Mar 22, 2012

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Review: Salt & Silver by Anna Katherine

Paranormal Romance
April 28 2011
Mass Market Paperback
368 pages
Tor Books

Yummy Man – Ryan
Kick Ass Chick – Allie

From Goodreads –
When trust fund baby-turned-waitress Allie and her friends accidentally open a Door to Hell in the basement of Sally’s Diner, they don’t realize the havoc it will wreak on their Brooklyn neighborhood. Of course, the upside to murder-happy demons coming through the Door all the time is that Allie gets her own sexy and mysterious demon hunter: the dark-eyed, leather-clad, Stetson-wearing Ryan.

Ryan teaches Allie everything he knows about fighting the creatures of the underworld—but refuses to give in to the sexual tension that simmers between them. Allie has almost given up on taking her relationship with Ryan to the next level when there’s a surge in demonic activity… and the Door disappears.

Now Allie and Ryan have to travel through Hell, literally, to try to stop Hell from taking over the Earth. They may not survive the trip, but Allie is about to discover something very important: Mortal peril is a total turn-on.


I have had Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine in my book closet for about two years now.  The reason I purchased it is I was looking for a little break in reading series and looked online for a suggestion for a standalone Paranormal Romance book.  Let me tell ya, there aren’t many.  But I did find this one.  I bought it, then apparently got distracted by something else and let it fall deeper and deeper into my closet.  Well, I finally pulled it out and I’m actually glad I did.

Salt & Silver is the story of Allie and Ryan.  Okay, so there are Doors to Hell, demons escaping and Hunters tracking them down to kill them, but primarily it’s the story of Allie and Ryan.  Allie and her friends actually are responsible for opening one of the doors in the basement of the diner Allie now runs.  They were drunk.  And stupid.  Oh yeah, and there may be too many Doors popping up and some going missing and all this leading to the possible end of the world.  Come to think of it, maybe this book isn’t only about Allie and Ryan.  Their chemistry is strong though and it is definitely something I focused on, but there may have been a few other things going on too.  Maybe.

Even with all that dire stuff going on, this book reads a little on the light side.  Allie has a great sense of humor.  It’s very snarky and sarcastic – and I love humor like that.  I think the reason why I found this to read a little lighter is because no matter how bad the situation got, none of the characters took it too seriously.  They all knew they had a job to do, and even though they didn’t always know how to go about it, they understood that things needed doing and that was that.  Even Allie, who is not a Hunter like Ryan, understood this.  She feels responsible for opening a door (as she should) and is taking it upon herself to help as much as she can.

Allie used to be one of those spoiled rich girls who didn’t care for anyone but herself and spent whatever she wanted on whatever she wanted whenever she wanted until her mother ran off with the help and her money.  Now Allie works in a diner.  When she and her two friends opened the Door in said diner, Ryan appeared to guard it.  I have to say that I liked Ryan and his mysteriousness but I wish there was more page time with just Allie and Ryan.  There are memories and descriptions of times when they were mostly alone, but not a whole lot of actual time during the story.  I understand that there was a lot going on and that there wasn’t much time for that, but still.  And Allie’s friends really got on my nerves.  I kinda understand why they were in this story, but I almost wish there was another way of bringing everything together without including them.  They were annoying and I didn’t enjoy them at all.

One thing I did really enjoy in this book the author’s imagination.  Anna must enter Hell and of course she takes the reader with her.  Hell is not a simple place:  it is made up of many dimensions, each one more different from the last.  These dimensions and the avatars that look out for the team members…just wow.  Every time Allie and crew entered a new Door, something completely new jumped out at them.  Hell was also where some of the more tender and emotional moments of the book took place.  As I said they weren’t too many, but the ones that occurred took place in Hell.

Did reading this book change my life?  No.  Did it entertain me while I was reading it?  Absolutely.  Even though I found the writing could have been a little smoother at times, I found this book to be an enjoyable read.  I did like Allie, I did like Ryan and I liked them together.  Part of me wishes the author continued their story in another installment.  But alas, she did not.  So I guess I’ll just have to be happy with this one tale.  After all, that is why I chose it to begin with.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“I would like to think that I accomplished something really important by my decisive actions.  Point one:  No one messes with my posse.  Even the semi-demonic ones.  This is because I am determined, which is another word for stubborn, which is another word, sometimes, for stupid.”

  1. Nice review Julie, I have not come across this book before. Glad you enjoyed reading it.

  2. I just realized that I haven’t been to your blog in a just did not show up on my dashboard and the fool I was thought nothing of it. :/ Since the weeks fly by and I forget

  3. I didn’t know about this book nor this author. I’m not sure about it but it’s good to learn about new authors. Great review.

  4. aurian – I’m glad too. 🙂

    blodeuedd – You were probably affected by the dying of GFC on WP blogs. To get my feeds now you have to ‘subscribe’ and not ‘follow’. 🙁

    Bookaholic Cat – I liked her voice so if I came across her again, I may just check her out. 🙂

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