Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Review ~ Taken With A Grain Of Salt (Salt series, #2) by Aaron Galvin

Taken With A Grain Of Salt (Salt series, #2)
ebook received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: November 24th 2014

Publisher: Self-published

Anyone can be taken - a simple truth for Salt folk, a stark reality for innocent teens Garrett Weaver and Kellen Winstel. Kidnapped by Selkie slave catchers and dragged into the realm beneath the waves, both teens must adapt to their new surroundings if they hope to see the shore again. Yet even if they escape their captors, both will need to embrace their fears. For darker things than Selkies lurk in the Salted depths and not all of them have pure intentions for the innocent ones brought down into their watery world.

My Opinion

This was an interesting sequel. It's been a while since I read book one so it took me a little while to get back into things, but soon I was immersed in the Selkie world this author creates once more.

Taken With a Grain of Salt was a lot darker than I expected--or remember the first book being. Almost instantly you're thrown straight into the action and the death toll doesn't stop rising throughout the book. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, I'm all for books that don't shy away from the darker side of things. However, I did wonder if the author was going to have any cast left at one point!

Anyway, I'd say this book is more character driven than plot based as the POVs don't really link until the end. I think there were four POV in total and they all follow a different thread as the characters go through their own ordeals. I did feel there was a definite separation in voices from the characters and it kept things interesting as there were plenty of different strands to follow. 

I liked the fact that most of this book was set underwater and that I got a better understanding of what is was to be salted. The world building in this book was more in-depth and we get more detail on history, technicalities, and how everything works.

Like with Salted, this book does get better as it progresses, and once again there is a lot of action towards the end. It may have been a little slow in places, but the author delivers with the ending. 

Overall, this was a good follow up. It's still a unique take on the underwater creatures you read about and slightly darker/grittier than the usual paranormal stuff out there in this genre.


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