I will be killed. I will be murdered.
And I’ve never been wrong before.
Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that have kept the island’s sailors safe at sea for generations, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and Victorian respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.
Avery finds a surprising ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane – a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Avery is desperate to keep her island from ruin and change her future. But as the clock ticks down the days to her death, she discovers that becoming a witch will require an unimaginable sacrifice.
This high-stakes epic is Kendall Kulper’s sweeping debut about one girl’s fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets.
First Sentence: Despite my mother’s best efforts, I never forgot the day my grandmother taught me how to tie the winds.
As soon as the bad reviews came in for Salt & Storm right after BEA, I wasn’t planning on reading it. I just had too many books to read in my TBR pile that I just don’t have time to waste on other books I won’t enjoy. However, I somehow found myself reading Salt & Storm (I blame it on the gorgeous cover) and I am so glad I did – for the first time since ever, I found myself being the black sheep for a book everyone else didn’t like. I was expecting to not enjoy Salt & Storm like other people did, but instead, I found myself really enjoying it and wanting to hug it to my chest.
“A gift,” he said, his expression smooth. “With my apologies.”
I narrowed my eyes at him. “Realized it’s no good to make a witch angry? Scared I’ll curse you to bits?” (ARC 59)
I have a big weakness for historical fiction books and Salt & Storm happens to be a historical fiction, set in the time where people caught and used whales for oil. (Sorry that I can’t tell you the exact time period Salt & Storm is set in – I’m not that good in history class.) I love reading about how superstitious people was back then and their attitudes towards witches. Reading Salt & Storm made me feel like I was in that time period, seeing everything Avery saw.
Unlike other people, I could really connect with Avery, the main character of Salt & Storm. I felt her anger towards her mother’s betrayal, her pure despair and desperation to become a witch, and her distrust of everyone around her – her feelings was just so strong – that I understood every single thing she did. In fact, I might have done the same things that Avery had done if I was put in her position – pure, panicked desperation changes us and makes us the worse self we could be, which was exactly what happened to Avery.
“See what kind of life you could have?” she offered. “See what could be yours if you only gave up chasing magic?”
I was no lady, no matter how my mom dressed me, no matter where I slept or what I ate or whom I socialized with. I was a witch, I was a whale, and I did not belong in an octopus’s nest. (ARC 49)
As for the romance, I was worried that it would be an insta-love romance since the summary unconsciously made it sound that way. However, to my relief, Avery and Tane’s romance didn’t have a speck of insta-love in it at all. Even though their romance wasn’t filled with insta-love, I didn’t find myself rooting for Avery and Tane’s relationship at all – I just didn’t find myself shipping their ship. They lacked that certain spark for me and they never had any memorable conversations that told me that they just got each other.
The ending of Salt & Storm nearly destroyed me. It made me sad and mad and just…why did I not see that coming?! That’s all I can say about it because I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.
Overall, I did enjoy reading Salt & Storm despite its minor faults. I definitely recommend it, especially if you enjoy reading historical fiction as much as I do. Who knows, maybe you can be the black sheep for this book too.