Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott

May 25, 2015 4 stars, Book Review 3 ★★★★

Review: Salt & Stone by Victoria ScottSalt & Stone by Victoria Scott
Series: Fire & Flood #2
Published by Scholastic Press on February 24, 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
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My Reviews in this series: Fire & Flood

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

What would you do to save someone you love? What about risking...everything?

In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and a terrifying march 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 stop—and in Salt & Stone, Tella will have to face the unseen dangers of the ocean, the breathless cold of a mountain, and the 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've 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 beginning of the race there were 122 Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the fourth and final part of the race, just forty-one are left...and only one can win.

Victoria Scott's stunning thriller will leave readers' hearts racing!
four-stars

SALT & STONE follows Tella and her friends as they compete in the second half of the deadly Brimstone Bleed. The races they must compete in are the ocean (salt) and then a mountain (stone). It was every bit as gripping and intense as the first book!

What it takes to be a winner

– Admittedly during the first few chapters of the book I wanted to smack some sense into Tella. She spends so much time mooning over Guy that I was constantly rolling my eyes and wondering if she’d totally lost focus with reality. Thankfully she wises up…But not before she goes thru a really stupid phase of trying to prove herself all because of a comment Guy made. In a way tho that was completely understandable and I see why it was necessary. Tella is a pretty cool character and I actually love how her character develops even including the love sickness and defiant, “I can make decisions and survive myself” attitude.

– These books do not shy away from violence and other such gruesome things and yes death. I have to hand it to the author for dishing it out. Give me more of that I tell you! Is it weird that I’m applauding her for writing a bloody violent book? It could have used even more… #evillaughter

New characters join the “team” of folks that Tella had been working with to make it thru the race. Cotton, who is a big guy in his 20’s, has secrets and makes strange eyes, not the Google kind, at Tella (Pandora is a Bull). Willow is a conniving little girl (I think she’s about 8yo?) who will do anything to make it (Pandora is a rat). Mac Larson who is an overweight male chauvinist pig in some ways but who surprised me (Pandora is an alligator).

– Tella learns another nasty bit of information about the Brimstone Bleed that she doesn’t figure out until much later in the race. View Spoiler » I would like to have known these things!

– The characters that banded together in the first book were obviously trusting of each other but there is still a small amount of drama there between a few of them. Most of the new drama comes from the introduction of the new characters and Tella’s and Guy’s romance. I did think it would have been nice to have more of the original characters because I had forgotten a bunch about their personalities by the time I read this second book.

Finally a young adult novel that DOESN’T have a love triangle. Thank you Victoria Scott. You deserve a box of chocolates!

So it was definitely a strong book that I thoroughly enjoyed especially considering I have been having such bad luck with YA genre books lately. Adrenaline junkies will love SALT & STONE. I look forward to the next! (Is there only one more? I don’t know.)

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