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Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all wi Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.


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Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all wi Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late.

30 review for Salt

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    A solid 3 1/2 stars. Hannah Moskowitz has a penchant for very small narratives in very big worlds, and it’s one I appreciate. And adore. Okay, so what is this book? Salt is basically a very personal narrative about finding your place in the world, set in the environment of Supernatural: ocean version, feat. a really great focus on family. Yeah. I know. Wild blurb. I think I just really like contained narratives that focus around family groups. This one is intensely character driven and very c A solid 3 1/2 stars. Hannah Moskowitz has a penchant for very small narratives in very big worlds, and it’s one I appreciate. And adore. Okay, so what is this book? Salt is basically a very personal narrative about finding your place in the world, set in the environment of Supernatural: ocean version, feat. a really great focus on family. Yeah. I know. Wild blurb. I think I just really like contained narratives that focus around family groups. This one is intensely character driven and very contained, extroardinarily fast-paced - an easy binge - and overall a lot of fun. I wish I had more to say than that, but listen - if my one-sentence description was appealing to you, you’ll enjoy this. I don’t even know if that one-sentence description is appealing to me and I still thought this was a fun read. This review was a mess and so am I. Recommended. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This was an absolutely precious book about siblings and sea monsters! And I have EMOTIONS. I honestly love sibling books above all else, and tie it up with monsters?! It's like Supernatural, but with adorable little kids and beautiful writing and quiet sadness and boats. 😍And I'd only read Teeth by this author before this so !!! I love all her words !! + Basically these 4 siblings are sea monster hunters after their parents go missing. And they're also lowkey (a) trying to find their parents, and This was an absolutely precious book about siblings and sea monsters! And I have EMOTIONS. I honestly love sibling books above all else, and tie it up with monsters?! It's like Supernatural, but with adorable little kids and beautiful writing and quiet sadness and boats. 😍And I'd only read Teeth by this author before this so !!! I love all her words !! + Basically these 4 siblings are sea monster hunters after their parents go missing. And they're also lowkey (a) trying to find their parents, and (b) playing to slay the monster that might be the blame. Indi is the 2nd oldest (16?? I think) and he totally thinks they're orphans. But his older sister Beleza is viciously holding out hope to find them. And they're like on this tiny dingy horrible little boat, LOADED UP WITH WEAPONS, and they're off to cut off monsters heads. An indestructible foursome omg. + I just love love love all 4 of the siblings. It's such a small book but they all INSTANTLY became alive and they were each so dynamic and complex and stooole my heart. Beleza: She is SO STABBY. She will shoot all the monsters in the eye with her crossbow and she is like the protective mother bear you won't ever cross. Indi: he is so soft™ and omg I love soft boys like nothing else. He's basically the mum-sibling and patches everyone up and also haaates killing monsters. He's aware he's seriously codependent on his siblings though and he hates it but he can't stop. Oscar: He's 12 and the utter Slytherin. Like he totally steals and schemes and he's pretty aggressive but also adorable. Zulu: SHE IS SO CUTE. She's 6 and heckkk she is the one who cuts up the monsters for meat afterwards (who the frick gave the 6 year old a knife) and she's hyper and adorable and thoroughly annoying and reminds me of alllll my siblings. Well done. + I just loved their bond omg. And it was MESSY and they often hated each other, but they love each other so bad. I think they're also biracial and they spoke a lot of languages and really had no home except for their boat. (I did think it was weird they didn't speak English though??? Like they spoke bits of 4+ other languages but English is the most universal so um??? ok???) + My only disappointment is that: it could've been fleshed out more. It's very VERY short, which is fine because I love short books, but there were so many scenes that just zoomed past so fast?? I would've liked to go into more depth. Have description?? We stopped by a ton of cool countries but like 3% description had me not "seeing" it at all. And the ending was so fast it nearly felt anticlimactic (not QUITE, but nearly). Plus, ngl, I just wanted more time with these four before it finished. SO THIS WAS GOOD AND STOLE MY HEART. It was such a fantastic mixture of knives and teeth and salt and blood + contrasted with a protagonist with the softest heart and the confusing of wanting but feeling unwanted and needing but not knowing what you need. It is sWEET AND MURDEROUS and I just love that combination ahhhh. Sometimes I would trade all of the little nothing I have just to know what it is I really want.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, have lost their parents three months ago mysteriously. As a family they were known to be sics, monster hunters of the Mediterranean Sea. Now that their parents are gone, all the kids have left is a rickety, dilapidated sailboat with malfunctioning equipment and their parents’ diary. Indi, 17, first mate of the crew and the oldest of them all, spends many nights worrying about their future. He is the provider now. All the others use their talents fo Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, have lost their parents three months ago mysteriously. As a family they were known to be sics, monster hunters of the Mediterranean Sea. Now that their parents are gone, all the kids have left is a rickety, dilapidated sailboat with malfunctioning equipment and their parents’ diary. Indi, 17, first mate of the crew and the oldest of them all, spends many nights worrying about their future. He is the provider now. All the others use their talents for various jobs on the boat and on land. Zulu does most of the weaponry, Oscar charms locals to keep food in their stomachs and Beleza is the second in age to Indi and the captain. She used to be first mate and thinks her brother just wrestles through somehow. The kids are roaming all of the Mediterranean. Just as they did with their parents. Currently, they were headed to Sicily, but their sailboat was giving them trouble, so they changed course and are heading to a busy port in France. All the kids are versed in multiple languages in some capacity or another. Their parents were very worldly, hence the different, unusual names. At port, Indi is visiting bars and they stay in low rent pensions…they have to keep their money together. This is where he runs into an interestingly different girl. It does not take long until they make out. From here the kids travel on in hopes to find a certain monster which Indi believes killed their parents, and as they arrive yet at another port, he runs into the same girl again. What was left at one port as a one night stand, is now changing everything. Why is she seemingly following them or beating them to their travel destinations? Will they find that monster? *** This adventure could have been so much more. So much more! If you think of scale and scope that reaches all around the Mediterranean, this could have been an amazing novel. Unfortunately, the entire story fell flat without suspense, without tension building, without cohesiveness. A great concept without follow through. I was hoping so much to enjoy this novel more but there was no substance to it. Having visited many cities around the Mediterranean, I am simply disappointed by the lack of interestingness in the novel about these amazing places. The book failed to touch any senses of travel, adventure or foreign cultures. Although that may have not been the focus in mind, some tangible, tantalizing facts should have been there for enrichment. Basically there was no spice or flavor to it. This book must have sprung from a grand idea, but was unable to fulfill it. I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    Salt by Hannah Moskowitz is a sea-faring adventuring about monsters, orphans, and betrayal. Have you ever read a book that made you feel shortchanged? That’s how I felt reading Salt! The story concept was cool—who doesn’t love a book about monsters?