Salt

Salt

by Danielle Ellison

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Overview

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 and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781622663484
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Entangled Teen
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 354
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Danielle Ellison is from West Virginia, where she spent her childhood pretending to fly, talking
to imaginary friends, and telling stories. She hasn't changed much since then. When she's not
writing, Danielle is probably drinking coffee while fighting her nomadic urges, watching too
much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British.

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Salt


By Danielle Ellison, Laura Anne Gilman

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Danielle Ellison
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-348-4


CHAPTER 1

Gran always told us not to leave home without salt in our pocket.

"You never know," she used to say while we licked batter from spoons, "when a demon will attack and you need to be prepared."

Pop would call her "sweet lips" and remind her we were kids, much like he did when Connie and I stole cookies before dinner and she flipped out. Mom and Dad would reassure her that we were safe, and then take us home where bedtime was the biggest worry.

But that was before my parents died. Since then, Gran reminds me about having salt every time I so much as mention going outside. Her warning plays on a loop in my head. I'm trained to bring it with me.

Except for today, apparently.

The demon chasing me is going to love that.

I run, but there's only so much I can do. Plus, I wasn't paying attention and turned down an alley. The walls are narrow, only about seven feet across, so there's no way I can maneuver around it. Demons are too fast. There has to be a way out at the other end. Maybe I can sneak past it.

I pick up speed, leading it away from the street and deeper into the alley. Wait, this is wrong. There's a brick wall blocking the exit.

You've got to be kidding. A dead end. My end. Crap. If there were an award for bad situations, I'd win first, second, and third place.

All I can do is run and hope I can get around it and out the way I came in. Maybe it's far enough behind me that it will work. Running is my best option.

I turn around and bam, there it is, hissing at me. My stomach lurches at the sight of it, and at the sulfur lingering in the air. Dang, it's gross. They're not always this ugly, but this one's green scales, cleaved tongue, and lime eyes make it one of the more hideous. At least there's something there, though, something to fight.

I need to figure this out. I've studied all the books; this should be a no-brainer.

Demons are more vulnerable in their true form. When they've possessed a Non, a human without power, they can hide more. Old Greenie here is completely itself. Lucky me.

"Witch," the demon hisses, "you smell good."

"You bet I do," I say. Though I have no idea why it said that. The demon makes a kind of grinding noise that I've come to recognize as laughter, and takes a step toward me. "Come any closer and your ass goes back to hell before you can blink your beady little eyes."

"Hell is temporary, girl. I've gotten out before; I can do it again. I'm not afraid of hell." Its voice is venomous, slithery. Overconfidence is a demonic weakness.

"Been there before?" I ask. I raise my eyebrows and sweep my gaze across the alley. There's no way out of this. I wish I could go all Spider-Man and walk up the wall.

"That's the problem with you witches," the demon says. "You're so snotty. Know-it-alls, all of you. This world used to be fun—lots of babies to enjoy, people dying of the plague, willing sacrifices." It takes a step toward me with each word. "Witches were a lot easier to find then, too."

I dodge it left and right. We both know I'm stalling. It's the only alternative to salt I have. Demons love to talk about themselves, spill their plans. They're idiots. Misdirection, number six in the handbook.

"Do you have a nice little house in hell? Drapes? Servants? A cute little demon dog? All that jazz?" I ask.

The demon hisses again and charges toward me. I leap out of the way, only a few feet in the tight space, as it stops exactly where I was standing. My heart races, eyes flicking to my left—almost there—as it lunges toward me, green claws outstretched.

I spring to my left and slide my foot back, beckoning it forward. It bolts toward me again and then lands directly on target on the iron sewer grate.

Everything's still at first except the racing of my heart and the fear dancing in its glowing red eyes. Then it screams, howls like it's dying. It is—sort of. At least it's trapped on the iron and I'm sure it burns like hell. Gotta love iron.

"I hope you had a nice visit. Vacation's over."

It hisses at me again, his tongue flickering between its weird pointy teeth, and jerks toward me, but it's trapped. The more it struggles the more it's probably searing at its skin. Iron is a great trap when there's nothing else.

"You can't keep me here," it hisses as I turn away.

I pull my cell phone out of my pocket. The demon keeps muttering and yelling, and the scent of sulfur burns my nose while I dial Connie. Demons reek. Connie doesn't answer. Voicemail. I should've thought this plan through a little more.

"Assistance, Con. Hurry up!" I whisper where I am before I hang up and start dialing Pop. Unlike the rest of my family, and the rest of the witches in my community, I can't work magic on my own; I need to be near someone else in my family. When I touch them it's stronger, because "blood unified is magic magnified," but even being nearby is enough for me. Except it's really inconvenient—especially when they don't answer.

"Wait," the demon says. I freeze, the rings filling my ears. Three. Four. Five. "Are you calling for help?"

No answer with Pop either, so I hang up and twist around to face the demon. Greenie doesn't look good; its eyes are dilated and it's covered in a sheen of sweat. I'm starting to sweat too, because this is a mess.

"I thought you were going to send me to hell."

"I am," I say. I slide my phone back into my pocket. This is all bad. Very bad. There's only one person left, but I am not calling Gran. She won't approve of any of this. She barely tolerates my dreams of being an Enforcer and will never understand that I need to be one to find my magic. Plus, I'll never hear the end of forgetting the salt. I'll figure out something else.

"So do it," the demon smiles tightly.

I cross my arms over my chest. I can't tell it that I can't send it back, that I don't have the power. If one of them finds out then all the demons will know; then soon after that all of my kind will know—and I'll be screwed. Might as well paint a target on my back. Think, Penelope, think.

"Maybe I like to make it a party," I say.

The demon hisses. "You're Static."

"I am not Static." I square my shoulders. I'm not Static—I'm temperamental. I know how do to this, I know many different ways to do this, but I've never done it before. Technically, none of the witches younger than eighteen are allowed to do magic outside of the home or school, but there are circumstances where it's acceptable without punishment. Like this one. And I can't. Life is so unfair. "I can do it."

"Then do it," it challenges.

I bite the inside of my cheek as the words from the CEASE Squad Handbook flash in my head. Demonic weaknesses: expulsion, entrapment, and sacraments: incantation, iron, and salt.

I'm going to have to expel a demon without salt, without sacrament, and without someone else to help me. My power hasn't been strong enough to work without a family member as a counter since I was nine. My magic has to feed off theirs, like my essence isn't strong enough alone. It's so weak it's practically nonexistent.

Gah, Greenie is sneering at me. I have to at least try to send it back to hell, buy myself some more time. It won't know I'm pretending.

