A review by rachrreads
House of Salt and Sorrows, by Erin A. Craig

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


House of Salt and Sorrows is a gothic retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses with paranormal elements. Annaleigh is the 6th daughter of Duke  Thaumas, but now she’s second in line to inherit the title from their father. Tragedy has struck their family often— first their mother, dying after childbirth. Then followed by her four eldest sisters, all in varying circumstances. I was immediately hooked by this story, but I was left feeling like something was missing from the story.

The ending felt so out of pocket to the beginning of the story and I found myself trying to figure out what in the world was going on? The big plot twist, while hard to guess, was also at the same time predictable. I think this could’ve been resolved better or been more fleshed out. 

Cassius is a dream though. We stan him and Annaleigh 

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