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House of Salt and Sorrows In a manor by the sea twelve sisters are cursedAnnaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor a manor by the sea with her sisters their father and stepmother Once they were twelve but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short Each death was tragic than the last—the plague a plummeting fall a drowning a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the godsDisturbed by a series of ghostly visions Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts Because who—or what—are they really dancing withWhen Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next


10 thoughts on “House of Salt and Sorrows

  1. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    5 SPOOKY TERRIFYING OH MY GOD MY HANDS STILL TREMBLING CONTAINING GOTHIC ELEMENTS GHOSTS AND CURSES KINDA STORY PLEASE LEAVE YOUR LIGHTS ON BEFORE GO TO SLEEP AFTER THIS BOOK AND DON’T BE AFRAID OF CREAKING SOUNDS THEY MIGHT BE ONLY RATS DANCING ON YOUR FLOORS STARSYou know Brother Grimm’s fairy tale named “Twelve Dancing Princesses” Those girls each beautiful than the last sleep in twelve beds in the same room Every night their doors securely locked by their father But in the morning THEIR DANCE SHOES are found to be WORN THROUGH as they had been DANCING ALL NIGHT So this book’s uite great horrific roller coaster riding version of retelling As you consider how Grimm Brothers’ vulgar harsh tones and merciless writing on those books and depressing grimacing things happened to their characters you may understand how this book could give you creeps stomach churning eerie sensation THIS IS REALLY SCARY AND MIND BENDING BOOK If you’re not ready to read something spooky twisty surprising giving you nightmares please put the book down and choose something lighter like your chic lits or summer reading you could grab to read at the seaside while you’re sipping your cool drink and totally forget about this dark story foreverThis book might be 12 Dances Princesses’ retelling a different approach newer version but it also reminded me the “Inception” with its mind confusing head hurting dream into dream into dream seuences You’re really getting lost what’s real or what’s a nightmare There are some parts of “7 Ravens” which is originally about 7 brothers but we had our heroine Annaleigh which is so amazingly melodic and capturing name if I ever have a child I named after her without thinking a second and her 7 sisters And also we had some glimpses of Little Women in this book as we read the sister’s stories and character analysis Rosalie reminded me Amy and Verity had a little Beth a little Amy inside And Camille know it all pretentious elder sister reminded me a little Meg at least Annaleigh and her struggles had great resemblances with Meg and Joe’s fighting about their differences WHAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOKBIG FAN OF RETELLINGS AND THIS GREAT DEBUT It’s real defying and challenging thing to write again with brand new fresh crystal clear visionary perspective and create a new story based on Brother Grimms’ works The author chose not one of the famous works of him and she definitely achieved dexterous adroit refined job by adding horrific gothic mysterious elements and a poignant lyrical romantic story FAST PACING TEMPO HEART THROBBING TERRIFYING SCENESVerity acts like Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment and claims she’s talking with the ghosts of her dead sisters and draws so many scary paintings which contain too many gory and harmful details about the way how her sisters have died There is no way she can know these facts without being crime scenes which of course she hasn’tI really jump out of my seat throw the book away as if my hands were burned screamed non stop when I caught a monster looking back at the methen I realized that’s my morning self in the mirror before I had my morning coffee so I shut my mouthAMAZING LOVE STORYWe need romance after jumping out of our seats and taking few breathes to ease our heavy heart rates So this love story was a medicine for the pain this book gave me I love Annaleigh and Cassius’ slow burn passionate tender devoted growing love story ENDINGThe part about the villain’s identity was foreseeable but last twists about delusions were clearly mind bending brain cell burning head thudding kind of experiences they had to endure for finishing this book I enjoyed those twists mind games that the author professionally played with us She was my great winnerSUMMARYI want to read retellings and surprising stories if Erin A Craig intends to write This year I discovered too many new writers and I enjoyed their works so much which gave me hope we’ll have amazing literary works in near future I LOVE THIS BOOK TOO MUCH If you’re big fans mysterious horrifying Grimm Brothers style fairy tales that’s definitely a “Yes this book is truly for you”bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  2. Jesse (JesseTheReader) Jesse (JesseTheReader) says:

    well this was trippy weird unexpected i've never read the story this book is based on so maybe had i read that i wouldn't be as surprised as i am but here we are the only downfall for me was the romance shocker


