A review by emily_mh
House of Salt and Sorrows, by Erin A. Craig
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? No
- Diverse cast of characters? No
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
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.
Spoilerit played into the evil stepmother trope, and two of the original four deaths turned out to not be "cursed."
Graphic: Animal death, Body horror, Death, Gore, Miscarriage , and Pregnancy
Moderate: Blood, Child death, Grief, Mental illness, Murder, and Violence
Minor: Death of parent, Emotional abuse, Infidelity, Sexual content, Suicide, Vomit, and Alcohol