Published: September 22nd, Putnam
Standalone/Series: This is book one in the series. Book two is due for released in September 2016
What’s the story?
“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.
What did I think?
I never thought a ‘romantic horror’ would be my kind of thing but as soon as I read the ‘Children of the Corn meets Romeo and Juliet’ comparison for Blood and Salt I was desperate to get my hands on a copy because, well, how amazing does that sound?
This book is incredible. Definitely one of my favourites from 2015 and for numerous reasons. First of all, it’s top notch in every category – story, characters, writing. Secondly, and this is really out of character for me, I loved the romance. I’m usually the one rolling my eyes at love stories in horror noels but this. was. amazing. Dane is absolutely smoking and I absolutely loved the way Liggett handled Ash’s attraction to him – it wasn’t OTT and there was real passion that felt real, which is so important.
The setting in Blood and Salt was fantastic. I could completely picture Quivira in my head and, wow, the corn, ohhh the creepy corn! Corn has been under-utilised in horror ever since Signs (let us not speak of that clusterf*ck) but now it’s back and kicking ass for the first time since Children of the Corn. Thank you, Kim Liggett, for writing one of the finest YA horror novels of 2015 and thank you, again, for single-handedly putting creepy corn back on the map.
AND THERE’S A SEQUEL! I only just discovered this in the last few days and now I’m impatiently waiting for September 2016 so I can get my hands on it. I mean, I need it like yesterday, so it’s going to be a long wait.
Who would I recommend it to?
Okay, well EVERYONE. But, seriously, if you love atmospheric, creepy novels that are filled with beautiful language and a swoony love story that doesn’t detract from the main plot – DO IT.