Sunday, September 28, 2014
Review: The Witch of Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
For the most part, I loved The Witch of Salt & Storm. Which is why I'm giving it a four star. Sure, I had some huge heartbreak and issues about something before the ending. Didn't see why it couldn't be changed. But I also didn't hate it. And I liked the rest of the book, so yeah. I kind of really enjoyed reading this book.
The book is told from the point of view of sixteen year old Avery. Whom I adored. I hadn't fully peeked at the ending, so I didn't know what she would choose, and I was worried that she would choose to do something that I did not approve of. But she didn't. So yeah. I really liked Avery. There was one choice I wish she had done differently, but it also made a lot of sense, so I can't really dislike that either. Mostly I just liked reading from her point of view. As I liked her. I'm not going to share details about the plot. As I don't want to. But I will share a few small things. Like her mother. I didn't like her mother one bit. Sure, she had reasons for doing some of the things she did, but I will not forgive her, because those things she did were not okay. They weren't. I might have felt a bit of pity for her, but not enough. Sorry :) I just did not like her.
Then there was Avery's granma. I can't decide how I felt about her. Though her I really did feel sorry for. Especially at the end. There is just so much pain and heartbreak and anger. It is a bit depressing. Yet all kinds of awesome. I do wish her granma had tried more, though, and not been so mean at one point. But yeah. I did like her as a character. There are a bunch of other characters in this book too. Some I disliked a lot. Some I liked. Liked Avery's friend, Tommy. Just a little about him, but he was so kind.
There were many things in this book that I liked. I loved that Avery was an almost-witch. I loved that she was able to understand what dreams meant. It was pretty awesome. I also liked reading about the other witchy things. Like the charm spells. Those were amazing. Though I hated how much the people counted on them. As if the witch owed them anything. That bothered me a whole lot near the end of the book. And made me dislike a lot of those people, lol. But not all of them. Some were kind. Probably.
The romance. Tane. There is a cute boy in this book. With tattoos. A broken past. Yeah. I pretty much loved Tane. Wishing there had been more about him, and maybe some crying/broken scenes, as I love those, hih, but I also loved the scenes that he is in. And though the kissing might have happened a little bit fast, it was also so sweet. And I just adored the romance. And I wanted to read about Tane and Avery at all times. Sniffs. And ohh. I did like it a lot when he gives a tattoo. That was all kinds of awesome.
There is a bunch of things I could say about The Witch of Salt & Storm. But I will not. I will just say that this book is amazing. The plot is exciting. The characters are awesome. The romance is sweet. I enjoyed this book a whole lot. And I'm so glad that I read it. Despite the ending making me cry a whole lot. How mean. Yet so good. Huge thank you to Victoria at Hachette Childrens UK via BooksWithBiteUK for the print copy for review. <3 I adore this UK edition. And my US hardcover. Now, go buy this book.