11 Nov 2014

Book Review / The Witch of Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

You don't know what you must give up to become a witch.

Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.

Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but when she has a harrowing nightmare, she can see what it means: She will be killed. She will be murdered. And she's never been wrong before.

Desperate to change her future, Avery finds a surprising ally in Tane—a tattooed harpoon boy with magic of his own, who moves her in ways she never expected. But as time runs out to unlock her magic and save herself, Avery discovers that becoming a witch requires unimaginable sacrifice.

Avery walks the knife's edge between choice and destiny in Kendall Kulper's sweeping debut: the story of one girl's fight to survive the rising storm of first love and family secrets.

Published:     4th September 2014
Publisher:  Orchard Books
Author Website:  Click here
Goodreads :  Click here
Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1,
Source:  Review Copy from Publisher
Review:   3 out of 5

My Review

What I loved about this story...
What I loved the most about this story was the history of the island and the history of the Roe witches.  I liked the fact that there is one 'main' Roe witch and when the time is right its the daughter who takes over next.  I liked the fact that in this story it is the witch who 'holds all the cards' in the island and controls a lot of aspects of the island.  Most stories that I have read with witches in it they are usually the victim and are being hunted so it was nice to see witches in a different light with this book...       

What I was not fond of with this story... 
For me, this book was very slow paced and I had a hard time keeping my concentration on this story because of that.  There was also a particular character (Avery's mother) that I really took a dislike to for the entirety of the story and whenever she was part of the story I really got annoyed with her views and how she tries to control Avery.

About the Author
(From Goodreads)

Kendall Kulper is the author of SALT & STORM, a Young Adult historical fantasy to be published by Little, Brown in September 2014. 

She grew up in the wilds of New Jersey and currently lives in Boston with her economist husband, Dave, and Abby, her chronically-anxious Australian Shepherd.