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Blood and Salt Hardcover – September 22, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Dead bodies in a cornfield in the middle of Kansas, a mysterious ritual centuries in the making, visions of a dead girl, and the sinister plotting of an immortal Francisco Vázquez de Coronado all conspire to turn New York City teen Ash Larkin's life upside down in this complicated but original paranormal tale. Ash and her twin brother take off for Kansas to find their mother, who has decided to return to the cult she escaped when she was pregnant with them. Their spotty knowledge of family history and Ash's increasingly disturbing visions about her ancestors do not prepare the siblings for the people in the insular community of Quivira, who have clearly been waiting for them. Thrown into the center of a ritual she does not understand, Ash must sort through violent visions of 16th-century love, loss, and betrayal in order to find her mother and protect her brother. Help comes in the form of a handsome boy she's not sure she can trust. What readers know of the key players' complex histories and motivations changes as things are revealed to Ash in her visions, which makes the narrative difficult to follow at times. However, Liggett keeps things moving along with plenty of sexy, frightening, and funny moments. While the history gets a bit convoluted, the idea that when Coronado wandered into Kansas looking for gold, he stumbled across immortality and is still around, pulling puppet strings in a doomsday cult, is too good to pass up. VERDICT A sweeping, scary, and entertaining paranormal read.—Beth McIntyre, Madison Public Library, WI
“Absolutely irresistible. Blood and Salt drew me in from the very first line.”
—Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth
“An intense, exhilarating debut brimming with darkness, passion, and impending doom. Kim Liggett’s twisted imagination and gutsy storytelling seduced and thrilled me with each gorgeous, blood-spattered page. This is a book to devour as soon as it comes out.”
—Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and The Walls Around Us
“Kim Liggett’s Blood and Salt hits some delightfully dark notes. Bloodline curses, post-mortem messages from a girl strung up by a rope, and a cult in the middle of a sea of sinister corn? Count me in. This one is eerie, and full of doom.”
—Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Antigoddess
“Vengeful ghosts, dead bodies in cornfields, and a centuries-old secret kept me flipping the pages until the thrilling end.”
—Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter
“Eerie, bloody, and beautiful.”
—April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
“Deliciously creepy, sweepingly romantic, Blood and Salt will hook you and won’t let go.”
—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the Don’t Get Mad series
“A sweeping, scary, and entertaining paranormal read.”—School Library Journal
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I am not a fan of this, and the book left me feeling frustrated. The story itself has so much potential, but the actual execution was left wanting. The very first line hooks you, and I will give this to Kim Liggett: there are several lines in this book that exhibit wonderful writing. What didn't I like? The pacing, the characters, the imagery, and the redundancy of word-use. Okay, so it was one word. Corn. I really feel as if another word, like field, could have broken that up a bit. Maybe it's just me, but it was too much.
As for the pacing, some parts were too rushed and I felt lost. I understand the need for mystery, but this much mystery left me wondering if I missed something. Most of the characters were irritating. I didn't sympathize with Ash until almost the end of the book. I loathed Rhys' character and cannot remember even one instance that I enjoyed his presence in the book. The love interest was too hot and cold in his portrayal and the love story too abrupt. The only character I was intrigued by was Coronado, and in the end, he was mostly awesome but a little cheesy. I think that the most maddening thing for me was the imagery. It seemed like every time something was described, the way it was described was just wrong. The way something sounded or felt took me straight out of the book and I had to stop to shake my head for a minute before continuing on.
The last 1/4 of the book was really good. I am glad that the book was a gift, because I don't think I would have gotten that far otherwise. The last few scenes ripped my heart out and that made me angry because I really didn't want to read the next book. I am hoping that if Liggett writes a sequel, that it follows along with the last parts of this book.
Ash has always known she was a little different. Ever since she could remember, like we’re talking baby times which I found odd. How can you remember something that happened to you as a baby? But anyway, ever since she was young, she has always seen a dead girl hanging by her feet just above her head. She’s become desensitized to it over the years. She comes from an odd family, you could say. Her mother is always putting protective tattoos on her and never really explaining why. Then one day after she’s had some sort of vision that leads her to lose the entire day, she and her twin brother, Rhys, come home and find their mother gone. A note is left saying she’s gone back to Quivira, the home she escaped from just before they were born.