I scan the area to make sure there are no Nons sneaking peeks down the alley. I came all the way to the bad end of town for cupcakes, so no one seems to notice us here. Thank goodness. Of course, no Nons means no Enforcers and no one to save me if I mess this up. I raise my hands so my palms are facing the demon, and it seems nervous, which makes me falsely confident, since I don't even have magic. I start the incantation. It's strongest in Latin—most people use English, but I'm weak enough as it is.

"Virtute angeli ad infernum unde venistis," I whisper. Then say it again, louder. "Virtute angeli ad infernum unde venistis."

Four minutes and the only thing that's changed is that now the demon is laughing. "You are Static. Leave me on the iron; I'm sure another will come along who can finish the job," it chuckles.

Yeah, cause that's what I need. An Enforcer to come see me chatting it up with Greenie instead of offing it. Anger boils through me. I can do this. It's in my blood to do this. It's got to still be there. I don't need Connie or Pop or Gran or anyone. I know I have the power somewhere inside me. I can do it. I repeat the incantation.

"Now you're wasting my time," the demon says, its laughter fading.

I say the incantation again. There's a moment before the magic starts where the elements all seem to merge into one huge power source. The air is thinner, water seems to evaporate into your pores, you get hot like you're dancing on fire, the scent of dust and wildflowers fill the air, and it all tunnels into your veins and pours out. At least, that's how I remember it. I know how it feels to have the magic build up, to fill the hollowness. It doesn't; once again, there's nothing.

I yell the words of the incantation. Over and over. Still nothing.

"This is starting to get boring."

Suddenly the magic is there. It tingles through my toes and floats around in my head, falling into place. It's different than I expect it to feel—less tunneling into me the way it does with my family, and more pulling out of me. A storm is brewing inside me. Maybe it's supposed to feel different when you do it alone; I was a child the last time I used it without a counter. Whatever! It's working! I don't need my family again and I don't have to worry about finding all the pieces for some crazy ritual. I'm so ecstatic that I yell the incantation again and don't even care if I look unstable from the smiling. "Virtute angeli ad infernum unde venistis."

The demon chokes on its laugh and falls to its knees. I stop chanting. It shakes on the ground and foams at the mouth before it melts. Well, not so much melts as much as skin peels away like disgusting goo, and then the rest of it bursts into pieces. A green scale hits me in the face.

Expulsion—I did it! I can't believe I did it! I have magic! I squeal and jump in my spot. I expelled a demon on my own. If I killed it then maybe all those books are wrong, maybe that was my demon. The power still surges through me; I want to fly. I bet I could scale the wall. I have magic again. There's no one to see me. I can't help it—I dance. Full on cabbage patch with some weird leg kick, all uncoordinated and remarkable. I expelled a demon! I have my magic back! I deserve a dance. I deserve a ball! I deserve—

"That was touch and go there for a minute," a calm, cool voice calls out to me.

I freeze. My heart is pounding in my chest from the adrenaline—not to mention, minor embarrassment. A boy leans against the brick wall, brown leather jacket, jeans that are too tight, bright-blue Converses and an amused smile. He can't be a Non; if he was he'd be screaming his head off by now. He must be something else. Another witch, maybe?

"Oh, sorry," he says, pushing away from the wall and stepping toward me. "Keep dancing. Didn't mean to interrupt. Expelling a demon is a good reason to celebrate—even when it took you ten minutes."

I force my mouth to close and pick my bag up off the ground, wiping away some flecks of green. This is not what I need. I have magic again. I feel it lingering beneath my skin, buzzing and pulsing, like it's waiting to be utilized. I want to see what else I can do with it. I've never had this much energy after using magic. When I pull from Con or Gran or Pop, it makes me tired. This has to be my magic because it's too alive to not be.

"And you're an expert?" I snap. He's obviously a witch because he's still standing here. Plus, he thinks he knows everything, and we all have that problem a little.

"I know a thing or two," he says. Some have more of a problem than others.

My phone chirps before I can deliver my comeback. A text from Connie: On my way. She's never going to believe I did it on my own. No one was here to see except this random boy. I wonder if I can keep this power surge going long enough to do a memory wipe. It's probably bad to have a witch knowing I couldn't do magic. Nix the "probably."

"Let me guess—you watch Buffy reruns?" I ask, raising my eyebrow.

He smiles. It spreads across his sorta-rugged-cute smug face. "She hunted vampires," he says.

"Those aren't real."

"I'm aware."

I snort, which is only a little mortifying.

"Glad that's cleared up," he says. He moves closer to me until he's only inches away. I take a step back as he takes a step forward, and his hand reaches out toward my face. Witch or not, I will bust out my ninja moves if he touches me. He puts up his hands and I pause as he reaches out to touch my hair and comes back with some green demon insides. Awesome.

"Thanks," I say, quickly. "What are you doing here?"

He smiles again and this time it lights up his eyes. They're the same color green the demon was—only they're brighter against his skin and short, shaggy dark-brown hair.

"I'm Carter."

"Penelope Grey," I say.

"Nice to meet you," he says.

"So, why are you hanging out in an alley?"

Carter laughs a little and crosses his arms over his chest. He obviously missed the fact that it's June in DC and he's wearing a leather jacket.

"Tracking demons, what else?"

I shake my head. "You track them?" I ask, stepping away from him.

"They track us, don't they? It's only fair to return the favor," Carter says. I'm pretty sure my mouth drops. I may spend some of my time looking for information about demons—well, a demon—but that's totally different. I don't seek them out. "I was following one when I found you."

I stare at him for a second. What kind of weirdo witch tracks demons? We don't have the power, the knowledge, or the skills to track demons without backup. Not even Enforcers, witches trained to fight demons, are supposed to do that. And this guy is no Enforcer—if he was then he'd have the badge of three gold triangles that only witches can see. Tracking demons is not safe and it's not how we operate. Rule number thirteen: Let them come to you. When they reveal themselves, they exhaust themselves and you get the advantage.

"Penelope!"

It's Connie. I look away from Carter and toward the sound of my sister's voice.

"Next time, don't forget the salt," he says.

A half-cocked smile is on the side of his mouth. I start to say something, but I can't think of anything quick enough. He disappears up the side of the alley wall by jumping on a Dumpster, and goes over the top. I bet I could've done that. That could've been my Spidey moment.

Connie comes running up the alley.

"Penelope," she says out of breath. "Are you okay? I was with Thomas. I got here as fast as I could." Connie's round cheeks are flushed and her blond curls fall around her face perfectly even though she's been running. I hate that her hair is curly while mine isn't. Her brown eyes widen as she scans me for injuries, and a familiar pang hits my chest.

