Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- Salted by Aaron Galvin
My overall star rating -- from 1-5
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.
-2- There is a somewhat sad note that runs throughout the book, but it totally works with the storyline.
-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.
-5- It's a very unique and imaginative story idea. I enjoyed it very much.
Genre -- fantasy
Age recommendations -- older teen and up
Sex content rating -- little to none
Violence rating -- moderate plus
Coming - review of 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.