Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Posted October 6, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Salt & Storm

by Kendall Kulper
Published on September 23rd 2014
by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Salt and Storm

A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 Stars

I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, but I did quite like this book. I loved the writing, the world-building, the magic and the main character. The only thing that didn’t make me love the book as a whole was the romance. And I have no idea why.

Salt & Storm is about Avery Roe. The only thing she wants to do is take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, following in her grandmother’s footsteps, making charms to keep the island’s whalers safe at sea. But her mother has forced her into a magic-free world. When Avery dreams of her own murder, she knows it’s time to unlock her magic and save herself. She finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy from a strange land named Tane. He has magic of his own and knows how to help her. But Avery doesn’t know how high the price to be the witch really is.

Like I said, the writing was great and I loved the world Kendall has built in this book! I loved the magic and the history of the Roe family. I was so fascinated by all of it and even though I’m not a big fan of historical fiction, I liked this one because it didn’t feel like it. Maybe because of the paranormal side of the story? It made it feel like a fantasy book, really. Perhaps that’s something I should remember for the future, for when I want to try another historical fiction novel.

I also liked Avery as a character. She’s determined and passionate and stubborn. She wants to follow into her grandmother’s footsteps even though she has no idea of the sacrifice that would take. Her mother seems evil throughout the book but I never quite saw her as that. I always had a feeling she had a good reason for doing what she did. I liked Tane, he was sweet, but I didn’t buy the romance. I just didn’t feel it at all. Thus when something bad happens in the end, I didn’t really care about it either. Partly because I saw it coming too.

In the end I’ll say that I did really like this book but because of the romance I didn’t quite love it. I will read more books by this author in the future and I will try out more historical fiction! I recommend this to fans of books with witches and magic. Even when you’re not a big fan of historical fiction like me, you should give it a try!


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3 responses to “Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

  1. Yeah, I’ve heard so many similar thoughts as yours for this book. It was one of my post anticipated reads of the year and hearing about all the mixed reviews and about the ending, I decided against reading it and I can’t say I feel like I’m missing out.
    It’s a shame about the romance not being as great though because this definitely sounds like it could have been a phenomenal read.
    I’m glad you liked this despite your issues, Bieke! 🙂
    Great review!

    Nick @ Nick's Book Blog recently posted: Review : Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young

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