Monday, May 9, 2016

Book Review: Salt & Stone

Title: Salt & Stone
Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #2
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Release Date: February 2015

Source: I borrowed a physical copy from the public library
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Goodreads summary:

Amber the Blonde Writer - Book Review of Salt and Stone by Victoria ScottHow far would you go to survive?

In FIRE & FLOOD, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't stop - and in SALT & STONE, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the beginning of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left . . . and only one can win.

My review:

This book picked up where the first one ended. We jump back into Tella's excursion of the Brimstone Bleed and jump into the remaining two territories: sea and mountain. So much changed in this novel, and they were definitely good!

Firstly, we see Tella really come into her own. She takes charge, she challenges Guy, and she sets up emotional barriers between her and other contenders. After wanting to put down Fire & Flood because of her lack of maturity, I was pleased that she grows up and becomes a strong young woman while still maintaining her love for all things frilly and sparkly. 

Also, the romance remains innocent and PG-13 and I love it! I am a sucker for puppy love level of affection, and this book delivers. If you're someone who needs sex and messy make-out sessions to get into your fantasy or sci-fi, this story is probably not for you. I, however, like having smidges of romance in my action.

The plot thickens as more and more characters are becoming key players and the true enemies are revealed. The story ended on a major cliffhanger, and I found out the third book wasn't bought by the publisher. However, the plot still felt a little light for me, but that may be because we see everything through Tella's eyes and she doesn't take a whole lot seriously.

Overall, it was better than the first. I was so glad Tella aged up and took control of her circumstances!

Rating: 4 / 5 stars

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