May 29, 2020

Review--Sisters of Salt and Iron by Kady Cross

Lark Noble is finally happy. She’s trying to move on and put the events of the past behind her: the people who avoided her because she talked to the ghost of her dead twin sister, the parents who couldn’t be around her anymore and even the attempt she made on her own life. She finally has friends—people who know her secrets and still care about her—and she has Ben, the cute guy she never saw coming.

Wren Noble is lonely. Unable to interact with the living, she wants to be happy for her sister’s newfound happiness, but she feels like she’s losing her. It doesn’t help that Kevin, the very not-dead guy she was starting to fall for, seems to be moving on.

Then Wren meets Noah, the spirit of a young man who died a century ago. Noah is cute, he’s charming and he makes Wren feel something she’s never felt before. But Noah has a dark influence on Wren, and Lark’s distrust of him drives the sisters apart for the first time in their lives. As Halloween approaches and the veil between the worlds thins, bringing the dead closer to the world of the living, Lark must find a way to stop whatever deadly act Noah is planning, even if it means going through her sister to do so.

I finally finished Kady Cross’ duology Sister of Blood and Spirit with the final installment, Sisters of Salt and Iron, and what a rush! It’s everything you could hope for in a ghosty story. That I was able to read it so amazingly well with little to no memory of the first book made it even better! It’s still a duology of sorts as it continues the first storylines in some way, but also presents new ones too.
The story begins with a bang as Lark and her friends, Wren included are battling an evil ghost in the locker room at school where a dance is being held in the days before Halloween. This town apparently has a lot of celebrations leading up to Halloween. It’s insane! Lark has finally found her place in this new school, she has friends, a loving boyfriend, and an awesome grandmother. Her dearly departed sister, Wren is very much in her life as well. Things are pretty much perfect, minus all the other ghostly happenings.
Sadly, poor Wren hasn’t had it as easy lately. She’s a ghost and in love with the very much alive Kevin, a friend of Lark’s and a medium too. He was more essential in the first book, that much I can remember. Though in this one, he more makes an appearance here and there, but still a part of the story in the long run. Then Wren meets Noah, another ghost at the house where the big showdown with the homicidal ghost went down in the previous book. Noah is unlike anyone she’s ever met and she is fast to fall head over heels, but it seems Noah feels the same…or does he?
As the description will tell you, the ghost Wren falls for might not be the most genuine ghost around. He harbors dark secrets and agendas of his own. Honestly, even without the dustjacket telling us this, you can see hints of his darker side from the getgo.
With Halloween coming around the corner, the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. And our nefarious villain has very big plans for this special night. Unless two sisters can defeat him in time.
This book was amazingly awesome! I forgotten how much I love Kady’s words! And when you add a ghost story to the mix you get pure gold! There was some digging into Wren and Lark’s family history in this one. Things shall be revealed and they are earth-shattering to say the least! I actually enjoyed this part too, as it put a nice spin to Lark and Wren’s situation.
The ending was incredible too! For a minute I really thought there would be lead up to another book, and while the threads are there, it’s obvious that this is the final book. I mean, I did read it four years later than intended! But I liked that there was still a little more room for more adventures with these guys. Although, one teeny tiny thread that was left unexplored or without more detail left me reeling! I mean even Lark was wondering what would or could happen there…and yet, it was never brought up in those last few paragraphs. Sigh…
If you’re looking for that heart-racing read filled with ghosts of both good and evil nature, then this is the read for you! There were definitely some intense and creepy moments in this one. I was held riveted from start to finish and was only sad that it was over. As far as series finales go, Sisters of Salt and Iron does it just right!
Overall Rating 5/5 stars

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