In a manor by the sea twelve sisters are cursed35 starsAnnaleigh who BTW doesn t love this name lives at Highmoor a Manor by the sea with her father his new wife and her eleven sisters Tragedy seems to be hitting this family hard perhaps it is cursed The villagers think so This used to be a big happy family But after their Mother died the family went into mourning then four of her sisters died one by one Annaleigh begins to believe that her sister s deaths are not accidents After the latest death her Stepmother convinces her father that they should stop mourning and dress in beautiful clothing again have balls and embrace life Everyone but Annaleigh is on board but she finally agrees to make her father happy The new clothing and fairy shoes are not the only new thingsthe girls also become aware of a secret passage A passage or crevice if ou will that will take them to another place a place of balls and dances new encounters and new adventures But tragedy strikes again when another sister goes missingPut me in the camp of enjoying re telling of fairy tales In this case this book is an atmospheric retelling of the Brother Grimm s The Twelves Dancing Princesses also known as The Worn out Dancing shoes and The Shoes that were danced to Pieces Sometimes re telling s can be campy but this one was not I loved the atmosphere The Manor overlooking the sea the water the sea creatures the sisters the balls etc This one felt atmospheric Gothic and enchanting all at the same time Is the family cursed Why are the women of this family dying The book does get darker at the end but I enjoyed how the book built up to the ending This book also had me uestioning what was real and what wasn t as Annaleigh begins to uestion what is happening to her family This is a great rainy dayescape book It s full of atmosphere magic a little romance mystery and ghosts Parts felt a little predictable ie the love triangle but this is YA so that often goes with the genre I found this to be a very visual book as in I could easily visualize what was happening as the Author did a great job with her descriptionsThe Author is off to a very solid start with this debut novel I received a copy of this book from Random House Children s and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in "this review are my own August Owlcrate Unboxing Click under the pic to see all of the goodies THE "review are my own August Owlcrate Unboxing Click under the pic to see all of the goodies THE LINKI would say a 35 stars I liked it well enough I loved the characters and the overall craziness of the book I don t think I would read it again though so it s going in the trade in box I would buy it on kindle if it was ever on sale though Happy Reading Mel Buddy read with For Love Of A Book BOTM YA selection August 201935 STARS As they whispered their strained condolences I noticed the guests were careful to not get too close Was it in deference to our station
Or Were They Worried were they worried might ru show me debauched nightmares or sunniest daydreams come not as Nam you are but asou wish to be seen uhhh theres definitely gonna be nightmares how come no one told me this. In a manor by the sea twelve sisters are cursedAnnaleigh 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 tragic than the last the plague a plummeting fall a drownin. ,
characters House of Salt and Sorrows,
Would be so creepy wow im such a wimp lolalso early side note
i had no idea this was a retelling before i picked it uphad no idea this was a retelling before i picked it up never even heard of the twelve dancing princesses so im coming at this review with the perspective that this story is wildly original and "one of a kind because i have no idea which aspects are part of the retelling and which are "of a kind because i have no idea which aspects are part of the retelling and which are own invention that being said if to kill a kingdom and the wicked deep created a hybrid world it would be the atmosphere and setting of house of salt and sorrows its not exactly enchanting because the story is actually uite dark but there is something so captivating about a mysterious island kingdom a family curse and unreliable events the writing easily transports the reader into this world filled with ghosts and secrets and that alone made this story worth it to me however i am a little disappointed with the ending there are a couple of things that relate to their religiongods that come into play and it had me very confused im not sure if i missed their introduction earlier on in the novel but i felt like that key component was uite rushed could just be an oversight on my part though regardless this is a hauntingly impressive debut 35 stars guess who is single and ready toread this retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses and reinject myself in with this fictional world and its characters to avoid engaging with my very real responsibilities and the award for Exceptional New Voice in YA Horror goes toERIN A CRAIG the crowd goes wildI loved this book so so much It was not at all what I expected but I am so damned pleased with what I gotIn