She looks so much more like our mom than I do. I have Dad's blue eyes, not Mom's brown ones; Connie even got her mannerisms—not to mention her great hair.

"It's all taken care of," I say, pushing away my feelings. Her eyes widen as she examines the alley, which is covered in green guts.

"Did Pop come?" she asks.

"No," I say with a smile.

"Gran?" I shake my head. She scrunches up her nose, "Then who did this?"

I clear my throat and hold my shoulders higher. "I did."

Connie laughs. I glare at her.

"You can't do this. Don't lie to me. It's okay if you had help."

"I did it, Connie. Me."

She looks around the alley and harrumphs, bracelets clinking together as she moves her hands around and mutters an incantation. The mess of demon guts disappears around us. I look at my little sister. There are only eleven months between us, though sometimes it feels like decades. She doesn't believe me. Not that I blame her. I probably wouldn't believe me if I hadn't done it.

"How did you do it alone?"

I smile at her. "I think I found the demon."

Connie stares at me, like she's not sure if I'm real or not. "The demon that—"

"Ours. Mine. The one that took my power."


(Continues...)

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AurelieC More than 1 year ago
To be honest, I expected Salt to turn out like many books I've read: an interesting idea, but that's all. Thank God it doesn't fit in the category. Salt has one of my guilty pleasures as its subject: witches. I haven't read many books that have to do with it, so I'm very glad this one did. Right from the start it catches your attention. It's so fast paced, when you put it down you'll realise you're already fifty pages in. Penelope's first impression was someone awkward who has a fear of failure, thus someone who wants to prove herself. It stayed that way throughout the entire novel, which I loved. She stayed in her character, yet made a development here and there. Her sense of humour was close to mine, which made me laugh a couple of times. I liked her, but the outstanding characters were Ric and Carter. Ric is the stereotypic gay best friend, I always enjoyed his presence. Carter was my #1. His amazing chemistry with Penelope was there from the very moment they met. I always love relationships that start with one teasing the other, and this was no exception. The romance between Penelope and Carter was build up slowly and made it believable. To start with the plot, I'd like to point out how much I appreciated that certain things such as Enforcer, Pairing and Triad were quickly explained so you didn't have any trouble with finding out what they are. Now, witches and demons. I would have never thought about the idea of ever combining the two. It's not something I've seen together, nor a witch who lost her powers. It worked out very well, marking Salt as original and unique. Other elements such as the examination, the pairing and Penelope's research for her demon were a nice addition to the story. But oh God, to the people who have read Salt, can we all agree on how intense the examination was? I knew she was going to pass all the stages, but it did not stop me from having a lump in my throat from fear. Each examination was build up to a climax and what happened in each of them was just, really well done. It kept the story interesting when we got to slower paced parts. The reason I'm not giving Salt a full five stars, was because there were little things that annoyed me and they couldn't be ignored. For example, I really liked the writing, except for the few freakings and craps. They didn't appear much. When they did, it caught my attention. A few swears in a book makes it believable. Thirty, not so much. Although there being some amazing plot twists I did not see coming, other things in the book felt predictable, for example the fact that Penelope's able to pull magic from Carter. How it was possible, however, left me in shock.. Lastly, Salt reminded me of The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare for several reasons: demons, a whole society of witches, glamour, and so on. I can understand if one doesn't agree with this last statement. Mostly because it's hard as a writer to create a low fantasy world when most ideas are already taken. Despite the little issues I had with this book, Salt is a debut where there's always something going on. Wether it's research or action and you can't help but to keep reading until you're on the very last page. The romance was wonderfully put together and I can't wait to see how the story continues in the sequel.
Reading-is-My-Treasure More than 1 year ago
SALT is a very witty, action packed, magical read, and I'm very glad I gave it a chance! THINGS I LIKED There was a certain quotability to this book—there were quite a few moments that I wanted to highlight and quote! I really like books with a good sense of humor, and this one had a touch of humor in the dialogue and the narration that made the book quite enjoyable to read. Many of my favorite books have a lot of funny moments to quote, so this was one of my favorite things about  SALT. "Do you have a nice little house in hell? Drapes? Servants? A cute little demon dog? All the Jazz?" (ARC loc 32) There was also some pretty cool magic involved. I really liked system (the Enforcers and the tests) that was set up as well as many of of the concepts (like the way Penelope was able to use magic). Lastly, Penelope and Carter: they were an awesome couple. They definitely kept things interesting, and I think many readers would enjoy their romance. THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE There's really not much I didn't like—at least, not anything really noticeable. The only negative thing I can say it was a bit slow for me. It didn't engross me and it took me quite awhile to read.  OVERALL SALT was a highly enjoyable read and I had a lot of fun with it! I suggest giving this one a go if you're looking for a good, fun read. Source: I received an e-ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
SALT is a book that I think is either going to be loved or not so much. I could see things about it that will work for some readers but not others. For me, the story worked for what I wanted from it, and I didn't want to put it down. There were a couple of reasons why I couldn't give SALT a five star rating, so first I'll explain what didn't work for me before moving on to what did.  Only two things bugged me about SALT - firstly, Penelope's likeness to Harry Potter (Penelope even mentions the series). Both Penelope and Harry both somehow survived when their parents were killed because they're different from everyone else. The second part is Penelope constantly saying she has to become an Enforcer so she can research the demon who killed her parents and took her powers. I felt like I wasn't trusted to remember her mission, but I remembered all of it, I promise! These issues are just mine personally and weren't to the point where I lost my fondness for this book.  What did work for me were Penelope and Carter's interactions - they were my favorite scenes in the book. The level of snark was so much fun to read! There was something about the two of them together that made me want to know more. When they were around each other, things could happen that only did when they were together. This was interesting to me and made me think they were like two halves that not only fit together but needed to be together.    Penelope's grandmother is a tough love kind of character. At times I wondered why she doesn't show Penelope the kind of love and affection Penelope must be craving after losing both of her parents. Plus, she seemed to favor Penelope's sister. Luckily, Penelope's grandfather and sister both seem warm, caring, and supportive. Maybe I'm being too harsh. She has most likely built up walls to protect herself from further pain after losing her daughter (Penelope's mother).    I felt like I was on the edge of my seat hoping the secret of Penelope's lack of magic wouldn't come out. Have you ever been so nervous while reading a book that something awful is going to happen to a character you like? That's how I felt while reading SALT. There are more secrets being kept by the people in her life besides her own secret, which also kept me glued to my Kindle.  Overall, SALT proved to be a fun read with the awesome interactions between Penelope and Carter. I could have read an entire book of just conversations between them! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 Unicorns - I loved it!!!  