Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
Blood and Salt was an entertaining and original story that successfully utilized a setting with a massive corn field. That might be a random thing to mention but really…this corn field was so creepy and really well detailed-enough so that it was its own character.
I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Ash’s mother and her past in Quivira. Learning about the village’s past and traditions along with Ash and her brother was the highlight of the book for me. I felt that the author did an excellent job creating a history and myth that not only held intrigue but also an element of the creepy.
What would Quivira be without the characters? The secondary characters had such a crucial role in this story and book. I felt that they were all unique and I especially enjoyed Beth. Her lack of general knowledge about how the world operates was enduring as well as her openness to Ash and her brother.
Of course, with that line about Romeo and Juliet in the summary you know that romance had a large role to play. There were super natural reasons why these two are pulled towards each other which worked well for the story even though it was a bit of insta-love. These two did have chemistry together though I could have used a bit more than their instant attraction to draw them together. I know for a fact that they will be progressing and growing in the next book which has me very excited.
Another element I enjoyed was how Liggett incorporated magic within the story. Magic was used in a very subtle way but she presented it with a great aura and I could really imagine it being reality.
One caveat for the future reader–you might go into this book expecting a horror novel and the first chapter does have that feel but, for me, this book wasn’t all that scary. Creepy things happen but never once was I afraid to turn out the lights. The creepiness was more a general feeling as you read, and like my friend Crystal so eloquently said to me, “it had the feel of someone watching you” I think that’s a perfect description.
Kim Liggett successfully created a wonderful novel that excelled at transporting me to a small village within a corn field. I was mesmerized with the history surrounding this village and its impact on the characters. I look forward to reading more hopefully sooner than later.
Thank you Penguin for providing a copy for giveaway. This is US only.