House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.Annaleigh 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 more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery pl...

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House of Salt and Sorrows Reviews

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    I am

    • spooked,

    • in love,

    • and broken.

    The House of Salt and Sorrows is an enchanting and haunting retelling of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale

    ,“ The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (or sometimes referred to as "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" or "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces"). Erin A. Craig’s spin on the tale delivers a magically engrossing tale including gods, a suspicious stepmother, magic doorways, haunting visions, terrifying suspense, and sweet romance

    I am

    • spooked,

    • in love,

    • and broken.

    The House of Salt and Sorrows is an enchanting and haunting retelling of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale

    ,“ The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (or sometimes referred to as "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" or "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces"). Erin A. Craig’s spin on the tale delivers a magically engrossing tale including gods, a suspicious stepmother, magic doorways, haunting visions, terrifying suspense, and sweet romance. A pot of gold for lovers of YA books and fairy tale retellings.

    in the YA genre!

    Highmore is the manor perched high above the sea on an island that houses a duke and his 12 daughters. The place has seen its share of grief in the last months as mysterious deaths are taking one daughter after another. A forsaken, haunted place is what the people on the mainland call the island, and a dark and hopeless mood has spread among the family.

    After another funeral underway, Annaleigh and her sisters protest the short mourning period their new stepmother imposes. After only a day, she has invited a dress- and shoemaker to cheer the girls up. Amazed and happy, the girls are having a wonderful time getting spoiled, but Annaleigh stays suspicious. She is haunted by the unexplained deaths of her sisters and shocked at the awful graphic drawings of death one of her little sisters makes.

    The girls are full of cheer and via a secret crevice near the burial chamber down by the sea they slip through and start attending the most spectacular dance balls they have ever imagined. Reluctantly, Annaleigh lets her guard down and finds herself whisked away dancing the nights away.

    When an old friend and a new love interest are invited to the manor, Annaleigh’s haunted dreams become darker and stronger. And then, another sister goes missing!

    As the duke is wondering how his daughters keep going through their new shoes over and over, Annaleigh finds herself in a mystery she has to solve but does not know whom to trust. All the right people are at the wrong place at the wrong time and evil slowly spreads the halls of the manor.

    Will Annaleigh solve the murders before the visions of her own death become true?

    A sweet dark tale, not to be missed!

    ***

    This novel had me by the neck! Not the first 1/3 of the book, but all after. This is Erin A. Craigs debut novel, and I am at awe at her ability to create stunningly haunting scenes. I actually went back and reread many of them, because I was thinking, ‘how did she do that’? Without fanfare, Annaleigh’s haunted moments were chilling and full of suspense.

    As for the first part of the novel, the dress-up, and the balls, they were glamorous, sparkly and enchanting – fairytale like. A sweet combo in a YA book, for the young at heart. That part didn’t grab me like the rest of the novel, but I am not the age of the intended audience.

    I really enjoyed the entire premise and fairy tale retellings are a thing. Complete with a stepmother, a mystery and some romance, a perfect book to escape in. It’s been a very long time since I have heard the Grimm’s tale of

    , but I definitely want to reread and compare. Check out a short synopsis of the original on my blog.

    If you like retellings, this is a must and I hope you will love it as I did.

    I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

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  • Debra

    3.5 stars

    Annaleigh, (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.

    A

    3.5 stars

    Annaleigh, (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 things...the 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 missing....

    Put 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 questioning what was real and what wasn't as Annaleigh begins to question what is happening to her family. This is a great rainy day/escape book. It's full of atmosphere, magic, a little romance, mystery, and ghosts. Parts felt a little predictable, i.e. 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 descriptions.

    The 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.

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    4.5 stars!

    The dark fairy tale retelling trend is looking up for the rest of 2019!

    ★★★★ 1/2

    ★★★ 1/2

    ★★★

    ★★★★★

    Well hello, Gothic ocean-inspired fairy tale retelling!

    was something I never knew I wanted until I read it. It's a full cast list of sisters and other residents of Highmoor Estate, located on

    4.5 stars!

    The dark fairy tale retelling trend is looking up for the rest of 2019!