—but the story lacked depth and development. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. Again, the concept of orphans battling sea monsters is a neat one! The four orphans bicker, antagonize, and generally act like typical siblings, which was appre Salt by Hannah Moskowitz is a sea-faring adventuring about monsters, orphans, and betrayal. Have you ever read a book that made you feel shortchanged? That’s how I felt reading Salt! The story concept was cool—who doesn’t love a book about monsters?—but the story lacked depth and development. I really enjoyed the first quarter of the book. Again, the concept of orphans battling sea monsters is a neat one! The four orphans bicker, antagonize, and generally act like typical siblings, which was appreciated. What I didn’t like was how much the book jumped around, with no explanation in between. Boom, they’re here. Boom, they’re there. Boom, a monster dies. All of the events unfolded without preamble, and the big, critical events were over within a page or two. While it made for a quick paced book, it was impossible to get invested in the story, because there wasn’t much of a story. The biggest event in the book—the one that was discussed from the very beginning of the book—was ridiculous. It was poorly executed, unrealistic, and had me seriously scratching my head. I would have liked a more complete ending to that event. It just didn't make a whole lot of sense. I haven’t done a lot of sailing myself, but a lot of the details around sailing and pirates felt unrealistic. Finding a specific ship in the middle of the sea without advanced technology? Not likely. Getting washed up on the perfect shore when you have no sail? Feels too good to be true. I could have overlooked these details if the story had been more robust, but unfortunately these just added to the holes in the book. The ending was fine. I do like a happy ending. The characters, while not well-developed, were still unique and interesting. Indi was a solid main character, Beleza was feisty and set on revenge much of the book, Oscar was an angry young teen, and Zulu was a charming little 6-year-old. I liked the characters. I just wish they had been part of a better story. Ultimately I can’t say I recommend this book; however, the book is short, so even if you don’t like it, it’s not a huge time commitment. Thank you to NetGalley for providing the Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    Considering how off the wall Moskowitz's A HISTORY OF BLOOD AND GLITTER was, and yet how much I enjoyed that weirdness, I was really looking forward to this orphans on a boat hunting seamonsters story. Except.. this was just an uninteresting kind of weird. It felt a little Supernatural-y with the family of monster hunters, except on boats, with a pair of missing and or dead parents, and while that should have endeared it to me.. I didn't. The family dynamic between the siblings as not great, tho Considering how off the wall Moskowitz's A HISTORY OF BLOOD AND GLITTER was, and yet how much I enjoyed that weirdness, I was really looking forward to this orphans on a boat hunting seamonsters story. Except.. this was just an uninteresting kind of weird. It felt a little Supernatural-y with the family of monster hunters, except on boats, with a pair of missing and or dead parents, and while that should have endeared it to me.. I didn't. The family dynamic between the siblings as not great, though realistic I suppose, and yet the story was too short to expand on any kind of worldbuilding. It ended up jumping around a lot and ultimately it felt more like a snapshot of something instead of a full story.. and I couldn't invest in it. I had no issue with the writing but unfortunately I can't round up on this. I didn't hate it but at the same time there wasn't anything to recommend it, either. I'm pretty disappointed because this could have been amazing. Oh well. ** I received an ARC from Edelweiss and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Family, sailing, and monster hunting! This was a fun and adventurous story of a family of orphans who have been thrown into their parents footsteps to take over the sea monster hunting business in their attempt to find out how their parents died and take revenge on the monster that took their parents from them. But along the way they learn so much more about themselves and what their goal should be instead of revenge. ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Family, sailing, and monster hunting! This was a fun and adventurous story of a family of orphans who have been thrown into their parents footsteps to take over the sea monster hunting business in their attempt to find out how their parents died and take revenge on the monster that took their parents from them. But along the way they learn so much more about themselves and what their goal should be instead of revenge. I really enjoyed the adventurous side of this story. The sailing to different countries and the culture and language and their uncanny ability to get by even when they knew next to nothing about some of the places they ended up. I also loved the family dynamic and the love these four siblings had for each other. The banter between the siblings was funny and sweet and made me appreciate having a close family as well. The setting was a little odd at first to understand, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy to catch on and get an image in my mind. I did however not like how it felt so rushed. There was so much more that could have happened or been elaborated on to really hook the reader and help them connect with these characters. and the journey they were on to find their parents. But each time the action would start, it was abruptly ended and thrown right into the next scene. It felt as though each important part was cheapened because it was so rushed to get to the next part. I wish that there had been more in that regard, because of this I just didn't connect with these characters as much as I'd like to. And the ones I thought would be interesting to get to know were so bland and one dimensional and gone in the blink of an eye. I wasn't sure if it was because this was a book for younger audiences, but then there was so much adult content and language that I quickly decided against that idea. It just felt as though there could have been so much more to make this adventure something memorable and exciting rather than how choppy and bland it ended up being. I wanted more! All in all it was good enough that I continued on to the end. but I would have liked it to be more fleshed out. I wanted to really connect with the orphans and feel the fear that they had for these monsters. We were lead up to an epic battle against an unbeatable monster that should have been nail biting and intense, but was so lackluster that I don't really even know how it happened. And then they all just fell asleep? I just don't get it. I kept thinking that it would explain, or that there would be some twist that made me say "aha" but I was left feeling like I was rushed out the door with no direction where I'm supposed to go next.. So for that reason I can't say that it was the best book I've ever read. It had the plot for an amazing story but not the fillings to make it feel real.