Book Review: Salt & Storm  March 26, 2015

Salt & Storm

by Kendall Kulper.

salt & storm Salt & Storm is the story of Avery Roe, latest in a long line of witches inhabiting Prince Island. They have helped keep the island’s sailors safe for generations, and are both feared and respected. While Avery has the ability to interpret dreams, she has yet to come into her full power as a witch. Her grandmother is waiting for her to take over and willing to teach her, but her mother has left that life behind and forbids Avery from communicating with her. When Avery has a dream that foretells her own murder, desperation drivers her to somehow reach her grandmother and finally learn how to become a full witch. With the help of an old friend and an unexpected new ally, she sets out to escape her mother’s clutches and fulfill her destiny as the next Roe witch.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked how the author conveyed the atmosphere of the island, and Avery as the main protagonist is engaging. And I liked the core idea of an island with a lineage of witches who never marry and never leave, and their connection to the place. The romance plot line was pretty typical for YA – namely, they go from strangers to so-in-love ridiculously quick. Part of it is the age of the characters, and part the YA genre expectations/tropes. It annoys me a bit as an adult, but I understand it and can for the most part just shrug it off.

The pace of the book felt off, though; it was such a slow build for much of it, and then wham everything happens at once. There was no in-between. Also, when it’s finally revealed how Avery can become a witch and the details of the curse on the Roe women, the latter seemed to come out of nowhere. It was never explained how or why they were cursed in the first place. And the end was really unsatisfying. I won’t say any more about it, to avoid spoilers, but I was really shocked when I looked on Goodreads and saw that no, this isn’t part of a series, it’s a standalone. That really was The End.

So, overall… I don’t know. I liked it more than I disliked it, and it did pull me in and keep me reading. But I was also left vexed and dissatisfied with how it wrapped up (or lack thereof). So I guess my advice would be Read At Your Own Risk, if you like YA historical fiction with fantasy elements.

I give it 3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday Treasure Trove  March 24, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Just a short list today, as I spent most of the last few days sequestered at a camp with limited internet/phone reception. I’m still worn out from that, and also got some whopper of unwelcome/sucky news yesterday, so this is all I have energy for today. On the up-side, I get to try on my actual wedding dress tomorrow instead of just the shop try-on sample – !!!

How’s your week going so far?

March Etsy Finds  March 18, 2015

Temperatures are back in the comfortable range here, and we’re definitely get our share of the spring showers that are supposed to bring all of the pretty flowers (here’s hoping). My two Etsy treasuries for March are all about nature. One takes a Celtic turn in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, and the other is just all about sliding into spring. Take a look:

Celtic Elves

Elvish Celtic Woodland Leaf Pendant with 16 Inch Box Chain, LOTR inspired Necklace, Handmade .925 Sterling Silver, One of A Kind Jewelry
Green Ivy Growing on Granite
Surreal Fantasy Illustration, Print of Original Pencil Drawing Digital Work - Refuge by Amalia K
Sterling Silver Wire Peridot Filigree Leaf Pendant
Large Silver Cuff Black Onyx Silver Cuff  Bracelet Art Nouveau Victorian Gothic Jewelry
Silver ring. Handmade Celtic ring. Sterling silver. Elvish Ring.  Rustic silver jewellery. Celtic ring.
SALE* St Patrick's Day jewelry ... Celtic-Irish design in ceramic pendant in green with touches of pale red and blue...agiftoflaughter..tagt
Sterling Silver Twig Ring Blossoming Branches Adjustable Ring
Celtic princess ivory white wool cotton rustic costume Medieval dress Elvish, Medieval, Pre- Raphaelite, Gothic, Faery
Sale Clearance 20% OFF - Antique brass celtic drop dangle earrings (547)
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY HeadBand - Wreath woodland flower hair wreath - wedding headpiece, headband, vintage inspired flower rose crown
Recycled Celtic Knot, Green Glass Celtic Knot, Unique St. Patrick's Day Gift
Earendil Circlet Tiara Headband Crown Diadem Celtic Medieval Headpiece Renaissance LOTR Handfasting Elven Elvish
Antique Brass Celtic Knot Green Leaf Vines Chandelier Earrings, Bohemian, Elvish, Nature Jewelry, St. Patrick's Day
Celtic Jewelry - Celtic Dragon Brooch Fine Pewter US made
SIGNED Fine Art Print - COSY MOSS - Big

