Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine 
that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to read

This week I can't wait for

Salt & Storm
by Kendall Kulper
Expected publish date: September 23, 2014 
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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.

I basically want to read this book because that cover is GORGEOUS. Also, the island where this book takes place is apparently set off of New England somewhere. And there's a tattooed harpoon boy and magic. 

What are you waiting on this week? 


  1. I've seen this a few times now and I guess the setting just doesn't appeal to me because I'm not wishing I had it in front of me right now-I think it's the New England setting or perhaps my assumption that tattooed boys are bad and I happen to prefer nice men.

  2. Haha, I have this on my tbr because of the cover. I haven't read the synopsis, because.. why? I just don't want to *shakes head* I'm afraid that it will ruing my reading experience because I don't want to know anything. I want to go in blind this time lol. However, I did read your reasons and this "I basically want to read this book because that cover is GORGEOUS. Also, the island where this book takes place is apparently set off of New England somewhere. And there's a tattooed harpoon boy and magic. " (yep, EVERYTHING in it) made me soooo freakin excited right now. Gimme!!!

  3. I actually haven't heard of this one before, but I absolutely love the cover and am all for more fantasy in YA. It seems that witches are making a comeback this year, what with Half Bad garnering so much well-deserved attention, so I'm excited about that trend as well. Thanks for sharing, Lauren - onto the TBR this goes! :)

  4. You're right, that is a beautiful and ominous cover. I do love a good witch story and this sounds like a fresh twist. Thanks for sharing!

    My WoW

  5. Yep! Gorgeous cover, tattooed boy and magic? I'm so in.

  6. Yessssssssssssss. You and me both Lauren!!! There's nothing about this book I don't like. The cover is absurdly pretty, the blurb has me salivating, and there's mention of a tattooed boy. I'm a sucker for tattooed boys, so this book is an all-around win for me!


    1. must duel me for the tattooed harpoon boy, Kate Bond...Victory shall be mine....

  8. The cover is gorgeous for sure! And this sounds like a very atmospheric book--it somehow reminds me of Margo Lanagan's Brides of Rollrock island--which was really enchanting :) And yes to tattooed, harpoon boys. A resounding YES.

  9. Hmm...I was like, how have I not heard of this before, and then I went to add it on GR, and apparently I *had* heard of it, I'd just forgotten. Oh, well. Thanks for refreshing my memory! I love that cover, too, and this book sounds amazing!

  10. Island whale men? Dreams of murrrrdddeeer? Sounds intriguing! I'm very much looking forward to this one and hadn't seen the cover yet, so thanks for that. Something to look forward to!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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