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House of Salt and Sorrows

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  26,514 ratings  ·  6,021 reviews
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 pl
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Delacorte
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

You know Brother Grimm’s fairy-tale named “Twelve Dancing Princesses”: Those girls each more beautiful than the last, sleep in twelve beds in the same room. Every night their doors securely locked by their father. But in the m
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
well this was trippy, weird, & unexpected! i've never read the story this book is based on so maybe had i read that i wouldn't be as surprised as i am, but here we are. the only downfall for me was the romance... shocker! ...more
chan ☆
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to chan ☆ by: aphrodite
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2019
barbie walked so this book could run
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
4.5* (might be just a 4, have to think on it a bit more!)
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
And the award for Exceptional New Voice in YA Horror goes to...ERIN A. CRAIG!!!!

((the crowd goes wild))

I loved this book so, so much. It was not at all what I expected, but I am so damned pleased with what it turned out to be.

In one word:


Annaleigh lives at Highmoor, a remote manor on the sea with her father, stepmother and sisters. Where once there were twelve sisters, at the start of our story, only nine remain.

The most recent to die, Eulalie, plunged to her death from a high cliff
chai ♡
guess who is single and ready to

read this retelling of "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and reinject myself in with this fictional world and its characters to avoid engaging with my very real responsibilities
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
‘show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams. come not as you are but as you wish to be seen.’

uhhh… theres definitely gonna be nightmares. how come no one told me this would be so creepy?!? wow. im such a wimp. lol.

also, early side note. i had no idea this was a retelling before i picked it up. ive never even heard of ‘the twelve dancing princesses,’ so im coming at this review with the perspective that this story is wildly original and one of a kind, because i have no idea which aspe
Chelsea Humphrey
BOTM YA selection August 2019!


"As they whispered their strained condolences, I noticed the guests were careful to not get too close. Was it in deference to our station, or were they worried something might rub off? I wanted to chalk it up to the lowbrow superstition, but as a distant aunt approached me, a thin smile on her thin lips, the same question lingered in her eyes, just below the surface, impossible to miss: Which one of us would be next?"


Oh yes, I love a good book that is unafr
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I would say a 3.5 stars. I liked it well enough. I loved the characters and the overall craziness of the book. I don’t think I would read it again though so it’s going in the trade in box. I would buy it on kindle if it was ever on sale though 😉

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Buddy read with For Love Of A Book.

May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed..

3.5 stars

Annaleigh, (who BTW, doesn't love this name?) lives at Highmoor, a Manor by the sea with her father, his new wife and her eleven sisters. Tragedy seems to be hitting this family hard, perhaps it is cursed? The villagers think so. This used to be a big happy family. But after their Mother died, the family went into mourning, then four of her sisters died one by one. Annaleigh begins to believe that her sister's deaths are not accidents.

2.5 stars*

I was LOVING this book at the start, but as the story went on I started to lose interest in the story and was honestly waiting for it to be over. My favourite thing about this book was definitely the atmosphere (very dark and eerie and I loved the setting).

I do think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it physically (the audiobook wasn't my favourite)/ if I wasn't in this weird reading slump (I was forcing myself to read it at times since I really just wanted to finish it).

Maybe I'
Kayla Dawn
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This started out pretty good but went downhill towards the end in my opinion.

First of all, I really enjoyed the atmosphere the author created here. It was perfect for a cold, stormy October night. I also liked the way how stuff (especially clothing) was described, it was easy to imagine how things looked like.

The characters themselves were okay overall, nothing special but not terrible either (gotta say though, I never quite remembered who was who so that's kinda bad). And sadly the love story
So, when I went to sleep last night (more like this night since it was after midnight), I kept thinking about what I'm going to say about this book.
And I was drawing a blank. But let me just tell you, fantastic debut! This author is definitely staying on my radar. Plus massive praise for a stand-alone.

So, let's start at the beginning; my interest in this book started when I saw the gorgeous cover! It's just so pretty. Then I knew there were twelve sisters and a curse. And that's it, I know, I
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
I am
• spooked,
• in love,
• and broken.

The House of Salt and Sorrows is an enchanting and haunting retelling of the Brother Grimm’s fairy tale “Die Zwölf Tanzenden Prinzessinnen“ ,“ The Twelve Dancing Princesses" (or sometimes referred to as "The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes" or "The Shoes that were Danced to Pieces"). Erin A. Craig’s spin on the tale delivers a magically engrossing tale including gods, a suspicious stepmother, magic doorways, haunting visions, terrifying suspense, and sweet roman
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: all your typical horror stuff - death, gore, ghosts, etc

This was a WILD ride. I don’t remember the last time I binge read a book so fast. I very rarely read anything close to horror (and this is as close as I get!) but this maintained a sense of eerie foreboding, dread, and mystery the entire time. I had to keep reading to find out what happened! There is an element of not knowing what is real and what’s not that the reader shares with the characters. This is an excellent spooky read.

