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
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Reviews House of Salt and Sorrows

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
  • chan ☆
    barbie walked so this book could run
  • megs_bookrack
    The award for Exceptional New Voice in YA Horror goes to......ERIN A. CRAIG!!!!((and the crowd goes wild))I loved this book so much. It was not at all what I expected, but I am so damned pleased with what I got out of it!In 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, Eula...
  • jessica
    ‘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
    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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    August Owlcrate Unboxing! Click under the pic to see all of the goodies!THE GOODIES LINKI would say a 3.5 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. August Owlcrate Unboxing! Click under the pic to see all...
  • Debra
    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...
  • Chloe
    2.5 stars*I was LOVING this book at the start, but as the story went on I started to lose interest in the story and was honestly waiting for it to be over. My favourite thing about this book was definitely the atmosphere (very dark and eerie and I loved the setting).I do think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it physically (the audiobook wasn't my favourite)/ if I wasn't in this weird reading slump (I was forcing myself to read it at times ...
  • MischaS_
    So, when I went to sleep last night (more like this night since it was after midnight), I kept thinking about what I'm going to say about this book. And I was drawing a blank. But let me just tell you, fantastic debut! This author is definitely staying on my radar. Plus massive praise for a stand-alone. So, let's start at the beginning; my interest in this book started when I saw the gorgeous cover! It's just so pretty. Then I knew there were twe...
  • 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 “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...
  • Kayla Dawn
    This started out pretty good but went downhill towards the end in my opinion. First of all, I really enjoyed the atmosphere the author created here. It was perfect for a cold, stormy October night. I also liked the way how stuff (especially clothing) was described, it was easy to imagine how things looked like. The characters themselves were okay overall, nothing special but not terrible either (gotta say though, I never quite remembered who was ...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    4.5 starsExtremely atmospheric, haunting, and filled with historically tinged Gothic horror, this was something else.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, located on one of several islands that are home to ...
  • Lola
    This is an exciting YA fantasy driven by a compelling atmosphere and a dark mystery case. I was pulled in pretty quickly and was curious to see how this author would retell one of my all time favourite fairy tales. When I was a kid, all I wanted to watch was Barbie’s adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have fond memories of sitting in my room and gazing in adoration at the different dresses and shoes. Fashion is not an important comp...
  • Kat Valentine
    What a hauntingly beautiful story!!! This book reminds me of the gothic romances I read when I was a young teenager girl . Erin did a marvelous job writing a spooky tale with intriguing characters and a unique storyline. I did figure out early in the book the one behind all that befell this family,but it did not take away the pure enjoyment I got from reading this story. I was drawn to this cover from the beginning and knew I had to read it. I wi...
  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    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...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    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 ...
  • Meghan
    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 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...
  • arini ☆彡
    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 similar t...
  • Hannah Greendale
    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...
  • ;3
    can’t believe this book came out in 2019 and not in 2006
  • Irena BookDustMagic
    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...
  • Acqua
    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 ...
  • Yun
    In House of Salt and Sorrows, Annaleigh lives with her sisters, her father, and her stepmother in a remote manor by the sea. Once there were twelve sisters, but four have died recently. As Annaleigh becomes suspicious and starts digging around, she realizes that all is not as it seems.This book starts off so promisingly. The story had me hooked immediately, and the first 50 pages whizzed by. The premise is so fascinating that I was sure it would ...
  • Jennie Damron
    OMG! This book a absolutely blew me away. The world building, the atmosphere of the story, the house of Highmoor itself was written so incredibly well. I loved Annaleigh and Cassius. Beautiful characters and so completely compelling and believable. This book had me in it's thrall. I honestly don't have a single complaint. The story was excellent, creepy and thrilling. My second favorite read this year hands down. And probably the best retelling o...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    YA Fantasy at its best - dark, mysterious and hauntingly beautiful! This retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is an absolute winner! Erin A. Craig brought this gothic and mystical world to life - I mean it literally leaps off the page! I had such a clear vision of Highmoor, the sea, the balls and the sisters in my mind. It was all so atmospheric and enchanting. I also thoroughly enjoyed the writing. It was dark for YA - full of foreboding,...
  • may ❀
    so, like a good amount of books i've read, i had my thoughts and feelings about this book sitting away in my Notes app and bc i'm an absolute clown i took over a month to transfer it here, to this reviewso yay for me, i guess. the good - it was surprisingly spookier and creepier than i had expected it to be. the writing and world were atmospheric and dark. and because of that, we had no choice but to stan- as almost everyone knows, i am Trash fo...