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous lif I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late. Salt is my first novel by Hannah Moskowitz and I can definitely say it will not be the last. There is so much to love here. I particularly enjoyed getting to know all four siblings - Beleza, Indi (our lead) Oscar, and Zulu - over the course of their tale. They are sea monster hunters who taken up the family business after their parents went missing. All of them have quite distinct voices and it's incredibly easy to get completely wrapped up on their lives. Their relationships with one another are believably complex and incredibly tight. While they might sometimes be at each others throats, they'll do whatever it takes to keep their family safe. As much as I enjoyed what we got, I felt like the book didn't live up to all of its potential. Firstly, the world building is quite minimal. There's so much we just don't know about the world of monster hunters and the creatures they fight. The story could have truly benefited from fleshing out locations, scenes, backstory, fights, and descriptions because some things just go by way too fast. Honestly, I think Salt by Hannah Moskowitz could be truly fantastic if it were a little longer and more developed. This personal novel isn't bad at all as it is, but there's so much potential that it doesn't quite manage to live up to by the time you make it to the end of the story. In fact, the close focus on family absolutely makes it. I have a feeling you'll enjoy this novel if you are a fan of the early seasons of Supernatural and can't get enough of the relationship between Sam and Dean Winchester.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* Actual salt is my least favorite part of the ocean/sea, true story. That is mostly a random fact, not having a ton to do with this book, but it does explain why I was nodding along every time Indi was salty about its effects. (Pun terrible and wholly intended.) Look, this is a quirky little story, one that I found fast-paced and quite enjoyable. Hannah Moskowitz is pretty great at qu You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* Actual salt is my least favorite part of the ocean/sea, true story. That is mostly a random fact, not having a ton to do with this book, but it does explain why I was nodding along every time Indi was salty about its effects. (Pun terrible and wholly intended.) Look, this is a quirky little story, one that I found fast-paced and quite enjoyable. Hannah Moskowitz is pretty great at quirky, and this is no exception. It's pretty short, I finished it in just a few hours, so don't expect a ton of world-building and character development, but it also never drags. My favorite part of the book, of course, is the sibling relationship. Indi loves his siblings with everything he's got, and after their parents' disappearance, they've become a cohesive foursome. They keep the family business of sea monster hunting going, even if Indi kind of wishes he could work in a Dunkin Donuts or something. The book really focuses on their relationships and dynamic, and how a person knows when/if it's okay for them to venture out and forge their own path. Of course, the sea monsters are dangerous, and some of the human people they meet even more so. Indi basically must decide: Does he live the life that his parents wanted, that his siblings still want him to live, or does he choose his own path? And if he does, what will that mean for their family unit, who has never been apart?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This book was different in a good way for me. I did not expect sibling fighting monsters but I dig it! This book was fast paced for me and kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed that it took a different path than most books. It made it memorable to me. I am also a sucker for sea monsters and anything with the ocean so this book was great. *This book was given to me for free at my request from NetGalley and I provided this voluntary review.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt 3 months ago, 17-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late. My Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt 3 months ago, 17-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters–but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents’ journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late. My thoughts!. MONSTERS! YES! Perfect for this time of year and pretty unique in that it all happens on the water with a pirate flare to it all. There are a lot of things going for this book, and monsters was the #1 thing. I did enjoy them when they were present in the story... but its a pretty short book. I mean seriously short. Yet the story tries to read like a full length book, except it has the plot of a short story. If not for the mess with Hura there would be no middle to this book at all. And the problem is I really hated Hura and the entire part with her. I just don't believe in her relationship with Indi. And I really don't believe in his relationship with sex. I get it that he's 17 NOW and having sex but being an experienced one nighter? Not a chance. Not with how his parents supposedly raised him nor how he protects and limits him 14 year old brother. Let alone the fact they spent a ton of time on the water. This book is ultimately about a family in mourning and that part of the book and how Indi is struggling works so well but in the end the monsters were contrived, the ending stupid (with Hura) and too easy (the parents end) at the same time, two crimes against stories everywhere. Here's the thing I really loved the family dynamics. You can tell that the author spent a ton of time imagining a family and how siblings of different ages would interact. Besides the horrible Hura and the sex part I REALLY bought Indi and was in for him to succeed with his family. I wanted so badly for him to find peace with Bel, his sister and Oscar and Zulu whom he clearly worried over a ton. I wanted them to work out what kind of monster hunting they would do and how they would balance that with having a real home life. They fight for that end as a family. Cover & Title grade -> B- In a way I really love the cover... All black with the focus on the ship... YES! What I didn't realize until I saw the full cover art is that the stars and the black sky make up the form of a monster in an outline. You can't really see it on the cover unless you've seen the full art and then you can't unsee the outline but its still not distinct. It's so great on the full art that its so disappointing it doesn't work in the book shape. I still think its a great idea! Not a fan of the title because I can't recall any reference to why it may be called Salt...?! As a Writer... I really admired how the relationship between Indi and his older sister Bel was framed out. They talked about the day to day, they fought about what to do about their parents and the future. And yet they didn't talk about what they think happened or defend why they wanted to do what they suggested for the future. This is TOTALLY how family is. We assume the other knows. We believe that they understand us so well that they know where our mind is at. Bel assumed Indi knew what drove her no matter what happened to them. It wasn't until way later that he finally realized! That moment felt so real to me, so spot on to the truth of how siblings are. It happens ALL THE TIME to my brothers and I. I'm not the biggest fan of Salt, it had its flaws after all, BUT there is a core to the story that works. What do we do when our parents, who we idolize, disappear? How do we rein in the fears that plague us? We keep the family we do have close to us and continue the best we can. Indi's family did this and fought some monsters along the way to the truth! I'd love to see a companion story set in the same world of water bound monsters. I wouldn't even mind Hura coming back and getting her comeuppance with some pirate dude or dudess. ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Authenticity ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions. ______________________ You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter... Please like this review if you enjoyed it! *bow* *bow* It helps me out a ton!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Scrill

