The Salt in Our Blood
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
TW: Suicide, alcoholism, death, irresponsible bipolar representation, rape, abuse
My review includes quotes from the ARC. It also discusses in depth why this book was frustrating for me as a bipolar person to read. These are my own honest opinions. I am putting this in spoilers in case you don't want to see at length the reasons why I did not care for the rep ...more
Raing: 2.5/5 Stars
I got this novel as an ARC from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I honestly don't know where to start with this book. I guess I'll start with the summary like I usually do. Catia wakes up one morning to find her grandmother and primary caretaker Moony dead. As a minor, Catia must now be taken in by her mother Mary, which she has a strained rela ...more
I reread the blurb after I read the book and there are not trigger warnings. There most definitely should be: child loss, sexual abuse, pedophilia, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, child abandonment, suicide.
So going into this, I thought this would be a story with some witchy happenings with tarot cards in New Orleans as a family uncovers secrets about each other. In a way, sure, that happened. But it's really not what the book was about at all.
This book is about the relationship be ...more
I love witchy stories. Case in point, this was the 2nd book I read this month with a tarot card as a cover. Unfortunately, this one felt more like an idea for a story than an actual story.
The Salt in Our Blood feels like it was written linearly. That doesn't mean that the plot is necessarily linear since that isn't necessarily a bad thing, but rather it felt as though it was written scene by s ...more
I want to start off by saying I love ...more
In addition to the aforementioned warning, I would just like to reiterate that this novel could be particularly triggering to any with mental illness or a history of emotional or sexual abuse, rape, or miscarriage.
That being said, I still adored The Salt In Our Blood by Ava Morgyn. Morgyn's w ...more
What we have here is a situation where I have a bit of The Mixed Feelings™. At the start of the book, I wholly felt for Cat. She's found her grandmother, who basically raised her, dead. As if that isn't bad enough, she now has to live with her mostly absent mom, which certainly can't be easy. So yeah, I was definitely sympathetic. But then some things rubbed me the wrong way, so we're ju ...more
I absolutely loved the author's debut novel, RESURRECTION GIRLS which is why I didn't hesitate to accept this ARC. However, the first thing that hits me after finishing this book is : I REALLY would've appreciated a TW somewhere. It could've been included in the synopsis, at the beginning of the book, ANYWHERE really. Because there were a lot and I might've avoided this book at the time being.
TW : su ...more
In New Orleans, Cat must become th ...more
The beautifully ...more
While I definitely enjoyed this book, I felt like the story was hindered by the fact that it was a standalone. I think it would have been a lot better if it was stretched into two books as a duology. It would give more time for moments of rest and would allow the book to explore the various aspects of its mythology. As it is, the story felt rushed and I couldn't get fully immersed in the fantasy aspe ...more
I did find the writing style to be a bit strange as each chapter felt as if it was a wholly new scene. Not a bag thing, j ...more
This book had a great plot, and the setting was stunning, but the characters seemed like you could either love them, hate them, or somehow feel both simultaneously, and the book would have had a lot more impact if there was a bit more of a grey area in between those feelings. One of the things that must have been hard to write about this book is that everyone has a different experi ...more
Personally, I would recommend this for a very mature YA reader or older due to difficult content.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries and complicated family dynamics. 3 stars!
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