House of Salt and Sorrows: This was one crazy book that kept surprising me!

House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig book cover
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Published: Aug 6th 2019
Page Count: 416
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…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Wow. That was my reaction after reading this book. When I read that this book was a retelling of the Brother’s Grim 12 dancing princesses I was super excited. I've never read a retelling on that story. So I had it in my head that there would-be princesses and dancing and obviously some creepiness. What I didn’t know was how creepy this book was. Like there were times where I wanted to take a break from reading it, or that I had to stop listening while eating. But the creepiness made this book that much better.

I was able to listen to the audiobook since I didn’t get a chance to read the arc in time, but I am glad that it worked out that way. I thought that the audiobook was done super well and I loved the narrator and thought she handled the creepy parts brilliantly. 

We follow our MC Anneleigh. She was once one of 12 sisters, but over the years 4 of her sisters have passed. Her mother also passed away while giving birth to her youngest sister. So Anneleigh, her 7 sisters, her father, and her stepmom live at Highmoor, a manor by the sea. Because of all the deaths, the sisters do no get out much and or get a chance to see many other people, but most people think they are all cursed. What other reason would there be for them to keep having sisters die? So although the older sisters want to find a husband, it makes it very hard because of this supposed curse. 

After finding out some things about her latest sister’s death, Anneleigh starts thinking that maybe these deaths were not all accidents. She starts snooping around and finding things that back up this claim. On top of trying to find the killer of the last sister that died, her and her other sisters find a door that takes them wherever they want to go. And they all want to go out dancing at a ball. Anneleighs other sisters go out almost every night, and its starting to show. Anneleigh, on the other hand, is starting to not trust anything. She starts to see visions and is worried about her other sisters, that someone is out to get them. She has to find out who is doing these things to her sisters before another one dies. 

I knew that I was most likely going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize how much I would love it. This book had so much to offer and was written so well. I got so many goosebumps from all the scary parts. I really need to go and read the Brother’s Grim story now because I only know the cutesy version. If you love fantasy, mystery, and a little bit of creepy, you will absolutely love this book. If you have already read this book, leave a comment so we can chat about it!  

 

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