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Salt & Storm

(Salt & Storm #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  3,200 ratings  ·  634 reviews
You don't know what you must give up to become a witch.

Avery Roe wants only to claim her birthright as the witch of Prince Island and to make the charms that have kept the island's sailors safe at sea for generations, but instead she is held prisoner by her mother in a magic-free life of proper manners and respectability.

Avery thinks escape is just a matter of time, but wh
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Cristina Monica
*2.5 stars*

Sea witches.

What is a sea witch, you may ask? Well, according to Wikipedia:

Sea witches used witchcraft related to the moon, tides, and the weather, or were believed to have complete control over the seas. In some folklore, sea witches are described as phantoms or ghosts who have the power to control the fates of ships and seamen.

I looked the definition up because, from the book, I did not have a feeling that they were some special creatures and wanted to know for sure. And they’re
Aj the Ravenous Reader
3.5 stars

Salt and Storm is a 19th century fantasy standalone set in a small town along Mississippi. The story opens with our heroine’s narrative of her recollection of her grandmother teaching her powerful witch stuff so I instantly find myself captivated and intrigued.

Avery Roe is the granddaughter of “The Witch”, also called “The Roe Witch”, a woman whose power is always sought by whalers who need luck while they hunt or an avenging wife who wants her husband cursed. Thus, grandma Roe is rev
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

I will be killed. I will be murdered.
I have never been wrong before.

Being a huge fan of historical fantasy books, it was no surprise that I ended up being sucked into Salt & Storm. With its rich setting, interesting historical backgrounds and powerful cast of characters, I wanted nothing else but to keep flipping the pages.

The first thing that drew me into the book was the beautiful setting. I love books, movies, and everything else that are set in some sort of small village/island with its
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Summer by: a whale
Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown for this copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

Salt & Storm was weird as hell. Whether that's a good or bad thing is completely debatable.

There are those books that no matter how many battles, how many risks they take, how much danger they're in, the reader knows that in the end, the characters will end up all right. Sure, there is always that near-death moment where the author tries to convince us that the protagonist is about to die and we sh
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

Ahem. Well, this book turned out to be not at all what I was expecting. And I don't mean that in a bad way, unexpected one. These days, I pretty much skim summaries of books as I'm adding them to my TBR, only scanning for keywords like assassin or pirate or tattooed harpoon boy. So, when I saw the cover for this book and spotted that last k
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought the sea witch plot had potential but I didn't really enjoy the execution. I liked the love interest but I didn't particularly like the main character (she grated on my nerves quite a lot). I was going to rate this book 3 stars, but I just really didn't like how the story progressed. I would be open to reading something else from this author because I enjoyed the setting and thought the writing was nice.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy, kindle
4.5 stars
What a delightful surprise! I loved the setting and the premise and the characters and the tensions and the, well, you get it. I just loved this book. The carefully tended conflict between the generations was expertly handled. The ending between mother and daughter left me in tears. I am just an old softy when in comes to mamas and their babies. Fortunately, my 14 year old is such a great kid, and there is very little conflict in our home.

This book is so well researched that you can't
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so shattered right now because of this book.
1.5 stars

As with any negative review, particularly of a debut author, this is somewhat painful to write. I picked up Salt & Storm hoping for interesting magic adventures with stunning world building and the possibility of a nice romance. And I'm left extremely disappointed on all counts. So much so that at a mere quarter of the book, I was extremely close to leaving it unfinished (and we know how bad I am at DNFing). I pushed through anyway but... that didn't change my opinion.

My primary complai
”I don’t know what the people of my island will make of my story, the story of the end of the Roes. Will they blame me when their ships splinter? Will they remember that I fought for years against my mother, that I tried to go home and set it all right? Will any of them know that I gave up all of it- magic, my own life, and their livelihood- for a tattooed harpoon boy?”

And that sentence, my friends, is where the problem lies within this story.

Avery Roe is destined to be the last Roe Witch of
Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
If Titanic and The Brides of Rollrock Island had a love child out of wedlock, the latter unabashedly not giving a fuck and the other ashamed of the manner their progeny was brought into this world, both passing down some of their undesirable and desirable traits respectively, getting them all mushed up and mutated during the blueprint process, naming Regulus Arcturus Black its godfather and basically leaving it in his care for the weekends, holidays, sick leaves et cetra, the result would undoub ...more
There's something about a YA novel with a gorgeous cover that makes me immediately suspicious; I've been burned so many times by "cupcake" books, those that look really appealing but never seem to satisfy. So imagine my delight when I found that my wariness about Kendall Kulper's debut novel Salt & Storm was completely unnecessary.

Avery Roe has always known that she will one day take her grandmother’s place as the witch of Prince Island. For hundreds of years there has been a Roe witch to help t
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

I am sorry book, it's not you, it's me. Your writing is very beautiful and I do love the setting, but the main character's hatred toward her own mother is a little too much for me to handle. I'm guessing she just wants to protect her, but she's a teenager and doesn't see that. Also, she fell for him rather quickly, I can't do instant love at the moment. Also, I wanted to see more magic happening, but that c
Nasty Lady MJ
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Really 2.5 stars.

To see full review click here.

I recieved an ARC from Netgalley this has in no way shaped my opinion of this book.

Witches are big in YA.

However, about half of the time they fail epically.

