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Peek Inside Salt

When Penelope was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. She’s still a witch…but she’s been pretending to be something she’s not. When she’s finally given the chance to join an elite demon-hunting force, Penelope is determined squeeze through the tests, find the demon, and take back her magic

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Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she's been pretending to be something she's not, using her sister's magic to hide her own loss and prevent being sent away.

When she's finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister's help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find "her" demon. To take back what was stolen.

Then she meets Carter. He's cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

Suddenly, Penelope's impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter's not telling her everything, and it's starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they're far too interested in her


"This was a witchy YA that kept me flipping the pages till the end of the book..." --Anne, Goodreads

"Right from the start Salt is intense and attention grabbing. There were so many pieces of this book that I just absolutely loved. Believe me, this is a story you will not want to miss out on when starting your new year." --Shortie Says

"Filled with kickass action, timeless humour and a feisty female with a mission, Salt is as addictive as it is magical." --Booknut, Goodreads

"A lovely YA paranormal romance, Salt was a fantastic book. I really enjoyed reading it. From the magic, to the secrets, it was a wonderful read." --Farrah, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663484
Series: Salt, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 7, 2014
Page Count: 266
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, paranormal, young adult
Tropes: overcoming odds

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By Anne June 05, 2014

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc of this book.

This was a witchy YA that kept me flipping the pages till the end of the book, so it definitely deserves all 4 stars.

Penelope was a child when a demon broke into her home, killed her parents, and drained her magic. She should be ...more

By Jena December 13, 2013

Review Posted at Shortie Says

Okay, so I admit when I heard the title of the book I was like “Salt? Huh?” but let me tell you this is one Entangled YA book you will not want to throw over your shoulder. Right from the start Salt is intense and attention grabbing. There were so many pieces of this boo ...more

By Booknut January 11, 2014

'I believe the demon is out there, and it will make itself known sometime. I just have to wait for it all to come together.

I also believe Zac Efron will come to town and fall madly in love with me, so maybe I'm just too hopeful.'

Filled with kickass action, timeless humour and a feisty female with a ...more

By Amalie December 10, 2013

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book, and once I started, I could not put it down! It's full of action, great world-building, and characters that I couldn't stop rooting for. I love Pen and Carter--they're like the dynamic duo. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments, as well as t ...more

By Jess January 02, 2014

For this review and more, visit Such a Novel Idea.

I'm pretty much to the point now that I will pick up anything Entangled Teen puts out. I had the opportunity to review SEVERAL of their 2013 publications and each one just was a home run for me. So, I had high hopes going into this book.

Salt is a wit ...more

By ~Tina~ July 14, 2014

Wow! I’m surprised how much fun I had with this book. I've always loved hocus pocus type books and I’m still kinda amazed how much I've grown to love demon lore, but I was really impressed with Salt. It has everything I look for a good paranormal escape. Its action punched, suspenseful, mysterious a ...more

By Ruthsic January 09, 2014

Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

When sh ...more

By Sophia January 31, 2014

I never thought I'd actually find the time to read Salt. Actually, I was hesitant (mainly due to the fact I have 10+ books on le review queue)... even though I really wanted to read it because it seemed like a really good book.

I kind of gave in. I didn't regret it either, which would be second wor ...more

By Jennifer January 07, 2014

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

SALT is a book that I think is either going to be loved or not so much. I could see things about it that will work for some readers but not others. For me, the story worked for what I w ...more

By Shy The WidowMaker January 12, 2014

Salt was a different type of read but one that I loved for multiple reasons. I love anything witch related and I like that we start this one out with a witch that is a little bit different. We start this book out by meeting Penelope who we learn is a witch but with limited abilities as in she can on ...more

By Farrah January 04, 2014

A lovely YA paranormal romance, Salt was a fantastic book. I really enjoyed reading it. From the magic, to the secrets, it was a wonderful read.

