Review of Salt

Posted February 7, 2014 by Stormi in Book Reviews, Review Archive / 0 Comments

Review of Salt

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Salt by Danielle Ellison
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Published by Entangled, Entangled Teen Pages: 250
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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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.

Salt is the debut novel of author Danielle Ellison.  I thought it was an interesting novel but also thought it was lacking a little bit of something. I do think this author has potential and will be checking on the next book in this series to see what happens.

Penelope is a witch who has had her essence taken away from her and she can’t do magic on her own. For some reason though she can do magic if one of her family members is around so that she can take from their magic. She is obsessed with finding the demon who killed her parents and took her essence because she wants to be like everyone else.

She also wants to become an enforcer because that is the only way to get into the library that holds all the information she seeks. She has worked hard to pass the enforcer testing. Then one day she meets Carter and finds out something strange about him, she can do magic with him and it’s even more powerful than with her family. She has fun with Carter, but he has as couple secrets of his own.

For some reason the demons seem to like how Penelope smells and they say it quite a bit so it becomes a bit repetitive. I understand that her smelling different is an important part of the story line because usually demons smell witches essence but since she doesn’t have any it’s something more unique they are smelling.

Penelope is a different kind of heroine as she is not what I would call a kick-ass female character but at the same time she is by no means a wimp. She is a bit sassy and she knows how to fight, but she whines a bit to much about her lack of magic. I know it would help her a lot more in fighting demons but she does really well with her combat skills as she proves while going through the enforcer testing. She obsesses to much about wanting to become an enforcer and find the demon that she can’t see that she has a pretty good life.

Carter seems to be a cute down to earth sort of guy. His father is an important figure but he doesn’t act like you might think someone in his position would. He is quickly drawn to Penelope and really seems to like riling her up, because at first she doesn’t like him much. He always seems to be around when she needs him and at the end you see what lengths he would go to protect her.

My favorite character would be Penelope’s best friend Ric. He is gay and gets paired with a female who only wants to marry her enforcer He is pretty funny and loves to harass Penelope especially about her hotty of a boyfriend.

Overall I enjoyed this novel, but I did find it to be a little repetitive at times. It didn’t really move for me at a fast pace until the closer to the end and that would have to be my favorite part.  I think if you like books about witches then you might give it a try.


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