To Read or Not to Read?

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Note: I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Salt & Storm in exchange for an honest review.

Salt & Storm was the story of the Roes, specifically Avery Roe, who belongs to a family of witches who keep Prince Island safe with their magic.

For hundreds of years the Roe family passed the magic from daughter to daughter, using it to help the whalers who populate the island they live on. Their magic comes with the cost of pain and a life span and a shortened life span. Most of the witches in the family line took up the mantle but Avery’s mother chose not to, leaving her aging mother to care for her daughter until her circumstances change. That’s how the story starts.

The majority of the story seemed to revolve around the relationships between Avery, her mother and her mother’s mother as well as the Roe family’s relationship to island. Avery makes it very clear that she wants to be the Roe witch but it’s not long into the story that she has a dream that reveals that her own death is imminent so she tries to find a way to prevent it from happening. That way ends up involving a boy.

Although I liked it well enough this book was not all that memorable. I’m finally writing this review about a week after I finished it and I’m struggling to remember all the details. From what I can remember my favorite part of the story was the history of the Roe family. It was kind of neat to read about what powers the other women had and so on.

And the major thing that bothered me was that there wasn’t really much of a resolution. The question of Avery’s imminent fate was answered but certain relationships weren’t resolved. I expected more and didn’t find it.

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