House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Thank you to Random House Children Books for sending me an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  



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. (Goodreads)


A Dark and Twisty retelling to the Twelve Dancing Princesses


So first let me say I love a re-telling.  But one story that I had yet to find a great re-telling of was the Twelve Dancing Princesses.  I had read a few, but most of them left me bored or annoyed with the characters.  Not this book, I loved how dark and twisty it was.  It begins at a funeral and does not let up from there!  What starts out as a mystery about a sister who was murdered turns into so much more!  

I love Annaleigh.  She was such a kind, strong and RATIONALE character.  Characteristics that I often find missing from many young adult female protagonists.  The other characters were very well developed, and I especially loved Cassius and Verity.  

I would have liked to more about the gods and the overall makeup of the world these characters were inhabiting.  How the gods they worshipped interacted.  I would love to read another book set in this world! 

Overall Rating: 4.5

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