Goodreads (3 out of 5 Stars)
Salt and Storm is about a girl named Avery Roe, a girl destined to be a witch in a long line of witches on their island home of the coast of Massachusetts. However, she is having trouble accessing her powers due to a curse her mother has placed on her to keep her from finding her grandmother, the only person Avery believes can teach her how to harness her power. In the process of trying to escape her mother’s clutches, she meets a harpoon boy who might be able to help her.
On the bright side, the book was well-written and had an interesting setting and premise. It takes places after the War Between the States and in a town that lives and dies by whaling. The details about whaling were interesting, if at times a little overstated. The witchcraft and magic was well explained and added depth to a story about a girl chafing against the expectations of her mother and her town. In addition, the book was well written. The author often has beautiful word choice and paints a picture well.
That being said, there were some things I found less positive. The last fourth of the book or so felt rushed and, while all loose ends are tied up, some resolutions didn’t feel true to the characters and the charted course of the story. In particular, I feel this is true of the mother’s story line. I am not really pleased with the resolution of the romantic storyline either. Or the one with the grandmother, for that matter. Like I said, I was happy with the book until the end, and it lost me there.
Three-fourths of the book kept me interested and intrigued about what would happen. Although the resolution left me cold, the book was good overall, although not in the league of “favorites”. While I probably won’t rush out to suggest it to my friends, I could certainly see leading some of my students toward it.
I received this book from Netgalley for a review.