Review: Salt by Danielle Ellison

Posted 24 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Salt by Danielle EllisonSalt by Danielle Ellison
Series: Salt #1
Publisher: Entangled Teen on January 7, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 266
Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

Here Are My Thoughts

Favorite Quotes

“He pulls out the chair next to mine, and it scratches across the floor. I glare at him. I hate when people encroach on my space. ‘Plus, were else can I be in the presence of such an incredible amount of snark?’”

“‘My name is Carter and you are Pen—’ ‘I’m not Pen—’ I say over him. ‘—and we are meant to be together.’”

Why I Picked It Up

I don’t often get to read novels about witches and such, so when I saw this synopsis I got very excited about all the possibilities!


“‘See you around.’ ‘See me tomorrow,’ he says. I stop walking. ‘What?’ He moves to fill some of the space between us. Not too close, but close enough that it makes me want to run in the other direction. ‘I keep seeing you, and I don’t think coincidences are real.’”

Salt follows Penelope, a member of a witch coven. But Penelope has a secret—years ago, a demon stole her magic so she’s been borrowing magic from her family. If anyone outside of their family knew she would basically be exiled. So it was a secret that she had to keep—especially if she was going to find a way to trap the demon and get her magic back. Then Penelope meets Carter and she finds that she can borrow his magic too. So she basically enlists him on her quest but the demons seem to have taken a particular interest in her and Carter seems to be holding secrets.

Salt kept me interested throughout the entire novel. There was always some sort of action going on which made for an engaging novel. There were few, if any, times when I got bored with the novel and had to put it down for fear of falling asleep. It was well-written and smooth with fantastic transitions. I was really enjoying following Pen’s quest.

Leading Lady

“‘I’m sorry.’ Carter’s eyes are on me and I don’t know who, he’s talking to. I’m not taking an apology. Not after that. ‘It was an accident. I lost track of time.’ I want to punch him in the face. And then I’ll apologize and say it was an accident. That I lost track of my fist.”

Penelope was the heroine of the novel. She was a very strong character and I liked that about her. She was determined to get her magic back and she was tough and could defend for herself, regardless of the fact that she was magic-less. She was a great character to read.

Leading Male

“Carter Trent. For some reason, knowing his last name makes all this a little less mysterious. I did not wake up two days ago hoping to have some magic mojo with a strange stalker boy, but I do.”

Carter was adorable. He was protective and watched out for Penelope. He was strong and charming. Although he had his secrets, I still adored his character.


“‘This is a bad idea. We should get out of here as quickly as possi—’ Carter kisses me quickly and the protest falls out of my thoughts. ‘Hi,’ he says, still very close to me. I smile back. ‘Hi.’ He kisses me again, this time a little longer. ‘I spent all day thinking about you.’ ‘Me too,’ I say.”

The romance in this novel was fabulous as well. It started with banter and light arguing that eventually evolved into something more. They were a great match and I loved seeing them together. They complimented each other very well.

“‘I see you, Pen,’ he says, his hands holding firm to my cheeks. ‘You’re the sun and the moon and the stars—impossible to miss.’ His gaze roams my face until he finds my lips, and my heart beats out of my chest. ‘I love you, Penelope.’”

World Building

The world building in this novel was also great. I liked seeing Ellison’s take on witchcraft and demons. It was cool, especially with the incorporation of salt (where the title comes from) that basically started the whole novel. It was a great world to immerse myself in and I can’t wait to see more of it in the upcoming novels.


Salt was an overall greatly written novel. A great and strong heroine, a charming hero, and an engaging plot all mixed together into a fantastic book.

4 Stars

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