Penelope was a good heroine. She was strong and extremely determined. Nothing was going to stop her from getting her magic back. I liked her. I thought she ...more

By Katherine February 19, 2017

Penelope is hiding a secret that could cost her everything: she does not have her own magic since a demon attack when she was a child that claimed the lives of her parents. She hides the truth from everyone, hoping that she can find a way to get her powers back. When she encounters a strange boy who ...more

By Lyssa August 24, 2018

Good book

Fast paced book. Great characters. Lots of magic, demons, love interest, terror. Worth the read. Wanted more about grandmother's life. I want to see where this story goes so I'll have to get book 2. ...more

By Cassie December 09, 2016

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and although I predicted what would happen, I thought it was a pretty good book overall. ...more

By Alex July 29, 2018

Book 49 complete. ...more

By Aurélie September 11, 2016

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

More reviews on my blog, Exploring Pages.

A boy leans against the brick wall, brown leather jacket, jeans that are too tight, bright-blue Converses and an amused smile. He can't be a Non; if he was he'd be screaming his head off by now. He must be something else, a witch, mayb

By Les March 14, 2016

Il arrive de temps à autre que l’on fasse de bonnes petites trouvailles sur internet et Salt en est une justement. Une de mes résolutions de l’année était de lire les nouvelles séries qui m’intéressaient afin de ne pas être en retard par la suite… du coup, j’ai tout de suite lu Salt et maintenant je ...more

By Maghon January 26, 2014

Ok, so what if you're a witch and your powers don't work..... Like, seriously, you have to borrow some of that magic from your family. AND what happens when you have to hide THAT particular detail because it could not only get you in trouble but your family as well. Yeah, it's a little crazy, which ...more

By Richa January 02, 2014

Originally posted at City of Books

I wasn't too sure what to think of Salt before reading it, since it's been a while since I've read anything centred around witches, but I ended up loving this! I loved the premise, and Pen is such an awesome protagonist. I'm really looking forward to the sequel now. ...more

By Wolfie January 08, 2014

Writer Person

Let me tell you! I fell in love with that cover. I love the font. I love the use of purple and light. LOVE it. I didn't read the summary until I actually got the review copy. I really didn't need to. I was hooked pretty quickly. The first scene is a demon attack. A DEMON attack. That's ...more

By Emmyjo February 25, 2017

This book is really awesome. I fell in love with the characters. Penelope is a young female who lost her parents at a young age and her magic was taken by a demon who killed her parents.
Penelope sets out to be an enforcer to be able to find the demon who killed her parents and get her magic back. Be ...more

By Stephanie January 08, 2014

I received this book in exchange for a honest review. No compensation was given or offered to change this review.

I find myself really drawn to novels where the main characters are witches. It's not something I see done a lot so I tend to enjoy it when it is. Honestly, I love these types of stories s ...more

By Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) January 07, 2014

This wasn't what I was expecting at all, but really, an unknown author never is, good or bad, what you expect them to be. You can have expectations, high or low, but that is really all they are, expectations. It isn't until you crack open the pages and jump right in and get a real feel for the autho ...more

By Vanya D. January 26, 2014

NOTE: I received an ARC from Entangled Teen. Thanks guys!

Witches have always fascinated me - I mean, the fictional ones. The magic, the special abilities. You know, being able to do things with your mind, rather than your body. I guess Harry Potter enchanted me in a way.

Which is why even though I'v ...more

By Gabbie (Rampant Readers) June 05, 2014

For more of this review and others like it, check out my blog, Rampant Readers.

Why I Picked It Up

I don’t often get to read novels about witches and such, so when I saw this synopsis I got very excited about all the possibilities!


Salt follows Penelope, a member of a witch coven. But Penelope ...more

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Danielle Ellison

About the author

Danielle Ellison

Danielle Ellison is a nomad, always on the lookout for an adventure and the next story. In addition to writing, she’s the founder and coordinator of the NoVa TEEN Book Festival. When she’s not busy with books, she’s probably watching her favorite shows, drinking coffee, or fighting her nomadic urges. She is newly settled in Oklahoma (for now) with her cat, Simon, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.

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