Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Thousand Salt Kisses


This contemporary fantasy novel focuses on a girl named Crystal Sarah White, who received her name from her mother constantly dreaming of gemstones during her pregnancy, as she and her environmental activist father move to the remote Starfish Island, and she attempts to find her own form of entertainment. During one night of swimming out at sea, however, Crystal finds herself stranded and about to drown until an enigmatic stranger named Llyr saves her from death, which makes her somewhat believe the island’s folklore. During the summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to his own world, although Crystal’s relation drives a wedge between her and her family, with other factors such as a local power plant polluting the sea catching her clan in the middle, with the magical and inane portions of her life converging.

The book is told from Crystal’s first-person perspective, which very well allows readers into her mind, and introduces some occasional friends such as the partygoing Rosie. Crystal also gets a job over the summer and is distracted from her final school days by her experiences, with occasional twists taking the story in a different direction, with other factors such as a messy relationship between her parents, and the ending definitely showing that the story of Crystal and her experiences isn’t quite over. Overall, the novel is enjoyable, although the name SKANX for the antagonistic corporation is somewhat laughable, this critic believing that if such a name for something sounds to have sexual overtones, it’s probably a good idea to change it. Even so, this story is worth a read, and this reviewer would very much be willing to read its sequel, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later.


Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.

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