    ARC received from the publisher via Netgalley for a fair review. Uhm...I can’t put my thoughts together. Full RTC.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elley Murray

    Rating: 2.5 stars I wanted more monster hunting and ocean life, and instead Salt is very focused on the family dynamic between Indi and his relationship with his older sister and two younger siblings as they try to survive to go find their parents (or the monster that killed them). For being a book that was more character driven than plot/event driven, I didn't really feel much of a connection with the characters, which may have had something to do with the feeling that this book seems like it's Rating: 2.5 stars I wanted more monster hunting and ocean life, and instead Salt is very focused on the family dynamic between Indi and his relationship with his older sister and two younger siblings as they try to survive to go find their parents (or the monster that killed them). For being a book that was more character driven than plot/event driven, I didn't really feel much of a connection with the characters, which may have had something to do with the feeling that this book seems like it's told in a series of snapshots rather than as one cohesive story. At first I thought the chapters were separate short stories about the same family, and then I realized they were the same plot and they just didn't have much (or sometimes any) flow between chapters. The reading experience was very jarring, and the expanses of black pages speckled with salt or stars created even more distance. Perhaps this was a stylistic choice to make the reader feel the distance Indi feels from his family and from the rest of the world, how cut off he feels from everyone and everything... But the reader needs to connect to the book in order to care about it (at least, this reader does) and I just couldn't connect with this book. There's nothing outright bad or wrong about it, and in a lot of ways it's a really great book. Indi and Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu are really interesting characters (or have the potential to be interesting characters, anyway) and I was really excited about this book, but unfortunately it just fell short of what I feel like it could have been. Really, Elise (TheBookishActress) said it best in her review when she called it "Supernatural: ocean edition", except I also feel the need to add Supernatural: ocean edition (the junior leagues).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* So the first thing you need to know is that this book almost perfectly encapsulates Hannah Moskwitz's writing (according to the three others that I've read). The characters are so real and messy — that's the way I always describe her characters. They're just a mess, in the best way. They don't always make sense, even to themselves; they have deep desires they don't know how to fix and bitter humor about their situat *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* So the first thing you need to know is that this book almost perfectly encapsulates Hannah Moskwitz's writing (according to the three others that I've read). The characters are so real and messy — that's the way I always describe her characters. They're just a mess, in the best way. They don't always make sense, even to themselves; they have deep desires they don't know how to fix and bitter humor about their situation. They're paradoxes. And though there's romance, the richest relationships aren't romantic at all. This book is about family. Yeah, there's sea monsters too, but that's just a cool framework for Hannah Moskowitz to hang this story of sibling love and frustration and fear on. Indi and his siblings are confined to the small space of their boat in the middle of the vast ocean, intensely codependent yet unable to communicate what they need. Their parents are missing, Indi wants out, and his older sister just won't give up this futile revenge quest. I love how Indi's mixed up emotions rule the book. He's so angry and scared and frustrated and lost, and he loves his siblings so much. And Zulu, by the way, is adorable, and Indi trying his hardest to make everything good for her is so much. I do wish there had been more about the sea monsters, since that was the idea that excited me about the book, but like I said, the sea monsters aren't the point anyway. That's a little disappointing, but it's fine. The one place I think it really hurt was in the big final sea monster battle. It was lacking some drama. Like, there was some intensity, but the way it ended? It needed something. Some more buildup, or an explanation of why it worked. (I know I'm being vague. Spoiler-free.) But the real ending of the book... ugh, that was good. I hope they get to be happy forever.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rae *Book Endeavors*

