Salted by Aaron Galvin

New Release – Salted by Aaron Galvin


Life isn’t better under the sea.

Lenny Dolan is all too familiar with this reality. A Selkie slave in the realm beneath the waves, he has no choice when charged with leading a crew ashore to capture an elusive runaway. If unsuccessful, the loved ones kept behind will pay for his failure with their lives.

But when their target leads Lenny and his crew to deeper, darker secrets, the Selkies are faced with a moral dilemma. Secure their own freedom at the expense of others, or return empty-handed to face the grisly consequences?

How Lenny and his crew answer the question will teach them the harshest truth of all. Only through the loss of innocence does one become Salted.

Early Praise:

It’s always hard to find a unique novel on mermaids. I’ve seen a spin or two from time to time, but nothing really original, and certainly nothing I’d really describe as ‘cool’. That was until I got the chance to readSalted.

– Steampunk Sparrow Book Blog

I totally bought into the Salted world Galvin created. Not an easy read but a unique one, I would recommend Salted by Aaron Galvin for people who are looking for something beyond the typical mermaid and selkie tales.

– Cherie Reich, author of The Foxwick Chronicles

Salted was an intriguing read that kept me hooked. It is a different spin on the underwater world and creatures, which I found brought quite a bit of originality to the genre.

– Lost To Books

Salted is sure to grab your interest at the onset.

– Let There Be Movies

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About Aaron Galvin:

Salted is Aaron Galvin’s debut novel. He first cut his chops writing original stand-up comedy routines at age thirteen. His early works paid off years later when he co-wrote and executive produced the 2013 award-winning indie feature film, Wedding Bells & Shotgun Shells.

He is also an accomplished actor. Aaron has worked in Hollywood blockbusters, (Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers), and starred in dozens of indie films.

Aaron is a proud member of SCBWI. He lives in Southern California with his wife and daughter.

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Review by Vincent Noot of “Salted”

If you’re looking for a fictional youth book that unravels the secrets and imagination of the deep blue sea, “Salted” is definitely worth considering. An important part of the book is about “selkies,” which are creatures of the deep that can also go on land, which takes a different, creative approach at all the stereotypical mermaid books out there. Not only does it have a fictitious element to it, but it often mixes a number of realistic events, human psychology, and more complicated issues and situations.

The characters are from different ethnic backgrounds and circumstances. Confronting themes that every person could be facing are intermingled with the fantasy elements of the book, like slavery, bullying, and making the right choice, a bad or worse choice.

The writer makes the story intriguing, leaving the reader wondering what will happen later. To me, that’s an essential element of a good book: Putting questions in the readers’ minds and answering them later.

The book is written in the third person, with each chapter being from a different character’s perspective. It’s nice to empathize with various personages and to see it from their point of view.

What I really liked about the book—and what I think young people would also like — is all the dialogue. I have read books with endless descriptions and they just bore me out. But when the characters actually have something to say, when there is some interaction, it makes the scenes in the book alive.

Overall I consider “Salted” a good read for teenagers who like the deep, and fiction mingled with non-fiction.

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  1. Sounds like a unique work. The author looks so young!

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