Fantastic series starter :)  I can't wait for more!!! **Received the ebook from Entangled Teen for an honest review The cover is pretty and magical. It definitely catches my eye :) Okay, I had not read the blurb on this book before I started reading it. I’m always trying to find more YA books to share with my students :) I know when I saw the title that I was thinking what a stupid title for a book as my first impression. You learn really quickly that no it is not, and it is a perfectly fitting title :) This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter. It is fantastic! I even snarked at my mom on several occasions for interfering with my reading. There is so much action and several mysteries that keep your attention throughout the whole book. This is the first book in the series, and it didn’t have any slowness or boring parts that I usually associate with the first book in a series while you learn all about the wonderful new world an author is creating. Danielle is a new author for me, and I will definitely check out anything else she writes as it comes out. Penelope is the heroine is this book, and I love everything about her. She is a strong fighter who doesn’t take crap from anyone. I also love the snarky attitude she gives everyone. I don’t like a girl is a pushover, and I love she one who is a fighter. Carter is the hero, and he totally compliments Penelope. He has his own snark and always pops up at just the right time. The interactions between Penelope and Carter are hysterical and made me laugh a lot. This book is a highly recommend to all YA paranormal book lovers. LOVED IT!!! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely read the back of a book before reading it. I like everything to be a surprise without any indication of what will happen. (If you are the same way and want me to start putting the summary at the end of the review, let me know in the comments section!) For some reason I was thinking Salt would be symbolic of something (did you ever see the movie, Salt, with Angelina Jolie?). Nope. It refers to actual salt, which you shouldn't leave the house without, by the way. Don't want to get stuck with a demon with no protection (especially if you are a witch without magic). This was a really fun fantasy that kept me hooked. I loved the dynamics between Penelope and Carter from the beginning. They have amazing chemistry and I wanted to jump through the pages to watch their relationship unfold. And the fact that Penelope was a screwed up witch just made everything better. She wants to join the elite-demon hunting force so she can find the demons who killed her parents, but she can't even pass the exams without borrowing magic (which means they have to be in the same room with her, which gets kind of tricky). I'm not going to keep going because I don't want to ruin any surprises (for you people like me who hate the summary), but you should definitely read this one. 5 out of 5 Stars.
krlga More than 1 year ago
Penelope is hiding a secret that could cost her everything: she does not have her own magic since a demon attack when she was a child that claimed the lives of her parents. She hides the truth from everyone, hoping that she can find a way to get her powers back. When she encounters a strange boy who seems to catch her every time she needs some help, she is curious about him. But regardless of his charm, Penelope has bigger problems, such as passing the Enforcer exam without magic and finding out more about the mystery that ruined her life so long ago. So I had wanted to read this book forever ago but I was put off at the time due to the negative reviews I saw for the book. Well, just a few weeks ago I stumbled across a very pretty cover and was lured into reading the book, without even realizing that this was the same book I cast a side a few years ago but with a cover-lift. Well, I am ever so glad that I picked this book up to read because I really enjoyed the story. It was full of well developed characters, a whole new side to witches, intense action scenes with danger and fighting, an incredible complicated mystery and a swoon worthy romance (that Penelope totally fights against). I enjoyed every minute of this story, even when I started it with trepidation. Not that there is anything wrong with the old cover, but this one is more eye catching (to me), but as a side note neither cover really describes what the book is actually about, but oh well. Sooo, to say the least, it was a very antagonistic volatile relationship, but like they say, there is passion where there is hate/violence. From the moment they first meet to all the accidental encounters along the way, they two of them had sparks shooting every time they interacted. I really enjoyed their dynamic, to say the least. But as a side note, the romance was not the main focus of the story, instead it was something that did not even become a real idea until at least half way through the book. Instead, the story was more about the complexities of the magical world building as well as the danger and mystery surrounding Penelope's past. Overall this was a dark interesting read that kept me engaged right from the start and I feel invested in these characters. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this story and now I now need to get my hands on the second book in the series ASAP to see what will happen next. I received this title in return for my honest review.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Teen for the opportunity to read and review Salt by Danielle Ellison. Penelope, a young woman, lives with her sister and grandparents since their parents are deceased. The family members have magic, except for Penelope who lost her magic when her parents died. She's testing to become an enforcer but she needs her sister close by so she can use her sister's magic to help pass the tests. She meets Carter on the day she was struggling to kill a demon. Carter starts out as a mysterious stranger and becomes everything to Penelope as they work together to discover the truths about their backgrounds and family history. I rate this book 4 stars for suspense, action and dynamic characters!
Booksalamode More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK !! I was given this book for a honest review. But.. I also bought it !!! I enjoyed all the magic in this books good or not. Penelope is an fantastic main character with her humor and all  Carter, Carter, Carter. I dont even know what to say his fascination  with Penelope from the start drew me in.He is an amazing character with flaws and all. I liked the premise of the book being training school it made the book interesting!! It defiantly is a To Be Read!!  
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Salt was amazingly spectacularly stupendous! I just, AH! I've been reading a bajillion books recently but this was the one I needed! Gah, the feels! I cannot put how amazing this book into words without simply telling you to GO READ IT! I hate reading eBooks. They're hard to read, things crash, the internet gets in the way, and they're all around annoying. I started this one and finished it in a few hours flat. At this point, my only thought is GIVE ME MORE! *visits Goodreads* What?!?! How is there no information on book two! You see my dilemma. Anyways... Just, read it. If my insane ramblings don't convince you, check out the rest of the tour for proof! The main character is Penelope. She is so bleeping awesome! She is a witch. I actually don't read a lot of stories with witches as main characters, much less witches that fight demons. It's always nephilim or something. And while I have nothing against nephilim, it's cool to see other species get a go at them too. Penelope is incredibly stubborn, sarcastic, and funny. She has a joke for every situation. She's also slightly broken from her past. Throw in Carter, and something's just waiting to explode. (In case you were wondering, stuff does. Explode. A lot.) The romance and tension between them is perfect and causes all the feels. When they're together, stuff, good, bad, or otherwise, happens in large proportions. Carter keeps a few secrets from Penelope that she is not happy about, but were somewhat obvious to the reader, if they know what to look for. He's also incredibly hot, which causes Penelope to distrust him immediately. Also, he's kick-butt. Penelope is pretty kick-butt, she does take down demons for a living after all, but Carter is like Penelope on steroids when it comes to fighting. Confession time. I signed up for the tour because the book looked interesting, but by the time I picked it up (which took a while, I'm a huge procrastinator) I'd completely forgotten what the book was supposed to be about. So, before starting the book, I looked it up on Amazon, and boy, was I surprised. Things suddenly looked much brighter in my world. Salt was amazing in so many ways. Along with the characters developing perfectly, the plot did as well. As far as characters go, some of you might have seen my conversation via Twitter last night talking about why characters always have to start at rude before they can evolve. In this, the characters started as themselves and ended as someone better. It wasn't some full out "I can't love you because I'm ___" facade thing. It was amazingly refreshing. The plot was fast paced, and after the first thirty pages or so, I'd lost track of how fast I was reading. The book was over way too soon and I can't wait for me. So yes, if I could, I would give this book a million bajillion stars. Since I can't I'm giving it a full five. Happy reading!
