Title: House of Salt & Sorrows
Author: Erin A. Craig
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Free ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am blown away by how much I truly enjoyed this book! I won’t lie, the beginning was hard for me to get into. It was too much spooky thriller mystery, and nothing truly fantasy about it. Then I got to about 30% of the book, and BAM we’ve got fantasy! It was a turning point for me, because it suddenly became so interesting. I don’t know how Erin A. Craig did it, but she managed to mash spooky mystery with fantasy, and it totally works.
I grew up with 3 sisters and can 100% verify that the various sister personalities and relationships are genuine. The characters are real, and I love that the author was able to capture the familial bonds so perfectly. There’s a lot of different emotions written into the story, and really adds that special touch.
The world-building is so detailed that I can practically taste the salt in the air and easily imagine the islands. There are great descriptions about the world and island but it’s the little details woven throughout the story that I enjoyed the most. After reading House of Salt and Sorrows, I can’t wait to see what Erin A. Craig writes next!
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 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. Get ready to be swept away.
About the Author:
Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, decent quilter, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in Memphis with her husband and daughter.
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