Hello everyone! How is everyone enjoying this spooky month of October so far? Loving my blog theme btw guys, I don’t know why I decided to do this, but I’m liking it and will probably do it every year now for Halloween lol. Let’s just dive right into talking about today’s book up for review because there is A LOT going on.
Title: House of Salt and Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA Fantasy, Horror??, Re-tellings
Publication Date: August 6, 2019
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.
- The pacing – The pacing was actually pretty decent in this book. I didn’t find myself feeling rushed or felt like the story was being dragged.
- Fisher – LOVED Fisher. He honestly was the only character with a slight hint of personality
- Twelve Dancing Princesses Re-Telling Side – I used to love this story when I was younger. I watched the Barbie version hundreds of times at my grandmother’s house, so seeing this in a re-telling was really nice and I really don’t know why people don’t do it more.
- First 70% of book – I was actually really enjoying the first big portion of the book. Thennnn… it just went downhill from there.
- Not enough depth in the setting – I needed more setting description! The island seemed so cool and I would have loved to have seen more of it. All we saw was the castle they were living in (barely) and a scene with a market.
- Too twisted/confusion at the end – The ending really had me messed up. It honestly started to give me a headache that made me want to put down the book to give me brain a moment to relax. Really though, it’s to the point where even now I don’t know who is dead and who isn’t!
- Horror – I don’t enjoy horror all that much and this book had A LOT of it, so just be prepared!
- Insta-Love trope – Hate this trope and ugh, of course it was in this book. It wasn’t even a good insta-love it was just so typically written.
- Slight love triangle – I also don’t care for love triangles so when this started to create one I was really thrown off guard.
- Characters had no personality – None of the girls did, the side characters, I mean the guard at the house had more personality than some of these girls… seriously.
- Predictability – I predicted the ending from like page 5 so that’s horrible. I had how predictable a book can be and this was predictable AF. The definition of predictable.
I’m giving House of Salt and Sorrows a 3 out of 5 spiderwebs!