Hello! Today on the blog, I’m going to be posting a review of A Thousand Salt Kisses, the first book in the series on the iRead Book Tours.
Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.
During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.
Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.
The author/publisher provided a free copy of the book for review purposes - thank you! Receiving a review copy does not guarantee a positive review and therefore do not affect the opinion or content of the review.
I decided to read and review this book because when I saw it, I saw how it started as a Wattpad book and became published. Now, I don’t know about you, but I love Wattpad and the books on it.
I found the premise of this novel to be great! I liked how the pacing was on the fast side but wasn’t too fast. What I also liked is the mermaid/merman thing. Not many stories with supernatural in them are mermaids, as far as I know (the only one I can think of off the top of my head right now is the Emily Windsnap series). I also really liked how it dealt with environmental issues. It had a factory that kept polluting the ocean water, killing the merfolk, and there’s many people in the story who work to get rid of the factory, Crystal’s dad included.
I feel like this still has potential though, it didn’t live up to how I thought it would be. I think if it focused more on the merfolk and not on Crystal and her life (no offense Crystal!), I would like it more. The reader gets to know a bit about the Jeweled Kingdom but there’s not much known. I also felt the plot was a bit predictable. I love it when stories are unpredictable and the reader can’t guess the ending, but with this novel, I didn’t find myself surprised by the ending.
Overall, I did enjoy this novel and will be reading the sequel, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (look for the review with the blog tour on Thursday!).