Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
Page Count: 406
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Get swept away in Erin A. Craig’s mesmerizing House of Salt and Sorrows. As one by one her beautiful sisters mysteriously die on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family. Be careful who you dance with. . . .
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor with her sisters and their father and stepmother. Once there were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more 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 gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls 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 with?
When 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. House of Salt and Sorrows is a spellbinding novel filled with magic and the rustle of gossamer skirts down long, dark hallways. Get ready to be swept away.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig is a young adult fantasy that is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm originally published in 1812. Now everyone is of course familiar with the more known Cinderella or Peter Pan stories so those are easy to compare when reading so when going into a more obscure original story retelling I tend to read and rate more on their own merits as I am with this book.
House of Salt and Sorrows is told from the point of view of Annaleigh who is one of twelve sisters who have been raised in Highmoor by their father since the loss of their mother. Since losing their mother the girls have been no strangers to loss and mourning when accident after accident had begun taking the sisters.
Now after the fourth funeral for one of Annaleigh’s sisters word is spreading through the village that the girls have been cursed. All the sisters are coming to an age they should attending balls and meeting suitors so their new stepmother wants to break the cycle of mourning but Annaleigh’s is more concerned with finding out just what had happened, accidents or murder?
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig was a solid fantasy read with walking a line between mystery and horror with of course that dash of romance. I thought while this one was easy to follow and get immersed in this world I kind of wished the author would have gone a little deeper into the world building. It definitely had that Gothic, creepy vibe down but I waited for more information at the start that didn’t come but thankfully the characters and story did as they should and carried over for what wasn’t described and I enjoyed it overall in the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, decent quilter, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in Memphis with her husband and daughter.
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