Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: Salt (Salt #1) by Danielle Ellison

Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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.

 This was a witchy YA that kept me flipping the pages till the end of the book, so it definitely deserves all 4 stars.

Penelope was a child when a demon broke into her home, killed her parents, and drained her magic. She should be dead, but for some reason...well, she's not.
Wouldn't be much of a story if she was, right?
She also shouldn't be able to borrow her family's magic to cover up the fact that she doesn't have any of her own. In her world, a witch without magic is called a Static, and those guys end up banished.
Yep. The other witches just toss them out of their society. Nice, no?
Her Grandparents and sister are the only ones who know her secret, and they've all worked hard to keep it safe. So far, it's worked. But Penelope isn't satisfied with just passing for a witch. She's found a ritual that will restore her magical essence, if she can only find the demon who took it.
There's a hitch, though.
There's always a hitch...
The only way for her to find her demon (and a more detailed version of the ritual), is to become an Enforcer. See, only Enforcers have access to the library with all of that info in it that she needs. Of course, to become an Enforcer she's going to have to show off her magical abilities.
Oops. That might be difficult.
Never fear, our girl has it covered. She can pull from her sister, because their tests will be held at the same time.
Except that there's a problem. After all her hard work over the years, some random witch pulled a muscle (or something) and now her Penelope's test date is getting moved to a different time slot.
Time for plan B.

In the meantime, a chance encounter with a demon has left Penelope with a stalker. Sort of. At least, that's what Penelope thinks when Carter first starts popping up around every corner. He's annoying, cocky, and apparently obsessed with her.
Or at the very least waaay too interested in her magical abilities.
Why is she so freaked?
Well, he was there when she managed to explode a demon in an alleyway. And since she has no idea how she managed to pull that one off without having any magic, she certainly doesn't want him poking his nose into it.
Besides, he makes her sick to her stomach. Literally.
A little nausea isn't enough to stop this guy, though. Nope. He's determined to figure Penelope out, because he needs her.
No, not like that!
God. You guys have such dirty minds....
He claims that his magic is more powerful and stable if she's around. If that wasn't interesting enough, it seems as though she can pull magic from him in the same way she can pull it from her family.
Which would explain the alleyway full of exploded demon goo...

To make matters worse, the more Penelope digs into finding a way to restore her powers, the more it looks like she's onto something bigger than just finding her own magic. And it looks like her Grandma is hiding a pretty important piece of the puzzle. In fact, trusting Carter with her secret might be the only way to find out what she needs to know. But Carter has some pretty big secrets of his own, and once she finds out what he's hiding....
Well, let's just say she's a teeny bit upset.

I really enjoyed Salt! The pacing is good, the plot is interesting, and there were a couple of things I didn't see coming.
So all in all, I'd have no problem recommending this one for fans of YA urban fantasy.



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