  3. chan ☆ chan ☆ says:

    barbie walked so this book could run


  4. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    45 might be just a 4 have to think on it a bit


  5. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    and the award for Exceptional New Voice in YA Horror goes toERIN A CRAIG the crowd goes wildI loved this book so so much It was not at all what I expected but I am so damned pleased with what I gotIn one word EVERYTHINGAnnaleigh lives at Highmoor a remote manor on the sea with her father stepmother and sisters Where once there were twelve sisters at the start of our story only nine remain The most recent to die Eulalie plunged to her death from a high cliff to the sea It is rud she was out to meet a lover with whom she was planning to run awayTragedy has struck the family so many times the villagers whisper they are cursed While some of her sisters believe in the validity of a family curse Annaleigh doesn't She also doesn't believe that Eulalie's death was an accident Perhaps her other sister's deaths weren't accidental either?Teaming up with a handsome and mysterious stranger Annaleigh begins to investigate what is truly happening at HighmoorAs many of you may know House of Salt and Sorrows is a retelling of a classic fairy tale known as The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces or The Twelve Dancing Princesses Going into this I expected a typical YA fairy tale retelling Fortunately there was nothing typical about this bookTruth be told a lot of this story creeped me the heck outThere was one night I was up late reading this on my kindle with all the lights turned off I got to a section where there is a particularly lucid scene involving one of Annaleigh's dead sisters and I legit almost put that bitch in the freezer I had to switch to something light and fluffy just to be able to go to sleep that nightAs someone who is a great fan of the dark and macabre I must say I was beyond impressed with Craig's writing Her ability to conjure truly terrifying moments and atmosphere is absolutely fantasticI am calling this a YA Horror because even though the story isn't exactly a Horror story I am calling out Erin A Craig as a Horror writer I really hope she continues in that vein with her future stories There was an ominous feeling surrounding this view spoilerThe fae like feeling of the portal door bringing the sisters to the balls hide spoiler


  6. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    guess who is single and ready toread this retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and reinject myself in with this fictional world and its characters to avoid engaging with my very real responsibilities


  7. jessica jessica says:

    ‘show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams come not as you are but as you wish to be seen’ uhhh theres definitely gonna be nightmares how come no one told me this would be so creepy?? wow im such a wimp lolalso early side note i had no idea this was a retelling before i picked it up ive never even heard of ‘the twelve dancing princesses’ so im coming at this review with the perspective that this story is wildly original and one of a kind because i have no idea which aspects are part of the retelling and which are craigs own invention that being said if ‘to kill a kingdom’ and ‘the wicked deep’ created a hybrid world it would be the atmosphere and setting of ‘house of salt and sorrows’ its not exactly enchanting because the story is actually uite dark but there is something so captivating about a mysterious island kingdom a family curse and unreliable events the writing easily transports the reader into this world filled with ghosts and secrets and that alone made this story worth it to me however i am a little disappointed with the ending there are a couple of things that relate to their religiongods that come into play and it had me very confused im not sure if i missed their introduction earlier on in the novel but i felt like that key component was uite rushed could just be an oversight on my part though regardless this is a hauntingly impressive debut↠ 35 stars


