House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

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On a remote island estate, Annaleigh Thaumas, the sixth-born of twelve sisters, enlists the aid of an alluring stranger to unravel the family curse before it claims her life.
Publisher: New York, New York : Delacorte Press, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781984831927
Characteristics: 403 pages ;,22 cm.

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MourningStar
Dec 21, 2019

Riccarton YA

lgmosher Nov 04, 2019

Let's talk about this book.....

First, it was so slow, and honestly never picked back up.

Secondly, I didnt care about any of the characters... Not one! There was NO character development whatsoever.

Kissing scenes, admissions of love, bleh... Fell flap and I caught myself going "okay... I guess I see that." Because of the TERRIBLE character development I didn't engage with any of them and thus it made the book dull.

3. The only real thing I took for this book is that the girls liked dancing and the author cared way to much about shoes.

The final plot of the book didn't come until the last 100 pages and then everything was rushed and thrown together. It was jumbled, there were many things that werent answered. (Like who killed Edgar?)

It was poorly written. The idea had so much potential but it fell flat.... Very flat. Just like ALL of her characters.

Such. A. Disappointment!

DCLteens Oct 11, 2019

A Must-Read YA staff pick. Don’t read this eerie tale at night if you can help it! As her beautiful sisters mysteriously die one by one on their isolated island estate, Annaleigh must unravel the curse that haunts her family. Get ready to be swept away.

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kmelser87
Aug 17, 2019

Ok, I have had some time to think this over and I have to say that overall I enjoyed this book. It is super hyped right now and normally I avoid books like that for a little while until the hype dies down because I don't like jumping on the hype train. (probably why I read so much back list) that being said this book was good. It is a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses story from the Brother's Grimm. I have read this story previously so I kind of knew what to expect. I find that I enjoyed Erin Craig's interpretation of it. Though my favorite character was not the main character of Annaleigh it was her youngest sister Verity, there was just something about her character that made me want more scenes with her in them. Annaleigh at times I found to be obnoxious and a little naive. Though that could be because she was somewhat forced to grow up pretty quickly. The atmosphere was rich i could almost taste the sea water and smell the smells that one would in a harbor town. The reveal I found to be a little lack luster, and also felt like parts of the book weren't necessary. but for the most part it was a strong book and a pretty good retelling of a classic tale.
This was a solid debut novel and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!

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AConsolver
Jul 11, 2019

4 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy fantasy and fairy tale re-tellings. This has a bit of a horror tinge to it, fyi.

Annaleigh is one of twelve sisters. Four have already been returned to The Brine in death, along with their mother. The world claims the family is cursed, which is made abundantly clear when their father ends their mourning period abruptly allowing them to live their lives for the first time in over 6 years. At the triplet's coming out ball no one will dance with them, claiming they are cursed. When they find the sea god's door to other realms they begin attending lavish balls in different parts of the world each night. However, they wake screaming, and the youngest is seeing ghosts and drawing graphic pictures of the deceased sisters. Can Annaleigh get to the bottom of their deaths before someone kills her?

I love fairy tale re-tellings but the 12 dancing princesses is a tough one to pull off. There are SO MANY characters. This one was a little bit easier to keep up with because a few of them were dead when the book started. After just a little while I had them all more or less straight. Moving along... immediately upon starting this book I was so intrigued by the world. I loved that they are people of an island nation and how much everything in the book reflected that. Their burial customs were fascinating, their Churning festivities sounded so beautiful, the ocean is a part of every corner of this book. I was fascinated by the horror element of this book. I thought that it was very intriguing at first, and while it did drop off a bit in the middle, it continued to be a bit dizzying and exciting until the end. It definitely had it's brutal and gory moments, so it's not a sickly sweet re-telling. I loved the bits and pieces we learned about other parts of the world.... but I felt like we don't know enough as readers to really digest how it all fits together, and with the story -- making it feel just a little bit disjointed during the ending. What we did learn though, I was intrigued by! I liked the bit of romance that was included, but I liked the sisterhood just as much. There was a little bit of a mystery to solve along the way, which isn't my usual thing, but I really enjoyed and did not guess the reveal. Overall I would recommend this if you are looking for a fantasy novel that is a little unexpected and beautifully envisioned. I am especially excited about this book as it is a debut for this author.... I can't wait to see where her writing goes. Wow!

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