House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: August 6th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Family
This is an exciting YA fantasy driven by a compelling atmosphere and a dark mystery case. I was pulled in pretty quickly and was curious to see how this author would retell one of my all time favourite fairy tales. When I was a kid, all I wanted to watch was Barbie’s adaptation of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I have fond memories of sitting in my room and gazing in adoration at the different dresses and shoes. Fashion is not an important component of this story and you won’t find any Barbies in it either. It’s a dark story with death creeping around every corner. The heroine—Annaleigh—is doing her best to shed light on the darkness but there are powerful forces at play so it will take courage, strength and determination to unveil the mystery.
I really enjoyed my experience reading this fantasy. Annaleigh is the kind of heroine dimensional enough to be real but also one that takes the place of the reader in a way. So as I was reading this book I really felt like I was Annaleigh most of the time. Her reactions are very universal and she is a teenager through and through. She is exactly like the kinds of heroines I was interested in in my early teens because I could picture myself in their places easily, embarking on all of these crazy adventures. Now, the secondary characters blur into one another, which is unfortunate because this could have been such a strong story about sisterhood. But since the sisters themselves are not memorable—in their actions or personalities—I wasn’t affected by them much.
This book is a crazy, almost mystical, ride that I’m sure you’ll be swept in.
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