YA / Fantasy
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars!
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Debut author Aaron Galvin gives us robust characters and non-stop action, making this imaginative story of characters from a parallel, underwater world (the Salt) worth a look. Warning: be prepared to be frustrated waiting for the sequel, Taken With A Grain of Salt. Though I had a hard time initially getting into this story, the last third of the book made up for what the start lacked.
This was my introduction to Selkies, man-seals that can transform to live in both the water and land world.There are a lot of characters (drybacks, selkie, silkie, and more) to keep up with, but each was uniquely written enough to leave readers with a distinct impression and real interest in what happens next. The dialogue of our fabulous main character, Lenny, even allows readers to hear his Boston accent. Get ready to run the full gambit of feelings for the characters -- you will loathe one and love another -- plus author Aaron Galvin also throws in a couple of characters that aren't so easy to read. Again, a maddening hook to assure we read the sequel.
Where the story lacked -- and why I'm rating a 4 instead of a 5 -- was in the Salt world building. The majority of the story takes place on land, so readers just get a small peek into the workings of the underwater world and its occupants, and at times it is more than a little confusing. Having said that, this is forgivable since clearly the sequel will take us below the sea, where I expect all will be revealed. **UPDATE: Have read book 2 and OH YEAH! Galvin filled in the blanks and then some. This is a 5 star read all the way.
There is no sex, but it is clear one character is repeatedly raped by her owner. It is quite violent at times (and mostly without punitive consequences or remorse) with blood and gore and death. Language is tame.
Thank you to the author, Aaron Galvin, for providing me a free eBook copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give.
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