House of Salt and Sorrows
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Dark Fantasy
Erin A. Craig
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Get swept away by this “haunting” (Bustle) YA novel about twelve beautiful sisters living on an isolated island estate who begin to mysteriously die one by one. This dark and atmospheric fairy tale inspired story is perfect for fans of Yellowjackets."Step inside a fairy tale." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval 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. Be careful who you dance with... And don't miss Erin Craig's Small Favors, a mesmerizing and chilling novel about dark wishes and even darker dreams.
Erin A. Craig
Random House Children's Books
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"I have mixed feeling about this book. Most of it was fine, and I really enjoyed reading about the balls, fairy shoes, and heroine's attempt to discover the truth. But then it felt like the last 70 pages were written by a completely different author, some sort of Steven King aficionado. What was that? There was nothing consistent, too many events taking place, the tone of the story changing completely. Was I realy reading about a THREESOME by the end of the book?! Why was the ending so rushed?"
"I'm going to try and give a short synopsis but if you have anymore questions about this book let me know because it was wonderful. OK so this book was absolutely amazing, the end was very interesting. The basis of the book is that there are 12 sisters, four of them have been killed and now it is thought that the recent one has been murdered so one of the sisters is trying to figure out what happened. It kind of has a fairytale feel to it but it is very gothic background (which I mean it's full of mourning). There is a lot of death and mystery, you don't really know what's going on until the end and it definitely threw me for a loop I could not have guessed the ending whatsoever personally. It does have a magical and majestic feel to it. It has world building as well as tricksters and illusions. If you like the idea of gods meddling with humans as well as making deals and facing consequences, this book is for you!"
"It was alright. I picked it up on the spur of the moment, but I just wasn’t very invested in the story. It’s a good book if you like unique fairytale retellings, romance, and some mystery. For some reason I just didn’t connect with the characters and I honestly didn’t really care what happened next. I can’t really put my finger on why, but I didn’t really like the book. It just wasn’t my kind of story. "
"This was another book that was so close to being a 4 or 5 star. Something just missing from it. Throughout the story it was difficult getting all the daughters straightened out. I don't know if I missed it but I wasn't really aware of their ages and just 3 really had any character build to them. The plot kept me guessing for sure I would have never figured out who was killing them but without giving away spoilers it also was one of the drawbacks for me. I enjoyed the main character Annaleigh maybe because she wasn't perfect or the best of all the sisters but she was a leader and a mother head of sorts. She was very fierce when it came to her kin, I very much admired that and saw a little of myself in her sometimes. The God thing bothered me a little in the beginning they just seemed to be only invisible figureheads they prayed to then about halfway through they were substantial beings who's daughters and sons where actually seen walking around festivals. It just threw me off. As weird as it sounds I really like how the book screwed with my mind unsure of what was real. All together a solid good read but not very memorable."