Cristina Monica
This is an exciting YA fantasy driven by a compelling atmosphere and a dark mystery case. I was pulled in pretty quickly and was curious to see how this author would retell one of my all time favourite fairy tales. When I was a kid, all I wanted to watch was Barbie’s adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have fond memories of sitting in my room and gazing in adoration at the different dresses and shoes. Fashion is not an important component of this story and you won’t find any Barbies i ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
Extremely atmospheric, haunting, and filled with historically tinged Gothic horror, this was something else.

World: ★★★★ 1/2
Plot Execution: ★★★ 1/2
Character Development: ★★★
Gothic Ocean Vibes: ★★★★★

Well hello, Gothic ocean-inspired fairy tale retelling! House of Salt and Sorrows was something I never knew I wanted until I read it. It's a full cast list of sisters and other residents of Highmoor Estate, located on one of several islands that are home to the People of the Salt. One by one, the sist
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.75 Stars

This book threw me a curve, and I was left in a fumble. Unsure of which direction I should go to catch the ball. Damn, unreliable narrator! Also, idk if it’s my creepy meter that’s low compare to the rest of you mystery/thriller booknuts out there, but this book creeped me the hell out alright. The fact that this is a retelling doesn’t make it any less unique and magical. On the surface, it looks wildly similar to the original tale of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, but on a deeper leve
Clem (the villain's quest)

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Yikes. Let's all grab a drink because shit is about to get SERIOUS.


Another book that could have gone under a couple more editing rounds.

1. Character development: Do I remember the name of the main character? No. It's so minimalist that I couldn’t see it. It’s like expensive invisible and uncomfortable furniture for rich people. An excuse to make money and the void in art.

2. Worldbuilding: thin like a prostitute’s panties. Just like character development.
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I have developed my following by being 100% honest, whether or not a book is popular. I think this is especially important in the YA genre, when many books are over-hyped in a way that comes across as incredibly artificial and manufactured at times. I'm sorry, but you can't all be the #1 best-selling YA book, especially not if you're all doubling down on the BLANK of BLANK AND BLANK forgettable title game. I mean, come on. I can barely
Irena BookDustMagic
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
House of Salt and Sorrows is a hot topic ever since it came out, and it was hyped for months before it’s release.
I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to read it via Netgalley and I can tell you, I completely understand where the hype comes from.

This story really impressed me and even though it is a retelling of a tale of Twelve Dancing Princesses I would say it is one of the most unique books that I have read in the past few months. However, I have to stress out that I am not familiar with
Kat Valentine
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a hauntingly beautiful story!!! This book reminds me of the gothic romances I read when I was a young teenager girl . Erin did a marvelous job writing a spooky tale with intriguing characters and a unique storyline. I did figure out early in the book the one behind all that befell this family,but it did not take away the pure enjoyment I got from reading this story. I was drawn to this cover from the beginning and knew I had to read it. I will definitely be keeping this writer on my radar, ...more
I don't know what's this book all about because I don't read blurbs anymore but salty air curls my hair so let's roll with this
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, owl-crate-books
YA Fantasy at its best - dark, mysterious and hauntingly beautiful!

This retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses is an absolute winner! Erin A. Craig brought this gothic and mystical world to life - I mean it literally leaps off the page! I had such a clear vision of Highmoor, the sea, the balls and the sisters in my mind. It was all so atmospheric and enchanting.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the writing. It was dark for YA - full of foreboding, mystery, and a rather creepy (almost gruesome)
This book doesn't get that heterosexuality is not a personality trait.

I'm not saying this to be funny: no one in this book had a personality. I can't tell you anything about the main character apart from the fact that she's attracted to Cassius and cares for her sisters; she was more a placeholder than a character. The boys were even worse, existing in the book just to be handsome, vaguely mysterious, and exchange possessive glares that the book will carefully specify are masculine while fightin
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a total mind f**k.

Fantasy/horror/thriller/murder was glorious. I'm usually not into murder mysteries or thrillers, but the fantasy aspect made it AMAZING.

The story follows Annaleigh, one of (originally) twelve sisters. The family is in perpetual mourning as sister after sister dies, leading the town to believe the family is cursed. The summary of the book talks about pretty dresses and dan
can’t believe this book came out in 2019 and not in 2006
“Flushed with starlight and moonlight drowned,
All the dreamers are castle-bound.
At midnight’s stroke, we will unwind,
Revealing fantasies soft or unkind.
Show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams.
Come not as you are but as you wish to be seen.”


This book, although a bit clichéd, basically contains every single thing I absolutely love about books and I'm not sure how many scares I got or how many times my heart broke while I was reading it, but it's now one of my favorite reads of all t
Hannah Greendale
Craig's debut frames the Grimms' tale of twelve dancing princesses as a Gothic murder mystery. Laced gowns and mourning garb, fairy shoes and midnight balls, reanimated corpses and whispers in the dark, crashing seas and the taste of salt in the air. There's a lot to love here, but the plot suffers from slow pacing and a lack of suspense that doesn't build until the final chapters.
Nestled on a bed of navy velvet were my shoes. I'd selected a jade leather, and the cobbler had added glittering
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jan 05, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
What's with the weird title trend?
I.E. A (noun) of (noun) and (noun).

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New York Times bestselling author Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories.

After getting her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan, in Theatre Design and Production, she stage managed tragic operas with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky.

An avid reader, decent embroiderer, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewrit

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