Review| House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows is a book I’ve heard a lot about in the last couple of months. After it released, a lot of people were really excited. I heard it was creepy, so I wanted to read it around Halloween. That didn’t happen, but I finally did a buddy read of it this month! Did it meet all my expectations? Keep on reading to find out!

Review| House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

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.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
Published by Delacorte on 06/08/2019
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook


House of Salt and Sorrows grabbed me from the start. I enjoyed the writing, the setting, the plot and even the characters caught my attention right away. This story is pretty dark and if I’m honest pretty slow. I wasn’t bothered by that though, because I really wanted to know more about this world and its characters.

I loved the characters and the bond this family had. After so much loss, it was clear they really still loved each other. A family that experiences so much, should get their own happily ever after. The idea of them finding a magical place to dance, seemed interesting, but I knew something was going on! House of Salt and Sorrows quickly turns into a thriller/mystery. I really enjoyed this part and honestly didn’t trust anybody! And just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, the story flipped and left me questioning everything.

“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.”

My enjoyment lasted about 75% of the book. During the story, the author tells us about the gods in this world, but that didn’t prepare me for what happened near the end of the book. I was really confused by all the events and how fast everything went. It’s like we missed a big part of what was going on. Also, the epilogue didn’t make much sense to me. A lot happens in the last part of the story and it seems like the main characters didn’t really care. Also, the romance in this story felt off because of this. I think if these few aspects weren’t as rushed as they were, I would’ve enjoyed them a lot more.

That makes me kind of wish this would’ve at least been a duology. I feel that the author would’ve had the chance to give us more information to prepare us for the ending. All in all, I enjoyed the concept and world a lot! This is definitely an author I want to read more from. I know this review is shorter than most I write, but with the mystery aspect of this book, I don’t want to give away too much. House of Salt and Sorrows is really a book you need to experience on your own!

I just have to add this picture though, because it described exactly how I felt near the end of this book, haha.

All in all, I’m glad I read House of Salt and Sorrows though. It was definitely an unique story. What was the last book that made you feel the same way as the picture I shared? I’d love to know!


One thought on “Review| House of Salt and Sorrows – Erin A. Craig

  1. I tried to start this book, but I kept falling asleep. The story being described as really slow bothers me honestly. Glad you liked it though!

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