Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review: The Witch of Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper + Bookmarks + Wallpapers

The Witch of Salt & Storm
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 9 September 2014
Genre: Paranormal, Historical, Romance
Publisher: Hachette Australia/Orchard Books
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At the Other End:
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.

Kendall Kulper was born and raised in northern New Jersey and studied History and Literature at Harvard University. After graduating, she worked as a journalist for Bloomberg Radio in New York for three years, before moving to Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time writer. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband.

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Intoxicating and compelling, the Witch of Salt & Storm is beyond what I could have hoped for and more.

When I first got this book in the goodie bag from the Hachette Bloggers night this year, I was giddy because of how good it sounded. It's been sitting on my shelf in its correct order, and I've been desperate to get to it. Finally, I've read it and I can tell you now that I was so much more than I hoped for. It was jam packed with things happening, and even when nothing was happening at all, I still couldn't tear my eyes away from this book at all.

This particular book is a stand alone, but there are more books coming later that are set in the same historical-paranormal world. This was Kendall's first book, so I'm beyond excited to see what is in store for the next book.

I loved the characters. I immediately connected with Avery and could feel her frustration roll off her in waves. I felt angry with her at her mother, I felt confused about how she kept trying to unlock her powers but never worked, I felt love for Tane and heartache. So so much heartache. I do think that Avery should have spoken out to her mother, even if she thought that she wouldn't listen to her it would have been better than saying what she wanted to hear so she left her alone and stopped talking.

I loved the concept of this book, it was simple yet felt completely driven and hit hard. I loved the kind of witches that belonged in this world, as well as what kind of world that they lived in. I liked how they spoke about the rest of the world and not just their little island. The plot was irresistible, and I couldn't put it down. Every time I had to put it down, I felt a tug and I couldn't help but pick it back up.

I definitely prefer the AUS/UK cover and title better than the US. The titles aren't much different, but the AUS/UK cover resembled the book more. In one scene at the start. She describes trying to escape like a rope that's around her waist and holding her back/down in the town.

The ending was absolutely crushing in more ways than one. I smiled, I cried, I got angry and frustrated. This is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone. Its got twists and turns (that even I couldn't predict), romance and witches. Cannot wait for more from this author.

This novel was received for review via Hachette Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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