Shading into Spring

Blue Green Watercolor Tree Branches 8 x 10 Bird Print, Woodland Wildlife, Nature Wall Decor (200)
6 Green and Turquoise Floral hair pins --- Hair Clip for Brides, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls --- Tagt Team
Hand Knit bird Green Yellow Turquoise Ombre Stuffed Tweet Toy 100% cotton
Ceramic Coffee Cup Mug - Set of 4 - Aqua Mist French Country Dinnerware - Hand Thrown - MADE TO ORDER
Iridescent Bubble on Grass Shiny Crystal Sphere Balanced on Blue Green Teal Blades Fresh Spring Surreal Nature Art Photography Photo Print
Hammered Silver Leather Bangle Bracelet / Colorful Teal Blue Dark Black / Animal Print Safari / Boho Bohemian Thick Tribal Stacking Bracelet
Set of 2 Ceramic Mugs - Ceramic Cups - Handmade Stoneware Teacups or Coffee Mugs - Blue Pottery - Blue Kiss Glaze
Chrysocolla Necklace, Wire Wrapped Chrysocolla Pendant. Blue Green Chrysocolla Gemstone Cluster. Sterling Silver Chain
Aspen Trees Aspens Winter Blue Trees Forest 16x24 Colorado Rocky Mountains Rustic Cabin Lodge Photograph
Dark Blue Necklace, Lapis Lazuli Gemstone Necklace, Large Pendant Necklace, Sterling Silver Necklace, Deep Blue Necklace, Royal Blue
Blue Bird Necklace Bird Pendant Floral Bird Necklace Long Bird Necklace Blue Pink Bird Spring Fashion Bird Necklace  Bird On Branch Necklace
Lapis Lazuli Bracelet. Gemstone Bracelet. SIlver Cuff Bracelet. Natural Bangle Bracelet with Royal Blue and Pyrite Stone. Talisman Jewelry.
London photography, London poster, midnight blue, romance, photography, night
Set of 2 blue indigo, navy blue and white feather ceramic coffee, tea, mugs, cups by Jessica Howard
Blue  Flower Hair Barrette Hair ornament White Leaves Hair Accessory Decoration Blue Green #H1
Navy blue velvet round pillow

What does this time of year make you think of?

Tuesday Treasure Trove  March 17, 2015

Tuesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Not much of note here. Work is going fairly well, all of the major wedding vendors have been booked now that the florist has been figured out. Mostly this week is just finishing up lots of things before I’m MIA for 4 days at CAMP. :-D Which I’m pretty excited about. Less exciting? The rain in the forecast. Rain makes something like a sleepaway camp in the woods much less fun. Go away rain!

What do you have on your plate this week? Is the weather more lovely where you are

Countdown to TxSC Camp  March 13, 2015

The 2015 Texas Style Council CAMP is just one week away! Just a friendly reminder for all you fellow bloggers and Etsians and business owners who are also going. :) I for one am pretty darn excited. Sleepaway camp with a bunch of awesome women? Where we also get to learn stuff that’s good for our businesses/blogs? AND pretend we’re 10 by doing the ropes course and other camp-y things? YES, PLEASE.

You should’ve looked over and signed up for your sessions already. Personally, I’m doing Lab A Capture (photography), Discussion C Shift (refocus), Discussion C Connection (network), and the Kickstart Lab (business strategy). Plus the keynotes and camp-wide things, of course.

Speaking of camp-wide things, here are some things every attendee should look over:

Cabin assignments were announced this week.

And don’t forget to look over the packing list:
TxSC Camp 2015 packing list

And the map on how to get to Camp, if you’re driving yourself:
TxSC Map to CAMP

You can click on both of the above for PDF versions you can download and print.

Are you going? What sessions are you signed up for? Can’t wait to see you there!

Wednesday Treasure Trove  March 11, 2015

Wednesday Treasure Trove

Things of Note:

Despite my best efforts, ye olde blog is definitely falling by the wayside in light of wedding planning, business coach stuff, and actual work. I’m still trying to get better about this, but it’s a work in progress. Forgive this day-late post.

In other news, I’ve officially ordered my wedding dress (!!!!!!) and our Save the Dates came in the mail yesterday. Now I just need the boy to rustle up the last few addresses for some of his guests and those will get sent out. This afternoon I have an appointment with a florist, which I think is the last major vendor we need to secure. Maybe there will be some breathing room after that. Fingers crossed?

What’s keeping you busy these days?