    ★★★★ 1/2

    ★★★ 1/2

    ★★★

    ★★★★★

    Well hello, Gothic ocean-inspired fairy tale retelling!

    was something I never knew I wanted until I read it. It's a full cast list of sisters and other residents of Highmoor Estate, located on one of several islands that are home to the People of the Salt, and what occurs as one by one the sisters succumb to mysterious deaths. Something spooky and magical is afoot.

    Annaleigh Thaumas is the second oldest of the surviving sisters. Annaleigh doesn't believe that all of her sisters dying accidentally. With a distinctively historical flair,

    She was full of character, inquisitive but not aggressive, and felt grounded in her historical time period.

    This meant that while she was independent and surrounded by semi-progressive characters, she still had to deal with the gender roles imposed on women during the (what appears to be) ambiguously Victorian/Edwardian inspired time period of

    .

    In the midst of Annaleigh's quest to find her sisters' murderer, another plot is bubbling.

    As they have been sequestered for years in mourning with no balls or entertainment, they wish for a place to dance.

    ....but is there something sinister under the surface?

    we are also introduced to a Mysterious Boy and an Old Boy Friend Who is Now Attractive—I'll admit,

    I don't want to give too much about these characters away, but

    and actually became incredibly spooky and surprisingly terrifying.

    I loved it, but the last 25% was definitely much more graphic, spooky, and psychologically terrifying than the rest of the book combined. So if you're reading

    for the spooky element, hold out until the end. It's awesome.

    Unfortunately, I didn't love certain elements.

    into another layer that did not feel authentic, and by the end felt like a plot device. Similarly,

    without much justification. And

    .

    However, griping aside, I loved this dark story.

    It's a lot for one concept, but with surprising skill the author managed to weave together these intense plot devices in an authentic and engaging way.

    Recommended for those who love Gothic murder mysteries, lyrical fantasies with a twist, and anyone who loves sea-inspired YA.

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  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig follows our main character Annaleigh whom, after being disturbed by a series of ghostly visions begins to suspect that the deaths of her sisters weren't accidents after all as she unravels the mysterious curse that's been haunting her and her family.

    Where do I even begin? This might just be my favorite read of the month (so far). I've never read a retelling o

    House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig follows our main character Annaleigh whom, after being disturbed by a series of ghostly visions begins to suspect that the deaths of her sisters weren't accidents after all as she unravels the mysterious curse that's been haunting her and her family.

    Where do I even begin? This might just be my favorite read of the month (so far). I've never read a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses before, but this one was incredibly well done- and I would definitely recommend it if you're a fan of retellings and looking for something whimsical with that added twist!

    The expected publication for this novel is the 6th of August, 2019. I feel incredibly privileged having been given the opportunity to read this one, and I cannot wait to see more of this authors work in the future!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Oh yes, I love a good book that is unafraid to pull a few punches. Her

    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.

    Overall, this one delivered, and I'm intrigued to see more 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

    . In the original version, things are much more 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 quite descriptive, and there are tons of difficult, yet necessary themes discussed here that may be more 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 equal dose of romance-complete with a HEA!

    I think my main concern is that this is the slowest of slow burns until about 2/3 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 unique, which makes me glad I spent the time plowing through the slower moments. A solid, beautifully written debut, and I hope to see more from the author in the near future. Also? I hope we get more retellings from Craig, because she clearly has a knack for dark fantasy.

  • Sheharzad ⚘

    This book puts them together with a dash of mystery + death and hello hi I'm not okay?? Like at all???

    W H A T

  • Candace Robinson

    The writing was well done and the author put a unique twist on this tale! Now, I didn’t get creeped out like other reviewers have said. I feel like I’m immune to any of that stuff since I’ve seen so many horror movies but there was a lot of cool vibes. My thing was, I just couldn’t connect with the MC or the story itself. However, I feel like a lot of other people out there will!

  • megs_bookrack

    I feel as a woman who lives on a remote island, 30-miles out to sea, I am obligated to read this book.

    ARC received and I couldn't be happier!

    Plus, as I have confessed many times, retellings are my jam. I am trash for retellings.

  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink

    Ohhhh wow I love the writing omg. If you're looking for a fantasy thriller/horror, this is for you. However, I'm going to have to sit it aside for a little bit because I don't do well on horror-esque scenes; I am a supreme wimp (and aware of it) and I got too many creeps for my taste! Perhaps I'll return to it when I'm feeling more brave!

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