Happy Monday Everyone!
I hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend! Today I am going to be reviewing another twisted retelling on a tale we all know and love! House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, is a dark retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princess’s!
The book description came from the Goodreads website:
“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.”
The second I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down! The way Erin tells this story is so beautiful and dark, that you won’t see what is coming next. It has dark gothic aspects to it, and the words Erin writes will have you being transported directly into the world of Highmoor. It is told from Annaleigh’s point of view, and let me just say this is one strong female character. She will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her sisters and figure out how to stop it.
Erin’s imagination is one that reminded me of A.G. Howard’s writing a little bit with some Agatha Christie thrown in. This book will have you on the edge of your seat, and hanging on for dear life. I happily stayed up late some nights to finish this book, and I couldn’t be more happier with the entire story. I have always loved the tale of The Twelve Dancing Princess, and the way Erin puts a new spin on it while sticking the the spirit of the original is amazing! This is her debut novel, and I can’t wait to see what her brilliant mind comes up with next!
Go on a journey to help Annaleigh try and save her sisters before the next death, my dears!