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Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (ARC) - Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

Salt is my first novel by Hannah Moskowitz and I can definitely say it will not be the last. There is so much to love here. I particularly enjoyed getting to know all four siblings - Beleza, Indi (our lead) Oscar, and Zulu - over the course of their tale. They are sea monster hunters who taken up the family business after their parents went missing. All of them have quite distinct voices and it's incredibly easy to get completely wrapped up on their lives. Their relationships with one another are believably complex and incredibly tight. While they might sometimes be at each others throats, they'll do whatever it takes to keep their family safe.

As much as I enjoyed what we got, I felt like the book didn't live up to all of its potential. Firstly, the world building is quite minimal. There's so much we just don't know about the world of monster hunters and the creatures they fight. The story could have truly benefited from fleshing out locations, scenes, backstory, fights, and descriptions because some things just go by way too fast.

Honestly, I think Salt by Hannah Moskowitz could be truly fantastic if it were a little longer and more developed. This personal novel isn't bad at all as it is, but there's so much potential that it doesn't quite manage to live up to by the time you make it to the end of the story. In fact, the close focus on family absolutely makes it. I have a feeling you'll enjoy this novel if you are a fan of the early seasons of Supernatural and can't get enough of the relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester.

I read this ARC from October 18 - 22, 2018 and my review is also on GoodreadsSalt by Hannah Moskowitz will be released on October 30th, 2018.


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