A Thousand Salt Kisses (Salt Kisses – 1) by Josie Demuth
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.
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.
Crystal has just been moved to the small Starfish Island with her father to fight a large company poisoning the environment. But Crystal is 17 years old and not happy to be there. She does meet some friends and they start hanging out. Then on a midnight swim she is saved by Llyr. She then goes on the hunt for him and learns some legends have ground in reality. Problems arise when Crystal’s mom ends up working for the company her dad is trying to get shut down. Things go awry when the owner of the company starts fighting back.
Crystal is trying to make the best of her situation when she is rescued by Llyr. She then falls madly in love for him and learns all about his world. I’m sorry but I am not a big fan of insta-love and that is what you get here. I will admit that I liked the underwater world and everything that Demuth came up with, it’s very creative.
I thought the fight with Skanx was a good one, especially when he started fighting dirty to try and win. I did feel bad with Crystal’s parents on either side of the fight but the ending makes up for it.
This is a good young adult story. I like that we get to see a new world with mermaids. It is part one of a series and I’m curious to see what will happen in the next book.
I received A Thousand Salt Kisses from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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