ARC Book Review: Salt

Salt CoverBook: Salt by Danielle Ellison

Expected Publication Date is January 7, 2014 by Entangled Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 266

Where I Got It: I received a digital copy from the publisher, which hasn’t influenced my review in any way.  Promise!

Series: Salt #1

Genre: YA Paranormal

You can find Salt on goodreads & Danielle Ellison on Twitter and her website

Goodreads Summary: Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own. 

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Initially, when I started reading Salt, I wasn’t sure about it.  But as I kept reading, I got wrapped up in the story!  It’s really different than a lot of paranormal/witch-y books I’ve read, because Penelope can draw her magic from her family.  It’s really different, mainly because she’s lost her own magic due to a demon stealing it…and the reason why she can draw power from her family, and from Carter, her Enforcer partner, is very plausible in this world.

Speaking of the world…I really like it!  It’s definitely intriguing, and I wish we got to learn more about it, because a world where there’s a society of witches that co-exists with our world is a pretty cool idea. And Carter and Penelope working together was entertaining at times, but also something I liked seeing, because of everything going on in the book!  Still, I’m hoping we learn more about the world Penelope lives in, because I felt like I didn’t get a good feel for this world.

I really liked how everything came together, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Penelope and Carter.  Especially because of Penelope’s secret and Carter’s connections…I’m curious as to whether those two things will collide, because I feel like Penelope’s secret is going to come out at some point.

There’s quite the assortment of characters, and I really like Penelope!  I don’t blame her for wanting her magic back, and for doing everything she can to do so.  I really do like that she can draw magic from her family and from Carter, and I like that her grandma’s so protective and worried about what could happen to Penelope.  I’m not sure how I feel about Penelope’s sister or her best friend, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of them.  I also think Carter is sort of intriguing, but I’m not sure how I feel about Carter and Penelope as a couple.

Final Thoughts:

I really liked Salt!  It’s definitely different (in a good way) than a lot of other paranormal books I’ve read, and I can’t wait to read the next book.  Salt gets 4 stars.

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