Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
POV: First Person – Female
On the remote Salten Island, lived a family of a Duke with his twelve daughters. Unfortunately, tragedy kept visiting the family and left them with only the last eight girls. After the latest death, Annaleigh Thaumas was convinced her sister was murdered. But her quest for closure was sidetracked by enchanting balls and an equally enchanting man, Cassius Corum. She must find the answers or risk succumbing to the rumored family curse.
This book first caught my attention with the somewhat depressing title and intriguing cover. I know it’s a fairytale retelling of Twelve Dancing Princesses which I’m not familiar with, so I went into this one blind. I came out on the other side completely dazzled.
After so many years of staid blacks and tepid behaviors, the balls were invigorating. Intoxicating. The masks and paste jewels, the whisper of silks and tulles, the promise of handsome dance partners—they’d all dazzled me until I was blinded to my true purpose.
The setting was atmospheric with a dark and eerie feel. The story pulled me in right from the beginning with the murder mystery aspect. I didn’t expect it to be creepy, but I’m glad it was even though I had to stop reading when it’s too late in the night lol!
“No one will ever just love us. That ball made it abundantly clear. If someone shows an interest, it’s for our money. For our position. For what they can get out of us.”
One thing is though, I wish a certain character wasn’t so predictable. I enjoyed seeing the bonds between the sisters and how they coped and responded to situations. The romantic aspect was a nice addition to the bleakness of the story.
House of Salt and Sorrows is a tale of infatuation and justice. It would appeal to readers who enjoy a gothic fairytale retelling.
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. 📖 #CurrentlyReading: House of Salt and Sorrows by #ErinACraig ★ Book Details ★ Buy: https://amzn.to/2IPDkQg Blurb: 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.