Monday, May 9, 2016
Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Author: Kim Liggett
Series: Blood and Salt, Book One
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 22 September 2015
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia
Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“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. (summary from Goodreads)
Blood and Salt was not at all what I'd been expecting.
This was one of my big anticipated reads and when I found it at the library I gleefully snapped it up. Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn? Romantic horror? Yes and yes! Obviously I expected too much. More like no and no. Blood and Salt was a total snoozefest. It's neither romantic or the horror I'd hoped for. Instead it was annoying and boring. Probably Blood and Stone actually counts as a DNF for me. I got about halfway and I'd had enough, so I skim read the rest. So a partly DNF? Blood and Salt started out so great. Dead hanged girl, visions of murder, ghosts, an isolated cult and worshipped, powerful corn. How could it go so wrong? For me, the answer is insta-love and an incredibly slow main character. Blood and Salt simply couldn't maintain the creep factor as Ash pined for Dane (she was in love only 60 pages in for Lord's sake!) and never spent even a moment trying to apply some thought and common sense to this crazy situation she'd meandered into. I'm being harsh, I know, it's just I'm so very disappointed. I think I could've handled the romance and all if the story wasn't so predictable too. After the second or third vision I understood what was happening, the message Ash just couldn't for the life of her figure out. As if she'd even tried. The summary implies Ash must fight - technically not untrue, but it's misleading in that Ash didn't have a fighting bone in her body. I had to suspend my disbelief too much to accept how oblivious she was. I suppose I chose to skim read the rest rather than quit Blood and Salt outright on the off chance Liggett would surprise, but it never happened.
If you're actually a fan of horror, I'd skip Blood and Salt.