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Blood and Salt

(Blood and Salt #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  3,144 ratings  ·  511 reviews
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, someth
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 22nd 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Kim Liggett It's a duology. The sequel will be out next year. Thanks for the interest! …moreIt's a duology. The sequel will be out next year. Thanks for the interest! (less)
Kim Liggett Spoke too soon. BLOOD AND SALT has a new release date of September 22nd, 2015 with Putnam/Penguin Random House. The sequel is slated for Fall 2016.
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“What’s a wreathing ceremony?” I asked as my brother lagged behind with the bags.
“It’s very special.” Beth led us along the lakeshore. “It only happens once every seventeen years. A week before the ritual, the chosen daughter from the Larkin bloodline picks a boy from the Mendoza bloodline to walk the corn with on the summer solstice. Your bloodlines have been specifically bred for each other. For this occasion. It’s so romantic.
If by "Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet" you mean lo
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Cynically, I usually don't pay any attention to blurbs, but with so much praise from horror/suspense writers I like (five out of the six quoted on the ARC jacket), I thought this was a sure thing. But alas, this romantic horror novel didn't wow me as either a love story or as a creepy read.

There are a lot of characters and many details to the mythology here, and yet almost none of it is truly intriguing. The MC has close to no interior dialogue to speak of, and we're constantly told s
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
*Warning: Prepare yourselves for swearing.

There are books that I want to cherish, but end up wanting to throw against a brick wall--Blood and Salt is one of those books. Despite this, I'm actually not sure if I want to recommend it to everyone, or tell you to let it burn in the pits of your TBRs.

This book started off brilliantly. Check out the first line, and I dare you to tell me you aren't intrigued:
The dead girl hung upside down over our kitchen table.

Chills-inducing, right? Sadly, after the
Kim Liggett
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
They're calling BLOOD AND SALT romantic horror, but I prefer Hormance. Can we please make that a thing? ; ) ...more
Mar 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn...?

shady boots
" . . . achingly beautiful boy she can't have . . . "

Hello, red flag.
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
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I had really high hopes for this book. Romantic horror just sounds completely fantastic. I like a good romance novel every once in a while but mix that up with some horror and I just knew that I would fall in love with this book. The description even mentions Children of the it has to be scary right?!?! I haven't actually seen Children of the Corn but I know it has to be scary because my parents wouldn't let me watch it back when
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, horror
What. the. Fuck. I repeat: WHAT. THE. FUCK. BLOOD AND SALT’S a special kinda crazy. And not the good kind.

“I’d never been to a cult bonfire before….”

But before I delve into the utter lunacy, here are the basics: A teenaged Ash Larkin is haunted by a girl who looks identical to her. Ash’s mother claims that Ash is psychically linked to a powerful, immortal ancestor. When Ash’s mother goes missing, Ash and her twin brother Rhys, flee to the Kansas cult their mother escaped from decades earlier. At
Lee Kelly
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wildly addictive and compelling, BLOOD AND SALT envelops you in a world like no other -- I have truly never read another book like it. There's romance, mystery and horror all wrapped up into a seductive tale of unrequited love and immortality. I could not stop reading or thinking about this story, and can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. ...more
Feb 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Blood and Salt was easily my most anticipated YA horror of the year. Alas, I’m slowly losing faith that I’ll ever find something that is worthwhile. This isn’t to say that there isn’t enjoyment to be found, I’m just clearly not the targeted reader. Considering horror is one of my favorite genres you would think there wouldn’t be a difference but the way the YA versions always seem to be written just doesn’t do it for me. I was leery about this one from the get go, because honestly? Romeo and Jul ...more
Martina Boone
Why is September so far away? This book needs to be on shelves. An INCREDIBLE premise, a fascinating story, and Kim Liggett's charming unexpectedness mixed with horror? I haven't anticipated curling up in deliciously shivery fear this much since ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and A MADMAN'S DAUGHTER. ...more
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, gorgeous, terrifying, hilarious, GORGEOUS writing and a killer (literally) plot. I totally fell in love with these characters, which was unfortunate in some cases. Also: I will never see Kansas the same way again.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
As soon as I read the tag line, I was sold. Thankfully this book delivered.

Loved Ashlyn and Rhys. They're great siblings and it was fun seeing their banter while they navigated such an odd environment. Dane and Beth were great secondary characters. And the collective group of townspeople not getting completely fleshed out was an extremely effective way to complete the feeling of isolation. You know, in case the corn wasn't doing it for you.

Insanely creepy and filled with delicious twists and s
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
“Horror waits in the shadows, even when you are closing your eyes.”

----Melissa D. Ellis

Kim Liggett, an American author, has penned her debut YA horror romance, Blood and Salt which is the first book in the Blood and Salt series, that unwraps the story of a teenager pulled into a cult to find her mom in a strange town with carnivorous corn and a car junkyard along with her own demons of a hanging girl to fight with. This is quite a mystifying tale that is scary enough to give birth to strang
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: dtb-book
3.5 Stars!

This was one read I wanted to read before Halloween was over because of all the wonderful reviews and all the hype surrounding it. I was ready for a good creepy read that would leave me turning the pages and not wanting to turn out the light at night.

And while I did get a good read, one with some creepy moments, this wasn't quite the scary read I was hoping for but instead a rather intriguing mystery and romance that left me swooning and even a bit sad by the end.

