The last words Ash hears her mother say are, “When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
Determined to find her mother when she disappears, Ash follows her to Quivara, Kansas, the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Her mother is nowhere to be found, but Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love, murder, alchemy, and immortality. Charming traditions give way to a string of deaths. And Ash feels herself drawn to Dane, a mysterious, forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash fights to save her mother, her lover, and herself. She must discover the truth about Quivara before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.
For as long as she can remember, Ashlyn Larkin has been haunted by visions of a dead girl who looks almost exactly like her. Her mother claims that Ashlyn is psychically connected to their ancestor Katia, an alchemist who has been waiting centuries to be reunited with her murdered lover through the bodies of their descendants. Ash's twin brother, Rhys, thinks alchemy is just superstition, but when Katia chooses their mother as her vessel, the 17-year-old siblings leave New York City for the eerie Kansas commune of Quivira, hidden deep in an enchanted field of corn. Ashlyn becomes overwhelmingly attracted to a temperamental boy named Dane, but because Dane comes from the wrong bloodline, any relationship between them is forbidden. Entertaining though the sordid backstory and star-crossed romance can be, the real driving force of this story is Ashlyn's loyalty to her mother and brother. Debut novelist Liggett spins a complex but engrossing story as Ashlyn uncovers the truth about the dead girl in her visions and faces what it truly means to be a Larkin. Ages 14 up.
Couldn’t finish it
Suspension of disbelief isn’t there. Loved The Grace Year so looked for more by this author. Too ridiculous to finish.