Monday, November 3, 2014

Jacqueline's review of Salted by Aaron Galvin

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Salted by Aaron Galvin

My overall star rating -- from 1-5 -- 5

About the book:
Life isn’t better under the sea.
Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.
But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?
How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

My 5 point review:
-1- This is a very good book, and very well written.  I enjoyed it a lot.
-2- There is a somewhat sad note that runs throughout the book, but it totally works with the storyline; and enhances the story.  
-3- It doesn't have a particularly happy ending for much of anyone in the book, but there is a sequel coming.
-4- The author manages a wide cast of characters very well, and it is the characters that keep you reading.  They're very memorable, and ones you will want to get to know better.
-5- It's a very unique and imaginative story idea.  I enjoyed it very much.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- fantasy, science fiction, paranormal
Age recommendations -- 17 and up
Sex content rating -- minimal
Violence rating -- moderate

Coming Nov. 24th - the sequel -
Taken With A Grain of Salt

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.

Review of the sequel coming.  
-- jd --

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