There is always at least one fantasy novel on my reading list--and the beginning of the year found the two novels from Josie Demuth's Salt Kisses series. Yesterday, I shared a review of A Thousand Salt Kisses and today, I have a review of the second book, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later. What did I think of the 2nd Salt Kisses book? Check out the review--and go catch up on yesterday's review if you missed it. Also, be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the giveaway at the end of this post!
I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of A Thousand Salt Kisses Later.
The spellbinding sequel to A Thousand Salt Kisses.
Four years ago, Crystal White fell in love with Llyr, a prince of the magical mer colony living off the coast of Starfish Island. For one summer, he enchanted her with stories of jeweled palaces and underwater gardens, but then he left, returning beneath the waves with her heart in tow.
Now, graduated and with no job in sight, Crystal is forced to go back to the island she thought she had left in the past. By the sea again, she realizes she is far from over her first love, and when an opportunity arises to contact the merfolk, Crystal can’t resist.
Once more with the mer, Crystal is forced to come to terms with the fact that Llyr has moved on, and also with her own magical secret that has endangered her life, his throne, and every mer kingdom. Working against all odds, she has to try to save the people she has come to love and—if she can—rekindle the romance of her first summer on Starfish Island.
A Thousand Salt Kisses Later Creates More Fantasy than Romance. The first book was really a teen romance. novel. The characters and the scenes were just not very believable--nor endearing. This book explores more of the fantasy element and the magic and mystery of mermaids--and the character interactions are more grown-up and a bit more realistic. While there was still romance--and it was key--this book offers fantasy fans more than a teen romance.
The Author Brings More Depth her Fantasy Worlds. My favorite thing about the first Salt Kisses book was the author's detail in developing Crystal's beach world. In the first book, I wanted that same setting depth in the Mer world--and it wasn't there. The author changed that in this book. The novel's scenes and settings develop that magical world.
Readers will Need to Read the Series. This is not really a stand-alone novel. It does have a complete story--but, readers will enjoy it more if they are able to understand the characters' pasts and watch them grow and adapt over the series.
Would I recommend A Thousand Salt Kisses Later? I enjoyed this book much more than the first book--and I even developed an attachment to Crystal and was pulling toward a happy ending. Fans of mermaids, mythology, fantasy and paranormal romance novels will enjoy this book--but, they will need to read the first book first. These two books are just the beginning of much larger series. After the first book; I wasn't sure if the author could pull me in to the series--but, I think she did it with the second book. I would continue reading this series--and my teen daughter also developed more interest with this second, more "magical" book.
Meet the Author:
Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.
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