“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
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I am completely blown away. This book is so good, but in my opinion, it could have stayed as a fantasy book than a horror one because this did not give me the creeps at all. Nevertheless, I like the book. Wait, scratch that, I love the book! I wanted to read this book just to fulfill this month of spooky and creepy Halloween. I may be a tad disappointed, but I am not. At all.
The start piqued my interest, but it soon ended. As I kept reading the book, I was starting to gain interest again and made me finish it entirely at awe. The beginning and the ending of the book were both fantastic and I would love to have to see more action happening around. This book could have been a standalone and it would be fine for me, but I have just seen that it has a sequel, and I am quite disappointed.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart, and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in– blood and salt.”
The characters, for me, were great, despite the fact of not being liked by other reviewers/bloggers. I felt connected to them, especially with Ashlyn. I don’t know why, but it happened, once in a while. The writing style was easy to read and get into, and that’s what I like when reading books. Kim Liggett has good writing skills which I will definitely look forward to in the future with her upcoming books.
The pacing was also great. It was fast, and it did not feel dragging or such. It was simply alluring and will not let you put your book down until you finish it (probably what happened to me, being on the edge of my seat). The story itself is amazing, and sometimes confusing because of the dreams Ashlyn keeps getting, therefore, having a dual point-of-view from the reality and her dreams.
“It’s good to be afraid. It means you still have something to live for.”
Also, I like how Kim added a little humor to her book and some Backstreet Boys gig which I really enjoyed and found funny. Believe me, I seldom laugh, but that part just made me crack up. At some point, I was looking for the horror spark in this book because I want to be scared by reading a book for a change, but I found something different and something greater. This may not be a horror book to you, but this will definitely blow your mind, at least.
Kim created a world filled with darkness and it kind of reminds of the Young Elites but something incomparable. They are both awesome novels with both awesome worlds written by both awesome authors. I may not be creeped out by the little girl always lurking in the shadows, however, I was, a little. Kim Liggett may have not written the best horror novel, but she has made something better, a hormance (horror/romance) that will definitely give you the feels and the twin/siblings love from Ashlyn and Rhys who are both from the Larkins descent and who are both the epitome of great siblinghood.
About the author:
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.
After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians. She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.