The Scent of Salt & Sand [The Escaped #2.5]. [NetGalley]

I received this book through NetGalley as a granted wish by the publisher Diversion Books. I also got it in exchange for an honest review. I’m thanking NetGalley and Diversion Books for granting me the wish and providing me with the copy of this book.


In Amber Smoke and Scarlet Rain, acclaimed bestselling author Kristin Cast built a world in which the walls that separate Tartarus from the mortal realm have been breached, releasing every variety of evil into the world. In this novella, she sends her fans on a separate journey, one that will meet up with the rest of The Escaped series as it continues on its spellbinding journey.
The Sirens aren’t evil by nature. Their song lures men in, and only by trying to procreate and continue their species do they reveal their true, monstrous nature. When some Sirens escape to the mortal realm, they hide out in San Francisco, blending in as best as they can. They are on a mission: to find the ideal partner to mate with.
Melody is on the hunt, and when she meets Dean, she sees a target who will allow her to fulfill her purpose. What she doesn t count on is falling in love a love that could destroy them both.
The romance and the tension heat up as Kristin and P.C. Cast, co-authors of the House of Night series, bring in the characters from The Escaped to this new story, raising the stakes for the mortal realm to a fever pitch. Goodreads.


Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast - The Scent of Salt & SandAbout the book:

Author: Kristin Cast & P.C. Cast

Book length: 142 pages

Published: October 11, 2016

Series: The Escaped #2.5

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology, New Adult, Short Story, Novella, Romance, Paranormal

Rating:  ink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipartink-and-feather-quill-clipart5 out of 5 quills

Started reading: September 16

Finished reading: September 17

“”Women,” he huffed. “It’s like they’re a completely different species.””

What did I think about the book?

This book did not feel like a novella. It felt like a book!!

This story was very captivating. A species fighting for their ‘freedom’ or ‘curse’. A girl not wanting to participate in the family tradition, with human emotions. An exciting love story makes a thrilling novella.

I’m very happy to see Kristin and P.C. working together again, they make such a good team. Go Team Cast!! Their writing is intriguing and exciting to read. The story building was done very well, it captivated me multiple times.

I love how they portray the life of a siren. It’s not easy to write for a species when there is a lot of information on them throughout history. One can easily portray them just a tad off and people could be offended. From what I know about sirens, Team Cast has written them in a very well!! But they also gave their own twist to the species and so this story was born.

This story is about a siren girl who doesn’t feel like the others. She has orders to mate with a willing man. An order to break the curse that keeps them in Tartarus. While her cousins do the job, Melody feels like an outcast. She can’t bring herself to sacrifice Dean. Yes, a siren with emotions!! The story continues with funny dialogue, steamy scenes and a race to keep her cousins from coming after Dean.

Will she succeed in keeping him save? Will she have the life she wants or will she be forced into the family tradition?


If you liked the first two books in The Escaped series, or you like the writing of either or both of these amazing women, this is a MUST READ!! I’m giving the full five quills to this novella and I surely can’t wait for the next installment to be released. I’m hoping I will be as lucky with getting an ARC as I am with this novella and Moon Chosen, the first book in Tales of a New World series by P.C. Cast [review coming soon!!]



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