly) ended up caring about a character that I initially had no feelings for.
As a debut novel, I liked it. If you enjoy stories about witches and magic, I think you'd enjoy the story.
In Salt & Storm, Avery is able to interpret dreams. What is the weirdest dream you've ever had (and would you wish for someone to interpret it so you could find out what it means?)