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403 pages, Hardcover
First published August 6, 2019
“We are born of the Salt, we live by the Salt, and to the Salt we return.”
“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.”
↬ Intriguing plot
The mystery element of the story is my favorite part of the book. Annaleigh’s ghostly visions really help set the somber tone. You can feel the spookiness. It makes your brows crease in worry and your spines tingle with uneasiness.
↬ Mesmerizing world building
I loved the setting and the world building in this book. The big mansion added with the ancient and horror feel to it, made me feel like I was watching The Haunting of Hill House all over again. In addition, the sea and the port market gave me the Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. I loved the concept behind all the different islands and the gods and the religions. The magic made me feel like being inside a fairy tale.
↬ Unpredictable but bland characters
Annaleigh is such an unreliable narrator. You’d feel like you’re being toyed with bcs she pulls you into all different directions. I loved that about her, but at the same time it was also a little frustrating. It doesn’t matter if you have your own theory about who the culprit is bcs she’ll make you doubt it.
As for the rest of the characters, I was a bit concerned about how I was going to remember them all at first. Thankfully, each of them quickly grew on me as I read on although I do think that the triplets and the Graces could just easily be merged as one character. My favorite sister is definitely Verity (one of the youngests), and my least favorite one is Camille (the oldest).
↬ Underdeveloped romance
The romance in this book is not my favorite, but I also don’t hate it. I thought it was sketchy at the beginning. Cassius for me is just a meh love interest. I feel like he has no purpose other than to confuse the readers with more suspect theories. The romance between him and Annaleigh is unconvincing as it lacks any sort ot tension, emotional connection, and build up.
↬ Lyrical writing and steady pacing
For the majority of the book, the writing is lyrical and flowy and real. It just makes you feel like you’re engrossed in a movie. However, there are other times when I felt a little baffled by the absurdity of a couple scenes. The first 1/3 of the book is a bit slow with only a few drops of hints here and there. After that, it shifts to a steadier pace.