The other half. Well, does the name Harry Potter ring a bell. Okay, so part of that series is classified as middle grade and that new short story would be classified as middle adult, but if does right witches/warlock/wizards can be a big hit. So, I was excited about Salt and Storm especially sin
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Brides of Rollrock Island and When the Sea is Rising Red
A lyrical and utterly gorgeous novel full of magic and romance, set in a fascinating world that's half history, half fantasy and entirely wondrous. It's absolutely amazing. I was mesmerized by this book from the beginning. It features a highly competent, independent and multi-layered protagonist, a swoon-worthy love interest, breathtaking mythology and background history, outstanding world-building, wonderful magic, intense relationships and gorgeous writing. To me, this book was absolute perfec ...more
I read this book with my sister in suffering Nikki Hill

DNF 50%

Reading this book felt like a torture.
What a waste of time. And I won't waste my time writing a review.
Cori Reed
Another book that just wasn't for me. I kept expecting it to be over, then realising I had another 100+ pages to read. I also really disliked the voice of the main character.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
I was kind of disappointed with this story, but at the same time I have to admit that it was original and the fact that it didn't go the way I thought it would was interesting. I'm only disappointed because it didn't have the traditional happy ending but it's still cool to see an author explore a different type of ending.
Aly (In Wonderland)
**ARC courtesy of Netgalley**

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Because I could read dreams and I knew what it meant to dream I was a whale, to dream of men trapping me, hunting me, piercing me with harpoons and leaving me to drown in my own blood.
I will be killed. I will be murdered.
I've never been wrong before."

There's only one word that can be used to describe this book: feelings. So many feelings. At first, I was rather sceptical -- it was a
Erica Ravenclaw

No Spoilers! Definitely colorful language abound!

Y'all. I tried so hard with this fucking book. I can't do it. I just can't anymore!

I got this book at BEA 2014... and in those three years I've attempted to read it numerous times and it's never stuck. I'm setting myself free. My local library was holding book donations for libraries destroyed by recent hurricanes. I hope it makes its way into the hands of someone needing a little escape, it wasn't the right fit for me but it I hope it is for so
Camly Nguyen
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Girl why are you so damned focused on being a witch. You don't even know how the process works 🙄
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

Release date - September 4th

'The roe women murmur to me their worries, their plans, their hopes. My ears fill with advices and wishes and histories, and my muscles burn as they cling to me, climb onto my shoulders to see with my eyes and hear with my eyes the world they've only imagined. And whispers- always, always I hear the whispers. Love will lead to ruin. Death is a comfort. You can't kill a Roe witch.'

Avery Roe comes from a long line of
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read

Thank you Netgalley for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest opinion!

After a not so good string of ARCs, I was wary of Salt and Storm. BUT NO. I WAS WRONG. For a debut novel, this was actually really good! There are some things here and there that can be improved, but overall, it was a great read. Seriously, 400 pages have never flown by faster.

FIRST OFF, THIS TAKES PLACE IN MASSACHUSETTS. Yay home state! Woop woop. I'm not sure what the exact date was,
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

One of my most anticipated reads of this fall, I was rather impressed by the end result of Salt and Storm. While it certainly wasn't perfect, the novel is definitely one of the better witch books I have read and I found it to be a really original take on the genre.

Avery Roe's family has been the witches that control Prince Island for generations, and now it's almost Avery's turn to take on the job. The only problem? Her mother has forbidden her to practice magic or become a witch. Until one
Alexandra Christo

I've never really been a fan of historical fiction, so I was endlessly surprised by how much I adored The Witch of Salt & Storm!

The setting is dripping with sensory descriptions that pulled me straight into a world of magic and whaling, where I could picture the small village and it's superstition-rich islanders easily.

A key part to this is story is magic, and Kendall Kulper incorporates the legends of the Roe family through the pages wonderfully, splattering droplets of lore and Roe history in
Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Read the full review @ Dana Square

Salt & Storm is a wholly original and unpredictable story. It's a breath of fresh air. The themes are still similar to most books, but the plot was unique and wonderful, and the way that the themes were addressed and brought forward was different from the norm. The execution was wonderful; the writing was lovely. The pacing was good for the most part, but sometimes things were dragging and awfully slow.

I love the historical fiction aspect and the island & sea se
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Avery Roe lives in a New England whaling town on Prince Island during the 19th century. Like every Roe female before her, she has one job: to become the next Roe witch. This is important to the island's welfare as the witch keeps the sailors and whalers safe at sea by making protection charms as well as other task important to the townsfolk. Avery's grandmother has been the most influential person in her life and is raising her to take over as the next Roe witch. But Avery's mother, who comes ba ...more
Initial Thoughts:
Salt & Storm was a pleasure to read. I loved the author's writing and her attention to details of the period made this book an enjoyable read.

The Review
Be sure to check out Badass Book Reviews where Christal and I discuss the book.

Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a review copy of this book.
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the first standalone fantasy that I’ve read in a while, and boy has it impressed me. Kulper, you’ve got me as a fan as long as you keep writing as you do.

I don’t care for whales. I’m not heartless, but I’m not willing to hug a tree either. I’m in middle ground. I believe in progression, to an extent, and I certainly do not believe in regression. I had no preconceived ideas before I received this book. When I did do a quick background check, read the synopsis, I chanced upon this common t
Dark Faerie Tales
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: This story was atmospheric and beautifully written. Unfortunately, it was also paced very slowly, which lessened my enjoyment.

Opening Sentence: Despite my mother’s best efforts, I never forgot the day my grandmother taught me how to tie the winds.

The Review:

Welcome to Avery Roe’s world. She is a living legacy, heir to the great sea witches that have descended back in time. The sea witches protect the islanders, they have great power. They can wi
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Kendall Kulper is the author of the historical fantasy YA novels SALT & STORM and DRIFT & DAGGER (Little, Brown Young Readers). Her latest novel, MURDER FOR THE MODERN GIRL, will be published Summer 2022 by Holiday House. She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, two daughters, and anxious rescue dog, Abby. ...more

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