Review: Salt

Salt by Danielle Ellison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 interested me because of the Supernatural reference (I am not kidding) and while reading I realized it was more like the Shadowhunters universe. Penelope is part of a society of witches in which select ones are trained to become the demon police, and while they don’t actively hunt demons, they interfere when said demons are causing a nuisance. She was stripped of her magic when a kid, and is keeping it a secret from the witch society for fear of being cast out as a Static. So, in the start, I felt her to be a bit selfish, going on about her powers and her goal to get them back. It wasn’t revenge what she wanted, though I would have understood that, but her magic back. As the storyline progressed, her character develops from a naive, hopelessly optimistic girl to a brave young woman who is smart and ready to kick ass.

The love interest, on the other hand, didn’t get good character development. Much of his actions aren’t explained and while he is a good guy, I didn’t really like him. Their romance, however, was cute (yeah, as a couple they really clicked even though he was a jerk at the start) with their snark in the start and then their bond being developed. The writing was okay, not really great – but good enough to keep me entertained. I am not really sure about the world-building – especially all the Pairing and Bonding. It seems like a Parabatai thing but the pairs have to get married? I don’t see nobody has a problem with their choice being taken from them – if they are going to depend on a person to have their back, shouldn’t they get a say in the matter? Also, the Council has those tests every month? Seems like a waste of a lot of time – which can be better spent hunting down those demons, by the way. Also, the whole Void and Essence thing literally gave me a headache – which could also have been because I was up until 2 reading it. Yup, I liked the book enough to sacrifice my sleep.

The surprises/twists in the plot were more or less predictable – I didn’t see only one of them coming. The storyline was good and overall, I would say the book is nice. Good for when you want a light read with some good paranormal elements thrown in. 3.5 stars!

Received a copy from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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