Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett is one of the creepiest books of the year! The book combines genres like horror and romance, making it horrifyingly beautiful. The plot is so suspenseful, especially since it is set in a cornfield. This is certainly one of my favourite books of 2015!

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim LiggettTitle: Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt #1)
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Author: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Razorbill
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

❀ An Interesting Combination of Genres

This is the kind of book that I’m sure everyone will enjoy, horror fan or not. Even if you tend to shy away from horror, like myself, this interesting combination of genres (fantasy, paranormal, romance, and mystery) definitely has something for everyone. It is very interesting how Kim Liggett has combined what are probably the two most contrasting genres out there, romance and horror. All I can say is this is one of the best books I’ve read this year!

❀ Original Plot

The plot of Blood and Salt is so original! When I first read the synopsis, I noticed that is is a cross between Romeo and Juliet and Children of the Corn. I have actually never heard of Children of the Corn, so I had to look it up. This combination is so unique, and I’m definitely glad Kim Liggett thought up this idea. Blood and Salt may seem terrifying, especially considering how fearsome Children of the Corn is, but it is really filled with mystery and suspense, making it more eerie than spine-chilling.

❀ Creepy Setting

One of the things that makes Blood and Salt as eerie as it is is the creepy setting, a corn field. Now, you may be thinking, what’s so scary about a corn field? To that, I say, watch the trailer. Evil lurks in the cornfield and threatens the safety of the characters. It is so bizarre, readers will be on the edge of their seats the whole time wondering what will happen next. The way this specific cornfield is described is frightening enough to make you never want to eat corn again.

❀ A Wild Ride

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett is a wild ride with its multiple contrasting genres, original plot, and creepy setting. I definitely recommend this book to everyone, horror lover or not. Blood and Salt is an such an unforgettable adventure!

About Kim Liggett

Kim Liggett

Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.

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8 thoughts on “Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    You had me at “one of the creepiest books of the year”! I have been waiting for my chance to read this one for a while now, and hoping that it was a good scary book. Normally, I get a little disappointed in that aspect of a story. It takes a lot to freak me out in a book, and I am constantly searching. The Children of the Corn ref caught my attention from the get go, and the Romeo & Juliet thrown in there as well basically had me drooling. Then throw in that awesomely creeptastic cover?! I am basically a mess!

  2. Josephine says:

    Great review! You’re very convincing which is scary because I am terrified of creepy books and books within the horror genre! They freak me out no matter how hard I try!

  3. ginger betty says:

    I’ve seen so much good stuff about this book, i think i’m going to have to try it out. I’ve just finished Laura Bickle’s the Hallowed ones and enjoyed it.

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