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House of Salt and Sorrows, by Erin A. Craig

20 reviews

dadimabookernow's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Hands down the best read of the year!

This book is so so good. It's so dark and twisty but so good. Very much reminds me of The haunting of hill house vibes.



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megloveswords12's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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mikaelaandherbooks's review

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Fantastic piece of work! This was a great, spooky retelling of the 12 dancing princesses. I loved that it has you guessing until the end.

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mreno5's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5


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carysbeesbooks's review

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.75


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maddy_sofie's review against another edition

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dark mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

4.5 stars and just because I was a bit slow reading this ( which is totally my fault and I know it, but it made the story a bit hard to put together for me)
I loved the slight horror aspect, the plot twists at the end and the bit of love which was just the right amount to not be the focus of the book but important enough to care.

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beccaslittlebooknook's review against another edition

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dark emotional funny inspiring mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

I’ll admit I was unsure when I started this book and it took me about hundred pages to start getting into the story but once I did, I was hooked.

The mystery behind the sisters deaths and the bits and pieces slowly being put together had me dying to keep reading to find out what this “curse” was.

I loved Cassius and watching the romance blossom between Annaleigh and him. It was a cute and really wish there was more!

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emily_mh's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

4.25. Right from the beginning I loved the manor-on-an-island setting of this book as it really played in to the spooky atmosphere that Craig created. And I truly LOVED how spooky this book was; I was genuinely nervous to turn my lights out at night and go to sleep. There were a lot more horror elements than I was expecting which I think were really well done but definitely graphic. Given that this book is a standalone, the world-building was impressive and fleshed out. Throughout the book, I was continually surprised and kept on my toes with the various twists and turns.

However, there were definitely some parts of the book that I didn't like. The side characters felt at times one-dimensional. Annaleigh has 11 sisters, and only two of them felt like actual people to me. I thought Fisher could have had more page-time, as well as other characters who became more important at the end. The plot was also a little slow in the first half, compared to the fast pacing in the second half.
SpoilerAnnaleigh and Cassius' romance was insta-love for me and therefore I didn't enjoy it, and I thought it a little ridiculous that they were in love after hanging out a couple of times. Also, it was a little creepy because Cassius had been watching Annaleigh for ages, and I think he's also a lot older than her.
Finally, I didn't LOVE the ending as much as I could have, as
Spoilerit played into the evil stepmother trope, and two of the original four deaths turned out to not be "cursed."

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bookcaptivated's review

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25


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ofpagesandparagraphs's review against another edition

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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