one word EVERYTHINGAnnaleigh lives at Highmoor a remote manor on the sea with her father stepmother and sisters Where once t 45 might be just a 4 have to think on it a bit barbie walked so this book could run well this was trippy weird unexpected i ve never read the story this book is based on so maybe had i read that i wouldn t be as surprised as i am but here we ARE THE ONLY DOWNFALL FOR ME WAS THE ROMANCE the only downfall for me was the romance 5 SPOOKY TERRIFYING OH MY GOD MY HANDS STILL TREMBLING CONTAINING GOTHIC ELEMENTS GHOSTS AND CURSES KINDA STORY PLEASE LEAVE YOUR LIGHTS ON BEFORE GO TO SLEEP AFTER THIS BOOK AND DON T BE AFRAID OF CREAKING SOUNDS THEY MIGHT BE ONLY RATS DANCING ON YOUR FLOORS STARSYou know Brother Grimm s fairy tale named Twelve Dancing Princesses Those girls each beautiful than the last sleep in twelve beds in the same room Every night their doors securely locked by their father But in the morning THEIR DANCE SHOES are found to be WORN THROUGH as they had been DANCING ALL NIGHT So this book s uite great horrific roller coaster riding version of retelling As Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you consider how Grimm Brothers vulgar harsh tones and merciless writing on those books and depressing grimacing things happened to their charactersou may understand how this book could give Lippenbekenntnisse you creeps stomach churning eerie sensation THIS IS REALLY SCARY AND MIND BENDING BOOK Ifou re not ready to read something spooky twisty surprising giving ou nightmares please put the book down and choose somethin. G a slippery plunge and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the godsDisturbed 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. G lighter like our chic lits or summer reading Impossible Things you could grab to read at the seaside whileou re sipping our cool drink and totally forget about this dark story foreverThis book might be 12 Dances Princesses retelling a different approach newer version but it also reminded me the Inception with its mind confusing head hurting dream into dream into dream seuences You re really getting lost what s real or what
"s a nightmare There are some parts of 7 Ravens which is originally about 7 brothers but we had our "a nightmare There are some parts of 7 Ravens which is originally about 7 brothers but we had our Annaleigh which is so amazingly melodic and capturing name if I ever have a child I named after her without thinking a second and her 7 sisters And also we had some glimpses of Little Women in this book as we read the sister s stories and character analysis Rosalie reminded me Amy and Verity had a little Beth a little Amy inside And Camille know it all pretentious elder sister reminded me a little Meg
At Least Annaleigh And Her Struggles Had Great Resemblances Withleast Annaleigh and her struggles had great resemblances with and Joe s fighting about their differences WHAT I REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS BOOKBIG FAN OF RETELLINGS AND THIS GREAT DEBUT It s real defying and challenging thing to write again with brand new fresh crystal clear visionary perspective and create a new story based on Brother Grimms works The author chose not one of the famous works of him and she definitely achieved dexterous adroit refined job by adding horrific gothic mysterious elements and a poignant lyrical romantic story FAST PACING TEMPO HEART THROBBING TERRIFYING SCENESVerity acts like Sixth Sense s Haley Joel Osment and claims she s talking with the ghosts of her dead sisters and draws so many scary paintings which contain too many gory and harmful details about the way how her sisters have died There is no way she can know these facts without being crime scenes which of course she hasn tI really jump out of my seat throw the book away as if my hands were burned screamed non stop when I caught a monster looking back at the methen I realized that s my morning self in the mirror before I had my morning coffee so I shut my mouthAMAZING LOVE STORYWe need romance after jumping out of our seats and taking few breathes to ease our heavy heart rates So this love story was a medicine for the pain this book gave me I love Annaleigh and Cassius slow burn passionate tender devoted growing love story ENDINGThe part about the villain s identity was foreseeable but last twists about delusions were clearly mind bending brain cell burning head thudding kind of experiences they had to endure for finishing this book I enjoyed those twists mind games that the author professionally played with us She was my great winnerSUMMARYI want to read retellings and surprising stories if Erin A Craig intends to write This ear I discovered too many new writers and I enjoyed their works so much which gave me hope we ll have amazing literary works in near future I LOVE THIS BOOK TOO MUCH If Wachten op Apollo you re big fans mysterious horrifying Grimm Brothers style fairy tales that s definitely a Yes this book is truly forou bloginstagramfacebooktwitter. 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 withWhen 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 nex.