    I received a copy of the book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! 4 stars! Overall, this was a fun and quick read! The story revolves around four orphans and their journey in a sailboat to find their parents. Oh, and SEA MONSTERS! I loved the characters and their relationship with each other, however the world building left a little to be desired for me. It’s definitely a quirky little book but I really enjoyed Hannah Moskowitz’s writing style!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Not to be that girl but this book is the nautical version of the classic ‘Supernatural’ tagline where mom and dad go out on a hunting trip and have yet to return. “Salt” tells the story of Indie and his siblings who take to the high seas hunting monsters and chasing after their parents who are most likely dead after a job gone wrong. When the pressure of parenting and the push and pull between wanting to be there for your family and make a life of your own gets the better of him, Indie takes off Not to be that girl but this book is the nautical version of the classic ‘Supernatural’ tagline where mom and dad go out on a hunting trip and have yet to return. “Salt” tells the story of Indie and his siblings who take to the high seas hunting monsters and chasing after their parents who are most likely dead after a job gone wrong. When the pressure of parenting and the push and pull between wanting to be there for your family and make a life of your own gets the better of him, Indie takes off and finds his footing on land and discovers that maybe it’s not all its cracked up to be. The strength of this book is the writing of the relationship dynamics between the siblings who vary in age and for two of them have had to grow up and assume responsibility for the younger ones in their parents absence. As someone who is an older sister I understood a lot of what Indie struggled with by wanting an actual life but caught between his wants and the needs of his family while dealing with the very real threat of death by the hands of sea monsters. Apart from those family moments the book didn’t really go anywhere for me we never really learn too much about the creatures they are hunting or the expansion of the network they use to gather information and find work other than the few moments that are needed to move the plot a bit further, and the overall mystery with their parents and the hunt for the creature that is thought to have claimed their lives is rather anticlimactic as we spend the whole book leading up to this moment of revenge just for it to work itself out rather quickly and the fallout of that accomplishment being taken care of just as fast. If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure book with monsters lurking in the depths of the sea this isn’t the book for you but if you’re in the mood for something a little more grounded in that of how far someone is willing to go for their family than this will be perfect. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra {semi-hiatus}

    “She knows I have a family and she knows about monsters. Well, she knows everything, then. That’s about all there is to me.” I read Teeth back in 2016 on vacation. All I knew was it had a merboy, it was dark fantasy, and read like your typical YA contemporary. I was automatically intrigued. I figured it wouldn’t be happy, but hey, how bad could it be? I still remember crying in one of my grandmother’s pool side lawn chairs while the whole family watched from inside the house with concern. Howeve “She knows I have a family and she knows about monsters. Well, she knows everything, then. That’s about all there is to me.” I read Teeth back in 2016 on vacation. All I knew was it had a merboy, it was dark fantasy, and read like your typical YA contemporary. I was automatically intrigued. I figured it wouldn’t be happy, but hey, how bad could it be? I still remember crying in one of my grandmother’s pool side lawn chairs while the whole family watched from inside the house with concern. However, it was also one of the most unique and engaging novels I had read it a long time. Salt lives up to that hype. I know that this is cliche but seriously, this novel was Supernatural at Sea. Complete with their rickety boat the Salgada filling in for the Impala, our main man, Indi, was reincarnate Sam Winchester. He even had an older sister whose family loyalty and stubborn stance on “hunting monsters” was a carbon copy of Dean Winchester’s own personal agenda. The similarities were uncanny. This was an über short read (under three hundred pages) but a lot happens in that time. Indi, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu’s parents get missing while on a hunt (I mean, did Hannah watch Supernatural in her sleep or something??) and the kids go out to find them. They even hunt down the monster they think killed their parents, The Yellowed Eyed Demon- I mean, El Diamente. Overall, a lightning fast fantasy filled with lovable and disturbed kids searching for their parents in a monster infested sea. Perfect for fans of Supernatural and fantasy in general, especially if you appreciate originality.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Craig

    Pirates, Monsters, and FAMILY! I used to think Hannah Moskowitz wrote the very best brother relationships out there. Turns out I stand corrected. Hannah Moskowitz writes the very best SIBLING relationships out there! Salt was a delight that delivered in high seas adventure, pirates and sea monsters! But maybe more importantly, it delivered family relationships and dynamics in spades! I was anxious for the entire last 15% of this book, hoping for everything it eventually delivered...another flawl Pirates, Monsters, and FAMILY! I used to think Hannah Moskowitz wrote the very best brother relationships out there. Turns out I stand corrected. Hannah Moskowitz writes the very best SIBLING relationships out there! Salt was a delight that delivered in high seas adventure, pirates and sea monsters! But maybe more importantly, it delivered family relationships and dynamics in spades! I was anxious for the entire last 15% of this book, hoping for everything it eventually delivered...another flawless Hannah book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Crowinator

