Title: Blood and Salt
Author: Kim Liggett
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
The first descriptive word that really comes to mind when I think of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett is weird. This book is weird. Very weird. Thankfully it eventually makes sense, but until you get to that point you better be ready for a really weird and strange journey.
Also, Blood and Salt is not a light and fluffy read. It gets pretty dark at times. So just be prepared.
It is kind of hard to describe the plot of this one, so please bare with me. It is one of those that makes more and more sense the further you get into the story. However, I can't tell you too much or else I will be giving you spoilers. And no one likes spoilers (well I do...I go hunting for them or read the last page..but I don't like giving them!)
Ash is our main character. She lives with her mom, Nina, and her twin brother Rhys. Seems normal enough right? Well...her mom is anything but normal. Nina grew up in a place called Quivira. Quivira is supposed to be a utopia of sorts. Locked away in time, protected by the corn.
There is a very complicated love story that is kind of difficult to explain, so I am not going to. Let us just say that Ash's ancestor got screwed over. She is/was an immortal and there was another guy who wanted her immortality, but she met another who she fell in love with. She wanted him to be immortal instead. I think you can see where this is going.
Well one day, Nina goes missing. Ash figures she has returned to Quivira so she drags her brother to this cult like community and well...things happen.
Oh. And Ash always sees a dead girl hanging from a rope. All the time. No one else can see her.
I know. This is probably one of the worst story descriptions ever given. I am sorry. I tried. This is seriously something you need to read for it all to fully make sense.
I am going to be honest with you. This story gets a little slow in the middle. It all most felt as though it was banking on the creepy factor, but at some point it just leveled out. BUT! It did get better. SO SO MUCH BETTER. This book! THE END! GET TO THE END! Kim Liggett really found her stride towards the end and just WOW.
As far as characters go. I wanted so much more from Rhys than I got. The only one I felt I really even kind of got to know was Ash. I hope this is fixed in the next one.
Oh yeah. There is going to be another. I verified this with the author via Twitter. Am I going to read it? YES!
Also... I am never ever going to be able to look at corn the same way again. Read it and you will understand why.
This review is based on an eARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
4 of 5 stars!
Oh BTW! There happens to be a giveaway for a copy!