Friday, January 13, 2017

A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth

Book Description for A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (Book #2):

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.

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Book Description for A Thousand Salt Kisses (Book #1):

Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.

During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown; Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.

Over a sizzling rollercoaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family and herself.

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My Review:
I have read both A Thousand Salt kisses the first book in the series and now A Thousand Salt Kisses Later. I have to admit I did enjoy this book more then the first one. But I also have to say you do need book 1 to make total sense out of this book. 

In the first book Crystal is 17 and moves to Starfish Island and the story begins. In this book Crystal now is 21 and comes back to Starfish Island for the first time since that summer 4 years ago. She has now graduated from college, has fallen in love and been heart broken, she has no job and decides she has not other choice but to come back. When she comes back she thinks she has outgrown her feelings for Llyr, but almost immediately on her arrival she finds out how wrong she is. Llyr has also buried his feelings and moved on and is now engaged to be married. Crystal also has her own magical secret which could make or break everything. 

I really enjoyed the more mature Crystal then I did the teenager. I enjoyed exploring the Mer world more then was in the first book as well. I like the magical aspect of the book also. The story moves along at a good pace and is not overly descriptive. I will be looking for more books by Josie Demuth.

Author's Bio:

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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Interview with Josie Demuth
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
Wuthering Heights, Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Little Mermaid.

Describe your series in one sentence.
A fast-paced ‘mermance’ about a young English girl and a hot mysterious man – who just so happens to spend an awful lot of time in the sea!
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
I would say I got my inspiration from primarily from the setting – the magical Westcountry, England, which is saturated in myths and legends, and also from other paranormal YA/NA romance like True Blood!
Why did you choose to write about mermaids?
They are awesome creatures, but I think they are under-explored in books, despite being so popular and so embedded in mythology all over the world. I had lots of ideas about the mer-world and wanted to give them a really interesting ancient, mythological background, but put them in a modern context.
If you could put yourself as a character in your book, who would you be?
I imagine it would be Crystal, as she has all the fin, I mean fun. She is sweet and sensitive, but very emotional and that doesn’t help as she goes through some extremely dramatic times.

There are many books out there about....What makes yours different?

I think the mer-lore is especially unique, and completely different from what we have read about before.  I also think the book is quite an accurate portrayal of how it really is being a young adult; the messy nights out, the emotions, the insecurities that may make you squirm, but that we actually all experience. Also, although Crystal can hold her own and survives all her highs and lows, she is not the typical ‘bad-ass’ heroine we see regularly today. I really enjoy that type of character, but see Crystal as quite real, and I know many of my young Wattpad readers can really relate to her and all the emotions she experiences.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Who would you meet?
I always love this question! So many places, but if I had to pick somewhere I’d go back to the Robin Hood days. I love that guy and when I was little I used to try to build a time machine with my Meccano, so I could go back in time and meet Maid Marion and Robin Hood.



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  1. I haven't read many books about mermaids, but I guess I would say I like them because they remind of me being a kid. Also, because they are such beautiful, unique, intriguing, and mystical creatures!