Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young
Published on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Horror
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Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.
“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.
We are so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Kim Liggett’s Blood and Salt! Check out Portia’s 5-Star review below, then keep reading to see our interview with the author!
“Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror”… With a tagline like that, how could I resist? But I was skeptical. So very skeptical. That’s is a big tagline to live up too…
And I absolutely loved every crazy, beautiful second of it.
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it in the deepest ocean. You will be all in – blood and salt.”
I am having a hard time finding the words to express how and why I loved this book. First of all, let me point out how unique it is. I can’t think of any other YA books I have read that revolved around a cult the way this does. With cults usually come a good bit of crazy – their beliefs are usually farfetched and they are drinking some kind of funky Kool-Aid. So we do have to contend with that. But that’s not a complaint. I had no idea the direction I was expecting this story to go, but I never anticipated it becoming what it did. I am going to try to avoid any spoilers, because I want everyone who decides to read this to be surprised by what the story holds.
“It’s good to be afraid. It means you still have something to live for.”
I will break it down by the Romeo and Juliet and Children of the Corn aspects. Because YES that ended up making total sense and being a perfect description, which was very pleasing.
Romeo and Juliet – The romance aspect ended up blowing me away. At first it seemed very instalove-y, but I promise there is good reason. There is also a beautiful romance and plenty of broken hearts. Not being able to be together based on your blood but choosing each other regardless is oh so very Romeo and Juliet. The end result made this love story even more beautiful and cruel. And ohmygoodness Dane’s note to Ashlyn forced me to release the tears I had been holding back. It was all just such beautiful torture.
Children of the Corn- Oh, these corn fields are something special all right, and so are the people who live within it. The history and backstory were detailed and well thought out. It included elements that I never expected. Not only did this book take on horror and romance, but there are paranormal aspects that were unexpected (no, no vampires or werewolves. Thank the stars.) I loved the way lies were revealed and the way shit went down. Again, there was heartbreak, outside of the romance aspect.
I swear I could feel Ashlyn’s pain in the end. I felt like my heart was breaking, like I was losing a part of myself, too. Just this heavy, soul crushing sorrow. Yet everything about it felt beautiful, just in the most heart wrenching ways ever.
This book is definitely special, and a new favorite for me!
“Love is Love, no matter how you come by it.”
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The first. I’m a firm believer that the first line should set up the entire book. Whether it’s mood, theme, or voice, that first line should do most of your heavy lifting. I want a reader to pick up the book, read the first line and know exactly what they’re in for.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of your story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
I always develop the content and the title together. They go hand-in-hand for me. So far, I haven’t had to change a title. That might’ve been a deal breaker for me on Blood and Salt. It was that important to me.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
Names are incredibly important. All of the names in Blood and Salt have a special meaning. For instance, Ashlyn means secret and I named Rhys after one of my favorite authors, Jean Rhys. It adds a depth the reader may not realize, but I hope, on some level, they can feel.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
For Blood and Salt I used giant pieces of posterboard. I made a square for each chapter and moved around the plot points on post it notes until I got it just right. It took years.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Sexy, creepy, and slightly wrong.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
It’s funny, but I don’t have a bucket list. I’ve lived an incredible life full of grand adventures. I can’t think of a single thing I have to do before I kick the bucket.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cake. Yes, I would weigh 1,000 pounds and my teeth would rot out of my head…but it’s cake, people.
What is something you never leave home without?
My keys. I did that once. $200 for a locksmith. Never again. Now the smith-st-locksmith only.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby and Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Funny. Resourceful. Stubborn.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
I think I would choose sunrise, but only because it’s so rare that I see one.
Coffee or Tea?
Tea. I’m addicted to iced green tea.
Hot or Cold?
Cold. Layering is king.
PC or Mac?
By Land, or by sea?
Land. I get seasick.
Half-empty or Half-full?
Half-empty. Womp. Womp.
Autumn or Spring?
Autumn. I love everything about the fall.
Summer or Winter?
Winter. I don’t even mind bodies pressed up against me on the subway in the winter. My down coat looks ridiculous, but it’s a protective cocoon.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
I love an actual book, but I read a lot of E-books so I can read well into the night and not disturb my husband.
BLOOD AND SALT Blog Tour
Good Books & Wine – guest post #1 – 9/14
Addicted Readers – interview – 9/15
Jessabella Reads – 25 Random Things – 9/16
A Midsummer Night’s Read – Book Playlist #1 – 9/17
It Starts At Midnight – review & giveaway – 9/18
The Book Bratz – review & giveaway – 9/21
No BS Book Reviews – interview – 9/22
Once Upon a Twilight – Would You Rather? – 9/23
Please Feed the Bookworm – review & giveaway – 9/24
The Irish Banana – guest post #2 – 9/25
Winterhaven Books – Top 10 – 9/28
My Friends are Fiction – review & giveaway – 9/29
Fiction Fare – interview – 9/30
A Dream Within a Dream – Book Playlist #2 – 10/1
Two Chicks on Books – interview – 10/2
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