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.
I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is the sequel to A Thousand Salt Kisses. Crystal White has moved on from her summer of love with Llyr. At least she has tried to. She even stays away from home on Starfish Island so that she doesn’t have to think about Llyr. Even though she’s dating someone who is very nice and who loves her, he doesn’t compare to Llyr.
Josie Demuth’s writing flows well and this is a quick and easy read. When I wrote the review of A Thousand Salt Kisses, I said the one thing I missed in the book was a detailed description of Llyr’s world because Crystal never got to see it. I got my wish in this book and I wasn’t disappointed. Josie Demuth’s descriptions of the kingdoms down below didn’t disappoint. I could picture being there among the merfolk.
The characters and their relationships are much more believable than in the first book. Crystal’s relationship with Sam, her boyfriend in London, is one-sided and she realizes that she’s not being fair to him. I thought it was funny that the one girl who hated Crystal at the beginning of the first book is now her best friend. Even though funny, it is something that often happens. I enjoyed the merfolk, the characters were unique. I did find the relationship between Crystal and Spirit a bit odd, but it did help move the plot along.
I liked this book more than the first one. It had more fantasy and drama. It’s definitely a book to check out if you enjoy young adult fantasy.
About the Author
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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