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

  20. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The hook for Salt instantly got me. I am a sucker for monster hunters who surf the oceans. And I am the biggest sucker for stories with siblings. And that's all you really need to know about me. But you also need to know that I thoroughly enjoyed Salt. If you ever yelled at your sibling because they were doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, or ever dreamed about glory, or (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) The hook for Salt instantly got me. I am a sucker for monster hunters who surf the oceans. And I am the biggest sucker for stories with siblings. And that's all you really need to know about me. But you also need to know that I thoroughly enjoyed Salt. If you ever yelled at your sibling because they were doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, or ever dreamed about glory, or even just love your family even when they bug you, this book is for you. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . Upon reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat. It is about fighting sea monsters in the Mediterranean!  But I just could not finish it and had to abandon ship at 42%.  Why ye ask?  Well for a myriad of reasons: Sea Monsters - Well this be the entire reason I wanted to read this book.  I love me some fierce fighting of nasty beast Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . . Upon reading the synopsis, I thought this novel would float me boat. It is about fighting sea monsters in the Mediterranean!  But I just could not finish it and had to abandon ship at 42%.  Why ye ask?  Well for a myriad of reasons: Sea Monsters - Well this be the entire reason I wanted to read this book.  I love me some fierce fighting of nasty beasties.  The first battle with monsters came at the 2% mark and I was excited that it jumped right into the thick of things.  The monster sounded awesome.  But this was only  in concept.  The battle was lackluster and was over pretty quickly in about 2 1/2 pages (the 3% mark).  It was light on details.  But it was the first one so I cut it some slack.  The second monster battle begins at 33%.  The decision about how to get the monsters attention was silly and ye tell me how a teenager is able to out-swim that swarm?  Better than the first but still missing real tension.  I was very bored by these monsters!   The Siblings - This tale follows four siblings as the hunt for the monsters that killed their parents.  I actually did like all of the siblings and thought they were fun folk.  The problem was that what they did was unrealistic.  Ye put a 6  year-old in charge of butchering a sea monster over half the size of the 15 meter schooner?  And also putting the 6 year-old in charge of the weapons?  Ummm no.   And the 19 year-old and 16 year-old leave the 12 and 6 year-old to fend for themselves in a port where they don't speak the language well?  Ummm no.  All so they can get laid.  Ugh. The Parents - So the parents hunted sea monsters for a living.  Cool.  They go off on a massive hunt and leave the children behind for safety.  Cool.  They have no backup plan for what happens if they don't come back?  Very not cool.  All the kids have is a small amount of money and a journal with cryptic clues about a mysterious treasure and snippets of where their parents might have gone.  Also the kids have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA about how to live on land.  That's just stupid.  The parents should have at least had an onshore base or some other sea hunter friends that could help them out if something happened to then.  Unrealistic. The World-Building - The ship knowledge felt off.  The port of Marseille was so lackluster that it could have been anywhere.  The shadowy society of monster builders wasn't explained in any detail.  I wanted grand adventures and scary sea serpents and to feel that this version of the Mediterranean was real.  The book just felt flat. Fun concepts here.  I wish this one would have focused on the sea monster battles and how the monster fighting community works!  I wanted an awesome treasure hunt.  I didn't get them.  With so many books on the horizon, I just gave up.  I want me reading to make time seem to disappear, not to accentuate every second passing.  I am sad, but I couldn't fight the tide. If ye be interested in a better sea monster story, try into the drowning deep about killer mermaids. So lastly . . . Thank you Chronicle Books! Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Perchikoff