Definitely unique and
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 15ers
A dark, seductive, sensual book. Incredibly gripping, with so many twists and turns--I absolutely could not put it down, despite being scared out of my mind multiple times. Cinematic and gorgeous and so, so original. A writer to watch out for.
Steysha Kravits
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it

Blood and salt - is an intriguing romantic horror that will hardly leave you indifferent. But what emotions will you experience going through it: positive or negative, I cannot foresee. The story is very peculiar, and, to my opinion, it has a lot of shortcomings. Nevertheless, it captivated me from the beginning to the end.

Twins Ash and Rhys live with their mother who once escaped from a cult, which is located in Kansas among the corn fields. Under these conditions, their life can hardly be call
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

Blood and Salt isn't your typical horror book. It's creepy sure, but not because it's gory and bloody. Now, don't get me wrong, there was lots and lots of gore and bloodiness, but the true scary experience of reading this book arises from not knowing what is going to happen next. The novel opened up with the main character watching a dead body hang from her kitchen ceiling and it's all very normal to her. This weird and disturbing set the tone of the whole book. Let me tell you, Kim Liggett does
Lindsay Cummings
Oh wow. Creepy dude. So creepy!! Flew through this one, and the twist ending (YES!) was so well done!! I'm hoping there's a book 2, because, like, PLEASE. ...more
Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Aug 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: forgrabs

I gave myself a couple of hours, but I have come to an inevitable conclusion, I have a like and dislike relationship with this book.

What was there to like?

The world building. I actually enjoyed the world building in Blood and Salt, It was a bit interesting. I mean come on, a secret civilization of people that you can only get to by walking through the corn? Yes please. From what I understood, the people where suppose to be sort of stuck in time. There was a bit of an overlap as far as modern civ

Hazel (Stay Bookish)
I maybe *unstable* after the completely dizzying amazing read that this book was but trust me when I say you NEED this one in your life. Really, BLOOD AND SALT IS THE ONE ROMANTIC HORROR BOOK YOU CANNOT MISS. I ALSO DUB IT 'PURE MINDBLOWING BREATHLESS KAPOW.'

Full review tk @
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
I think this book is perfect for Halloween :)

The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Prepare yourself for one of the creepiest books of the year! Blood and Salt combines genres like horror and romance, making it horrifyingly beautiful. The plot is so suspenseful, especially since it is set in a cornfield. This is certainly one of my favourite books of 2015!

Full Review on The Candid Cover

Blood and Salt is the kind of book that I’m sure everyone will enjoy, horror fan or not. Even if you tend to shy away from horror, like myself, this interesting combination of genres (fantasy, pa
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An intense and sinister tale marked by blood-stained cornfields, forbidden love and centuries-old secrets that stir to life. It was wonderfully creepy and gripping from beginning to end.

[4.5 stars]

Mysteries abound in Kim Liggett’s Blood and Salt—a plot-driven tale of fate, love, betrayal, blood and immortality. From the very beginning, goose bumps prickled my skin as Liggett sets up a sinister tone that haunts throughout. From there, a mix of malefic occurrences, unexplained magic and an eerie c
Elle G.
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
:: 5 Creepy Stars ::

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it in the deepest ocean. You will be all in- blood and salt.”

Overall, I absolutely loved this story. It is a young adult, romantic horror novel. It’s a tale of forbidden love and sinister secrets. It’s also a bloody good time! Some say it’s Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn and I find myself agreeing to this analogy. Dane and Ash are not supposed to be together. Mixing Larkin Blood with Mendoza blood
Jen Brooks
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this book as a member of the Freshman Fifteens. Blood and Salt has been pitched as Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn. In order to save her mother, Ash Larkin flees her NYC home for a commune in the corn fields of rural Kansas. There she learns the secrets surrounding her mother’s upbringing, confronts an evil lurking in the corn, and falls for a boy the commune would never permit her to have. Death and immortality strike a perfect contrast as Ash tries to fig ...more
Colleen Houck
I love the imagery of this story. The setting in the middle of a cornfield felt so real. There are secrets piled on top of secrets and the slow reveal is shocking but it all makes sense and comes together in a way that's very fulfilling. There's a definite need to know what happens next at the end. Love the ribbon! ...more

Since I'm woefully behind on my reviews lately...this is going to be super quick. Take some forbidden romance, a set of fraternal twins, one of which sees dead people or one dead person, a creepy cornfield in Kansas, a lit
Beth  (YA Books Central)
"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."

So...Is it possible to scream at the top of my lungs about how amazing this book is?? UMMM YEAH!!!!! I mean SERIOUSLY...Blood & Salt...where have you been all my life??? I am completely and utterly obsessed, amazed, in awe, its genius, its beautiful...its haunting........i mean...there are so many words to describe this BREATH-TAKING book. I had heard from so many pe
Stefani Sloma
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The first line of this book is: “The dead girl hung upside down over our kitchen table.” What an excellent start to a horror novel! The beginning of this book continues to be super creepy and strange, and it hooked me right away. You can really hear that rope creaking as the dead girl swings, first over the kitchen table then later in Ash’s room, school, and everywhere else she sees her. It gave me the creeps. I won’t say I felt that way throughout the entire book though. The middle part dragged ...more
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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.

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