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Review: The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Kendall Kulper - The Witch of Salt and Storm

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.

A sweeping romance with a spellbinding twist – from a talented new voice in YA fiction.

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I was really excited about because there are witches involved, and I love witches! However, I wish there had been more actual magic in this book because most of it is spent with Avery trying to find her magic. Which means she doesn’t really do much actual magic. Still, even though there isn’t as much magic as I expected, it’s an alright book.

It follows the story of Avery, a girl destined to be a witch. Her only problem is that her mother won’t let her return to her grandmother so that she can become that witch. One night, Avery dreams that she is going to be murdered and she know that it will come true. However, she still tries to change her own destiny and by doing so meets a boy named Tane who changes her life forever.

When I started reading this book, I did find it a bit dull, especially due to the large amount of flashbacks and infodumping. It did get better though and I found myself really enjoying the story. It gets very intense at times, and nobody is really what they seem. There were some very emotional moments in this book, and a lot of things that I really didn’t see coming.

 The characters were interesting and had great stories, and I enjoyed getting to know them. I particularly liked Avery and her struggle to get back to her grandmother and the life that she loves. My problem with her was the relationship she had with Tane. One moment they were grudgingly working together, the next they were totally in love. It wasn’t a convincing relationship to me, although there were a few scenes which I did really like between them.

Basically, it’s not the best book I’ve read about witches but it’s also not the worst, and I did enjoy a lot of the story. If you’re a fan of witches, you should definitely give this one a go and it’s a stand alone, so that’s always a good thing!

The Witch of Salt and Storm is released on the 4th of September, 2014.

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