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House of Salt and Sorrows Library Binding – 6 August 2019

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  • Publisher : Delacorte Press (6 August 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Library Binding : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1984831933
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1984831934
  • Reading age : 12 - 17 years
  • Dimensions : 14.76 x 3.28 x 21.74 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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"Haunting, atmospheric, and immersive."--Bustle

"Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing . . . a perfect step into escapism and away from real life."--Hypable

It's a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too.--The Wall Street Journal

Chilling and atmospheric.--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds

Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling.--PW

The novel's vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty.--The Bulletin

Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable.--SLJ

This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family.--Booklist

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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Haley R. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Retelling with Fabulous Dresses
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 August 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2019
'House Of Salt And Sorrows' by Erin A. Craig is an eerie tale set by the sea. With four sisters dead, the villagers are convinced that Annaleigh and her sisters have been cursed by the Gods.

Ghostly visions plague Annaleigh, but she is soon distracted by glistening balls, the arrival of her new half-brothers and a mysterious stranger who has his own secrets.

Okay, so this might not be a popular opinion, but House Of Salt And Sorrows just didn’t do it for me. I found myself skimming quite a bit and didn’t connect with Annaleigh, the protagonist. This is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm story 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses'. I usually am not a fan of retellings as it usually falls short of the original story. However, there was enough variation in this version to make it hold my interest long enough to finish it.

It seemed that the only aspects of the religion that was explored had a direct influence on the storyline – I just didn't feel involved in this universe and feel like a bit more information on how the Gods and Goddesses influence the day-to-day lives would have made me more invested.

Not so convinced about the romance element to this novel either. I think it could have been better explored and didn’t find myself rooting for the romance as I usually do.

What I DID like about this book is that there were a few twists that I really didn’t see coming. The last 25% really pulled it together!

It's a 3/5 for me!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably gothic YA fantasy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars A slow read
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