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The Salt in Our Blood

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Ten years ago, Cat's volatile mother, Mary, left her at her grandmother's house with nothing but a deck of tarot cards. Now seventeen, Cat is determined to make her life as different from Mary's as possible. When Cat's grandmother dies, she's forced to move to New Orleans with her mother. There, she discovers a picture of Mary holding a baby that's not her, leading her to ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 2nd 2021 by Albert Whitman
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    Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: arc, z-2020

    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
    Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    TW: Suicide, irresponsible bipolar disorder representation, sexual assault, alcoholism, death, emotional and sexual abuse

    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
    Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
    Oof. Not for me.

    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
    TW: Suicide, alcoholism, death, irresponsible bipolar representation, emotional & sexual abuse
    Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 7-8-and-9
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of The Salt in Our Blood in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    D Gillis
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I received The Salt in Our Blood this week and I wasted no time in binge reading it! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities (okay, I haven’t actually been there but I love it) and Ava Morgyn did a great job of creating a sense of place. There’s magic throughout the book and imagery drawn from Cat’s tarot deck. The dark family history had me hooked, wanting to discover what had driven and shaped Cat’s mother. I want to visit Fortune’s Gate, the most amazing (fictional) magic shop ever! Highly r ...more
    Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: yalit, fantasy
    After her grandmother's sudden death, Cat finds herself having to reach out to her estranged mother, who takes Cat to live with her in New Orleans. While staying with her mother, Cat learns of a dark family history that her beloved grandmother kept hidden from her, involving a sibling she never knew existed, and if she is to learn the truth and heal the relationship between her and her estranged mother, she would have to face her fears and let her guard down.

    I want to start off by saying I love
    Mar 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
    TW: mental illness (bipolar disorder, depression, mania), suicide attempt, miscarriage/stillbirth, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, alcoholism, emotional abuse, manipulation, toxic relationships, death, grief.

    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
    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

    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
    Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The summer before her senior year, Catia discovers that her grandmother Moony, who has been raising her, has died in her sleep. With nowhere else to turn, Cat reluctantly reaches out to her estranged mother, Mary, who brings her daughter back to her apartment in New Orleans. Her mother has been grappling with bipolar disorder for years, with extreme highs and lows that made parenting Cat impossible. A mixture of gritty realism and fantasy are intertwined unevenly as Cat moves between solving the ...more
    Geneviève (thefreckledbookworm)
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book through the author, in exchange for an honest review.

    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
    Virginia McGee Butler
    Ava Morgyn begins her debut novel with abundant problems for seventeen-year-old Cat when her adored grandmother dies. Ten years before, her unstable mother had dumped Cat off with the grandmother with nothing but a deck of tarot cards – minus one. Now, her mother returns, taking only enough time to determine that the college fund Cat’s grandmother had promised her does not exist and to put the house on the market before she heads to New Orleans with Cat in tow.

    In New Orleans, Cat must become th
    Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Filled with vivid imagery, The Salt in Our Blood by Ava Morgyn is as much a character study as it is a story about magic and family. Cat grew up with her grandmother, Moody, who has recently passed, leaving her in the care of Mary, the mother who abandoned her. Uprooted from everything she’s ever known, Cat move with Mary to New Orleans where she almost immediately begins to cross paths with some unusual individuals, all of whom seem to be offering her some sort of hazy guidance.
    The beautifully
    Stephanie Tournas
    Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: young-adult
    This is an affecting novel that mingles themes of grief, mental illness and mother/daughter relationships. Seventeen year old Cat has lived with Moony, her grandmother, for ten years, ever since Mary, her mother, abandoned her. When Moony dies, Mary takes her to New Orleans to live together in a small apartment in the Quartier. Cat is reeling – so much is unknown about her mother’s past, and what she does know – that her mother is bi-polar, that living with her is a roller coaster – is hard to ...more
    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
    CW: sexual abuse (mentioned), child death (mentioned), child abuse (mentioned), attempted suicide

    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
    Katelyn Karkaroff (Balancingbooksandcoffee)
    The Salt in our Blood is about a 17 year old girl named Cat who lives with her Grandmother. When her Grandmother dies, her estranged mother takes her to New Orleans, to live with her in her small apartment. This is a sort of witchy story which is why it intrigued me, because who doesn't love a good witchy story! I found it to be intriguing and mystical, with beautiful imagery.

    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
    Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
    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
    Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: dnf
    I was so, so excited to read this when I requested it! Tarot cards and mysterious happenings in New Orleans? Sounds amazing! Once I started reading I thought it was going to turn out great, because there was some beautiful narration going on. However, as the book went on I felt uninterested in where the plot began to go. Areas I wanted to be explored went unexplored and the main character just couldn't seem to capture my empathy. I have a feeling this is more of me a problem, but I was unable to ...more
    Christina Marie Reads
    Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Drawing from my own experience with a parent with mental health struggles, I can relate to Cat in a way that is so hard to put into words. All I can do is thank Ava Morgyn for putting the raw and honest perspectives and struggles of Cat and her mother Mary together and beautifully mixing it with a hauntingly magical realism. And the setting of New Orleans is absolutely perfect!

    Personally, I would recommend this for a very mature YA reader or older due to difficult content.
    Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I would rate this book 3 stars, it was good but not amazing. It was interesting enough to keep my interest and I loved the New Orleans setting. The cover is beautiful and draws you in, giving the book an overall mysterious and eerie vibe. The main character Cat is determined and complex and and finds herself facing a new kind of life after her grandmother passes.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about mysteries and complicated family dynamics. 3 stars!
    Michele Taylor
    Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed reading this! From start to finish I couldn't put it down. I love the whole NOLA supernatural vibe, and the characters were amazing (I want more of Daniel and Mawmaw...spinoff series?) Cat is going THROUGH it, so much happens and is discovered in a short period of time. Love, loss, lies and just life in general for her. I was disappointed in the ending, but that is usually how I feel when I'm really loving the story and don't want it to end. Maybe we can hope for a series! ...more
    Not to be overreacting but you're book is totally awesome. You're innate writing skill is what the world should witness. Try joining NovelStar's writing competition because why not? Here's the link if you want to. (PC) (APP) you wish to join.
    Julie Hedlund
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This book is wholly original and compulsively readable. The mystery within both the real world and spirit world were drawn evocatively. I do wish the characters had been a bit more developed. They seemed to exist more in service to the plot than the other way around. Still, an enjoyable read. Thanks to Albert Whitman for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review.
    Zainab Cader
    Mar 06, 2021 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2021
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    Author’s way of storytelling is so good, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition, you might be their next big star.
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    Ava Morgyn is a native Texan who grew up falling in love with all the wrong characters in all the wrong stories. She is a lover of crystals, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin and currently resides with her family in Houston, where she lives surrounded by antiques and dog hair and writes a blog on child loss, ...more

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