Published by Delacorte on August 6, 2019
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Ghost, retelling, YA, Young Adult
Source: Book Box
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.
The House of Salt and Sorrows was a pretty interesting book. I actually really enjoyed it. The story is told in one POV, AnnaLeigh, she has twelve sisters…sorry she HAD twelve sister. Something is happening to her sister and the people think the family is cursed. This is sort of a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses but I say very loosely based because it didn’t really follow the rules since 4 of them are dead. I had some heartbreaking moment in this and was happy with the end but I felt some things were left open and at one point their father wanted some of the guest at a party to find out where the girls were going that was messing up their shoes…however nothing came of that. It was mentioned maybe once after but it was a large over dramatic part and it sort of just went away. I also felt a little bit of what was really going on fell a little short because you didn’t really see the person that caused the “curse” being someone that would cause a curse. Also they might have been cursed since the first 3 sisters just died it had nothing to do with this person that caused the “curse.” At least I didn’t think so.
If that was all confusing, well you know how I felt especially at the end. While I love the characters and the story I did feel like it was missing some important pieces that I think would have really pushed this story. When it came to the “villain” I didn’t feel like there was enough of that either. Maybe the story could have been told in two POVs which would have made you see things differently. The story does have a lot of mystery to it and honestly I was wrong a few times as to who was the bad person. I did eventually find out before the characters but it was very close to when they found out. Again, I just wished there was a little more it it.
I did give this book 4 stars because I really loved the sister bond and Annaleigh was a great character. I also loved the littlest sister. I do recommend this book, I really think it is enjoyable, even if it is a little confusing, you still get the idea of what was going on. Just wish it had a little more details.
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