Thursday, November 13, 2014

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Have you ever heard of a sea witch before?  You'll meet a family of them in this story...

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It's on sale now so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

Avery is a child that is brought up by her grandmother.  Her mother left them and moved to another part of the island.  Avery expects to become the next sea witch until her mother shows up and takes her from her grandmother.  What Avery doesn't know is that there is a curse put upon her family.  You don't become a witch without tragedy.

While her mother grooms her in how to be a lady, Avery tries to figure out how to return to her grandmother.  Since her mother has magical spells, too, it doesn't work very well when she tries to send a message and she finds she can't leave because she's bound to the town her mother lives in with her new husband.

Avery is not happy.  It's not until she meets a tattooed boy from a whaling boat that she finds someone she feels she has something in common with.  He knows some magic, too...

This is a sad story.  The curse Avery carries will prevent her from happiness in her life.  Even survival is a question.  It's not until near the end of the story that Avery understands what the curse is.  And she wishes she'd never learned...


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