Salt & Storm
Summary:Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.
Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.
One of my most anticipated reads of this fall, I was rather impressed by the end result of Salt and Storm. While it certainly wasn’t perfect, the novel is definitely one of the better witch books I have read and I found it to be a really original take on the genre.
Avery Roe’s family has been the witches that control Prince Island for generations, and now it’s almost Avery’s turn to take on the job. The only problem? Her mother has forbidden her to practice magic or become a witch. Until one night she has a haunting dream:
Because I could read dreams and I knew what it meant to dream I was a whale, to dream of men trapping me, hunting me, piercing me with harpoons and leaving me to drown in my own blood.
I will be killed. I will be murdered.
I’ve never been wrong before.
It’s this dream that convinces Avery that time is running out for her to claim her spot as the island’s witch…or die trying.
Avery is a solid protagonist. She isn’t perfect, but she was still very relatable. For her whole life, Avery’s mom has forbidden the one thing she yearns for – magic; forcing her instead into a world of class and money. You can really sympathize for her as you feel how this impacts and stifles a lady who is so headstrong and independent.
Sadly, however, I found her romance with tatooed foreigner Tane to be a bit mediocre. It was sweet enough, but I wasn’t quite as invested as I wish I could have been.
View Spoiler »I barely bat an eye at Tane’s sacrifice and death at the end, probably because I knew it was going to happen once he told Avery his dream. I suppose it could have been much better if he didn’t tell Avery his dream and his sacrifice was used as a plot twist instead of being told openly like it was. « Hide Spoiler I can see how it might have been a strong point for many readers, but I wasn’t able to click with it. I can’t quite put my finger on why exactly I felt this way, but my indifference definitely had a rather negative impact on my overall feelings towards the novel.
All in all, Salt and Storm is a solid debut and there is quite a lot to like here. The originality of the plot makes it shine in a unique way, and the heart-breaking ending is sure to provoke some feels.