Blog Tour- Review and Giveaway of Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

BloodandSaltBlood and Salt
By: Kim Liggett
Release Date: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publisher: September 22nd 2015
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

Final Thoughts:
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.

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  1. says

    I’ve never been in a corn field either, so all of my experiences have been with creepy movies where strange, horrific things happen in corn fields. :O
    By the way, I really enjoyed your reviews, and I’m even more excited to read this one now! Seems perfect for fall. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. says

    This book sounds like something I would totally dig. I know I’ve been in a cornfield as a child but it was before I was exposed to all the creepy stuff like Children of the Corn and other spooky tales that revolve around farms and corn fields. Now, I would be terrified to walk among the cornstalks. I bet I was terrified as a kid as well because I was naturally intuitive about that stuff, LOL.

  3. Chenoa says

    I’ve never been in a corn field but I HAVE been in a corn maze with my best friend the night before halloween a few years ago. It was foggy that night and his mom got a picture of us walking with our backs to her and it looks as if we’re dead spirits wandering through the maze forever lost. 🙂 love it. Going again this year. 🙂

  4. says

    I actually like that it’s not “real” horror. I prefer the creepy factor. Pure horror leaves me too terrified to function;) I will definitely check this one out when I get the chance!

    Um…Corn field. Well, my great-grandpa took me for a ride on his combine tractor in a corn field! It’s actually my only memory of him.

  5. says

    Oh boy! Having grown up in central PA, I have more memories than I can count set in corn fields (in fact, there are several surrounding the house I grew up in!).

    My best childhood memories of the corn fields were from the fall just after they had been plowed down. The top of the hill that the fields covered was the perfect site for flying a kite on a clear, windy day. I could spend hours out there running back and forth trying to get the wind to catch. And then, when I was finally successful, I would lay in the dirt and revel in my supreme awesomeness.

    One of the small joys of being raised in the middle of nowhere.

  6. Vivien says

    Living in Kansas it is basically one big corn field!!! :p But really, we have hay rides in corn fields during the fall months. So spooky!!

  7. says

    i havent had an experience with corn fields either! theres not a lot of those in ireland because i think its too cold here. but i would love to read this book and experience it there instead. even if it is creepy! it’s better than no experience at all heh.

    great review!

    xxx isha

  8. says

    Aw 🙂 Stunning review Kristen. <3 I'm so glad you ended up enjoying this book. I.. well. I wanted to love it too. But I had to DNF after page 100-something 🙁 It was just SO BAD. And I can't help but wonder why you liked it, lol 😀 But that happens often ;p Don't always agree on the same books. <3 Loved reading your thoughts about this one. Just wish I had been able to feel the same way 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweet girl. <3

  9. Susan says

    We had one around our house as a kid when Children of the Corn first came out. Not really a good thing at the time.

  10. Mary G Loki says

    My great aunt’s neighbors backyard was sold to grow corn crops. My cousin and I used to play hide and seek a few times when we were little. It’s disorienting!

  11. Anna Weimer (@lostbraincell) says

    I live in Indiana yet I’m not the corn field type of girl so I’ve not been in one that I recall… though I bet i probably was as a kid.

  12. says

    Do corn mazes count? If so, well I’ve gone in them several times and they’re always really fun. I’ve always been with family and it’s been during the day so it hasn’t been scary or anything….

  13. says

    Isn’t the original Romeo and Juliet creepy enough? The whole “I’m 13 and I’ve known you three days but love you so much that I’ll lie, betray my family, let the nurse/friar pimp me out, commit murder, and kill myself” thing? At least this novel seems to have embraced the eerie-ness and isn’t masquerading as the “greatest love story of all time.”

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