Sunday, December 7, 2014

Review - Salted by Aaron Galvin @aarongalvin5 (Salt #1)

Salt #1
by Aaron Galvin

Goodreads blurb:  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. 

About the Author:  Salem’s Vengeance is Aaron Galvin’s second novel.

His debut, Salted, a YA urban fantasy, continues to receive critical acclaim for its unique take on mermaids and selkies.

Aaron is also an accomplished actor, screenwriter, and film producer. He has worked on Hollywood blockbusters (The Dark Knight, Flags of Our Fathers), starred in dozens of indie films, and he co-wrote/executive produced the 2013 award-winning comedic feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

Aaron is a proud member of SCBWI and currently lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.

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My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!

The cover is beautiful!  I love that it is simply a seal in the water :)

I stumbled onto this book and thought it sounded cool, so I bought it.  The author contacted me about a week later asking if I wanted a review copy.  I explained that I already bought it, and I would definitely review it once I read it.  :)  Of course, the rest of you are lucky, it is FREE now :)

This story is really amazing and creative.  Being able to write is amazing all by itself, but wow!!  When I started reading, I will admit that I was a little lost.  I’m not sure what caused my confusion exactly, but I think it was switching perspectives while I was still trying to figure out this new and unusual world.  Everything did clear up, and this world is awesome.

This book has so much going on with slavery, bullying, camaraderie, friendships, murder, and even kindness mixed into the harshness.  Lenny is a fair amount of good mixed into the bad like most real people.  I really like his snarky attitude as well as his friends.  I really don’t want to give anything away, but I like Garrett, Chidi, Lenny and his crew.  Oscar is rotten and spoiled; he is pretentious and thinks he is entitled.

This is a fantastic first book in a series, and I really think it going to get better and better :)  I have already bought book 2 because I want to know what happens next, so be watching for that review in the future :)

I recommend this book to the ocean dreamers who believe in underwater fantasies especially if you are into ocean shifters :)  I can’t wait to read more of this world :)  It is free, so what are you waiting for :)

Interested in reading???

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