Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Reader on November 3rd 2015
Series: Blood and Salt
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“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.
Everything about this book screams CREEPY – the cover, title, synopsis and OMG have you seen the trailer…kids in the corn? If it’s creepy, I must read it; I love being on the edge of my seat and not knowing what is going to happen next.
First lines tricky, but when they are good; they will hook you, and that is exactly what happen with Blood & Salt – ” The Dead Girl hung upside down over our kitchen table.” Are you intrigued yet?
Blood and Salt is the story of two twins Ash & Rhys (it is mainly Ash’s story). Rhys is the pretty normal sibling. His sister Ash is a conduit – which means she can see spirits, well one actually, the one hanging above her kitchen table. Their mother is a bit coo-coo, she was raised in a cult located in a corn field somewhere in Kansas, but they love her. A few days before the Summer Solstice their mother runs off – Ash knows something is wrong and takes of with Rhys to save their mother.
When they reach the corn field in Kansas – things take an really awkward turn. Nothing is what it seems, they cannot trust any of these people .
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait to see what happens in Book #2 – Blood and Salt had me from the first line and did not let up; every time I thought I knew what was going on, I was wrong. It has also renewed my fear of corn fields.