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341 pages, Hardcover
First published September 22, 2015
“What’s a wreathing ceremony?” I asked as my brother lagged behind with the bags.If by "Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet" you mean lots and lots of actual corn and a love triangle without being the least bit frightful, then sure, this book is just like Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet!!!
“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.
“Did Mom seem weird to you?”...Yeah. All's well and good until Mommie Dearest starts spouting weird shit and then lo and behold, disappears. Ash has a vision of a weird ass woman who appears out of nowhere and tells them that their mom has disappeared to Kansas and into all the corn, so all they have to do is go to Kansas and find her.
Rhys shook his head and laughed. “I don’t even know how to answer that.”
I scanned the crowd. “Weirder than usual.”
“Other than the fact she believes she’s part of an invisible cult where our five-hundred-year-old ancestor is performing corn rituals and Coronado from my eighth-grade history class is terrorizing the world in an attempt to keep his immortality . . . not really.”
I pulled over into a makeshift lot full of old rusted-out cars.And I really hope you like corn, because there's oh-so-much of it. This book is less...
Beyond that stretched nothing but corn. Miles and miles of corn.
“I’ve seen conduits do incredible things when they’re in their ancestors’ memories—terrible things, too. And you’re the first conduit born into the Larkin bloodline. Who knows what you’re capable of."
I couldn’t take my eyes off Dane. Sweat and dirt never looked so good.Really, her beloved mom is gone. Her mom, who has sacrificed so much for Ash and Rhys. She who escaped the commune before both were born. Looking for her mom is of the utmost importance.
His smile was so warm, so perfect, that for a tiny moment, I forgot all my problems. I wondered if anyone else obsessed over that tiny dimple on his right cheek.Really. This is SRS BSNS!!!!!!!!
Something bubbled up inside of me—stronger than courage; the feeling was almost predatory. I wanted him. I couldn’t stop staring at his mouth. I would’ve said anything, done anything, been whatever he wanted me to be at that moment just to feel his lips against mine.Yessir.
The dead girl hung upside down over our kitchen table.
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 civilization went and old costumes of Quivira. In it's entirety it did have a cult feel to it. A bunch of people living in a town that was meant only for the chosen bloodlines, following a woman who promises them immortality if she should find a vessel for herself and the love that she lost. They did not care what it would cost the person to give up, as long as their leader Katie would return to them in a different body. Yup, definitely had a cult feel to it.
This book felt a bit like an illusion. Thought it seems like there was suppose to be a fine line between good and evil, darkness and light, the ending takes everything that you thought you knew and threw it out the window. Kim Liggett did an interesting job blurring the lines between good and evil when it came to the characters in Blood and Salt, thought a bit predictable, the whole concept was kind of interesting. I did not feel that there was a straight good and straight bad in this book, in a way the characters flaws and the deep rooted beliefs is what drove them to their action. Love played a powerful culprit in this novel as far as the length a person can go no matter how good their intention may seem, can ultimately be their downfall.
The writing. I liked Liggett's writing for the most part. I think she created an interesting world and an interesting concept. But at times it felt a little hectic, and I will get to that later. It was a bit dark and a bit gritty and if you are looking for a happy ending to the first book, go look elsewhere.
I also did enjoy the emphasis on the brother and sister relationship and watching how much Rhys was protective of Ash.
So what didn't I like?
The romance, the insta-love, oh my god made me want to tear my hair out. I get it, you know. Soul-mates and all of that, but the transition was so quick and rapid, it left my head spinning. For one, the main character Ash has never been in love and never had crushes, so when she meets Dane, she acts like a love sick puppy. They get so handsy and googly eyed, its a miracle their clothes stayed on for as long as it did. But Dane is not what it seems, so eventually the ending made me question how everything leading up to it was possible, but whatever.
Ash and Rhys, the twins in the book. Ash is the main character. Thought her intentions were good, she came to save her mother, at times she made me want to kick her. Rhys was well, odd for a 17 year old. Blood made him uneasy, he wanted to puke every time he saw it. Girl's made him awkward as hell and in the end, he just felt a bit immature, but so did Ash so hum.
There were ironic moments, corny moments, and moments that really just made me kind of go....really?
The ending. The final battle? What happens in the end, there were two moments, and if you read the book you know what I am talking about, that made me take away one star rating. One, seriously, how do you discuss boys and love with your mother when in reality you should probably do something about that evil person who is just literally left a bit vulnerable to your attack? Two, the ultimate sacrifice that Ash had to make made me kind of....angry...annoyed... disturbed? It just did not work for me. If I wasn't already so damn invested already, I almost put the book down and walked away. Yes, it was a bit dark, yes it totally made me feel uncomfortable, possibly even shed a tear, and yet it must not have been easy for the author to write either.
The ending made my head spin, there was just so much going on it literally felt a bit chaotic like it lost some kind of order. Kind of like black Friday when the stores open their doors for shopping to a mass of people, you know?
To top it off, after everything was said and done, everything was falling too easily for Ash into place in the final scenes of the book, almost kind of ironic.
Despite all the stuff I did not like. This book did have me hooked, the world and the plot were a bit addictive, but I am not sure if everything was for a good reason. It sure turned out to be quite a bumpy roller-coaster. I am glad this is a series, because this book did not have a happy ending and now I need closure. So I will be reading the next book in hopes that it will provide that.
This review was originally posted on Night Owl Book Café