    I don't know what I expected when I started Salt. I knew of Hannah Moskowitz from Twitter, so I was excited to read a book by her, and the synopsis sounded interesting. Sibling fighting monsters? Yes, please. The story is definitely different than what I'm normally drawn to, but as I'm trying to read more fantasy, I figured I'd give it a try. Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint! But before I give away everything in the intro, let's get to the review! Synopsis (from Goodreads): Even though their p I don't know what I expected when I started Salt. I knew of Hannah Moskowitz from Twitter, so I was excited to read a book by her, and the synopsis sounded interesting. Sibling fighting monsters? Yes, please. The story is definitely different than what I'm normally drawn to, but as I'm trying to read more fantasy, I figured I'd give it a try. Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint! But before I give away everything in the intro, let's get to the review! Synopsis (from Goodreads): Even though their parents disappeared during a hunt three months ago, seventeen-year-old Indi and his siblings, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu, continue to roam the Mediterranean on their sailboat and hunt down monsters--but Indi yearns for a more settled life for his family, and he hopes that his parents' journal with its tantalizing hints of a treasure, will provide them all with the means of escape from their nomadic and dangerous life before it is too late. Indi is the main character of the book. He is a 17-year-old boy and a monster hunter. Yes, that's right. Monsters are real in this world. He lives on a boat with his older sister, Beleza, and two younger siblings, Oscar and Zulu. They are searching for their parents, the ones who brought them into this lifestyle (if that's what you want to call it lol). Their parents went on a big hunt without them, and it soon becomes pretty clear, they didn't make it out alive. So it is now the siblings' mission to find the monster that killed their parents and repay the favor. While I usually talk about each character before I get into my feels, it's hard to talk about one sibling without talking about how they relate to the others. So let's talk feels for a minute! I absolutely loved this book. My initial feeling that this book wasn't something I would enjoy went right out the window pretty much after the first chapter. I loved each character for their own unique traits and loved the journey they took together. Beleza is the badass leader of the clan. She is the only one who has ever lived a "normal" life, not on a boat, not hunting monsters. But she is the one who is fighting the hardest (maybe too hard) to find the monster that killed their parents. She seems to be willing to do just about anything. Indi is the caretaker. He takes care of the kids, tries to get Beleza to see sense when he thinks she's pushing them all too hard, and worries about what their lives will become if they keep living the way they do. He is very much the mother of the group. Oscar is the thief. He's around 12, so he's doesn't have the best attitude, but he's great at stealing food, items, and pretty much anything he wants or thinks they need. He may put on a bit of a tough facade, but he cares about his siblings as much as the rest of them. Zulu!! Omg, Zulu is the cutest character to ever exist. She's the youngest (six years old) and the one that butchers the monsters after they kill them. And her age does not mean she doesn't fight or use weapons. Everyone in the family has to do their part. She's been trained from birth to fight and I love her so damn much. There is a point in the story where she is possibly lost and I almost had a freaking heart attack. I love me some Zulu! This book is such a breath of fresh air for me. Like I said, I don't read too much fantasy, but this book is just so good that I'll definitely be looking into other fantasy books soon. The boat, the siblings' relationships, Indi's struggle to figure out where he belongs, and the ending are so well-written and give just enough "realness" to the story. I connected to this family completely (and you know what that means...there was crying) and was on the edge of my seat anytime I thought there was a possibility one of them could get hurt. The description is also incredible. I can still picture their sad little boat in my head. Everything is described so well. Rating time! I am giving Salt by Hannah Moskowitz 4 out of 5 stars. Y'all really need to read this book when it comes out. Salt by Hannah Moskowitz will be released October 30, 2018 (make it a Halloween gift to yourself!) Thank you, NetGalley and Chronicle Books for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by Chronicle Books via NetGalley for an honest review.   This is the first book by this author that I have read and I don't think it will be the last.  The one thing I really liked was that she got what life is really like living on a boat for weeks and days at a time.  Many authors do sort of gloss over the less glamorous aspects of ship board life,  but wait, there is nothing really glamorous about it.  You are wet and salty and on top of your shipmates all of the time!  And if you ARC provided by Chronicle Books via NetGalley for an honest review.   This is the first book by this author that I have read and I don't think it will be the last.  The one thing I really liked was that she got what life is really like living on a boat for weeks and days at a time.  Many authors do sort of gloss over the less glamorous aspects of ship board life,  but wait, there is nothing really glamorous about it.  You are wet and salty and on top of your shipmates all of the time!  And if you get mad at some one there really isn't anywhere you can go to get away from them, especially when you are away from shore.  There is no privacy really, especially on the size of boat in this story.  Her honest descriptions alone earns this book five stars.   The author's straightforward prose might be off putting to some, but I loved it.  Indi's voice sounded more authentic by not being overly flowery or descriptive.  He sounded like and really felt like a sixteen year old boy.   You could instantly tell that he loved his siblings, but he did not feel that monster hunting was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  He was conflicted because he wanted to protect his siblings but he wanted his own life too.  Beleza was driven to find and destroy the monster that killed their parents.  She was intense and didn't want to understand where Indi was coming from.  She was very protective of her siblings, but she was also strict and maybe a tad abusive towards them, pushing them to do something that maybe they didn't want to.  Oscar and Zulu were both very sweet, although Oscar could be a pill to his younger sister.  They were fierce fighters even at their young age, but still innocent enough to want to play hide and seek with their siblings.   This was a very introspective and character driven plot, but there was still enough action and monster killing to keep you interested.  The climax felt a little rushed and the aftermath a bit puzzling.  One of the best parts is there is no real romance in this book.  There is sex, Indi meets a girl that he hooks up with through out the book, but there is no romance involved, in fact Hura uses Indi to further her own agenda.  It was kind of refreshing to have characters dealing with casual sex and it's aftermath.   This book is a bit quirky and will not appeal to everyone.  If you are looking for a book that is all action and monster killing you won't find that here.  What you will find is an honest portrayal of a teenager who is trying to find his place in the world while fighting his inner demons and sea monsters.   https://elnadesbookchat.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elle Maruska

    UGH I LOVED THIS SO MUCH Like I loved how REAL it was!! This book is one of the few I've read that actually grapples with what living a life chasing monsters would actually legitimately be like for kids: not knowing what the internet is, not having a cell phone, speaking a random assortment of languages, being so completely apart from the "normal" world that it seems alien to them, incomprehensible. This is a story that looks at the human cost of fighting monsters, not in fiction-y sort of way bu UGH I LOVED THIS SO MUCH Like I loved how REAL it was!! This book is one of the few I've read that actually grapples with what living a life chasing monsters would actually legitimately be like for kids: not knowing what the internet is, not having a cell phone, speaking a random assortment of languages, being so completely apart from the "normal" world that it seems alien to them, incomprehensible. This is a story that looks at the human cost of fighting monsters, not in fiction-y sort of way but in an achingly raw and real sort of way. The characters!! Are!! Amazing!! And they're all so thoughtfully and respectfully written! All of them MAKE SENSE, their choices--even when those choices are wrong or ill-advised or ridiculous--MAKE SENSE. You have four kids who never learned anything but monsters and one another, doing their best to survive in the wake of their parents' disappearance. The writing is so taut and tight and captivating. I loved how abrupt it sounded, how raw and desperate. I loved the relationship between the narrator and his siblings, the pain and ferocious love that defined them. I loved Hura AND I WOULD LOVE A BOOK ABOUT HER HINT HINT HINT This is my first book by Moskowitz but oh boy lemme tell you IT WILL NOT BE MY LAST

