Salt (Salt #1)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.
by Danielle Ellison
Published: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
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My Thoughts: For the last year or so, I haven't read that many paranormal stories, so I was looking forward to reading Salt and getting back into the paranormal world. The whole premise is different, with witches being the ones who protect people from demons, something I found myself intrigued about. Penelope is a witch, but her magic was stolen when she was a child, and she has been living a lie and covering it up since that time, borrowing her sister's magic. She meets Carter, who also knows her secret, but also has his own secrets. Penelope is stubborn and sarcastic, and she does have her flaws. I actually liked Carter's character for the most part, and he could be quite charming at times.
There is a lot going on in the story which was fun for the most part, and the premise, as stated above, is somewhat different from other witch/demon stories I've read before. Overall, though it didn't blow me away, I did enjoy Salt and thought it was a fun read.
Read an except from chapter one here.
Quotes:“Curiouser and curiouser," he says. I smile at the reference. Carroll was totally a witch. The secrets of our world are written into that book.”
“I'm not really sure what I'm going to do when I get there, but that's why someone invented the fine art of improv. Or, when that fails, stalling.”
“The thing is heavy. --I'm talking the whole Harry Potter series put together heavy. Those are some great books. Totally inaccurate, but great.”
About the Author: Danielle Ellison is from a small town in West Virginia. She spent her childhood pretending to fly, talking to imaginary friends, and telling stories. She hasn’t changed much since then. You can still find her pretending to work, talking to imaginary characters, and writing stories.
When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably drinking coffee, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She is the author of five upcoming novels and you can find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.