Today we are SO excited to be the final tour stop for the official blog tour of Danielle Ellison’s SALT. SALT is a young adult paranormal novel that will be released January 7, 2014 by Entangled Teen. For more about the tour, visit Rockstar Book Tours.
About the Book
Series: Salt #1
By Danielle Ellison
Pub Date: 1.7.14
Pub: Entangled Teen
Genres: YA, Paranormal
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.
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I’m pretty much to the point now that I will pick up anything Entangled Teen puts out. I had the opportunity to review SEVERAL of their 2013 publications and each one just was a home run for me. So, I had high hopes going into this book.
Salt is a witch story, but it isn’t some tired, overused paranormal story line. It’s got depth and layers and a really unique premise. Penelope, our protagonist, is a witch (obvi). However, rather than casting spells and hanging out raising all kinds of hell like the girls on American Horror Story, Penelope is fighting demons. Umm, so basically we’ve got Buffy meets Charmed meets Supernatural. SO much yes.
As a kid, a particular demon killed her parents and stole her powers. But you’re thinking, “wait, you said she’s a witch!?” Here’s where the fun part comes in — she can use her powers when she is close to a family member. That’s definitely one I haven’t seen done before!
Penelope was an awesome main character — she had a backbone, was stubborn, and full of snark. She wasn’t perfect, but I definitely have a thing for girls who kick butt. And she does that a whole LOT. We see the desperation in her character – she tells lies, gets mad when others keep things from her, and while some people may do an eye roll, I liked that those flaws. THIS IS HOW REAL PEOPLE ACT. We are hypocritical and ridiculous, especially as teenagers. It’s just what we do. And I just have to repeat how much I loved her personality. Sarcastic, snarky, and just plain smart ass at times. I loved it.
When Penelope meets Carter, she finds out she can do magic near him. Now this made me wonder, ummm are you guys related, but it was pretty obvious there was something else happening. I liked the connection the two have and they were able to dish out a lot of hilariousness with their encounters. And, I actually LOVED the plot twist with Carter.
There’s a lot to this book plot-wise, which I loved… The twists and turns were well-received and the writing was smooth. Pacing, tone, and the actual writing were all great. We get a lot of details that set up the world — explanations that help make everything make sense. Things keep moving, but you are able to pick up pieces of everything along the way until you get to the moment where it all comes together.
Overall, I’m REALLY glad I picked this one up and can’t wait to see where the story goes from here!
About the Author
Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn’t stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud.
SALT comes out in August 2013, and then it’s sequel. In October 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She’s got a busy few years!
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Now comes the fun part! Today’s giveaway includes:
SALT Necklace (US Only)
3 e-book copies of Salt (Intl)
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Check out more of the tour
12/30/2013- Bibliophilia, Please– Guest Post
12/30/2013- Lost in Ever After– Review
12/31/2013- Shortie Says– Interview
12/31/2013- Dizneeee’s World of Books– Review
1/1/2014- Whimsically Yours– Guest Post
1/1/2014– Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review
1/2/2014- Chasm of Books– Review
1/2/2014- The Demon Librarian– Review
1/3/2014- Jenuine Cupcakes– Interview
1/3/2014- Such A Novel Idea– Review
1/6/2014- Page Turners– Guest Post
1/6/2014- Musings of a Blogder –Review
1/7/2014- IceyBooks – Guest Post
1/7/2014- Donnie Darko Girl – Review
1/8/2014- Reading Teen– Guest Post
1/8/2014- In the Best Worlds– Review
1/9/2014- Allodoxophobia– Playlist
1/9/2014- Pieces of Whimsy– Review
1/10/2014- A Book and a Latte– Interview
1/10/2014- The Busy Bibliophile– Review