Blood and Salt
“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 ...more
“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 ...more
“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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 Corn...so 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 ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
----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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Full review tk @ staybookish.net
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...more
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, paranormal, romance, and mystery) ...more
I'm changing things up a bit for this review! I'm so conflicted on Blood and Salt as a whole, but my thoughts on the different elements are much easier to sort out. There were parts I liked, and other parts I didn't. So, what worked?
Ideas - Yes
I liked the concepts and ideas! The corn, the immortality, the twists, the conduit stuff--the ideas were cool. The execution, however . . .
Plot - No
I was bored? Nah, it didn't reach that leve ...more
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 ...more
“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 ...more
Note: These are my personal opinions. I received no outside person comments or opinions.
I'm getting to a certain point where I've read enough books that I can tell which ones are going to be a drop everything and read book or a do everything else but read book.
This book was a do everything else but read book.
I wanted to like this book.
I read 79 pages before realizing I dread opening the book and reading.
This book lacked a real p ...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.