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Blood and Salt
Blood and Salt #1
Kim Liggett
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Genre: YA Paranormal
“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.
ARC provided by PenguinTeen thru NetGalley

Love makes monsters out of us.

I did understand it at first. The story, I mean, not love (although, I still do not understand love at all). Ashlyn's mother was some kind of a hippie who tattooed her daughter whenever she saw the body of a dead girl hanging upside-down from the ceiling. Ashlyn's twin brother believed that her mother came from a community, more of a cult than a commune. The whole journey from point A to point B, from her mother being kidnapped to getting to Quivira, the cult, I mean, the commune, was a cloud of confusion for me. Clues were being thrown everywhere but I couldn't join the disjointed images that Ashlyn was being given. Like her, she wasn't sure which was true and which was false.

And like her, after her suspicions were aroused and secrets were revealed, it wasn't until the end that I was able to have that eureka moment. What would you do for love, I wonder?

Blood and Salt had familiar concepts. Betrayals, deaths, crows, secrets,... some of the things I like in books that I read. I just couldn't get over the instalove - which in the end was an uh-oh moment for Ashlyn. Like Coronado said, they were "young and foolish". Isip at puso, payo ni Lola Nidora (Mind and heart, advised Grandma Nidora). 

Love makes monsters out of us. It could take us to the heights of bliss or it could drag us down to the chasm of bitterness. Would you also be accepting of love no matter how it came to you? Blood and Salt ended on a note of possibilities and questions which I hope would be answered in the next book.

Ayanami Faerudo

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