Feeling the need to rescue their mother, Ash and Rhys drive halfway across the country to find her. What they end up finding is the strange hidden community of Quivira. The community comes off as very cultish. They greet Ash and Rhys with open arms once they know they’re their mother’s children. And right away they whisk Ash off to be readied for her choosing ceremony or some such thing. And thus begins a convoluted tale of strangeness.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good weird book. But some of the weirdness wasn’t fully explained in this one. There are events from the past, like the way back when past, that greatly shape our present. Luckily Ash has a connection to one of these important people and has a series of well-timed flashbacks in the form of visions you could say, which help to shed some light onto the growing weirdness.
Then Ash meets a boy, of course, Dane is your ultimate bad boy you could say. He’s been outcasted from the community for he is a mixed blood, one from the enemy of the ancestor from the past. I can’t explain it all that well, just know that things are explained in a much easier manner in the book. Anyway, Dane is considered a Mixed blood and basically shunned, why he’s allowed to live there was still a little sketchy and a romance with him is basically forbidden. Especially since the community has already chosen who Ash is intended for. The romance between them was kind of hit or miss I felt like. They did the dance of “should we, we shouldn’t”. I never really felt hooked into the romance really. And when it comes to fruition it was a little ehh. For once it really starts going of the lovey-dovey feels the climatic ending starts to come into play.
This book was straight up weird for me. But again, not always a bad thing. A lot of weird things keep happening in this tight-knit community. People are suddenly spontaneously dying in gruesome ways and it definitely seems like some people are lying about things. It’s all very intense and somewhat complicated to explain in an easy manner without touching onto spoilers. So just know that it’s complicated and weird and answers are not always easy either.
One thing that made this a difficult read was trying to figure out why the past events were so important to the future. In some sense I get it, I do, it’s all the unsaid things that happened in the past that are somewhat important and how that plays roles into the present time that I don’t get. It’s really more of me knit-picking over details and wanting to know more about them rather than just accept them for what they are.
I’d like to say that the ending was impeccable! That all loose-ends came tying together. We get a little bit of that honestly. This book definitely reads as a potential standalone, but I do believe there will be at least one more book. Goodreads shows that a Blood and Salt 2 will be releasing next year! As there were a few loose-ends that are left out there to tease and torment you. But it may actually be happening, the sequel that is! I hope at least. While the things left unaccounted for, aren’t terrible-drive-you-crazy things, it will be nice to hopefully see some conclusion settled towards them. That is if this sequel is in fact more sequel than book 2 spinoff! As I said, I only just found out about a book 2, there’s no word on what kind of book 2 it will be.
The ending though was pretty twisted! So many shocking things and reveals were coming to play and quite a few were of the jaw-dropping variety!
While I couldn’t get totally hooked into this story as I would’ve liked, it was still an engaging and intriguing one! I guess I would’ve hoped for more creepy and little more explanations on things from the past and why they were so important for the now! I am more than likely going to pick up the second installment of this possible series of some kind! Be it duology, trilogy or whatnot. I feel hooked enough to want to see where things might end up for the characters as we left them!
Overall Rating 3.5/5 stars
Kim Liggett steps into the world of YA in a HUGE way. This book is pure perfection. The characters, the story, the dialogue, ETC! I've got so much to say, so I'm just going to dive in-
The characters you meet in the beginning of the book will be completely changed by the end of the book. There's nothing wrong with that, not at all, that's great character arcs and development in play there.
The story blew my mind! If you've read my reviews before, you'd know that the books that completely rip the rug out from underneath me are my favorite kinds of books and this one absolutely did that. This story grabbed that rug, pulled it, and kept dragging it! Incredible! I was so impressed with the building of the story - it was a steady build until things got crazy and it was fabulous; almost like a firework - climbing, climbing, climbing, KABOOM.
The imagery in this book is hauntingly beautiful. Scenes are so vivid in your head as you're reading. This book has a considerable amount of gore and that mixture of gore and vivid imagery is completely OK with me. *Thumbs Up Emoji* Her descriptions and her metaphors are gold. I fell in love with Kim's writing from page one. Her metaphors are really something to watch out for because they are perfect.
Gosh, I'm sorry this is a love fest, but seriously this book is incredible. This is one of those books that makes me think I'm being too frivolous when I hand out five star book reviews. This book doesn't compare - I wish I could give it ten stars. Watch out for my Best Books of 2015 - This might have topped the list!
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