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Haunting, atmospheric, and immersive.”--Bustle

“Nothing short of both haunting and mesmerizing . . . a perfect step into escapism and away from real life.”--Hypable

"It’s a fairy tale, a young-adult romance (though gothic enough for adult readers) and a whodunit too."--The Wall Street Journal

"Chilling and atmospheric."--Laura E. Weymouth, author of The Light Between Worlds

Evocative details and lyrical, moody prose  . . . a richly conceived story that blends mythic and Gothic storytelling."--PW

"The novel’s vivid, evocative atmosphere will please fans of the gothic . . . chills aplenty."--The Bulletin

"Equal parts gothic fairy tale and romance . . . compulsively readable."—SLJ

"This moody maritime retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses blends elements of suspense and horror for a gothic twist on a familiar tale. A memorably built world populated with a hauntingly doomed family."--Booklist




About the Author

Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her BFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Michigan, she stage managed tragic operas filled with hunchbacks, séances, and murderous clowns, then decided she wanted to write books that were just as spooky. An avid reader, decent quilter, rabid basketball fan, and collector of typewriters, Erin makes her home in Memphis with her husband and daughter.

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  • Publisher : Delacorte Press (6 August 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1984831925
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1984831927
  • Reading age : 12 - 14 years
  • Item Weight : 522 g
  • Dimensions : 14.61 x 3.51 x 21.74 cm
  • Country of Origin : USA
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Reviewed in India on 9 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Retelling(5/5)
By bookmonk._ on 9 September 2020
The book is Hardcover with a beautiful dust jacket.
"𝑾𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒏 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒕, 𝒘𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒕, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒂𝒍𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒏"
Who's up for some Gothic vibes Laced with Horror,suspense and Romance!
Who's up to run around in gossamer gowns in a manor by the sea.
HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS BY ERIN A CRAIG is just the book for you.
Erina Craig's take on the 12 dancing princesses' is purely mesmerising.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at a manor by the sea at highmoor with her sisters,her dad and stepmom,once there were 12 but now it's just 8 of them, loneliness beckons them and the stench of death still lingers, people say that they are cursed but annaleigh believes there's more to the tragedy,The girls are dancing their heart out dusk till dawn, meeting strangers and dressing up,when annaleigh herself is involved with a mysterious stranger who has secrets,she doesn't know whom or what to trust,she has little time left to solve the mystery behind everything including her sisters death until it snatches her away too.
1 Definitely a 5/5 for a debut novel and it has all the elements (the right amount of almost all the emotions)
2.The plot is amazing,it had me at the edge of my seat consistently and I had to make sure I slept with my lights on (well I had to make sure noone snatches my bedsheets off me)
3.I could actually experience and visualise everything in the book,I was legit a silent spectator and I had no idea what was happening until the very end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
By Meghna on 28 June 2020
When I first saw this book, its breath-taking cover made sure I picked it up. Then when I read what it was all about, the blurb surprised (pleasantly) and excited me. I grew up watching the story of the twelve dancing princesses. And while I have come across MANY fairy-tale retellings, they’ve mostly been the conventional fairy-tales like Beauty and the Beast or Snow White, but never this. I knew I had to get it, and I’m glad that I did.

<i>“I think you get to a certain point in life when ghosts are no longer fun. When the people you love die… like my father, your mother and sisters… the thought that they could be trapped here… it’s unbearable, isn’t it? I can’t imagine a worse fate. Unseen, unheard. Surrounded by people who remember you a little less each day.”</i>

– Erin A. Craig, House of Salt and Sorrows

From the very first page, there were ubiquitous undertones of poignancy and intrigue that lasted throughout the novel. I had made assumptions about how the book would end and what the plot twist was, as I do with all other mysteries. But it was only when the author wished to reveal the mystery that I realised I had no real inclination of the real story before that. The closer to the end we got, the more confused I became, until, of course, it was all made clear.

The story follows a family, plagued by a curse that ensures their demise. Not only do they have the curse to be fearful of, but also have to suffer through the hostility of the people around them who believe in the curse. A respite comes in the form of numerous balls and dances that the princesses were all too happy to attend. But even they could ensure happiness for them for only so long.

I loved the characters in the book, especially Annaleigh; She was strong, resilient and very capable of handling herself. And she cared; she cared about her sisters, her friends, her family, even in times when they probably didn’t deserve it. She fought for them the hardest she could, even if that meant putting herself at risk. The development of relationships, as well as individual character development, in the book was great. The pacing, writing, story; I don’t think I thought of a single critique while reading this. Needless to say, this is going in my favourite’s shelf!

Now I know this is bit of a stretch, but I would honestly love for this book to be adapted. I’m always in search of good horror movies but lately, the trend that I’ve been noticing is that “horror movies” means cheap jump scares and gore without any real story. It’s just frame after frame of people gruesomely dying, without making the audience develop any emotional attachment to the characters beforehand – but that just makes their deaths not mean anything to us, right? It barely even qualifies as entertainment. But I think if this book were to be adapted, it would make a killer horror movie; It had enough jump scares to make you want to grab onto something, some gory stuff to make you cringe and a hell of a story to go with it. I felt for the characters so deeply, the fear, the disgust, the happiness.

Although I do know that there is no possible way that a movie would turn out to be as good as the book itself, I’d still love to see it, probably more than once.
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Haley R. Flores
5.0 out of 5 stars Gothic Retelling with Fabulous Dresses
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 August 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2019
'House Of Salt And Sorrows' by Erin A. Craig is an eerie tale set by the sea. With four sisters dead, the villagers are convinced that Annaleigh and her sisters have been cursed by the Gods.

Ghostly visions plague Annaleigh, but she is soon distracted by glistening balls, the arrival of her new half-brothers and a mysterious stranger who has his own secrets.

Okay, so this might not be a popular opinion, but House Of Salt And Sorrows just didn’t do it for me. I found myself skimming quite a bit and didn’t connect with Annaleigh, the protagonist. This is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm story 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses'. I usually am not a fan of retellings as it usually falls short of the original story. However, there was enough variation in this version to make it hold my interest long enough to finish it.

It seemed that the only aspects of the religion that was explored had a direct influence on the storyline – I just didn't feel involved in this universe and feel like a bit more information on how the Gods and Goddesses influence the day-to-day lives would have made me more invested.

Not so convinced about the romance element to this novel either. I think it could have been better explored and didn’t find myself rooting for the romance as I usually do.

What I DID like about this book is that there were a few twists that I really didn’t see coming. The last 25% really pulled it together!

It's a 3/5 for me!

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“Nights like this were meant to be shared, remembered, and talked about for years. Skies like this were meant to be kissed under.”
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably gothic YA fantasy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2019
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars A slow read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2019
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