Title: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: Horror, Supernatural YA
Synopsis: Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
What I liked: This book has some insane imagery. Liggett begins the book by discussing how her main characters see the ghost of a hung dead girl from the chandelier over her breakfast table. All in a very nonchalant yet graphic way. In fact, on the first night I read this book I was five chapters in before I went to bed and proceeded to have nightmares. Liggett take the unimaginable and grounds it into reality. Her words jump off the page and grip your attention. What really kept me reading, “Blood and Salt,” was the original and fresh premise of the series. I’ve been a little strung out on the love triangles and too bust to read just to get some reading done. “Blood and Salt,” kept me interested from the first nightmare to the last page. Liggett turns the usual YA troupes around and focuses making the reader sympathize with the “bad guys.” No one is purely innocent in “Blood and Salt,” which adds depth and dimension to a premise that if done poorly could have been another stagnant YA.
What I didn’t like: I’m honestly going to say that I am still confused about what exactly happened at the end. The book centers around a cult of mythology, but the mythology was very confusing. I felt like there was some backstory I needed in order for this to have been 100% successful
Overall, this is a fantastically written book that would be a wonderful read on a chilly October night 4/5