MouseyBL More than 1 year ago
My first impression of Salt was .. Oh Witches! got to have it! Interesting story. I did almost give up on it because it started out a bit slow and there wasn't as much magic as I wanted. Penelope is a witch and she is from a long line of witches that protect humans from demons and their attacks. But, when Penelope was little, a demon attacked and killed her parents. Somehow she survived the demon attack, but in the process that demon took her essence, a.k.a her magic. Second impression... is it me or more and more Young Adult - New Adult books have demons in them? Penelope wants to become an Enforcer, find her demon and get her magic back. Hard to do on her own if the only way she seems to be able to have any magic is by pulling from her family when they are around. Something that has really been unheard of. Until the meets Carter, a boy that she can suddenly pull her magic from but it feels different, it feels stronger. Carter harbors his own secrets that might too closely linked to Penelopes. Different and the ending was not at all what I expect. Okay the big reveal I thought was pretty big, since I had been trying to figure out what was going on for chapter. Well, maybe. I kind of knew what Carter's secret was for chapters, so when the big reveal came for Penelope it was almost a downer, considering it suddenly felt unoriginal and recycled. But I won't tell you why due to the fact that it will probably be a spoiler alert. I guess I was expecting something...different. Don't get me wrong. The story still had me entertained until the very last page. I liked Penelope, I though she was a strong character and to come out strong after everything she had been through. Oh and good news everyone, so far there are no love triangles! I am so happy. On the bad side, Penelope and Carter were too much lovely dovely for me at times. I am also glad that the story did not leave off on a cliffhanger, but with enough substance to realize it is not over and that Carter's and Penelope's story has just started! I know I have been on a young-adult kick lately, but I have been enjoying the few refreshingly new books! **I got a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
It had been awhile since I read a book about witches and I've never had a lot of luck with them, but that didn't stop me from requesting this one as soon as that gorgeous cover drew me in. The concept behind this book was intriguing, and I'm a sucker for a good YA paranormal, so I was really excited to this one. I enjoyed it, but it just fell a wee bit flat for me. I liked Penelope. She made a great, strong female lead. I love a good kickass heroine and she definitely fit the bill. I liked, too, that she wasn't perfect. She had flaws and that made her easier to connect with. Carter... I loved Carter. Sure, he was keeping secrets of his own, but he was a good guy. He and Penelope had a ton of chemistry and worked well together. I mean, even her magic worked better with him around. They had a wonderful connection. While I liked this book, and truthfully would give it 3.5 stars if I gave halves, I just found that it dragged in places. I had a difficult time sticking with the story and kept putting it down and reading other books before coming back to it. That's something I don't do very often. That's not saying I didn't enjoy the story and characters, or that the writing wasn't excellent. It just didn't completely hold my attention. I wasn't dying to finish it. Now, all that said, the action in the book was really good and engaging when it occurred. The romance and friendships were wonderful. The plot kept me guessing, if not fully engaged. I'm absolutely interesting in learning what happens next, but it just wasn't a four-star read for me. Danielle Ellison has woven an interesting world with this series and I definitely want to see where she takes it. I love that it's set in Washington, DC. I've not come across many non-political reads that are. There was one bit about demons in the Metro system that actually made me laugh out loud. Because yes. I can easily believe demos live in the Metro. I think I've ridden the train with them from time to time. ;) I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
Ok, so what if you're a witch and your powers don't work..... Like, seriously, you have to borrow some of that magic from your family. AND what happens when you have to hide THAT particular detail because it could not only get you in trouble but your family as well. Yeah, it's a little crazy, which is what made this story so damn awesome! This one is interesting, as you go through school just like normal teens, but then you have to go through testing to not only measure your power, but to become a prominent part of the witch community. Let's just say that our main character may have decided that Harry Potter had it easy and she has no idea what she's gotten herself into :)  Penelope, aka Pen, though she doesn't like to be called that, is your normal girl. She lives with her grandparents and her sister because their parents got killed.... And they are all witches. Except Pen's powers got taken from her by the demon who killed her parents. She has spent every waking hour since then trying to figure out how to get her powers back from said demon. She is willing to risk her life, and her family's, to go through a very rigorous testing to become and enforcer which will help her track the demon who stole her powers and get them back. Well, she has some things coming to her. Pen is smart, and tough, and though she lacked some of those things we like to think of as consequences, after the end of this book, she is going to think long and hard before she makes rash, life threatening decisions. I liked her. She's funny, she's entertaining, and though she isn't such a good liar, she does try to protect those she loves.  And then there's Carter, yeah he's HAWT! Carter's little secret about who he really is will make your jaw drop. It made Pen's and it definitely made mine. I wasn't expecting THAT particular outcome. Carter just poofs into Pen's life when something drastic happens and she's very uncomfortable around him... until she isn't because she's starting to like him. It's actually quite cute. And he somehow keeps saving her butt!  I loved the whole salt concept. It's the best form of protection, and it works so well. It's pretty simple, yet can be so devastating. The demon concept of this story is definitely a page turner. It's one thing to be a witch, who lost her powers, but to have to fight your way through demons to find the demon who took your power. Very cool. I also very much enjoyed the writing style. I really really can't wait for more of this series! It's a fresh, new, and inviting way to look into the world of witches and demons. And I totally hope that with that ending, more answers come forth, and Carter and Pen don't get themselves killed in the process! :) 5 MAGICAL SALTY PAWS!! 
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
