I received this book for free from Chicken House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Title: Salt and Stone
Author: Victoria Scott
Series: Fire and Flood #2
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: April 2nd 2015
Source: Chicken House
One hundred and twenty-two began. Only sixty-four remain. Tella's made it through the first terrains of the Brimstone Bleed - but the contest isn't over yet. If she wants to save her brother, she must face oceans and icy mountains, all for the chance of winning the Cure. And even if Tella survives these deadly places, the greatest threat will still be her fellow Contenders - even the ones she trusts the most ...
Review: I loved Fire and Flood last year and was eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series so was really pleased to receive a review copy from Chicken House. Fire and Flood took me by surprise last year and I remember just being so caught up in the world, but I was a little worried the magic would have worn off when it came to reading Salt and Stone. I luckily was wrong and ended up devouring the book as quickly as possible.
Tella is back and a lot more kickass. She’s questioning things and really doing her very best to get through an incredibly difficult feat. I loved seeing her development and was really rooting for her. One side effect of some of the plots that necessitated this was that Guy and her relationship with him felt changed, especially at the start and I was a bit thrown by this as I remembered him differently. However I did see shades of the character I remembered as the novel progressed and I liked seeing Tella more active and making decisions for herself, she’s come a long way from the girl at the beginning of the book,
The plot progresses well and there are some shocking moments as the organisers are very cruel. What I found interesting was how Tella came to question everyone and everything, even her Pandora, as the novel progressed and there weren’t clearcut easy answers.
The final quarter of the book is tense and full of action and intensity with the ending presenting some surprises. I’m intrigued to see how this series will end and what is next for Tella and her allies.
I really enjoy Scott’s writing and think that Tella is a great narrator and character. She has a very strong voice and what I love is that she isn’t instantly tough and doesn’t know it all but she does build on her skills as the books progress and she’s willing to put herself through intense stress and danger for her brother and family.
Fans of the first book should definitely enjoy the next addition in the series and the slightly darker tone to the book.