Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
Series: Fire & Flood, #2 | Fire & Flood
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Genre(s): Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Synopsis from Goodreads:

What would you do to save someone you love?

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.

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Special thanks to Scholastic Press for providing me with an advance copy of the book for review!

EEP! You guys, I cannot say enough good things about this book and series. Salt & Stone is a rollercoaster ride jam packed with action, sci-fi, romance, adventure, family, friendship, and TELLA.

As book 2, Salt & Stone continues the crazy story of Tella and her fellow Contenders racing through the Brimstone Bleed. If you thought that Fire & Flood was intense, just wait! Salt & Stone takes it up a notch, and Victoria Scott isn’t afraid to write scenes that will blow your mind, whether it be from excitement or shock.

Not to mention that Tella is about as amazing as main characters come. She’s witty and sarcastic, but extremely caring and conflicted when it comes to her brother who she’s trying to save, the Contenders she’s beginning to love, and the Pandoras, who she needs to protect. She changes drastically from the beginning of Fire & Flood to the end of Salt & Stone, and as a reader, you won’t be able to help but root for her and feel the heartache of her position. And she’s pretty BA, which helps too!

I am stronger than I was before.

*Quote taken from unfinished ARC and may be changed with final edits.*

The Pandoras, and the relationship that Tella shares with them are another part of this story that I love so much. When I was reading any scene with a Pandora I just kept thinking of my own pet, and putting us in Tella’s struggles. Not only are they cool in that their abilities are amazing, but they bring a bit of relatability to the story.

Really throughout the whole book I would be thinking in the back of my mind: “What would I do?” I hope that I’d be like Tella, because she’s definitely an amazing role model and character to want to be. She’s the heart of the story, and what makes Salt & Stone so amazing. Not to be cliché, but Tella is the new Katniss.

All in all, Salt & Stone was an awesome sequel to Fire & Flood, which I loved just as much. The ending was left open, and I’ve read that Victoria Scott may be writing a third book, so my fingers are crossed! This is a story that I would definitely want to visit again. I’d recommend these books to anyone, as there really is something that everyone will love!


Update: Vacation Hiatus

I was hoping that I wasn’t going to have to write this post, and that I would be able to go on vacation and still blog. But recently my iPad has gotten to the point where if I try and open any app it will crash immediately, and trying to format posts on my phone is pretty much useless. I decided against bringing my computer because the safe in my room won’t be big enough to hold it and I don’t want it getting stolen, so… here I am writing another hiatus post.

As you already know there was no review yesterday because I’ve had exactly NO time to read as I’m packing and cleaning and doing laundry for my vacation. Instead I posted my Seven Deadly Sins tag, which I hope will hold you all over until I get back!

So how long will I be gone, you ask? Well, when this is posted I’ll be on the road and I get back on the 25th, so you can probably expect an “I’m Back!” kind of post that Saturday recapping the week and then I’ll be back to normal.

You all know how I can’t stay away from blogging or the social networks for long, so I’ll be on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, etc., keeping you guys updated with all the books I’m reading! I can’t wait to get a week to just relax and read…which means for you guys I’ll have lots of book reviews to write when I get home!

In other news…I got a very exciting email from Victoria Scott, the author of the Fire & Flood Trilogy and The Dante Walker Trilogy! I was one of the chosen people to be “in her family” or The V Mafia as she likes to calls it. I absolutely adored Fire & Flood (review here) so this absolutely made my day! You’ll now find that pretty little button I’m displaying on my sidebar and if you click it you can learn more about The V Mafia and maybe even get chosen to be one of us!

So that all for me…I hope you all have a wonderful rest of this week and a great week next week as well!

xo, emily

Review: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

16069167Publisher: Scholastic Press

Release Date: February 25, 2014

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher via Giveaway

Series: Fire & Flood, #1

Genre(s): Sci-fi

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother’s life—and her own. 

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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