*I received an eARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Once I heard that this one was about witches, I had to have it. I just love paranormal stories about these crafty characters, so I took a chance on Salt even though I'd heard really mixed reviews about it. And I had to say, although I enjoyed it, I had a few problems with the plot and the main character. Salt is a story about a witch who doesn't have any powers. She can only feed off of her family's power, yet she still wants to become an Enforcer. And even though she has no power, she's determined to chase down demons and find the one who killed her family. And becoming an Enforcer is what she needs to do to exact vengeance and steal her magic back. Now, I love determined characters, ones who never give up on what they want, no matter how hard the task is. But Penelope made some pretty stupid choices. She had that heroine complex where she ran headfirst into dangerous situations without thinking about the consequences. She tended to not think things through, unless it came to keeping her secret from everyone around her. Because if anyone in the witch community found out that she didn't have any magic, she'd be labeled a Static and kicked out. The only people who know about her are her family. And Carter.  Penelope meets Carter when she expels a demon on her own. Only, she didn't actually do it on her own. Somehow, in some way, she's able to pull magic from Carter, and it's so much stronger than when she uses her family members' power.  Now, that mystery was stretched to the thinnest point possible throughout the story. Honestly, so much of the story could have been cut out because of how easy everything was to figure out. I actually didn't figure out Penelope's ancestry, but looking back, I don't see how I could have missed it. It was staring right in front of my face, and the characters', yet it was never revealed until practically the end of the book. Also, the whole mystery behind who Carter is was extremely easy to figure out.  The relationship between Penelope and Carter was sort of sweet, and sort of bland. Penelope was never sure of her feelings for him or if she wanted to kiss him or punch him. She never even questioned him, tried to figure out his past until later on. And Carter appeared in the beginning as more of a badass than he actually is. You really don't get much from him, except he's tracking demons because they took his mother. I mean, I liked them both as characters, but I think the romance dominated the story-line too much.  The plot was simple, yet something kept me turning the pages. I think the author tried to balance out the action, the romance, and the mystery, but it wasn't executed well enough for me. I wanted more action! I wanted more badass demon fights than what we actually get. Because in this book, the characters are training to become Enforcers. They're not actually old enough to even do magic and track demons on their own. Also, the fights were a little disappointing. They were more like Penelope running headfirst into dangerous situations when she has no way of defending herself, and then Carter saving her. I wish they would have been more intense for this type of story-line. Overall, I did enjoy Salt. I'm not too sure I'm enthusiastic about the sequel, though. I liked the characters, but the overall plot was not enough for this type of supernatural book. I wanted more action, and the mystery wasn't that hard to figure out if you were actually paying attention. But all in all, I liked it. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters, great action, great concept! I share a nook account with my 14 year old son and we both loved this story. It is a shame that all of the reviews are written by people that are trying so hard to sound intelligent. Book 2, here we come!
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
I was immediately pulled into this story right from the start. The writing was smooth and I liked the characters. I also was intrigued by the plot and loved the snarky banter between the two main characters. Penelope is kind of this angsty teen. She has her reasons for being like that in some ways. She lost her magic and her parents, and has a grandmother that has raised her but doesn't support what she wants to do with her life. She's got lots of spunk and determination and that's what I admired most about her. Then there's Carter. He's definitely swoon worthy and seems to run into Penelope out of the blue when they first are getting to know each other. I really loved his character! I love how he sees Penelope for who she is and lets her attitude just roll off of him. He's also very good at what he does: tracking and killing demons. The mysteries in the plot didn't stay that way for long for me, but I still enjoyed the story and reaching the conclusion. There are a few spots where there is quite a bit of action. It felt a little like Cassandra Clair's books. I really wish it would have been a little cleaner. There was some random swear words thrown in and it didn't need any of them or the heavier kissing. Overall this was an enjoyable read. If you are a Twilight or Mortal Instruments fan then I would recommend this. Content: Some heavy making out, innuendo (including gay), some violence, a few swear words Source: From the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way.
Dizneeee More than 1 year ago
Secrets. Secrets. Secrets! I loved how all of the secrets and hidden information slowly made its way though the story. So many secrets! Penelope is our main character. She had lost her witch's essence when she was little when her parents were killed by a demon and that same demon tried to kill her. She is able to tap into magic while any of her family members are around. When she meets a new person...a booooyyyyy...she is also able to tap into her magic. The boy is Carter. And let me tell ya girls, I adored me some Carter.  Exhibit number 1:"I see you, Pen" he says, his hands holding firm to my cheeks. "You're the sun and the moon and the stars -- impossible to miss." (p. 285 in the ARC. Subject to change in the final version) (but I hope not!) Once Carter and Penelope meet, they are instantly drawn together. Not in a romantic way, but in a power kind of way. They each feel the other when their powers are used. They both have secrets and they use the secrets to help one another. The book actually reminds me a bit of the fantastic show, Charmed. Some of the terminology, special powers, demons (more on that when you read the book!!!) really stood out and made me love it and had me reminiscing of one of my favorite and most missed TV shows. :) Penelope's snark was fantastic! Carter taking the snark and tossing it right back was even better. Of course there was kissing that I loooooved! There were several times I laughed. Out loud! Ellison had me hooked from page 1. "Gran always told us not to leave home without salt in our pocket." (p. 1 in the ARC) I am definitely looking forward to getting more of Penelope and Carter's story. This book seemed to only break the surface of what could be out there and ready to happen to them! A review copy was provided. All thoughts are my own and I have not been persuaded in any way.
mutmainna_ivbooks More than 1 year ago
There are rooms for development. First of all, I had liked the book cover that made me choose the book. But compared to the cover, the storyline and narration do not meet my expectations to that level. I mean, I can clearly see the talent of the author and the potentials in the book, but sometimes the story lacked the convincing element and finesse required for deserving such a rating. The plot is not bad, really. As I said, it has potentials. The main theme is witch and witchcraft, talking about the witches' powers and their world where they fight against the demons to protect them as well as the human kind. Penelope, the female lead, is also a witch. Here the storyline takes quite a similar turn as Harry Potter in the sense that Penelope's parents are also murdered by a demon in her childhood and she is left with no witch powers of her own. She is a 'Static' witch, having lost her witch powers like that.That must be kept a secret because otherwise, pretty obviously, she'll be banished from their world for being one. Interestingly, she is able to to use her magical powers even if she is a Static whenever she is near her family. Now, I feel as a lead, Penelope lacks the weight at times and there are moments when all I wanted to do is smack her in the head or at least give a mild punch to her face. Specially when she was lost in thoughts of her own. She's really enthusiastic to be an Enforcer (the witches who fight the demons) but her over-enthusiasm often leaves her prone to situations, and sometimes she clearly lacks the providence needed for a heroine. Also, I could have liked her a little bit more if she hadn't shown her sense of humor at all, because I understand, some people are not good at some things :p Then there was Carter, who could have been a swoon-worthy hero if he wasn't shown as being predictable at times. Though he appeared more mysterious in the beginning, I could have still liked the guy. I have a thing for fictional heroes:D So no matter how cool or hot, how good guy or badass or rockstar-ish or geeky they are, I love them anyway. For Carter, I really wish I could connect to him on that level. He was not a bad character after all, but needed a little more development. The thing I liked about these two main characters is there chemistry. I mean, though it was really very predictable and not very unique, I did enjoy their banter most often (excluding Penelope's attempts at humor). Another thing that makes the two interesting together is Penelope's ability to use her powers around Carter. Overall, they are a nice couple together, but there were rooms for making them even