House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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 plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that th...


Details House of Salt and Sorrows

TitleHouse of Salt and Sorrows
ISBN9781984831927
Author
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherDelacorte
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings
Rating

Reviews House of Salt and Sorrows

  • chan ☆
    2019-02-12
    barbie walked so this book could run
  • jessica
    2019-08-17
    ‘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. lol.also, 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 orig...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-07-08
    BOTM YA selection August 2019!3.5 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 question lingered in her eyes, just below the surface, impossible to miss: Which one of us would...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    2019-08-23
    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 STARS!You know Brother Grimm’s fairy-tale named “Twelve Dancing Princesses”: Those girls each more beautiful than the last, sleep in twelve beds in the same room. Every night...
  • megs_bookrack
    2019-01-18
    ...and the award for Exceptional New Voice in YA Horror goes to......ERIN A. CRAIG!!!!I loved this book so much. It was not at all what I expected but I am so damned pleased with what it turned out to be! In one word: EVERYTHING!Annaleigh 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...
  • Debra
    2019-05-20
    In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed..3.5 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 bel...
  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    2019-03-30
    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 “Die Zwölf Tanzenden Prinzessinnen“ ,“ 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...
  • Meghan
    2019-05-06
    ARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book was a total mind f**k. Fantasy/horror/thriller/murder mystery...it was glorious. I'm usually not into murder mysteries or thrillers, but the fantasy aspect made it AMAZING. The story follows Annaleigh, one of (originally) twelve sisters. The family is in perpetual mourning as sister after sister dies, leading the town to believe the family is cursed. The summar...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    2019-03-12
    4.5 starsExtremely atmospheric, haunting, and filled with historically tinged Gothic horror, this was something unique.World: ★★★★ 1/2Plot Execution: ★★★ 1/2Character Development: ★★★Gothic Ocean Vibes: ★★★★★Well hello, Gothic ocean-inspired fairy tale retelling! House of Salt and Sorrows 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, loca...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    2019-08-23
    2.5/5 Instagram | full review on youtubeYikes. Let's all grab a drink because shit is about to get SERIOUS.Another book that could have gone under a couple more editing rounds. 1. Character development: Do I remember the name of the main character? No. It's so minimalist that I couldn’t see it. It’s like expensive invisible and uncomfortable furniture for rich people. An excuse to make money and the void in art. 2. Worldbuilding: thin like a ...
  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-07-21
    Craig's debut frames the Grimms' tale of twelve dancing princesses as a Gothic murder mystery. Laced gowns and mourning garb, fairy shoes and midnight balls, reanimated corpses and whispers in the dark, crashing seas and the taste of salt in the air. There's a lot to love here, but the plot suffers from slow pacing and a lack of suspense that doesn't build until the final chapters. Nestled on a bed of navy velvet were my shoes. I'd selected a ja...
  • Irena
    2019-08-11
    House of Salt and Sorrows is a hot topic ever since it came out, and it was hyped for months before it’s release.I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to read it via Netgalley and I can tell you, I completely understand where the hype comes from.This story really impressed me and even though it is a retelling of a tale of Twelve Dancing Princesses I would say it is one of the most unique books that I have read in the past few months. Howeve...
  • Nenia ✨ Literary Garbage Can ✨ Campbell
    2019-08-30
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestI have developed my following by being 100% honest, whether or not a book is popular. I think this is especially important in the YA genre, when many books are over-hyped in a way that comes across as incredibly artificial and manufactured at times. I'm sorry, but you can't all be the #1 best-selling YA book, especially not if you're all doubling down on the BLANK of BLANK AND BLANK forgettab...
  • Acqua
    2019-08-22
    This book doesn't get that heterosexuality is not a personality trait.I'm not saying this to be funny: no one in this book had a personality. I can't tell you anything about the main character apart from the fact that she's attracted to Cassius and cares for her sisters; she was more a placeholder than a character. The boys were even worse, existing in the book just to be handsome, vaguely mysterious, and exchange possessive glares that the book ...
  • arini
    2019-08-06
    this book threw me a curve, and i was left in a fumble. unsure of which direction i should go to catch the ball. damn, unreliable narrator!!also, idk if it's my creepy meter that's low compare to the rest of you mystery/ thriller booknuts out there, but this book creeped me the hell out alright. ✨ 3.75 "TWIRLING" stars ✨ the fact that this book is only a retelling doesn't make it any less unique and magical. on the surface it looks wildly sim...
  • Ashlee » Library In The Country
    2019-01-18
    LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. AH! I have so many thoughts. House of Salt & Sorrows swept me off my feet and into a waltz worthy of a masquerade. I love the way Erin blended the stories of Twelve Dancing Princesses and Annabel Lee into this. I loved the decidedly Crimson Peak and Agatha Christie vibes. This book has an undeniably eerie and gothic atmosphere and I was absolutely living for it.The story's narrator is Annaleigh, one of twelve daughters of th...
  • ;3
    2019-05-25
    can’t believe this book came out in 2019 and not in 2006
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    2019-03-10
    This story is the reason books are written. House of Salt and Sorrows is a wildly original, intricately woven, and absorbing tale of mystery, family secrets, love, monsters, Gods, and magic. I rarely give out 5 stars but this book earned it easily along with a spot on my "favorites and recommends" list. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, character development, history, world building and pacing. I love when a story is so well written that it...
  • Carrie
    2019-08-25
    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...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    2019-01-31
    Rating ~2.5I'm a mixed bag of feelings about this. It's just such a tough sort for me to review. I mean it wasn't necessarily a bad book, but would I spend money on it? No. Apparently, this is a retelling of a Brothers Grimm tale. Which I can definitely see, given the dark and eerie tone of the overall book. This book is very atmospheric, but was a bit too slow and jumbled for my taste. Almost everything and everyone was just so suspicious. It wa...
  • Fiona✨
    2019-08-18
    SOUNDTRACKLauren O'Connell - Dancing in the DarkHozier - Arsonist's LullabyeSeafret & Rosie Carney - To The Sea🌊This book was an absolute pleasure for me to read, due to the fact that it's combining two of my all time favourite things: fairytale retellings and deliciously eerie atmosphere. It really deserves more hype. Where's the hype??🌊 For those of you that are unfamiliar with the inspiration behind this - as I was, for the most part -, ...
  • Alaina
    2019-03-01
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.House of Salt and Sorrows was so freaking good! I honestly couldn't put it down once I started it. This book had so many freaking twists and turns in it that I didn't see coming. Now if it was because of the wine or how freaking tired I was - I have no idea or witnesses to prove this. Either way, I enjoyed the heck out of this book.In it, you will meet Annaleigh. Now she bel...
  • Sandra
    2019-08-15
    A perfect dark retelling of twelve dancing princesses. Loved it.Not all dark retellings can get the right spooky vibe but this one certainly did. It was a perfect contrast between the salt and sorrow and the glamour of the enchanted parties. There was also a lot of magic going on, but it didn't always make life easier.This book lived up to my expectations.