House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

So, I had no idea when I jumped into this book that it would be a ghost story type of thing 🙊 Not that I’m complaining!! I actually really loved how it was a chilling, mystery type of fantasy novel. Definitely perfect for this time of the year! And a retelling of the 12 dancing princesses?? SIGN. ME. UP. I don’t know what the original story is, but I grew up watching the Barbie movie for it and I loved it so this was a big moment for me 😂

Okay, I admit, maybe it’s because I was so slackish in reading this book (NOT THE BOOK’S FAULT), but I kept mixing up the sisters’ names. Guys, THERE’S TWELVE OF THEM. Please tell me I’m not crazy for taking half the book just to figure out which sister was which. Actually, I’m still not entirely sure I have it figured out, but I understood what was happening and with who so that’s the important part… right? This was a testament to my memory and school has fried it so I think I deserve a redo in the future 😂

ANYWHO, there were seriously so many plot twists in this book that I honestly felt like Annaleigh (the main character), especially in the end there. Erin Craig was definitely there somewhere royally messing my brain up and smirking while I spun around in confusion trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. AND SHE THOROUGHLY TURNED MY BRAIN INTO SCRAMBLED EGGS, OKAY. There were moments where I wanted to put the book down to reflect on what was happening and freak out but I also wanted to keep going because I wondered if what was happening was even real or not and I had to figure it out ASAP!

And I could not for the life of me figure out who to trust?? Like, I was suspicious of everyone! EVERYONE. It was brutal not being able to trust a single character when I could feel myself getting attached to them as Annaleigh did 😫 Even while trying to be prepared for the ending, I kept having those “WAIT, WHAT” moments! Which is awesome, because I love a book that keeps me guessing even when I try to roll with the punches.

There was something so unique about the way this book was written; I can’t explain it. It was like no fantasy thriller I’ve ever read before. It was dark and chilling and yet there was romance and it was swoony while being creepy and shocking and it moved around you like a blur so you never saw it creeping up and ATTACKING YOU. See, I’m not making sense anymore. We can blame this book for that 😂 It has twisted my brains and you should let it twist yours too so maybe this will make more sense if all our brains have been messed with by Erin Craig.

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