House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Reviewed by Sam!
**We received an advanced copy of this at the NOVATeen Book Festival. We’d like to thank Erin and Delacorte for the opportunity. This book came out on Aug 6th and you can get it here**
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.
Synopsis from Goodreads
What I drank prior: Its end of booziebookathon brunch and we did a power hour with songs about butts and I’m DRUNK. (Editor’s Note: I was HAMMERED)
Spoiler-free Overview: SO THIS BOOK woah sorry caps. This book is pitched as a fairytale retelling and it is but not one I know well. Basically our main lady’s older sister is deadand all of a sudden she’s the second in line for her dad’s dukedom. She convinced that her sister was murdered. There were originally like… 12 of them, and now they’re down to 8. AnywY, I thought this would be a quiet fantasy and instead I got a murder mystery fantasy and it was such a good turn. I went in with no context and I feel like this is all the context I want to give.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: this was such a great surprise. I wAnt to say pleasant but it’s not a pleasant book, it’s creepy af. But it was way better than I expected.
Characters: it’s all girls (except one) and they’re all part of the same family (except the same one). Annaleigh is fab. She’s clearly spiraling, but we don’t know if she’s right or if she’s crazy. The sisters each have their own personalities and also the family interactions seem real. You don’t always love everyone but they’re family so they stick with each other.
Plot: it builds so well. Things slowly happen and they build and then all of a sudden you have to put it down cause you’re freaked out and have to know what happens.
Writing Style: SCARY
World Building: Easy to follow but also complex enough that it feels different than anything else you’ve ever read.
What to pair it with: a dark and stormy. Cause it’s creepy AF.
Rating: 3/5 shots. Way better than I expected.
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: What was the last book that surprised you with how good it was?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,