Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Release Day Review: Salt by Danielle Ellison

Title: Salt
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: Stand Alone, Possible Sequel
Published By:  Entangled Teen (January 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own. 

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

This wasn't what I was expecting at all, but really, an unknown author never is, good or bad, what you expect them to be. You can have expectations, high or low, but that is really all they are, expectations. It isn't until you crack open the pages and jump right in and get a real feel for the author, their writing and their world that you can ever really form a true opinion, no matter how many reviews or synopsis' you read.

I love books about witches, they are, by far, my favorite being to read about. I hold them in high standing on my shelf, I have high expectations for anyone that dares to venture into the genre and cross into my path with them. I adore them and I never get tired of reading about them. I love the very idea of magic and magical abilities. Of making our own fate. Of not just making it but going out and grabbing it and holding on to it, anyway that we can and what better way to that than to be able to create it using something mythical? Something, magical?

I have come to expect (yes, there is that word again) a lot from the Entangled lines, truly, they haven't let me down yet, and I am happy to say, they still haven't. This was a fun read. One like I mentioned above, I was not expecting. One that completely held my attention and made me want to read more. Something different from other books about witches and demons and good versus evil. Something rare and action filled with just the right amount of mystery and romance to make it imaginative and creative.

There was just enough sarcastic humor to please the crazy in me that craves the snarkiness in my heroines or heroes and of course the witty banter and one liners to make reading fun and to give the two main characters, Penelope and Carter, that little extra sizzle in their relationship to make it believable and real feeling. There was ust enough action, whether it was demon tracking, the testing, or that sizzle between Carter and Pen, to make this a nonstop, don't want to put it down,  read. 

Neither character needed to be saved. They were strong on their own but they were stronger together and I loved that. I loved their dynamic, their friendship, their bond and their willingness to break all the rules and go after what they wanted, what they needed, out of life.

I am really hoping and keeping my fingers crossed that there will be a sequel because I would love more of their world and whatever next adventure awaits them. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I like strong characters and agree with your assessment of Entangled, both their authors and line of books have delivered good reads.

  2. I know, I look forward to all their releases!

  3. Well, yay! I love a good unexpected read, especially one that introduces me to a new author who I will certainly be reading more of in the future. I also love how you mentioned that neither character needs to be saved and that they were strong individually but even stronger together. Awesome:) Must add this to the list! Lovely review as always Ali!

  4. I have heard a lot of mixed things about this one but the concept of it all definitely intrigues me!

  5. Oh good! I've been seeing this one around but I honestly didn't expect it to be awesome and I defintiely didn't expect the sarcastic humor, which is always a plus.
    Fabulous review. You have me convinced.

  6. This is the first I am hearing about the snark. I love a good witchy read as well and I am on the fence regarding this one. Glad it was a good solid read for you, Ali!

  7. I always love hearing a book is difficult to put down, and add in witches and a bit of sarcasm and banter between characters, and I'm totally on board! I hadn't even heard of this book until today, but I've seen it on two blogs I trust and now it's on my TBR wish list. Thanks for putting it on my radar! :-)

  8. I am really liking Penelope so far :)

  9. Great review. I enjoyed this one to.

  10. Unexpected reads are always nice. I also absolutely love books about witches, so I definitely added this one to my to read list.