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The last words Ash hears her mother say are, “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.”

Determined to find her mother when she disappears, Ash follows her to Quivara, Kansas, the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Her mother is nowhere to be found, but Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love, murder, alchemy, and immortality. Charming traditions give way to a string of deaths. And Ash feels herself drawn to Dane, a mysterious, forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash fights to save her mother, her lover, and herself. She must discover the truth about Quivara before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

Blood and Salt

by Kim Liggett

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Overall Review:  

Blood and Salt could be dually listed as horror and romance.  And when you have that combination, you almost always have a recipe for success.

Ash has always been a bit different.  She sees things.  The things she sees are creepy…and its getting worse.  When her mother disappears, Ash and her twin brother Rhys go on a rescue mission.  On the way they will discover the truth about their family, the truth about themselves and will discover love in the most unlikely of places.

This book also deals with the occult and the impact years of shared history can have on a population.  The population of Quivara is convinced they will receive immortality when their leader returns.  Little do they know that their path to immortality is the same path that has been killing dozens of their neighbors over hundreds of years.  And the cornfield that they see as their safety net is the one thing that they may never escape.

Filled with twists and turns that will keep you turning page after page, it sets up perfectly for a sequel that readers will be running to shelves to grab.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  17 religious exclamations; 19 mild obscenities, 6 derogatory names; 8 scatological words; 7 anatomical terms; 4 f-word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  5 instances of visions of a bloody body hanging in various positions; 3 references to murder; 2-page scene of protective markings being carved into skin; 8 instances of hands being cut open for blood oaths; sword thrust thru chest; birds fly into door resulting in blood pool; numerous instances of cuts, scrapes, bruises and minor injuries from sporting events and accidents; flesh burnt in branding; dead dear comes back to life when girl touches; 3 instances of throats being slashed; multiple instances of people being knocked backwards with minimal injuries by invisible barrier; woman drags corpse behind her; 3 instances of people bleeding out and dying from magical forces; three bodies burned on funeral pyres; bloody handprints; references to being branded and castrated; man beats self with whip; boy is magically blown apart into nothing; girl magically wills ribbon to choke man; 2 page scene of mother murdering daughter; girl falls into chasm filled with skeletons, viscera and bloody walls; bone pierces chest and is pulled thru; punch to face; girl fed blood to heal; man’s legs are magically ripped off; woman magically breaks girls ribs without touching her; girl stabs mother (at mother’s behest) to kill and release ghost.

Sex/Nudity:  Vision of naked body (no detail) twice; boy holds girl closely by waist; parlor full of half-naked woman (minimal detail); girl stripped for ritual cleaning; 5 instances of kissing; caress of face; brushing/grazing and holding hands four times; kiss to arm twice; caress of upper body three times; kissing while girl is naked; 2-page scene of nudity with sexual innuendo.

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Mental disorders, death of family members, cults, paranormal, murder of family member, abandonment, occult.

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Various ages drink at festivals and ceremonies.

Reviewed By Beckie
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