nicer I believe. Another thing that disappointed me was the supporting characters. I always believe that a good story is made of good characters, meaning successful character portrayals. So when reading a book, I look forward to knowing the supporting characters with the same amount of interest. For this book, the supporting characters are vague, not having developed properly. Even Penelope's best friend Ric, a character I might have liked, looks less like a best friend and more like a neighbor or some friendly classmate of Penelope. Best friends are supposed to have more limelight right? They should be in your ups and downs, and most, if not all, chapters should have some references to them (without making in repetitive and boring) And apart from that, all other characters seem to have no standing ground of their own. It's like they were introduced, they appeared and soon forgotten. The one part I really liked though was the action. The action element of the book is what kept me going. Then there is the ending, which actually made me wait for the second book. So even though it's not on my must-read list, I may still wait and give the second book a try, hoping for further developments and changes in the storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Salt was a different type of read but one that I loved for multiple reasons. I love anything witch related and I like that we start this one out with a witch that is a little bit different. We start this book out by meeting Penelope who we learn is a witch but with limited abilities as in she can only do magic if her family is near her as she draws power from them or so she thinks. I loved the character of Penelope as you can tell she is just a teen trying to cope with a lot in her life right now as well as keeping her secret hidden. I liked that Penelope refused to let her magical issues keep her from reaching her goals of becoming an Enforcer. She was willing to take things head on and didn't let others discourage her. As Penelope is going about her life she runs into Carter and learns that everything she thought she knew about her magic isn't really true as somehow she can use his magic also. I have to say that the addition of Carter to  this story was one that I think the story needed as he was such a mystery and added a new layer to Penelope that made her not take herself so serious as much and she loosened up some. As this story continues Penelope starts to learn more about Carter and who he is. I loved the mystery that he was trying to unravel ans just knew things were going to take a shocking turn at some point and oh boy did they. Penelope also learned some shocking family secrets that rattle her but make her reevaluate some things along the way. These two start working together and I loved seeing the chemistry and the way they worked together so well as a team. I was excited to see what more they could do together as their magic flowed so well together. This story picks up the pace pretty quickly and we see tons of action. Overall this a was a really fun read and I liked that the witches were hunting down the demons. That was a unique twist to the book and one that I would love to see the author explore. The pacing on this story was just right and there was enough action that you wanted to keep reading this book to see what would happen next. The author did a great job of creating characters that I became invested in and wanted to see what would happen with them. I really enjoyed this one and am hoping there will be another book as this was a great start to the series. I would recommend this one to my witch lovers out there.
ObsessionwithBooksSC More than 1 year ago
Review: 3 ½ out of 5 stars I love all things witchy and demon related so I was definitely intrigued by the synopsis of Salt by Danielle Ellison. Salt follows the story of 16 year-old Penelope Grey who is a witch without powers thanks to an attack by a demon when she was younger, now raised by her grandparents she uses her family, especially her sister to fuel her abilities and has dreams of becoming an Enforcer to track down the demon that killed her parents and stole her magic. When she’s is accepted for testing to join the demon-hunting force, things don’t come easily for her; especially with the secretive Carter hanging around who she is somehow also able to use to fuel her own magic. I liked Penelope, she could be a bit whiny and seemed to act without thinking but she was determined and strong and I loved her wit. Carter was a lot of fun and fascinating, I liked learning about his back-story; the interactions between the characters were amusing but the romance I feel did develop at a rapid pace. The overall plot was mysterious and filled with intense action sequences that kept the story entertaining and with the twist we are given towards the end it certainly made for a promising start to the series; I enjoyed learning along with Penelope more details about her past, her drive to become an enforcer and her quest to find her demon. I also liked the authors’ unique twist on witches and demons; it was creative, engaging and written well. There were a few unanswered questions I hope will be resolved in the sequel. I would have liked more insight into each of the secondary characters, especially Penelope’s grandmother who seemed to have a few family secrets hidden away; I enjoyed her relationship with her sister who was extremely supportive and her best-friend Ric who I thought was great but didn’t get a lot of page time. I hope we learn more about each of them in the next installment. Overall, Salt is a great start to the series; with a fascinating premise, wonderful characterisation and things between the witches and demons about to become exciting, I’m quite eager to read the sequel. Thank you to Entangled Teen and NetGalley for a digital arc of this book.
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
For the last year or so, I haven't read that many paranormal stories, so I was looking forward to reading Salt and getting back into the paranormal world.  The whole premise is different, with witches being the ones who protect people from demons, something I found myself intrigued about.  Penelope is a witch, but her magic was stolen when she was a child, and she has been living a lie and covering it up since that time, borrowing her sister's magic. She meets Carter, who also knows her secret, but also has his own secrets.  Penelope is stubborn and sarcastic, and she does have her flaws.  I actually liked Carter's character for the most part, and he could be quite charming at times.   There is a lot going on in the story which was fun for the most part, and the premise, as stated above, is somewhat different from other witch/demon stories I've read before.  Overall, though it didn't blow me away, I did enjoy Salt and thought it was a fun read. 
iJojo More than 1 year ago
When I read the synopsis of this book my first thought was that this was just another book about witches and warlocks with some deeply hidden family mystery. Well, I was right, but what I didn't know was that I was going to enjoy this book as much as I did. I loved the characters, I loved the writing style, and more importantly, I loved the story. Penelope is not just your run-of-the-mill witch. She’s a witch without powers that can only perform magic when her family is around her to let her “borrow” it. She lost her power when she was very little and attacked by a demon who stole her powers from her. This event in her life, along with the tragic loss of her parents, becomes a very strong motivator for her to become an enforcer (an elite group of witches that fight to protect humans from demons). The problem with this scenario is that she must prove herself worthy of this title by completing a series of tests, the last of which includes performing magic, a task she cannot complete unless she has her sister (or someone from her family) very nearby. This greatly complicates things for her, until she meets Carter, whom she discovers she can also borrow magic from, although she has no idea why. The magic she borrows from Carter is not like the magic she borrows from her family, it is way more powerful and dangerous than she realizes. She grows very close to Carter and he is very interested in her, but the skeletons in her family’s closet inhibit her from being completely open with him and she suspects he’s not being completely honest with her either. The premise of this book is not one I had read about before which immediately caught my attention. Not only is the main character different, but she’s also very funny, opinionated, determined, and sarcastic. I guess I’m a fan of snark because I’m a fan of Penelope and she has lots of it. There’s a lot of funny