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jo Ladzinski

    Read as an eARC from NetGalley. Comes out 10/30/2018 If sea monsters and family tales are your kind of feelings train, this book should be added to your list. It follows the seafaring adventures of Indi, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu as they try to find their parents, stability, and a life free from the sea monsters and pirates encountered along the way. This outing is an intense character study. Very little happens in terms of world-building and the book contains a few key moments. Most conversations l Read as an eARC from NetGalley. Comes out 10/30/2018 If sea monsters and family tales are your kind of feelings train, this book should be added to your list. It follows the seafaring adventures of Indi, Beleza, Oscar, and Zulu as they try to find their parents, stability, and a life free from the sea monsters and pirates encountered along the way. This outing is an intense character study. Very little happens in terms of world-building and the book contains a few key moments. Most conversations lead to deepening the relationships between the characters and, most importantly, with themselves. That being said, I enjoyed how Indi changed toward the end, especially the dilemma presented in the final act of the book. The resolution is a delight as well. Moskowitz brilliantly balances the four character voices and it's very well done. Personally, I would've liked to learn a bit more of the world, but it didn't seem to be the focus of this work. A small story in a large world, get your family feels fix here.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maeghin

    when we were little, we had to memorize all the different monsters signs. Sudden thunderstorm might be nothing, sure, but it might be a Toneda. That eerie, high pitched howl that you’ll never mistake for anything else once you’ve heard it? Sarkhayir. And a perfect circle of foamy water in the middle of still sea? That’s a Devorar. This story follows a group of siblings sailing around the Mediterranean looking for their missing parents and fighting sea monsters. The sea monsters are my favorite par when we were little, we had to memorize all the different monsters signs. Sudden thunderstorm might be nothing, sure, but it might be a Toneda. That eerie, high pitched howl that you’ll never mistake for anything else once you’ve heard it? Sarkhayir. And a perfect circle of foamy water in the middle of still sea? That’s a Devorar. This story follows a group of siblings sailing around the Mediterranean looking for their missing parents and fighting sea monsters. The sea monsters are my favorite parts of the story. Each sea monster is distinct from the rest and has its own way of being defeated...which the kids have been training to do their whole lives. I’m not familiar with the Mediterranean area so I google mapped the names of the various places that were mentioned...Marseille, Mariupol and Medenine. The islands off Portugal...the Acores? It made the story more real. The story isn’t an action packed adventure but it is engaging. I recommend if you want a quick fun read and if your like me you’ll map out where they sailed also.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Bukowski

    Overall, this was a quick and easy read. The main plot revolves around Indi who is traveling the seas and hunting monsters with his older sister, younger brother and younger sister. Their parents have gone missing at sea and Indi assuming there are dead is forced to proceed to follow in their steps as monster hunters, but all he really wants is to be part of the real world. What I really liked about this book is that it focused solely on family rather than being ruled with a love story. We see t Overall, this was a quick and easy read. The main plot revolves around Indi who is traveling the seas and hunting monsters with his older sister, younger brother and younger sister. Their parents have gone missing at sea and Indi assuming there are dead is forced to proceed to follow in their steps as monster hunters, but all he really wants is to be part of the real world. What I really liked about this book is that it focused solely on family rather than being ruled with a love story. We see the siblings grow and develop together which is really special. I feel as though the story did lack a bit of substance at times, especially at climax scenes I see the opportunity for much more build up. Because of this the story did drag a bit. However, this was a good read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Wow, this was a refreshingly imaginative book. It’s about family and the complex relationships between siblings. Four orphans try to find their way in the world without their parents. Literally, because they live on a boat. And they fight sea monsters. And they need to watch out for pirates. Despite all of their unique skill sets, they know very little of the world beyond the shore. All they really know is the sea and each other. I really enjoyed how this book blended modern-day life with sci-fi. Wow, this was a refreshingly imaginative book. It’s about family and the complex relationships between siblings. Four orphans try to find their way in the world without their parents. Literally, because they live on a boat. And they fight sea monsters. And they need to watch out for pirates. Despite all of their unique skill sets, they know very little of the world beyond the shore. All they really know is the sea and each other. I really enjoyed how this book blended modern-day life with sci-fi. It was different. Some details about the story were a little questionable, I won’t get specific to avoid spoilers. But it’s fiction, so it’s ok. And the monster hunting scenes were exciting. I wish there was more. Thanks NetGalley and @ChronicleBooks for a copy of this book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie Crabtree-Liezel and Angie's Book Blog

    Salt is one of those books that you either love or hate or you’re confused about what you feel so you’re undecided. That’s where I am. I’m undecided on how I feel. On the one hand I loved it but I also didn’t like it at certain parts. I loved the meaning of family. It was strange at parts but you could still feel the love they had for each other. I love the fighting. I love how I was taken immediately into the book. I loved the characters. They were driven and sometimes it could be a lot. I hate Salt is one of those books that you either love or hate or you’re confused about what you feel so you’re undecided. That’s where I am. I’m undecided on how I feel. On the one hand I loved it but I also didn’t like it at certain parts. I loved the meaning of family. It was strange at parts but you could still feel the love they had for each other. I love the fighting. I love how I was taken immediately into the book. I loved the characters. They were driven and sometimes it could be a lot. I hated the ending. It was very anticlimactic and that really sucked. Some of the dynamics between the siblings were weird but then again if you’re a family fighting monsters at sea nothing is what it seems. I didn’t like how I was taken out of the story at times because it was more about the characters then the actual story. If that makes sense. I don’t know how to describe it. Overall Salt is a high action, fantasy novel that will quickly immerse you but will also leave you frustrated at times.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reading Lit

    Creative and engaging, Hannah Moskowitz writes with an active and interesting voice. The concept behind this novel is intriguing and well-executed. I would gladly add this book to my personal, classroom, or library bookshelf. Very cool stuff.

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