Salt & Storm
by Kendall Kulper
My rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy Ages 12 & Up
Page Count: 416
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.
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.
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
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
A curse handed down from generation to generation hold the Roe women to their island and their fate. Young Avery thinks she is ready to take her place as the Roe witch, the protector of the island, its people and those who work on the seas. She can read dreams, but there is so much more for her to learn and so little time. Her mother has denied her own place as a Roe witch, so it is up to Avery to continue on after her grandmother’s death. But there is a dark side to being the Roe witch, is young Avery ready to accept the pain?
Young love comes to Avery in the form of a tattooed, seafaring boy, should she chance becoming involved? Can Tane’s own magic be strong enough to change Avery’s future or will the curse repeat itself once again in all of its painful glory?
Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper is a change of pace for ya reading, yes there is the heroine, who means well, but is determined to make her own rules, have her own way. She finds love that gives her strength and a safe place to land, but it is also her Achilles’ heel. The dynamics between her mother and herself are brittle and distorted. And, then there is “the life altering curse.” You ask, so, where’s the change of pace?The candy coating is nowhere in sight! Ms. Kulper is not afraid to paint all of the warts and imperfections into the canvas of her tale with a dark feel that coats each page with a sense of unidentifiable doom. As a main character, Avery is not the perfect heroine, she is far too involved in her own wishes to see the reality of what her life could be. I think Ms. Kulper took a huge leap out of the box of YA fantasy and put a remarkably edgy tale out there with the world she built. She has created an atmosphere that allows the reader to feel and smell the salt spray, the emotional tension within the village and the romance between two lonely teens that seemed destined to be together. No gooey, sugary fluff here, it’s all serious reading to the end!
I received an ARC edition from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.