remarks, demon-fighting action, and swoony moments. It’s the full package. I am definitely happy I picked up this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me tell you! I fell in love with that cover. I love the font. I love the use of purple and light. LOVE it. I didn't read the summary until I actually got the review copy. I really didn't need to. I was hooked pretty quickly. The first scene is a demon attack. A DEMON attack. That's exciting stuff. It took me a while to finish this, but I enjoyed reading when I did read it. Characters Penelope. I feel so bad because I forgot her name so many times. Bad sign, right? I chalk it up to Carter because he was always calling her some nickname or another. But she herself is admirable. Stupid. Especially at the end. *shakes my head* But it was still admirable in a way. She's loyal and determined. As for Carter... *excited squeal* I loved it every time he popped up. It was a bit stalkerish but their magic is connected, so he can feel her whether he wants to or not. Oh, it still sounds stalkerish. But believe me when I say he totally makes you forget all that. He's cocky, sure, but he can be pretty sweet and helpful. Some other characters are Connie, Ric, Pop, and Gran. Connie is sweet enough. She's almost the opposite of Penelope. While Penelope is rather tom-boyish and clueless about guys (ahem), Connie is more fashion-oriented and has a boyfriend. Oh, another minor character right there. Thomas. That's about it, though. Rather small cast, but all characters are unique and believable. That's always a relief. Plot The action starts right away and it doesn't slow down. Okay, it slows down every now and then. But there is a bunch of action. When it isn't action, it's secrets. And when it isn't secrets, it's romance. "Swoon-worthy romance" indeed. I feel like I haven't read a paranormal in a while and I certainly missed it. Reading about witches and demons was like slipping on a favorite pair of shoes, you know? I really liked it. It got annoying at times because of the stupid secrets and you just want to KNOW already. And then when it was finally revealed, you're like, oh, NOW you spill? But I was mostly relieved. Those are some pretty crazy secrets. I will not even hint at them :) I loved the world Danielle Ellison built and how well she integrated witches into our society. All those pop culture witch references were made and nicely tucked into the larger "true" story of witches and demons. I really like when an author can pull that off. And in my opinion, she managed to pull it off. This was a great, quick read. I can't wait for some more. Rating: 4 stars Why: Action, romance, secrets. Need I say more? Recommendation: Those who need some more paranormal in their lives. Also those who need a new book boyfriend.
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I am always up for a good witch book, add in some demons, and elite demon hunting... sounded awesome!! Well, though I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite as fabulous as I wanted it to be. It was very predictable and the whole hot and cold thing with Penelope and Carter started to get old. I did like the story though. I just wished it had moved along better. I found myself getting bored of Penelope constantly thinking about wanting to kiss Cater, but being mad at him, or needing to focus on her mission. I mean, it was obvious that she should just get a little hot and heavy with him since it was all she thought about anyways. Moving on though, I thought that her trying to figure out the mystery of everything was pretty fun. I saw things coming from a mile away, but it doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy seeing them figure things out. Penelope tragically lost her magic when her parents died. A demon stole her essence, which should have killed her, but didn't. She can still use magic, but only if she pulls it from a family member. Or from Carter as she learns. She has a very sassy attitude that is really entertaining most of the time. I liked that she was tough and even without magic she mostly can take care of herself. She comes across a bit as a damsel in distress since someone is always coming to her rescue, but she fights like crazy to try to save herself from bad situations until she inevitably has someone who she can pull magic comes to the rescue. Outwardly she seems like she is perfectly happy, but her secret that she has no magic really takes a toll on her. She is different, and that puts her whole family in danger. If anyone else knew she would be taken away. I think she handles it pretty well. Plus, she has some pretty motivated goals to get her magic back. Carter is the type that is both charming and frustrating. He is also a bit of a stalker. I can understand that he wants answers though, so I let it slide. He has his own secrets too, and a mission that is just as dangerous, if not more, than Penelope's. The thing that I loved about him was that he really just wants to be seen for who he is, kind of like Penelope does. They are very similar in that way. He also really cares about her and will do anything to protect her or help her. There is much more to him than just good looks, and superior Enforcer skills. That brings me to the romance. Can you say Insta-love? Yes, it totally is. I knew it was going to be. I pretty much figured that out right from when they met. I think I am getting a bit desensitized to it now though since it seems to occur more often than not. It was a short book, so they had to fall in love quick, right? Anyways, their little romance was a bit annoying with the whole almost get together, then fight, then almost get together, then Penelope wants nothing to do with him. (And everything to do with him at the same time.) It's more circumstance than anything that keeps throwing them together and making them decide that they are in fact going to fall in love. Okay, so maybe that's a bit harsh, but that was how it seemed to me. It wasn't natural or believable in my eyes. I found it to be more lust than anything. And the fact that they need each other for their magical purposes. So now that I have made this sound a little negative without meaning to, I did enjoy it. I thought it was a bit cheesy, but cute. Predictable, but still entertaining. I liked some of the side characters, and I thought the story was interesting even though I knew where it was going. I liked how the demons and the witches were done and how the history of everything came out. I do wish that there had been a little more background in the end, but overall it was a good book and I think that there will be a lot of people who enjoy it. *An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The moment I saw this cover I was intrigued. It is so bright and beautiful, but also very mysterious. This book took me by surprise. I honestly don't know why I am so hesitant to read books that are not published by the "Big 6" publishers, but I think after reading Salt, and a few others from Entangled Teen had officially unhooked me of that habit. Salt was way more than I expected and I am so glad I got the chance to review it. Salt follows a young girl named Penelope who is a witch that hunts demons. Yet she is different then most, she cannot use her own power, she has to dawn power from her family. This fact makes it very hard for Penelope to fit in, especially when she wants to become an Enforcer, a group of people that hunt and expell demons into hell. But when she meets Carter, a young boy who just will not leave her alone, everything in her world changes and she discovers a family secret that will change her life forever. I will admit that it took me a bit to get into this story, but I think that was because the author was setting up the world and characters. But once I was in, I was IN! I loved Penelope's character, she was so sassy and sarcastic, and honestly I just wanted to her to be real so that we could be friends. She is fiercely loyal to her family, even though at times they were incredibly frustrating. She is such a great heroine in YA because she is fiercely independent yet she is entirely comfortable getting help when she needs it. I seriously cannot wait for this series to continue so I can see where her character ends up.  Carter. What can I say about him. I loved him. He was such a great character and he complemented Penelope so well, especially at the beginning when their banter was at its best. Their chemistry was amazing to read on page, and their relationship felt very real to me. I cannot wait to see more of him in the rest of the series. This book is perfect for fans of Buffy, Charmed and Supernatural. There is great adventure, mystery and humor in this book, so please give it a chance. it is worth every page.