Book Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

March 20, 2015 Young Adult Book Reviews 6 ★★★

Book Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria ScottTitle: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #2
Published by: Scholastic Press on February 24, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: YABC
Format: ARC
Pages: 320
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In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can't quit--she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.

But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone's keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you'd relied on most suddenly isn't there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?

The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left--and only one can win.

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

Also by this author: The Warrior

One Line: What started out a little weak turned into a pretty decent read with a strong ending.

What I Loved: The best part of this book was easily the Pandoras. I loved them all. Such fun, interesting creatures. Their relationship with their humans reminded me of Pokemon, that’s how I picture their dynamic in my head. Tella definitely reminds me of Ash, how she cares for her Pandora, for all of them, and treats them with such love and respect. Also, the game itself was kicked up a notch. There are quite a few deaths and crazy moments in this book that shocked me and kept me glued to the pages. There’s enough action and danger to keep you interested and the pacing was pretty quick. I flew through this book.

Left Me Wanting More: I have to say, I did not like the beginning at all. For some reason, it felt so messy and inconsistent, like a hodge podge of things going on all at once. Not only that, I couldn’t stand the way the characters were acting, especially Tella and Guy. Tells irritated me with how conflicting her thoughts and actions were. She wanted to strong and independent, yet she let people push her around and belittle her. And Guy irritated me with his inability to express his feelings. Of course, I know that “actions speak louder than words”, but I need SOME words. I can’t even start with the rest of the characters or I’d go on forever. Let’s just say the first third of the book drove me crazy.

Final Verdict: I’m definitely still interested in this series and I want to see how it all ends. Sure, there were some things that bugged me about this book, but overall, it moved very fast and the Pandoras saved the show for me. If only I could have one in real life.

*This review was first published on YABC.*

About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her first stand-alone young adult title, TITANS, will be published by Scholastic in spring 2016.

Victoria’s books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. She currently lives in Dallas, and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

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6 Responses to “Book Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott”

    • Vi

      Ikr?! I was surprised at how much I was disliking this at first. Thank goodness the latter half made up for it. Those Pandoras are the show-stealers, for sure. Loved them!

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    YES, YES, YES! I couldn’t have said it better myself Vi! One of the few things I didn’t like about Fire and Flood was kind of how self-centered Tella was; but she really had a huge character arc here. Unfortunately, like you mentioned, her weak characterization was replaced with some annoying romantic angst, which I think we both agree that the story would have been much better without.

    Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥
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    • Vi

      You’re so sweet. Thank you! Yes, I could’ve easily enjoyed this w/o any romance. It certainly didn’t add anything to my enjoyment, and in fact, made me not like it as much.

    • Vi

      Haha, I liked that fact that she loved those Pandoras and how much she cared for her friends, but besides that, she got on my nerves a lot.

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