Waiting on Wednesday: Salt & Storm

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I will never tire of three things in literature: witchcraft, historical fiction and magic. To combine the lot in one book seems to be the trifecta for me these days, and I'm getting pickier and pickier about what I review otherwise.  That said, it seems as though historical fiction is growing in both popularity and creativity these days, making it the perfect genre for me!

Title: Salt & Storm
Publisher: Little, Brown BYR
Publish Date: September 23, 2014
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Pages: 416

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whale men safe and prosperous at sea. But before she could learn how to control her power, her mother, the first Roe woman in centuries to turn her back on magic, stole Avery away from her grandmother. Avery must escape from her mother before her grandmother dies, taking with her the secrets of the Roes’ power.

When Avery awakens from a dream foretelling her own murder, she realizes time is running short—for her and for the people of her island, who, without the Roes, will lose their ships and the only life they know.

With the help of Tane, a tattooed harpoon boy from the Pacific Islands, Avery plots her escape from her mother and unravels the mysteries of her mother’s and grandmother’s pasts. Becoming a witch may prevent her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers it will also require a sacrifice she never expected—one she might not be able to make.
Doesn't that sound pretty much epic? I love not only the setting, but the dire straits to which Avery and the other characters seem to need to go to save their magic and their lives. I haven't read a good historical fiction in a while, but I think this could break that streak for me because it sounds awesome. I can't wait to see if there's more to the black magic of the Roes than we think! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature from Jill at Breaking the Spine.


  1. This is one of my most anticipated reads of the year, Melissa! I really can't wait to read. There seems to be a lot going on and it always promises to be exciting.
    Great pick!

  2. That sounds both very different and fantastic! I like the purple cover, too.

  3. Wow- love the sound of this one! And that cover is awesome. I love when historical fiction meets fantasy, so this one sounds perfect for me. Adding it to my TBR list….great pick, Melissa! (I hope you are feeling better….*fingers crossed*)

  4. I never tire of historical fiction, either. I have never read a YA book with witches and magic before, though. So I'm also looking forward to this!

  5. I've never heard of this one, but a dream foretelling my death would freak me out. Hope you get your hands on this soon, Melissa and that you enjoy it. :)

  6. I really love the cover of this one and it certainly sounds unique. I'm hoping it's an atmospheric tale as I'm looking forward to its setting. Thanks for introducing this one to my radar, Melissa -- onto my TBR it goes! :)


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