HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin A. Craig is a haunting retelling of the fairy tale, The 12 Dancing Princesses. I received this ARC on behalf of NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This post DOES NOT CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Here is the summary and my shortened review:
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.
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Why I was interested: I had never read a retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses. It is a fairy tale you never really hear about being retold so that was an immediate check for me. Next, I love how the world building is inspired by the sea more so than forests and wide-spread acres of land.
Judge a book by it’s cover: The dark, brininess of the cover highlights the world so well.
What to expect: A dark, sea-inspired world, good mythology, some mild horror scenes wrapped together within an original retelling.
Why you should pick this book up: This book reminds me of an extended version of the ballroom scene in the Haunted Mansion ride at the Disney Parks but with a darker version of Ariel’s grotto. (I got some dark Disney vibes which I loved.)
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