Review: House of Salt and Sorrows
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, 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 the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters 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.
This book was magical! From every little detail that made up the setting and world-building to the enchanting retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses", to the eerie and horrific mystery and captivating characters, I enjoyed every single page. I loved the mystery that kept me guessing even though I suspected and questioned a certain someone and ended up being (sort of) correct. I loved Annaleigh for her persistence for justice and being the strength her sisters needed. I loved Cassius for just being Cassius. I loved the traditions they carried throughout the book in the name of the Salt and absolutely loved the dancing. Where can I get myself a pair of those fairy shoes? They sounded magnificent.
I'm craving more of the 'Salt and Sorrows' world and Cassius - please tell me there's more coming?!
I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.