Salt by Danielle Ellison


“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.”


The publisher gave me a copy of this book to read and review (from NetGalley). This has, in no way, altered my opinion of the book and what is written below is a 100% honest review.

This book had an interesting synopsis that immediately grabbed my attention. Sure, I’ve read “witch” books, but this one seemed different! I didn’t know what to expect, but this book blew me away! 🙂

First of all, I have to say that Danielle Ellison’s comedic voice was something I thoroughly loved throughout the book. There were so many hilarious one-liners! Penelope is so much fun and I loved her sassy spirit and determination to become an Enforcer. Plus, Ellison’s characters are really well-sketched out and fun! AND Carter is the perfect love interest. He’s attractive, sweet-mannered, and I really respect the way that Ellison didn’t write a sex scene between Carter and Penelope. So many Teen YA writers revert to that, but I felt like Carter and Pen’s would’ve been cheapened by a hot and heavy sexual scene. Their romantic relationship was very sweet and pure and adorable! It made me love them even more. Nothing is more sexy than a guy that is willing to set boundaries and respect his girl. Carter was a lovely major character and I cannot wait to read more about him.

The premise was a bit complicated to understand (I’m not quite sure I completely understood the last twenty pages), but I didn’t feel like the author didn’t explain the plot well-enough (I’m just… kind of slow to grasp these things).

I anticipated at least half of the plot twist, but the second half completely blew me away! SPOILERS: William Prescott. Really? Didn’t see that one coming. At. All. END OF SPOILERS. I love being surprised. I really enjoyed watching Carter and Penelope sort out their problems with each other. Never did I feel like their emotions were exaggerated. Their relationship seemed realistic and their conversations, also. I hate when writers exaggerate characters’ emotions for extra effect!

Overall, I loved this book. I will be recommending it to my Teen YA obsessed friends and probably buying a paperback version of this for my college bookshelf. I was really excited to read in Ellison’s acknowledgements that there is going to be a second book. I will be buying it!

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