★★★★ 5 Creepy Stars ★★★★
“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
My Thoughts (Review)
Ash Larkin’s ancestors have a mysterious past. Some say they are a part of a cult, others; like her brother Rhys, think that there is no past, just psychological issues passed down within the family. But Ash is no ordinary girl and finds this hard to believe. She is a conduit and she see’s things- like a dead girl hanging from the chandelier in her kitchen that looks strangely like her.
When Ash’s mother goes missing, Ash believes it is because the summer solstice is a few days away, and her families ghostly past has taken her mother for their yearly ritual. So Ash and Rhys take a trip to the cornfields in Quivira to find their mother before it’s too late and they never see her again. But something strange is going on. Those who have entered the corn are never seen again. And both Rhys and Ash are afraid of what they will find.
“It’s good to be afraid. It means you still have something to live for.”
Being a part of this community isn’t what Ash thought it was. She easily falls into the steps of everyone else hoping just to find her mother and get out of there. But she becomes drawn to a man she saw once before. And once she lays on this man who makes her blood boil in all the right ways, things begin to change in her eyes.
Dane and Ash, two people from rival families (think, Romeo and Juliet) cannot stand to be apart although the community thinks otherwise. And when the two come together, they join up not only in love but to fight and ancient evil that lives in the corn. Can the two save each other and those they love? Or will the corn take away everything that they loved in order to stay forever powerful? You must read it to find out!
Overall, I absolutely loved this story. It is a young adult, romantic horror novel. It’s a tale of forbidden love and sinister secrets. It’s also a bloody good time! Some say it’s Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn and I find myself agreeing to this analogy. Dane and Ash are not supposed to be together. Mixing Larkin Blood with Mendoza blood is forbidden. This is because of things that have happened between the two families in the past. In terms of Children of the Corn, there is something (or someone) lurking in the corn to get revenge on any and all who enter or try to leave. Everyone is stuck in Quivira and those who try and leave or come here are never seen again.
The story is also completely original. I have never read something like it and perhaps, this is what kept me drawn to the book. I originally picked it up because it was posed as a new upcoming release on my blog and I am so glad I did. I highly recommend this book to all fans of the YA, romantic, horror genre. It’s definitely something you won’t forget. I am so glad that this story will continue on. Hopefully the wait isn’t too long!
About the Author:
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural Midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in both music and acting. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kim sang backup for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80′s.
After settling down to have a family, she became an entrepreneur, creating a children’s art education program and a travel company specializing in tours for musicians.
She’s married to jazz musician Ken Peplowski, has two beautiful teens, and a very neurotic dog that drags her through Riverside Park everyday on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.