House of Salt and Sorrows by @penchant4words is honestly amazing 😍
Got this back in January, and I was so excited to read this! One of my more anticipated releases for end of Summer, so I felt super happy to get to read this! This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses! Finally got around to reading about 2 weeks ago. And lemme tell you, this book didn't let me down! 😱❤ I never got bored once, and the story just kept on going! The twists that happened, and the super dark final act, just made me 😱💀❤. I have a review on Goodreads if you wanna see 🤗❤ .
SYNOPSIS: Annaleigh 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 more tragic than the last--the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge--and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed 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 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 with? When 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 next.
Thank you SO MUCH to @delacortepress for giving me an ARC! Was super excited to get this 🤗❤😍 I can't wait to see what else @penchant4words writes, because I loved this book so much. ❤
Erin A. Craig's "House of Salt and Sorrows" is gothic horror, fantasy, romance, and murder mystery, all rolled into one. You can never predict what will happen next. All you can expect are shivers and gasps at each twist in the plot! I haven't been so hooked on a book since Kendare Blake debuted her "Three Dark Crowns" series four years ago. Thank you so much for the ARC, @penchant4words & @delacortepress! #HouseofSaltandSorrows#GothicHeroine#ARC#amreading#bookstagram
Look, I warned you guys early on that this isn't the place if you're looking for beautiful artistic posts but look at all of these gorgeous ARCs I have queued up (I'm mad that 8 Souls doesn't have the cover included in the eARC because it's one of my favorites from this bunch). I'm currently reading 4 other books (seriously, why do I do this to myself), but I'm excited for all of these! 8 Souls is so much fun so far and I already want to reread House of Salt and Sorrows
What are some of your favorite weekly hashtags?
Recently I've been struggling with what to post here so I decided to participate in at least one hashtag each day of the week to provide some guidance and inspiration.
"MapMonday," "PintasticFriday," and "StackingUpSaturday" were already in place so I've been doing those. And recently I created a few tags of my own to match with some of my bookstagram goals.
On Sundays (like today!) I use #SundayERead to chat about what I'm reading on my Kindle (and to get my eReader in photos more)
Tuesdays, I'm sharing "OnMyTBRTuesday" to self-shame myself into reading the many unread books in my shelves 😂 and give them some love too.
Wednesday is another day to share something different with "AudiobookWednesday!" Talking about audiobooks and what I'm listening to!
Thursdays are for "BeatTheBacklist" and the weekly photo challenge.
And the rest are the existing tags!
I'm planning to use the new tags personally to give me a bit more post inspiration but if y'all want to use them too, the more the merrier!
House of Salt and Sorrows by @penchant4words was such a stunning and incredible book. With a few turtles scenes too. And so when I saw these two gorgeous things I had to own them. And thought of this book right away. One of the turtle scenes was the rudest. But so well written :) I won this ARC from Erin, and I love it beyond words. <3 Also annotated and awesome. See a peek of that in picture two. So much love. You all need this book in August. So so good :D #bookstagram#bookish#houseofsaltandsorrows
"Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world."
QOTD...What book by what author are you the most looking forward to in 2019?
Mine are #Darkdawn , #Aurorarising , #Finale , #choosingus , #ChoosingYou , #spinthedawn , #houseofsaltandsorrows , #wickedsaints
Might wanna call this one for a scary good time!
I just finished reading this ARC and I stand in awe at the brilliance of Erin A Craig’s writing. This thing is legit creepy. I mean, there are horror moments in this that reminded me of reading DRACULA at 3AM and continually glancing over my shoulder and startling at nothing.
I’ll be buying it when it comes out because I need more nautical gothic novels on my shelf. Thanks for terrifying me (and also for being amazing at world building), @penchant4words!
Thank you to Random House Children's Delacorte Press and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book.
This was not at all what I was expecting. I have to say my initial reaction when I was finished was disappointment. I never found myself in awe at any point in this book and that was a let down. There was A LOT of crazy things going on in this book and it felt a bit messy and confusing at times However, I found that I couldn't put it down and that I was stuck questioning what the heck was happening to the poor girls at Highmoor. I felt like this book could have gone in so many different directions and it took such a weird stumbling path. Altogether this was a good read and I enjoyed the god aspect of it along with the traditions that the people of the Salt practiced. Old Maude was something I wished was a part of the story more. The descriptions and imagery in this book were excellent and I felt as though I was on the inside of the book watching the story unfold. I also wish there were actually GHOSTS! I was so looking forward to real ghosts! I think readers will really enjoy this wild tale of the cursed girls by the sea. #netgalley#houseofsaltandsorrows#bookstagram
Haunting. Magical. Heart wrenching. Beautiful.
An incredible book inspired by the fairy tale Twelve Dancing Princesses.
The author delivers beautiful writing, lush story telling, and a picturesque atmosphere. There are so many elements that I love about this book: complex characters, mythology, and magic. We get a glimpse into their world, their home, their traditions and history. The world building is honestly astounding. With such intricate detail I felt like I could hear the sound of the crashing waves, and smell the salt of the ocean and sea breeze. The relationship between the Thaumas sisters is also beautiful. The eerie moments are truly chilling, like stop and look behind you eerie (which I did...often)
I need a hard copy of this book like ASAP, and I cannot wait for the world to get their hands on this and experience it’s magic !
5 out of 5 Stars, FOR SURE
Publication date is set for August 6, 2019
Thank you @penchant4words for this masterpiece
Thank you @netgalley for the e-ARC