[eARC Review] Salt by Danielle Ellison

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Title: Salt
Author: Danielle Ellison
Series: Salt #1
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: ebook, 266 pages
Release Date: January 7th 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: eARC provided by Publisher in exchange for honest review

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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.

The moment I saw this cover I was intrigued. It is so bright and beautiful, but also very mysterious. This book took me by surprise. I honestly don't know why I am so hesitant to read books that are not published by the "Big 6" publishers, but I think after reading Salt, and a few others from Entangled Teen had officially unhooked me of that habit. Salt was way more than I expected and I am so glad I got the chance to review it.

Salt follows a young girl named Penelope who is a witch that hunts demons. Yet she is different then most, she cannot use her own power, she has to dawn power from her family. This fact makes it very hard for Penelope to fit in, especially when she wants to become an Enforcer, a group of people that hunt and expell demons into hell. But when she meets Carter, a young boy who just will not leave her alone, everything in her world changes and she discovers a family secret that will change her life forever.

I will admit that it took me a bit to get into this story, but I think that was because the author was setting up the world and characters. But once I was in, I was IN! I loved Penelope's character, she was so sassy and sarcastic, and honestly I just wanted to her to be real so that we could be friends. She is fiercely loyal to her family, even though at times they were incredibly frustrating. She is such a great heroine in YA because she is fiercely independent yet she is entirely comfortable getting help when she needs it. I seriously cannot wait for this series to continue so I can see where her character ends up.

Carter. What can I say about him. I loved him. He was such a great character and he complemented Penelope so well, especially at the beginning when their banter was at its best. Their chemistry was amazing to read on page, and their relationship felt very real to me. I cannot wait to see more of him in the rest of the series.

This book is perfect for fans of Buffy, Charmed and Supernatural. There is great adventure, mystery and humor in this book, so please give it a chance. it is worth every page.

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  1. Entangled Teen is constantly surprising me. This sounds great (fans of Buffy? Sold!) and the cover is stunning