January 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ SALT by Danielle Ellison

Hey guys! 
Welcome to my stop on the SALT Blog tour 
hosted by Rockstar Book Tours
The full tour schedule can be found below. :D

Title: SALT
Series: Salt #1
Author: Danielle Ellison
Release date: January 7th 2014 
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Review copy

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~ Synopsis ~

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.

~ Review ~

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!

~ My Rating: 4 / 5  ~

~ About the Author ~
Danielle Ellison

Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly and talking to imaginary friends. When she grew up, she finally flew away (in an airplane) and started traveling the world. She hasn't stopped yet, but someday she may decide to settle in one place. Her real life friends would definitely like that; they would probably also like if she stopped talking to her characters out loud.

SALT comes out in August 2013, and then it's sequel. In October 2014, FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS (book one of the BOUNDLESS Trilogy) comes out. She's got a busy few years!

Tour Schedule

Week One

12/30/2013 - BIBLIOPHILIA, PLEASE - Guest Post
12/30/2013 - LOST IN EVER AFTER - Review
12/31/2013 - SHORTIE SAYS - Interview
12/31/2013 - DIZNEEEE'S WORLD OF BOOKS - Review
1/1/2014 - WHIMSICALLY YOURS - Guest Post
1/1/2014 - TWEEN 2 TEEN BOOK REVIEWS - Review
1/2/2014 - CHASM OF BOOKS - Review
1/2/2014 - THE DEMON LIBRARIAN - Review
1/3/2014 - JENUINE CUPCAKES - Interview
1/3/2014 - SUCH A NOVEL IDEA - Review

Week Two

1/6/2014 - PAGE TURNERS - Guest Post
1/6/2014 - MUSINGS OF A BLOGDER - Review
1/7/2014 - ICEYBOOKS - Guest Post
1/7/2014 - DONNIE DARKO GIRL - Review
1/8/2014 - READING TEEN - Guest Post
1/8/2014 - IN THE BEST WORLDS - Review
1/9/2014 - ALLODOXOPHOBIA - Playlist
1/9/2014 - PIECES OF WHIMSY - Review
1/10/2014 - A BOOK AND A LATTE - Interview
1/10/2014 - THE BUSY BIBLIOPHILE - Review

1 SALT Necklace {US Only}
3 eBooks of SALT {International} 


  1. I've been seeing this book around a lot lately. I'm curious. Your review is wonderful, but I'm still a bit on the fence about this one. That's why giveaways are so great. If you win the book, you can discover if this authors writing is for you and then follow her other books. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I think you should give it a whirl. After I wrote up my review, I checked out the reviews and was surprised to see how polarized they are. Readers either really really love this book or they really really didn't love it. I feel bad about saying I was annoyed, but I just have to be honest. Good luck with the giveaway! :D

  2. [ Smiles ] Highly interesting!

  3. I've seen mixed reviews for this one which is not really encouraging. And I think its parallelism with Harry Potter wouldn't help in convincing me to try it out. I am truly, madly, deeply inlove with HP so I am quite sensitive when I come across books that are trying to replicate it even at the tiniest level. Hahaha.

    I am glad however that this one has awesome character interactions. I love that too. Sometimes it can make or break a book. xD

    Lovely review, Jenn!

    1. I was really surprised by the mixed reviews. It seems like readers either really love this book or really don't like this book. I wasn't totally blown away, but I did enjoy reading it. I might not have liked it so much if not for the character interactions, so in this case it definitely made the book. Thank you, Charlotte! :D

  4. Salt sounds great, Jennifer! (with those few exceptions;) I love lots of snark in a story and I adore kick-ass grandmas!! I'm glad you enjoyed this so well. Lovely review, my friend.

    1. It isn't perfect, but it is great and enjoyable. :) When done right, snark is freaking awesome, and it's done SO right in this book, lol. Thank you, Brandee! :D

  5. The title and cover rock! Never leave home without salt...clever! Love the review, Jennifer. I cracked up that you started in on Grandma's tough love then defended her like you felt bad. The interactions and snark sound sure to sell the read! I just have to add it. Congrats to Danielle Ellison on Salt! Sounds like a great read.

    1. I agree! And I love the "never leave home without salt" lol. You can read me like a book, Robyn, omigosh, lol! I did feel bad, after all, she is a grandma! But she was what I would call emotionally unavailable. She wasn't very loving towards Penelope and that really bothered me. The snark was done so well. I I just can't emphasize it enough! :D Thank you, Robyn, about the review, lol! ;)


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