  8. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    BOTM YA selection August 201935 STARS As they whispered their strained condolences I noticed the guests were careful to not get too close Was it in deference to our station or were they worried something might rub off? I wanted to chalk it up to the lowbrow superstition but as a distant aunt approached me a thin smile on her thin lips the same uestion lingered in her eyes just below the surface impossible to miss Which one of us would be next?Oh yes I love a good book that is unafraid to pull a few punches Here's the thing; initially I was drawn to this book for three reasons it's a fairytale retelling it has a gorgeous cover and it's got the whole romantic horror aspect down pat Is this a sub genre? YA romance horror? If not it certainly should be Overall this one delivered and I'm intrigued to see from Erin A Craig in the future Like I stated above this is a YA retelling of a somewhat obscure fairytale by the Brother's Grimm called The Twelve Dancing Princesses In the original version things are much tame and boring so naturally I prefer the author's reimagined tale to the original Instead of princesses being caught sneaking out and then given in marriage to the man who was able to solve the mystery of the worn out shoes we have sisters who are dying in disturbing and somewhat unbelievable ways which explains why our protagonist is so determined to figure out just what in the beard of Moses is going on Part fantasy part murder mystery this is an ambitious book especially for a debut author and I think she pulled the entire thing off rather well The most controversial topic surrounding this book at least that I've seen is the amount of disturbing content included in this novel so let's start there Personally I loved it but if you are sensitive to disturbing violence gore blood and discussions of suicide this may not be the book for you Many scenes are uite descriptive and there are tons of difficult yet necessary themes discussed here that may be appropriate for the upper end of the YA spectrum There is a definite gothic fantasy feel to the story which gives it an appropriate darkness but this is contrasted with an eual dose of romance complete with a HEAI think my main concern is that this is the slowest of slow burns until about 23 through the novel I appreciated all of the atmospheric setup but it also felt as if there wasn't a bit of action until the explosion of a climax However the twist was excellent and the entire reimagining was creative and uniue which makes me glad I spent the time plowing through the slower moments A solid beautifully written debut and I hope to see from the author in the near future Also? I hope we get retellings from Craig because she clearly has a knack for dark fantasy I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley


  9. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    August Owlcrate Unboxing Click under the pic to see all of the goodies THE GOODIES LINKI would say a 35 stars I liked it well enough I loved the characters and the overall craziness of the book I don’t think I would read it again though so it’s going in the trade in box I would buy it on kindle if it was ever on sale though 😉Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾Buddy read with For Love Of A Book


  10. Debra Debra says:

    In a manor by the sea twelve sisters are cursed35 starsAnnaleigh who BTW doesn't love this name? lives at Highmoor a Manor by the sea with her father his new wife and her eleven sisters Tragedy seems to be hitting this family hard perhaps it is cursed? The villagers think so This used to be a big happy family But after their Mother died the family went into mourning then four of her sisters died one by one Annaleigh begins to believe that her sister's deaths are not accidents After the latest death her Stepmother convinces her father that they should stop mourning and dress in beautiful clothing again have balls and embrace life Everyone but Annaleigh is on board but she finally agrees to make her father happy The new clothing and fairy shoes are not the only new thingsthe girls also become aware of a secret passage A passage or crevice if you will that will take them to another place a place of balls and dances new encounters and new adventures But tragedy strikes again when another sister goes missingPut me in the camp of enjoying re telling of fairy tales In this case this book is an atmospheric retelling of the Brother Grimm's The Twelves Dancing Princesses also known as The Worn out Dancing shoes and The Shoes that were danced to Pieces Sometimes re telling’s can be campy but this one was not I loved the atmosphere The Manor overlooking the sea the water the sea creatures the sisters the balls etc This one felt atmospheric Gothic and enchanting all at the same time Is the family cursed? Why are the women of this family dying? The book does get darker at the end but I enjoyed how the book built up to the ending This book also had me uestioning what was real and what wasn't as Annaleigh begins to uestion what is happening to her family This is a great rainy dayescape book It's full of atmosphere magic a little romance mystery and ghosts Parts felt a little predictable ie the love triangle but this is YA so that often goes with the genre I found this to be a very visual book as in I could easily visualize what was happening as the Author did a great job with her descriptionsThe Author is off to a very solid start with this debut novel I received a copy of this book from Random House Children's and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own


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