Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Review - The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Title: The Witch of Salt and Storm
Author: Kendall Kulper
Pages: 384
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release date: 4th September 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the sea witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother - the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic - steals Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roe's power.

The one magical remnant left to Avery is the ability to read dreams, and one night she foresees her own murder. Time is running short, both for her and for the people of her island who need the witches' help to thrive.

Avery has never read a dream that hasn't come true, but a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane tells her he can help her change her fate. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected. And as she falls in love with Tane, she learns it is his life and hers that hang in the balance.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Avery Roe wants nothing more than to take her place as the witch of Prince Island.
Her mother took Avery from her grandmother before she could learn how to unlock her magic and uses curses to stop her from running away. Avery has to escape before her grandmother dies taking the knowledge of the Roe witches with her.
Avery can read dreams and when she dreams that she will be murdered she realises that time is running out. She meets a strange, tattooed boy called Tane who claims that he can help Avery.
Can Avery get to her grandmother before she is murdered or her grandmother dies?

This was a unique read. I liked the historical setting and the theme.
I liked Avery and felt sorry for her but at times she did annoy me - mainly when she got angry and shouty.
Tane was okay and again I felt sorry for him but I didn't really connect to him.
The romance between Avery and Tane was okay but it could have felt more real to me - I didn't really feel the connection between them. I didn't like how Avery went from being angry at Tane for touching her to smothering him in kisses in a short amount of time.
The plot was interesting but I did see a few things coming. There were some surprises though.
The book did drag for me in a few places and I felt like it could have been shorter.

Overall this was an enjoyable, unique read.