Title: A Thousand Salt Kisses
Author: Josie Demuth
Publisher: Wise Ink
Length: 354 Pages
Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.
During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.
Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.
This was a cute romance story. Pretty charming and very young adult- haha. It had a lot of drama, and it does a decent job of pointing out the reality of being a teenager. It was a fun and easy read, and even though it was lacking in some areas, it’s definitely a fun summer book.
The book focuses on Crystal, who recently moved to Starfish Island. She has a summer fling with a merman…which is an interesting premise, but it was written in a very unrealistic way. Not that a relationship with a merman is totally realistic, but the story was lacking a connection to the world the author created. That connection was also missing between the characters. I didn’t get much spark between them. And while the characters themselves were written well, the relationship was just off for me.
I was also disappointed with the amount of information about the merpeople. I wanted more. For such a different world which was such a central part of the story, more history and culture about this people would have gone a long way.
The ending was CRAZY. It was a huge cliffhanger, which made me pretty bummed. I hate cliffhangers- haha.
FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.